Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

 

 

 

 

Leading us in worship:   Rev. Matthew Froeschle 

Sunday Worship Schedule 

Worship Service
9:30 a.m.
Children's Church
9:45 a.m.
(after Children's Chat)
 

 

 

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The class meets at 8:30 am on Sunday morning.  Please join for this lesson and lively discussion time before the worshp service. 
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 Worship Service

Please join us for Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m.  Let us be your church as you're passing through town, or your church home throughout the year.  We invite you to worship with us.  Children may stay in the sanctuary or go to Children's Church after the Children's Chat with the Pastor.  During the worship service, we worship God through scripture reading, listening to the sermon, prayer, responsive readings, hymn singing, special music, and reflection.

Children's Church

During the 9:30 a.m. worship service, Children's Church is offered for children ages 4-12.  Childlren are in the sanctuary until after the Children's Chat with the Pastor.  Children's Church is a service where kids learn through scripture, stories, and music tailored to their age group.

 

 
Sermon - February 11, 2018
RESPONSIVE PSALM READING - Psalm 50:1-6
Leader:  The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
People:  Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.
Leader:  He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
People:  The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.
NEW TESTAMENT READING - Mark 9:2-10
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.  And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”  Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.
 “Everything Is Pointing to Jesus”
On Wednesday nights, our LOGOS youth have been studying the story of Moses.  Moses is generally considered the hero of the Old Testament.  He was the one God used to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt.  God spoke to Moses face to face, and revealed His glory to him. And more to the point for today, it was Moses through whom God gave the 10 Commandments - the LAW - to the people.  In the Jewish culture, Moses is synonymous with God’s Law. Elijah would probably be considered the second most prominent figure in the Hebrew Bible (a.k.a. the Old Testament - a.k.a. the only Bible Jesus and his disciples had).  It was through Elijah that God rebuked, corrected, and guided Israel when they were tempted to go astray and leave truth and goodness behind. Elijah is the one who stood up to all those false priests who were worshipping false gods and demonstrated that the One True God was the ONLY true God.  So as Moses is synonymous with LAW, so Elijah is synonymous with PROPHET.  And keep in mind that the Old Testament is often referred to as “the law and the prophets” as a summary phrase. It’s a huge deal, then, when we read in today’s gospel story, that both Moses and Elijah show up with Jesus at the top of the mountain, where Jesus’ glory was revealed to his disciples.  To Jews like Peter, James, and John, that is the equivalent of the entire Old Testament endorsing Jesus.  The LAW and the PROPHETS endorsed Jesus!
In addition to all this, of course, those three disciples get an incredible glimpse of Jesus’ glory.  They see Jesus as He truly is - the God of the universe - with them.  And they hear God’s voice booms from the clouds with the boldest endorsement of all: “This Jesus is my Son - listen to him!” And then, the moment passes, and things appear “normal” once more.  Jesus tells them not to mention anything that they’d seen until after the crucifixion and resurrection. The gospel of Mark doesn’t spend much time talking about the glory of Jesus - God in the flesh.  This episode - pretty much right in the middle of the book - is a very brief reflection on the awesome true nature of Jesus.  For most of the rest of the gospel, it is Jesus’ human nature and his suffering that is most clearly presented.
But that is not to say that this episode is somehow out of step or out of place in Mark’s gospel.  Not at all.  But, as Jesus himself tells the disciples, the glory of God is best understood in light of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection. The life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus help us to understand God’s glory in a clearer, better way.  We are shown that there is far greater glory in humbly laying down one’s life for others than there is in the adoration of millions, or in the pomp and power the world has to offer. Episodes like this one point to the fact that Jesus is the glorious Son of God and the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises.  But this revelation must be paired with the fact that Jesus is also the man who died on a cross out of love for us.
The glory of God appears to the disciples in a supernatural vision of Jesus in shining white robes on a mountaintop.  But the glory of God is best known through the story of a bleeding Jesus in shredded clothing on a cross.  That’s why Jesus said “wait.”  That’s why Jesus said “don’t tell anyone about this until after I die and am then raised from the dead.” The disciples were totally confused by that statement, of course, and assumed it must be some strange parable.  “What do you think he means by ‘rising from the dead?’”  The disciples didn’t get it.  But neither, generally, do we.  Our ideas of glory need to be corrected.
There’s a wonderful line in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s popular 70s musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” in which Ted Neely, playing Jesus, sings: “Neither you, Simon, nor the fifty thousand, nor the Romans, nor the Jews, nor Judas, nor the Twelve, nor the Priests, nor the Scribes, nor doomed Jerusalem itself understand what power is - understand what glory is - understand at all - understand at all.” The law and the prophets point to Jesus.  The cross makes His true glory known.
And do you know that it is also through our weakness and in the midst of our suffering that we, too, can point to Jesus?  Yes - we can “shine” for Jesus through gifts and talents and accomplishments.  But we can also testify that it has been in our darkest moments when we better recognize and testify that it is ALL ABOUT JESUS. When we are experiencing some death - some personal trauma or cross - we see clearly that Jesus is the Savior we need - if not always the Savior we might have wanted. The mountaintop moments of beauty and joy are spectacular.  The view from up there is breathtaking and glorious.  Like Peter in moments of fear and awe, we may start jabbering, and talk about setting up camp and staying in that place forever. But it is at the foot of the cross, when we see the way in which Christ died, that we might better say with that impressed Roman soldier, “Wow.  Look at the manner in which this Jesus died.  This truly is God’s Son.”
Why do we brag about Jesus?
Why do we point to Jesus?
He shows us what glory means.
Amen.
 

 

 

 

First Presbyterian Church is a Family of Faith. 

Like many families, we:

*Support one another.  Troubles are shared and burdens are lifted hrough requests to the Prayer Team, prayer requests made during worship, and conversation over coffee, etc.

*Share a common outlook.  Presbyterians are dedicated to hearing and acting on scripture.  We listen to what the Bible has to say through sermons and studies.  We carry out what we learn and believe through our daily lives and in missions at home and abroad.

*Nuture Children.  Outreach within and outside our church happens through Sunday School, Kids' Club, Youth Groups, LOGOS retreats, Camp Carew, and Vacation Bible School.  We help children "grow up in Christ."

*Care for the Elderly.  Members of the "Sunshine Brigade" conduct Christian care visits with shut-ins and those who live in skilled care settings.

*Help neighbors in need.  Friends and families reach out to others in the Church when help is needed.  In addition, members of the First Presbyterian family serve the community through programs like the Food Bank, Peace Meals, PADS homeless and transient shelter, etc.

*Grow.  Families have a habit of growing.  Our Family of Faith grows with those who are beginning or renewing their trust in Jesus Christ.  Please consider what Christ means to you, and experience God's love through First Presbyterian Church.