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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No more holding back.  If we are to be disciples of Jesus, our Lord is inviting us to engage God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  We are to bring our reason, our fears, our sins, our talents, our dreams, ALL of it, to Jesus.  This is part of what we mean by “ALL IN” as a ministry theme here at FPC for 2019.

 

Today’s Scriptures are hugely important summaries of Old Testament and New Testament law.  What does the Lord require of us?  It’s all there in these eloquent summaries.
In order to actually live out these commands, we will need the Spirit of Jesus operating in our lives.  Let’s make space for the Lord this morning, and leave this place empowered to make a difference in the world.  God is so good!
  
                “All In - Giving All of Ourselves to God”
                        A sermon by the Rev. Matthew D. Froeschle
CHILDREN’S CHAT
God can do more with what you give Him than we can do on our own.
 
OLD TESTAMENT READING - Deuteronomy 6:1-13
Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you have eaten your fill, take care that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. The Lord your God you shall fear; him you shall serve, and by his name alone you shall swear.

NEW TESTAMENT READING - Mark 12: 28-34
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.
 
SERMON - “ALL IN - Giving All of Ourselves to God”
This world is a beautiful, noisy, astonishing place.  Life here is complicated.  Sometimes we’re busy and other times we’re bored.  We try to get along, solve problems, and have fun.  Most days we’re just trying to survive.
And it’s not just the world around us that presents challenges - we have a world within us that we barely understand.  We don’t always know what we want - we are a bundle of emotions and opinions and likes and doubts.
In the midst of all of that noise and complication and business within and without, we have chosen to gather together in this place to worship a God who is also beyond our understanding, but who loves us and reveals to us truth and grace and wisdom.
We are here to set our minds on things above, and to pray and sing and listen together for a little while to the God who knows us and this world far better than we do.  This is a place for us to get re-oriented to what matters most so we can go back into this world equipped for the days and weeks ahead.
Once again we open the Book inspired by God’s Spirit.  All of the Scripture is a precious gift - after all, the Bible is God’s revelation to us - reliable testimony inspired by God - teaching us what God is like and what God desires for us.
Today’s Scriptures in particular encourage us to get back to basics.  There’s a lot of wonderful story and teaching and specific wisdom in God’s Book, but some passages are there to help remind us of “big picture” matters.  Passages like these two today are good for re-orienting us to the main themes of God.
“Listen up, people of God.  The LORD is the ONE TRUE GOD.  The Lord is “The One” - and we are to be ALL IN for Him; Mind, Body, and Soul.”
If we’re asking IN GENERAL: “God, what do You want?”, then God has given summarized the LAW:  “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength.”  Jesus adds this second-most-important law: “…and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
These Scriptures call for an “ALL IN” lifestyle.
When we DO find ourselves lost, we could do much worse than to simply STOP whatever it is we’re doing, and ask these basic questions: “Is this helping me to better love God, others, and myself?”
To live with purpose, we need to be listening to our teacher’s voice.  Then, having heard God’s voice, we demonstrate that God is not just our teacher, but also the Lord we love by responding with faith in action.
This is actually joyful work, because GOD is so wonderfully good, and far better at ordering our lives and inspiring beauty than we are.  God is a far better master than any earthly master, and better than any other “god” or “idol,” because God is personal, gracious, and perfect in every way.  We were made in God’s image.
GOD does not disappoint or leave us feeling empty.  Over the course of time, a relationship with God brings health to mind, body, and soul.  Why love the Lord your God with all your mind, body, and soul?  Because that brings us to life.
God gave us minds to use.  When you are using your intellect in an honest, truth-seeking, goodness-seeking way, that is an act of worship.  So for God’s sake, don’t check your brains at the door.  Don’t let other Christians do your thinking for you.
Study and learn, bring your perspective to discussions.  Don’t think you will ever have all the answers - remain teachable.  This is what loving God with your mind is like.
God gave us bodies.  We have strength and ability.  We have emotions and other sensitivities.  We have them for a reason.  These also are gifts from God.  There is often great reward in exercise, in manual labor, in laughing, in eating good food, in playing, in using our bodies in God-honoring ways.
And we are souls.  The most valuable gift we have to give is ourselves - our authentic, true selves.  Being present with someone - listening - bringing all of yourself into a relationship or situation - this is so important.
There is no one in this whole world like you.  To be your true, authentic self is a blessing.  To play pretend - to hide - this is not how we are to live.
So what does an “All In” lifestyle look like in practice - not just in theory?
Well, it means that we will not divide our lives into “holy times” and “regular times,” but recognize that God is present with us all the time.  Whatever we do, whether it is preparing dinner for the family or driving to work or going to the movies, we will acknowledge Christ with us.
It means treating others as if they were Christ - because that’s what Jesus recommended.  Respect others.  Listen to them.  Seek to understand where they are coming from.  Have mercy on them as you want God to have mercy on you.
It means a willingness to see all that we have and all that we are as belonging first to God - not to us.  We are stewards, not owners, of these things.
If there’s a relationship that’s broken, it means doing what we can to bring peace there.
It means prioritizing quiet time with God - studying the Bible - times of service to others and times of rest.
It doesn’t mean you’re always talking about Christ - but it means being open to sharing the hope that you have when the opportunity comes about.
I think of the Scripture: “you are not your own - you were bought at a price.”
It’s a funny thing, the more that we’re willing to let go of - the less ownership we take - the more freedom we feel.  The more of ourselves and our “kingdoms” that we place in God’s hands, the more peace we actually have.
This year, may we give God even more of ourselves - our hearts - our time - our gifts - our resources - our thoughts - our dreams - our strength - our mind - our work.  Not because God is greedy, but because we desire health and healing in all of these areas.
Life is such a gift.  God, show us what life is really to be like.
Amen!

  

   
 

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Adult Bible Class

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

 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.

 

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.