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)
 

                                             “All In” 
                        A sermon by the Rev. Matthew D. Froeschle

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Psalm 127 
Leader:  Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.
People:  It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.
Leader:  Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth.
People:  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.  He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
NEW TESTAMENT READING - Mark 12:38-44
As [Jesus] taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!  They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers.  They will receive the greater condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury.  Many rich people put in large sums.  A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.
Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.  For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
SERMON - “All In”
(Start by sharing how easy it is to be a show-off - how hard it is not to brag about the good things that you have accomplished.)
It is such a temptation to be a show-off.  We’re so insecure, aren’t we?  We desperately want others to think well of us.  We want others to see how religious we can be.
But bragging about ourselves doesn’t grow our faith in God, nor does it bring other people closer to the Lord.  Deep down, we know that our boasting is a band-aid to cover our insecurities, but it doesn’t bring us healing.  It doesn’t help us understand God’s grace.  And it only confirms for others the false idea that all of us have to EARN a seat at God’s table.
There’s a great irony in our impulse to boast.  In our desperation to earn approval, we actually ends up pushing other people AND GOD away!  Think about it, how many of us like a show-off?  And if a person keeps telling God: “it’s okay - I’ve got it,” and “aren’t you impressed?” God will probably do something to open up that person’s eyes to their need for a Savior - for their need to worship something other than themselves.
That is what Jesus would do when he addressed the scribes and Pharisees.  “You are doing all that religious business to impress others and to impress yourselves.  But inside, you don’t seem to really want God at all.”
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is preaching to his followers about the dangers of showing off.  “Some religious leaders like everything that goes with being a popular person.  Nice clothes.  Places of honor at banquets.  Showing off.  But those things have nothing, really, to do with knowing God.  In the end, they will shocked to find out who they were really worshipping.”
Then, as a balance to this example of pride, the gospel of Mark immediately offers us something humble and pure and honest.  Into the scene walks a poor widow who would impress nobody and inspire at best pity, but more likely just discomfort.
The widow didn’t want to be seen, and I’d bet she was horrified when she saw that she had to give her tiny gift in front of this rabbi Jesus who was sitting by the coffers.  Can you imagine her embarrassment?  She knew her offering didn’t amount to anything.
She was wrong.  Because Jesus wasn’t interested in the amount.  God doesn’t consider outward appearances, but rather looks at the heart.  And what Jesus saw was very different from what everyone else saw.
He stands up and shouts: “This woman has given more than all of you!”
Why did Jesus say that?  We know why.  Jesus saw it.  The widow was “all in” for God.  She didn’t have much to give - but she gave it all.  Jesus saw the widow’s heart and was overjoyed at the faith spilling over into action.  Jesus saw how that poor widow was staking everything on God.
The others, as Jesus pointed out, were able to put in impressive amounts, but it was all leftovers.  And it was largely for show.
But this widow - without a means of support in the world and in bad shape, demonstrated genuine faith.  All she had was two small copper coins, worth about a penny.  But she was rich in faith.
It might make us uncomfortable to think about this, but I’m pretty sure Jesus still pays attention during the offering to see how His people give.  After all, we’ve welcomed Jesus into this sanctuary in order to worship Him.  We didn’t make any caveats - we don’t ask the LORD to please discretely exit before we pass the plates so we can have some privacy.
God pays attention to our giving because it is an indicator of faith.  Not because God is biting His nails, anxious about having enough money to pay the bills.  Remember how Jesus sent Peter fishing to get a coin from a fish’s mouth in order to pay their taxes?  God’s not worried about collecting money.  God pays attention because He is looking for FAITH.
This story makes me wonder whether I’m bringing God my best, or if I’m giving God my leftovers.  Stories like these beg the question: What value do we really place on God's work, on God's ministry and mission?
I know we hate “money talk” - especially in the church!  It makes me squirm, too.  But did you know that in the Scriptures, we hear Jesus talking about money more than any other single topic?  Why?  Because this is not about money, but money is one of the best practical indicators in this world of what people really value.
Now, we may not have much money to give.  We may not have much time to give.  We may not have much talent to give.  But are we giving proportionally of what we do have?  Are we being faithful with little?
Does God get any of our time, or is he lucky to get whatever time we have left over after all the other “important” work is done?  Do we do our best work for God, or are we too worn out from doing everything else?
Are we using our talents ONLY to earn a living, or are we using our talents also for God?
There's nothing wrong in earning a living.  Not at all.  A Godly man or woman is supposed to earn a living and provide for their family.  But – are we doing it for the Lord?  Or are we making a living at the expense of God and family?
The poor widow had EVERY excuse not to give.  Consider the good excuses she had not to turn out for the offering.
1. She had nothing else to live on.
2. The temple was corrupt (remember how Jesus called it a “den of thieves”?).
3. The Pharisees were crooked (“whitewashed tombs and hypocrites, yes?).
4. And practically speaking, her two copper coins wouldn't buy a single brick for the temple.
But she wasn’t giving to the institution or to the leadership or to the building, she was giving to GOD.  That woman was investing in eternity.  She knew she needed God.  Money helps in the years we have in this world.  But God is eternal, and his love endures forever.  She was “all in.”
Our Lord Jesus had practically nothing while living here on earth, yet He gave us everything.  Jesus reconciled us to God on the cross - surrendering His life, not just His wallet.
Today we are encouraged by the Old Testament Psalm to consider how our lives are to be built upon the foundation of God if they are to count for anything.  “Unless the Lord builds the house, the labor is in vain.”  This morning we are encouraged to make God a priority in the way we use our time, talents, and treasures.
This was all inspired by the offering of a poor widow who gave a penny to God in joy.  That’s not showing off - that’s a testimony to God’s faithfulness and love.  It’s about being ALL IN so others may know the love of God, who doesn’t overlook a poor widow - and who won’t overlook your faith either.
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.