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)
 

 

                              Follow Me - The Mission
                              by the Rev. Matthew D. Froeschle

SCRIPTURE READING - Mark 6: 6(b)-13
Then [Jesus] went about among the villages teaching.  He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.  He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.
He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place.  If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”  So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.  They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
SCRIPTURE READING - Luke 10: 1-12
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.  He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
“Go on your way.  See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.  Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.  Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.
“Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid.  Do not move about from house to house.  Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
“But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you.  Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’  I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.”
SERMON - “FOLLOW ME - The Mission”
Part Five in an eight-part series on Discipleship
Allow me to open this morning with a story.  A young Presbyterian minister was serving a large church in the city.  The most active and generous member of the congregation was a woman who was married to one of the most prominent and wealthy men of the community.  She was always involved in the life of the church - but he never darkened its doors.
As the years went on, God laid this man on the heart of the minister.  One day, the pastor finally scheduled an appointment.  There the pastor sat in the office of the austere older man, who was sitting behind a great desk.  In very simple terms, the young man set before him the Christian gospel and then said, “I think you ought to do something about this one way or the other.”  But when he finished, there was only dead silence.  The older man never spoke, never even moved.
So the younger man gathered himself together and went over his story again, this time with a bit more emphasis.  When he finished the second time, there was still silence.  At that point, the pastor was discouraged and wished he’d never made the appointment - but he drew himself up one final time and rehearsed his story.  When he finished, there was no sound, and he silently wished for a way out of the room.
But while the young pastor sat awkwardly, the older man reached for a pad and wrote something on it.  He passed it to the young man and this was what he had written:  “I am so deeply moved that I cannot speak.”  It was the first time that an adult, in a frank, straight-forward way, had ever set the gospel before him.  He became a member of the church and one of the great Christian leaders in the city.
We, as men and women familiar with the Christian gospel, can forget its power.  For we are dealing with the very Word of God - the message our hearts so desperately need to hear, and the catalyst of a radical transformation God works in us, which leads to eternal life.
Responding to a letter on the topic of evangelism, Christian writer and apologist C.S. Lewis writes: “My feeling about people in whose conversion I have been allowed to play a part is always mixed with awe and even fear: such as a boy might feel on first being allowed to fire a rifle.  The disproportion between his puny finger on the trigger and the thunder and lightning which follow is alarming.  And the seriousness with which the other party takes my words always raises the doubt whether I have taken them seriously enough myself.”
It is an undeniable Biblical truth that all Christians are called by Jesus to make disciples – to share their faith.  It is a matter of obedience.  Yet that doesn't take away any of the fear or hesitation we may have about evangelism.  In fact, pastor Rick Warren has said that both Christians and non-Christians are generally uncomfortable when it comes to evangelism.
When we consider the subject, we may imagine knocking on stranger's doors or think about how ill prepared we are to answer the questions non-believers might have.  And because of these concerns, we tend to leave it to the “pros.”
But this morning, I would like to share some practical advice about sharing our faith, guided by our teacher, Lord Jesus.  After all, to be a disciple of Jesus is not only to hear Jesus’ call and pray as He did and learn from Him, it is also to carry out His mission.
LOOK FOR THE PEOPLE OF PEACE - JESUS IS AT WORK AROUND YOU
Jesus wanted His disciples to travel light, and to be sensitive to the Spirit of God.  It all begins with prayer.  “Ask God for fellow workers.  Look for the people of peace around you.”  This was Jesus’ advice as He sent the disciples out on their mission.
As we enter our daily ministry context - whether it’s at school or in the workplace or on the road - we should be alert and sensitive to how God is already at work in people’s lives before we arrive on the scene.  We do this through daily prayer and spiritual disciplines.
We must remember that God alone prepares hearts to receive His word.  God has already taken the initiative.  God is making paths for us to share.  It is for us to keep our eyes open for the “people of peace” who are open to hearing our testimony.
A good prayer for us is that we would be alert to the opportunities that God is putting around us.  When we wake up in the morning, instead of anticipating the “same old, same old” we should be aware that God was at work while we slept, and pray that we would be in tune with Him so we can read his signals, catch the signs, and be ready for the assist.  If we're never looking for opportunities to share, we will miss them.
In the story I shared at the start of the sermon, the young Presbyterian minister was prompted by God laying a person on his heart.  Who might God be laying on your heart?  Who is the person of peace you’ve been listening to?  No one appreciates pushy people who force topics and don't seem to be listening to your thoughts and ideas.  Opportunites will come.
TRAVEL LIGHT - ONLY SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
We don't have to be brilliant theologians, or presume to know all the answers.  Travel light.  We are called witnesses.  We can only give witness from our own experience.  And if you are in a relationship with Jesus, you are qualified to testify to that relationship.
Some may ask deep theological questions about how Jesus saves.  Maybe you know some of the answers.  But even if you don't, it doesn't mean you can't share your experience.  I don't know exactly how the digestion system works, but that doesn't mean I will refuse to eat or drink until I have answers.
In the same way, we may say that we don't know exactly how we are saved – we just know that having a relationship with Jesus is transformative and redemptive.  Successful evangelism is not about us being clever, smart, or cute.  It’s about us simply being honest and letting God do the work.
Successful evangelism isn’t even about seeing an immediate response.  After all, it is God who works the change in His perfect time.  Sometimes we plant seeds, sometimes we harvest, but it is all done in obedience to God and with the understanding that God is ultimately in control.
You’ve perhaps heard the expression, “let the product sell itself.”  In essence, that’s what the Christian must do.  We present Christ.  But we do not force Him, like magicians trying to manipulate and deceive, or advertisers desperate to force a sale.  We want people to come to Christ for Who He Is, not because we were able to trick them using emotional tactics.
Don’t we think Christ is lovely enough to woo people on His own?  Introduce the seeker to Christ, help them to see Him.  And then stick around.  Just be there.  Be yourself.  Be genuine.
BE PRESENT - DON’T GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE
At the beginning of the service, I mentioned the difficult challenge of “cold calling” non-believers.  And some people actually have a talent for that.  But why do we think we have to go looking only for strangers?  There are enough people already in our lives to keep us busy.  Think of all the people you know and already have relationships with.  These people are in our lives for a reason.
Jesus told his missionaries not to go from house to house - looking for the best accommodations or getting too fancy or ambitious.  And so for us too, we are not to show favoritism, but to have both ears open and listening.  So much of faith sharing is listening.  We don’t know everything - not at all.  We are humble learners as well.  No one likes a know-it-all.  But many people will share their heart with someone who is genuinely interested - someone who is offering real friendship.
And don’t take things too personally if there should be rejection or resistance.    Don’t get too discouraged and don’t condemn those who aren’t interested in hearing your testimony.  Again, take Jesus’ example.  He didn’t beg people to follow, or force Himself into people’s homes.  He gave invitations, and still loved people even when they walked away.
Whatever we do, we are to treat all people with the love and respect Jesus shows to us.  And we do well to remember - Jesus doesn't see people as problems to solve, He sees them as they are – eternal souls He gave His life to save and whom He loves dearly.  May we see that, too.
CONCLUSION
To God, the message of Jesus is just as important whether it’s addressed to a large multitude, or to just one soul.  Whether it's Billy Graham preaching to a standing-room-only auditorium, or a daughter sharing the faith with her unbelieving mother, God is every bit as present and involved.  It’s amazing what God has done - and what God will do - to bring healing to & through us.  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.