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)
 

 

      Walking Humbly with God

                   A sermon by the Rev. Matthew D. Froeschle
                                 Sunday, July 7, 2019
The Lord disciplines the beloved. But, of course, no discipline feels pleasant at the time.  In the Scriptures selected for today, God has hard truths to say to the rebellious and arrogant people who claim to be a holy nation.
“What do you think I want?” asks God.  Certainly the Lord wants more than polished ceremonies, rituals, and religious slogans.  The Lord would much rather have us actually DO what is right and keep our hearts set on peace.
In the end, all nations on earth will pass away, and the Kingdom of God alone will stand.  Certainly we should strive to be good citizens, but let us pledge our primary allegiance to God.  Then, all our other loyalties will find their proper place - until that day we all fall at Jesus’ feet.
CHILDREN’S CHAT
After the children’s sermon, children ages 4-12 may be excused to Children’s Church with our teaching staff.
-Do we like our friends (God) because of what they have/can give us - or do we have a genuine relationship with them?  And what do you think - Does God like us for what we can do - or for who we are?
OLD TESTAMENT READING - Micah 6:3-8
“My people, what have I done to you?
    How have I burdened you? Answer me.
I brought you up out of Egypt
    and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you,
    also Aaron and Miriam.
“My people, remember
    what Balak king of Moab plotted
    and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,
    that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
With what shall I come before the Lord
    and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.
 
NEW TESTAMENT READING - Luke 19:41-44
As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
“Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”
 
SERMON
“Walking Humbly with God”
We want easy answers, but often times what the Bible has to offer us instead are good questions.  It seems God is far more interested in drawing us into a relationship with Him than in being our genie or reference book.
For instance, rather than giving a simple soundbite to the people through His prophet Micah, God wants dialogue.  “Am I only a burden to you?” God asks.  “Please remember how I rescued you.  Do you think I only wanted boring religious services in return?  No - I want to walk with you.”
In both our Old and New Testament readings, God is addressing His people - the faith community, rather than just individual believers.  And God has some rather troubling but necessary things to say to the community of faith.
Jesus wants to know, “Do you recognize me, when I am here among you?  You say you love God - but would you recognize Me if I were sitting next to you on the bus, or walking the streets of your city?”
We know from His teachings that Jesus would have us treat everyone we encounter in the same manner that we would treat Him.  Offer that cold glass of water to the thirsty, or the food to the hungry, or help or friendship or time - and this honors Christ.
It’s never a bad spiritual practice to reflect on the ways that we as individuals or as a church actually treat other people.  Is it with respect, fairness, and welcome?  In which Spirit are we living?  Fear permeates our lives.  Where is true wisdom?
Through Micah, God wants to know, “Do you really love Me, or is this all about playing religious games and ceremonies?  Because if you really do love me, you will do the things that really please me - namely: acting with justice, living in a spirit of loving kindness, and humbling following in the footsteps of your Lord.”
We know what is good.  God has shown us what is good - demonstrated powerfully in the life of Jesus Christ.  And while figuring out exactly what Jesus would do in any given situation isn’t always clear-cut, the Spirit in which Christ operated is discernible in the gospels.
There’s a spirit of humble availability - especially to the outcasts.
There’s a spirit of loving forgiveness - wanting people to be reunited and restored into right relationships.
There’s a powerful spirit of working to make things right - even at great personal cost and sacrifice.
We just celebrated a national holiday - our Independence Day.  And certainly we have a lot to celebrate and much to be grateful for as a nation.
But let us not forget that all nations are ultimately accountable to One King - we are not any of us the final authority.  If we are to judge ourselves, as Scriptures seem to encourage all peoples to do, then let us use the standards that God uses.
Are we acting with justice - using the same standards for all, without showing favoritism to some over others?  Are we doing this in our own lives, in our own communities?  Are some benefitting and others suffering for some arbitrary, unfair reasons?  Micah 6:8 is clear that this fairness and justice means more to God than well-sung hymns and fancy prayers.
Are we more eager to show mercy than we are to call down fire and judgment?  For God has shown us that God is both just and merciful, not desiring to destroy, but willing to go to the utmost lengths to redeem.  Thank God for that patient mercy and redemption that we have received, as did God’s people when they were freed from Egypt.
Are we humble and teachable, or are we arrogant know-it-alls, unwilling to listen or submit to the Lord’s leading?  Do I always have to be the one talking, or can I see things from another person’s perspective?  After all, might not God be talking to us though the voice of another?
Micah 6:8 is one of my wife’s favorite Old Testament verses, and it’s become one of my favorites as well.  It invites us into dialogue and relationship more than it offers easy answers.  Because to discern how best to act, how best to love, how best to live - that takes a diverse community working together, seeking the Lord’s will in humility.
May we heed the warnings from Jesus’ lips, lest we become too proud or too confident in our own strength and neglect the Lord’s wisdom.  May this refrain from the prophet Micah help us to question the authenticity of our faith - in healthy and constructive ways.
This world doesn’t need any more religion.  It most certainly does need humble people who seek to act with justice and mercy and love.

Amen.

     

 

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

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