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Details about Sunday, March 15th and going forward

Friends,   Session has been hard at work and prayer trying to discern a path forward in the middle of rapidly changing circumstances. Here is where we are at, out of an abundance of caution, and concern for our physical health. Sunday, March 15th –  We will gather for Sunday School and Worship.  We will not have our usual fellowship meal.  We will record this service for…

May 31, 2020 – Pentecost – What’s Your Gift?

Acts 2:1-4 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 Now, I already made a mistake. You don’t have just one gift, as thetitle implies. You are gifted. I don’t mean in that honors track sense ofacademically gifted. I mean gifted, equipped, and sent by God. Do youknow what God gave you?Not just what your parents said you were good…

May 24, 2020 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – Resurrection Doubts

1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 51-57 – Jesus’ resurrection and the future resurrection; death as the last enemy. Often we come to doubt the resurrection. I don’t mean that we intellectually doubt it, although that does happen. I mean we emotionally doubt whether the resurrection is real, and whether it it is for us. This canhappen near…

May 17, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – Love is a Four Letter Word

1 Corinthians 13:1-13      “Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love.”            Love. How many sermons on love? How many weddings with this passage? You have to love him/her, they’re your ____. The greatest commandment is to love. Now we have to love, God says so.            What do we really…

May 10, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – A Persistent Witness

Acts 18:1-4 – Founding the church at Corinth.1 Corinthians 1:10-18 – Factions in the church and the word of the cross. We’re at another church founding today. Luke gives much less detailthan the last one. Thessalonica seems to go smoother, with conversions,and rougher, with pushback. And while the word argue may put us off tothe entire passage, as it may have last…

LEAF comes to First Presbyterian May 7th, 2020!

LEAF was founded in 2016 by seven Southern Illinois farmers, to support small sustainable farms. Our goals are two fold: to make ordering local food easier for busy customers; and to support small farmers by providing an online marketplace to sell their goods. Our group adheres to naturally grown and organic standards as a peer-to-peer regulated organization. We strive to…

I forgot why we I made this post…

Well, not really, but it made you click the link, so here we are.During these days of stress, shelter in place, and pandemic, you may have noted that we’re not all thinking as well as we have in the past. We’re forgetting what we went to get in the other room, sure, but pastors are…

May 3, 2020 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – A Contrary Message

Acts 17:1-9 – Founding church at Thessalonica1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 – Paul’s message of thanks to the church at Thessalonica. Acts contains the story of the founding of a church. This is the founding of the church as Thessalonica, one of the churches that letters go to in the New Testament. The Way is new here. This will be the first church here.…

April 26, 2020 – The Third Sunday of Easter – Unrecognized

Acts 3:1-10 Healing at the Beautiful Gate; “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you, in the name of Jesus rise and walk.” Everywhere that Jesus goes, people know of his power. They recognize him, and they rush to bring the sick to Jesus. That’s how we would do it as well, I think. If we had…