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True Hope, Not Hype – Sanctuary

Many things are excessively hyped today — movies, storms, sports events, sales…  The hype often affects our actions in response to do something — act/participate/watch/fear… But in truth, most things do not live up to their hype, and we feel let down.  Then there are the things that do NOT get excessively hyped, but rather are […]

Unshakable Hope – Sanctuary

The first in our series of three sermons on the topic of hope addresses the idea of Unshakable Hope.  That is, the hope that is based on the promises God made in the Bible.  What does it mean to build your life on the promises of God?  We see throughout the Bible that God made […]

A Very Good Storm – Sanctuary


We had a special guest minister today, the Rev. Jim Faile.  Water plays a big part in our lives, and it played an important part in biblical stories as well, from Creation to Noah, from Moses to Jesus.  There are stories of oceans and rivers, of deliverance to baptism.  When we look at the story of […]

Our Father Knows Best – Sanctuary

As we honor our earthly fathers today, we also look at how to please our heavenly Father.  Many falsely believe that there is only one right thing we should do with our lives that will please God, and this often causes us to refrain from acting out of fear that we will get it wrong.  […]

God’s Gift to You – Sanctuary

Today we celebrate Pentecost – the birthday of the church.  You know the famous story of the flames descending from heaven, and the faithful speaking in tongues.  This story took place 50 days after Jesus ascended into heaven, and marked a significant turning point in the history of the church.  But it still holds a unique relevance for […]

God’s Intertwining Story – Sanctuary


As we recognize our graduates on Baccalaureate Sunday, Josh Imboden, Youth Director, shared a message on the importance of choosing to be part of ‘God’s Intertwining Story.’ Josh pointed out that each of our lives tell a story, one that intertwines and interacts with many others as we get older.  Right from the beginning, we have the […]

Lest We Forget – Sanctuary

Today was both Memorial/Remembrance Sunday, and Rev. Emily Riley Campbell’s Candidating Service as FPCP’s membership prepared to vote on her nomination to the position of Senior Pastor of this church. We began by looking at the idea of Memorial or Remembrance Day, and remembering that freedom comes at a price, whether the freedom is gained […]

Chancel Choir Favorite Anthems – Sanctuary


Join us in the joyful celebration of the past choir year as the Chancel Choir presents their favorite anthems of 2018-19.  Also included in this service is the PNC Candidate presentation. Rev. Emily Campbell has been nominated as our next Sr. Minister, pending congregational approval on Sunday, May 26th (following the 9:30am service) and Presbytery of Detroit’s approval in […]

Life Lessons: Lessons from Proverbs – Sanctuary

During today’s service, we not only honored mothers on Mother’s Day, we also welcomed our 2018-19 Confirmation Class to membership in the church.  As part of this service, Rev. Campbell also shared some specific lessons we can all learn from the book of Proverbs – one of the 3 wisdom books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job). […]