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Christmas Eve: Family Service, 10:30am

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The Christmas Eve Family Service is a special tradition at the First Presbyterian Church.  Our children and youth presented an insightful message about the real meaning of Christmas, followed by a short sermon for children of all ages presented by Rev. Cochran.  Bet after listening to it, you won’t look at beef jerky the same […]

Advent: Herod — Sanctuary

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When we think of the Christmas story, probably the first character that comes to mind in the story is King Herod, right?  No?  Honestly, that’s not likely to be anyone’s first answer, however King Herod does have some important lessons to teach us.  King Herod was the evil protagonist in the beautiful nativity story.  He was the one who […]

Christmas Memories (Chancel Choir Concert) — Sanctuary

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What a beautiful way to highlight the Christmas season!  Thank you to our Chancel choir, the Fifth Season Ladies Ensemble and our soloists for the wonderful concert on Sunday. The featured music today was: CHORAL PRELUDES: “Caroling, Caroling” by Burt “Sing We Now of Christmas” arr. Prentice *CONGREGATIONAL CAROL  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” CHORAL MEMORIES: “The […]

Advent: Elizabeth & Zechariah — Sanctuary

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We start the Advent season with the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah – the parents of John the Baptist.  Rev. Schaefer asked the question, “What’s in a name?”  Names in the biblical times had a lot of power.  Zechariah’s name meant ‘God Remembers.’  Elizabeth’s name meant ‘God is my Oath.’  And had they followed tradition, […]

‘Chesed’ and Random Acts of Kindness — Sanctuary

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Christ the King Sunday is a day that comes periodically, but not regularly, in the Christian calendar.  It is the Sunday that occasionally falls between Thanksgiving and the 1st Sunday in Advent, so we only celebrate it once in awhile, but it’s intention is to focus on the King of Love, our Shepherd.  Rev. Chochran […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 136 — Sanctuary

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This Sunday concludes our series on the Psalms with Psalm 136 – a psalm of thankfulness, which we look at on this Thanksgiving Sunday.  Psalm 136, Rev. Campbell shares, speaks to us of God’s abiding love and grace.  God has saved His people so many times, bringing them out of Egypt and helping them overcome much […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 86 – Sanctuary

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Today we continued with our theme of ‘Falling Into the Psalms’ with a look at Psalm 86.  This psalm, as were many of the Psalms, was written by David.  It recognizes that while we are all different and lonely, we can all come together in the presence of God.  Even David was lonely, for years […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 78 – Sanctuary

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As we recognized Reformation Sunday and the 500th Anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church, we focus on Psalm 78 – a psalm of remembrance.  We often learn about God through stories and parables.  It the way we teach about God and the things He’s […]