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Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control — Upper Room

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As we continue our sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit, we look at Self Control.  Having Self Control is having the ability to resist the things of the world, like donuts, or marshmallows, or records.  When we listen to God’s word for guidance, and we use our self control to avoid the worldly […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness — Upper Room

As we continue our series on the Fruit of the Spirit, we look today at Faithfulness as seen through the story of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego.  Their firm belief in God’s faithfulness aided them as they stood up against mighty King Nebuchadnezzar, were thrown into the fiery furnace, and came out unscathed.  We, too, face many fires in […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Love — Upper Room

We returned to the Fruit of the Spirit — Love (the original service did not take place due to a power outage).  We are told throughout scripture that the church is the Bride of Christ.  Thus, if we are a part of Christ’s church, then we are living today as God’s beloved.  God’s love claims us.  […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness — Upper Room

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As we recognize Mother’s Day, we take a look at the Fruit of the Spirit of Kindness.  Rev. Schaefer pointed out, especially as we think about the kindness of mothers on Mother’s Day, that in a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.  It is something we can choose to be at any opportunity.  We […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience — Upper Room

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We continue our series on The Fruit of the Spirit with a look at Patience.  Rev. Schaefer began by asking the question, “How much time do we spend waiting?” We’re a society of waiting – waiting for traffic, in lines, on hold, for service people, for doctors, for packages, for special events, for the flowers […]

Recognition Sunday: Alone on the Bus — Upper Room

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This was a special Sunday, marking our recognition of Rev. Dr. James Skimins as Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.  This title was bestowed upon him in honor of his 22 years of leadership and service to FPCP and its members.  In addition to this special event, Dr. Skimins shared a message with us […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy — Upper Room

Joy is the second Fruit of the Spirit.  Joy is an emotion that sometimes simply cannot be contained,  In fact, joy is often seriously contagious.  Joy can inspire others to be joyful.  It is a very positive and uplifting state.  This is pointed out in the passage from Nehemiah, which assures us that ‘the joy […]

Easter Sunday — Upper Room

As we celebrate Easter Sunday with a look at the miracle of the Empty Tomb, we must ask ourselves, why did God choose THIS miracle – the resurrection – to occur?  In fact, it is the one miracle that affects each one of us.  Jesus comes back, and he meets each of us where we are.  […]

Maundy Thursday – Upper Room

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday that falls before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. It was before this meal that Jesus also washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility and grace.  In a like manner, we celebrate this milestone of Holy Week by washing the hands […]