Good morning everyone…
Moses stood before Pharaoh and demanded: Let my people go!
Jesus turned to those who believed in him and promised: The truth will set you free.
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr rejoiced: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!
Are you? Are you free? Are you feeling it? July 4 is nearly upon us…it is a question worth pondering.
This Sunday morning we will worship freely, thanks be to God, and we will discover that both Jesus and the Apostle Paul spoke powerful words about what it means to be free. We might be surprised at what we hear.
Sunday morning…in our Gathering Place. Worship is a celebration of our freedom. Come sing, celebrate, shake a few hands, give a hug or two - and pray with us. (God knows our nation and world need it!)
Grace and peace to you,
I love the story Luke tells us in chapter 8 of his gospel. There are so many angles to it, so many surprises, so many questions…
That story, singing, praying, dancing (well, that has not happened yet, but who knows?) and warm fellowship await you this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the Gathering Place. I look forward to sharing the time with you.
“God respects me when I work, but loves me when I sing.” Rabindranath Tagore (a Bengali polymath, mystic, poet, musician)
See you Sunday,
PS – an adult class will follow worship. Our focus will be on that morning’s scripture verses from worship. Informal discussion. Check us out.
It’s time to turn the page!
I am grateful to the session and congregation for supporting my trip to an annual event called the Festival of Homiletics (preaching.) The Festival always inspires me and gives me an opportunity to talk informally with pastors of large and small mainline congregations.
Here is what I learned:
It is time to turn the page! A meaningful chapter in Christian life across the country is coming to an end. The end of a chapter is not the end of the book! If anyone watched the movie and television series, The Everlasting Story, the story
of life – including church life – is always being written. It is time, past time, to begin writing the next chapter.
FPCE has a strategic planning committee (Paul Ohori, Tom Ochs, Jim and Lisa Segedy, Tyler McGuigan, and Pastor Michael) who will help us begin writing that new chapter. We will meet regularly beginning this summer. Your ideas, encouragement, and prayers are most welcome.
God has tried three times. Three times to reveal what God is like – Father, Son, Holy Ghost…Creator, Redeemer, Comforter. Different names…different ways of being. Every time, God trying to tell us what He/She is about and how much He/She wants to be in a relationship with us. Was the third time a charm? What do you think?
I am excited about Sunday morning’s service. Great music. Intriguing verses from the Bible (Romans 5: 1-5 & John 14: 12-21)…See you soon.
It is Pentecost Sunday! We will read the story of the sudden, mind-boggling, raucous arrival of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit arrived with power – and a mission. That power and mission is with us. Do we find our life’s purpose in its presence? Let is worship together – this Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
See you soon,
Adult Sunday School class at 9:45 in the lounge. There is room for you!
The Lord has called a beloved brother home. Most of you have not had the opportunity to meet Dick Roller or his devoted, wonderful wife, Myrna. Dick and Myrna were long time members of the Mulberry Presbyterian Church – the church home for Dick since his baptism 91 years ago. Dick suffered from a terrible fall not too long after I came to FPCE. Unfortunately, he complication followed complication and Dick was never able to recover. Dick was called to the place where there will be no more pain, crying, or death on Sunday afternoon, June 2.
The funeral service for Dick will take place at 11:00 a.m. this Thursday at the Rose Funeral Home (10940 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills 15235.) Keep Myrna and her large, tightly-knit family in your prayers.
Grace be with all of you,
E-mail announcements and updates will be posted here in place of the devotions and messages from the pastor during our transition and search process.