May 2, 2014

     I’m trying not to overstate it, but I think last Sunday’s message was one of the more important messages I’ve preached at First Pres.  I tried to help us understand again why Christ instituted His Church.  It wasn’t as if Jesus had to come up with a plan for His followers once he realized that He was going to ascend to Heaven.

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April 16, 2014

     The video in worship on Sunday was inspiring to me.  You can see it on our Facebook page.  It reminded me of the stories I've heard and experienced over the years of people coming to church on Easter and having their lives turned upside down by an encounter with the Risen Christ.  I've seen entire families be changed when one member of the family surrenders his/her life to Jesus.  Would you please be asking the Lord this week to guide you in every conversation?  Perhaps he will put someone on your heart to invite to worship this weekend.

April 4, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     One of the FPC highlights from the last few years has been the way we’ve been able to get out and serve our neighborhood the week before Easter.  Last year I had the privilege of serving with several folks at a yard in the Lowell neighborhood that needed a bit of TLC.  It was great!  I know that many of you share affection for the service and fellowship we’ve experienced through these projects during the last few years.

March 20, 2014

Dear First Pres,

      Last Sunday I had the privilege of baptizing three sisters: Maile, Addison, and Carly Allen.  It’s always a touching time when we, as a Christian community, welcome children into God’s covenant people in this way.  What joy!  One of the vows the congregation takes says we will assume responsibility with the parents for the spiritual nurture of the children, “acting in behalf of ourselves and the whole Body of Christ.” 

March 6, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     What needs reconciling in your life? What part of your life needs to be made whole? These were the questions that Craig Blodgett presented to us at last night's Ash Wednesday service.  Craig did a great job of leading us through a meditation on Colossians 1:19-23 in which Paul speaks of the reconciling work of Jesus Christ.  It was a wonderful text to reflect on at the beginning of this year's Lenten season.

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