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Welcome to the Pastor’s Corner, and welcome to the website of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn! We hope that you will find here helpful resources for your spiritual journey.
That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
If you would like to share any comments about this site, page or the sermons here included, or if you would like to request prayer, please feel welcome to contact me at fpcgpastor@gmail.com

And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 3:14)

Message From the Pastor
November 2018

Suppose you are a really large rancher and you can’t afford to fence your acreage.  Even if you could get loans for the initial construction, suppose it just wouldn’t make sense to spend all your time maintaining and repairing the fence once it was built.  What do you do?  Forget about the fence and dig out your little spring-fed pond so that its cool waters might draw your herds from the perimeter to the center of your ranch. 
What would it look like to apply that insight to the church? Instead of worrying ourselves over the boundaries of our faith, defining systems of belief and doctrinal statements to separate “us” from “them,” perhaps we could tap into the Living Water at the center of our faith, making fresh pathways for all those who are drawn to Jesus whatever their stripes or colors.  Maybe ours could be a community defined by attraction rather than promotion, open to all who are beckoned to Jesus and to that for which Jesus stands, without regard to denominational affiliation or any of the other labels that we regularly use to distinguish ourselves from others. 
Confident that the Living Water draws them as well as us, we wouldn’t fret so much if some who join our company wander off or away in search of daytime pasture. Instead of lamenting, say, all the yoga studios springing up to which the “spiritual but not religious” flock, or all the little 12-Step churches where the broken seek and find wholeness, we could celebrate them too as oases of healing.  Even more, we could dig channels between them and our own Living Waters so that all who thirst- both in and outside of the church- may be satisfied.
Of course, if the church finds it can no longer offer a full, hopeful and grace-filled life, if, in other words, our own well begins to dry up, we will not retain even our own members.  In that case, our calling will be to dig deeper into the springs of forgiveness, acceptance, generosity, non-violence and sacrificial love.  It may begin for each of us with our daily consent to the presence of the action of God within.  In such repeated surrender, the Holy Spirit will help us to switch out our everyday gerunds from constricting, freezing, bracing, and clinging to relaxing into, opening, softening, yielding, and releasing.  As we engage in spiritual practices and disciplines that help us drop from the head to the heart, we will increasingly live a life of love for God, and show that love for all people, and for the world God sent his Son to save.  We will be increasingly freed of our spiritual narcissism, recognizing that the Good News includes us, but is not about us
Then the words of the prophet Isaiah shall be freshly heard and heeded, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!   Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread and your labor on what does not satisfy?”  (Isaiah 55:1-2).

Then we will celebrate together a spiritual Thanksgiving, and not only a national holiday.
           

 

See you in church,
            Pastor Fred

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2017

 
Sunday Bulletins - Date
 
Bulletin 12.31.17 Bulletin 1.7.18
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Good Friday Bulletin 3.30.18 Easter Sunday Bulletin 4.1.18
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