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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.”
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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)

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Message From the Pastor
January 2019

At the start of the New Year, it is a time again to make resolutions, right?   Maybe not so fast. Many of our New Year’s resolutions, like other promises that we make to ourselves, bear no fruit because we are trying to do God’s will
our own way or harness God’s power for our own ends.
As declarations of our unaided will, resolutions often don’t pan out.  We may have resolved to stop a bad habit, say, but our resolution in and of itself may prove powerless to help us stay stopped. In fact, the more we struggle, the worse it sometimes gets.  The apostle Paul, one of the earliest commentators on New Year’s resolutions, put it this way, “I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no the evil I do not want to do- this I keep on doing.” (Rom. 7:15, 18b-19).
 The problem with our resolutions is that they generally lack the power to resolve what remains unresolved in us.  If compulsion triumphs over willpower, if the house seems to win whenever we wager against what resists change in us, maybe it is time to take our chips elsewhere.   If winning is not working out for us, maybe it’s time to throw ourselves headlong into losing.  For as Jesus said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matt. 16:25). Instead of exulting in our power to change, we might in our poverty acknowledge the high cost of our resolutions.   Then we might hear the words our Risen Christ spoke to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Then too we might respond, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor. 12:9). 
Perhaps the sacrament of failure was instituted especially for those of us who are tempted to take credit for and possession of our own accomplishments.  As God continues to perform ego-ectomies in us with surgical precision, maybe our New Year’s resolutions will fall away like scales from our eyes, and we’ll be free for everything that comes our way in this new year, even diminishment, confident that everything that comes to us is somehow meant for us, confident too, that the victory over everything that binds us and puts us down has already been won.

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
Bulletin 1.14.18 Bulletin 1.21.18
Bulletin 1.28.18 Bulletin 2.4.18
Bulletin 2.11.18 Bulletin 2.18.18
Bulletin 2.25.18 Bulletin 3.4.18
Bulletin 3.18.18 Bulletin 3.25.18
Good Friday Bulletin 3.30.18 Easter Sunday Bulletin 4.1.18
Bulletin 4.8.18 Bulletin 4.15.18
Bulletin 4.22.18 Bulletin 4.29.18
Bulletin 5.6.18 Bulletin 5.13.18
Bulletin 5.20.18 Bulletin 5.27.18
Bulletin 6.3.18 Bulletin 6.10.18
Bulletin 6.17.18 Bulletin 6.24.18
Bulletin 7.1.18 Bulletin 7.8.18
Bulletin 7.15.18 Bulletin 7.22.18
Bulletin 7.29.18 Bulletin 8.5.18
Bulletin 8.12.18 Bulletin 8.19.18
Bulletin 8.26.18 Bulletin 9.2.18
Bulletin 9.9.18 Bulletin 9.16.18
Bulletin 9.23.18 Bulletin 9.30.18
Bulletin 10.7.18 Bulletin 10.14.18
Bulletin 10.21.18 Bulletin 10.28.18
Bulletin 11.4.18 Bulletin 11.11.18
Bulletin 11.18.18 Bulletin 11.25.18
Bulletin 12.2.18 Bulletin 12.9.18
Bulletin 12.16.18 Bulletin 12.23.18
Christmas Eve 12.24.18 Bulletin 12.30.18
Bulletin 1.6.19 Bulletin 1.13.19
Bulletin 1.20.19