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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
December 2017

Maybe like me, you need a God with flesh and bones, a God fleshed out for us. In the Incarnation, we discover that God is not satisfied that we might entertain abstract thoughts about divinity, or approach God with our minds only.  Nor is it enough that God should take up residence in our hearts only as a spiritual presence, granting us no more than a feelingof nearness. God became flesh and set up his tent among us in a particular time and place so that we might experience love up close and personal.
The Incarnation reminds us is that it is into the real world of flesh-and-blood human beings that God has chosen to come. And that God comes so near, sometimes so arrestingly near, changes everything for us. For in Jesus Christ, God went all the way to us, all the way for us, and all the way with us.  Because in the Incarnation, God sent his Son into our here and now, we can live in our here and now without fear.  For our here and now is not set over against the hither and yon of the eternal. Because of the Incarnation, eternal life begins not just in the by and by, but right now, right here, when many of us feel we need it the most.
Because of the Incarnation, the world is no longer divided into the “now” and “then,” the “sacred” and the “profane,” or the “holy” and the “unholy.”  In the Incarnation we celebrate the sacrament of the present moment in which everything is sacred, everything is holy; everything matters.  We matter.  Matter matters.
Celtic spirituality speaks of “thin places,” those gossamer regions where the veil between this world and the other is so shear that we can almost step right through it, where the distinction between heaven and earth begins to collapse.  With the Incarnation, such “thin places” start opening up everywhere, not just in so-called sacred places, like church buildings, but outside where we do most of our living. And not just on the beach or on mountaintops, but everywhere we go because with the Incarnation, Jesus hits the road with us. And not just on holy days, like Christmas, but all the time, if only we would allow ourselves to be gently pried open by God’s gentle mercies.
As we make our journey to Bethlehem may we all find our kneeling places and find in this
 unrepeatable present moment an ever-flowing source of holiness.

  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

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