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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
July/August 2017

We take summer vacations for granted but the idea of taking vacations is a fairly recent development in American history and was received at first with skepticism. Our Puritan forbears looked down upon taking any time away from work except in the observance of Sabbath. It was only later generations of Christians, partly under the influence of the 19th century Second Great Awakening movement, who recognized the potential of summer revivals and spiritual retreats to transform the human heart. 
But transformation is pretty much the last thing many of us think of when we think of summer vacations. They are our time to get away “from it all.” Vacations raise questions therefore about our understanding of what it means to be human, and, if Christian, what it means to be Christ’s disciples. 
We often start out our vacations with the best of intentions.  “Why, we’ll commune with God on beach walks (or while fishing or on the golf course).  After all, can’t God be experienced by a mountain lake or on the occasion of a lovely sunset?”  Of course, but after a while, and apart from a worshipping community, we may discover ourselves giving attention to neither God nor neighbor, but only to an increasingly narrow version of ourselves.
My prayer for all of us is that we shall be alert to the opportunities that the summer brings us to deepen our faith in the God we are coming to know in Jesus Christ.  For some of us, that may well mean attending, in a more intentional way, to the sacramental nature of all of life, not just some of it.  For others it might mean a spiritual retreat.  For still others, it might mean a rededication to spiritual practices. But my prayer for all of us is that we may be especially attentive to all the ways that our triune God is already at work in our world, and alert for the opportunities that may be given us to join God in that work.   For I suspect that it is that which shall truly restore us; it is in that that we shall find our true re-creation.

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 Bulletins - Date
 
Bulletin 10.30.16 Bulletin 11.6.16
Bulletin 11.13.16 Bulletin 11.20.16
Bulletin 11.27.16 Bulletin 12.4.16
Bulletin 12.11.16 Bulletin 12.18.16
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Christmas Eve
Bulletin 12.25.16
Christmas Day
Bulletin 1.1.17 Bulletin 1.8.17
Bulletin 1.15.17 Bulletin 1.22.17
Bulletin 1.29.17 Bulletin 2.5.17
Bulletin 2.12.17 Bulletin 2.19.17
Bulletin 2.26.17 Bulletin 3.5.17
Bulletin 3.12.17 Bulletin 3.19.17
Bulletin 3.26.17 Bulletin 4.2.17
PalmSunday Bulletin 4.9.17 Good Friday Bulletin 4.14.17
Easter Sunday Bulletin 4.16.17 Bulletin 4.23.17
Bulletin 4.30.17 Bulletin 5.7.17
Bulletin 5.14.17 Bulletin 5.21.17
Bulletin 5.28.17 Bulletin 6.4.17
Bulletin 6.11.17 Bulletin 6.18.17
Bulletin 6.25.17 Bulletin 7.2.17
Bulletin 7.9.17 Bulletin 7.16.17
Bulletin 7.23.17 Bulletin 7.30.17
Bulletin 8.6.17 Bulletin 8.13.17
Bulletin 8.20.17