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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)

faitpossible

Message From the Pastor
July-August 2019

On the evening before our daughter’s wedding, Frances and I were instructed in how to safely administer an IV infusion using the Sash Method of Flushing.  After an exhausting Friday in NYC securing her release from Lenox Hill Hospital and a very long commute home, our late-evening home-instruction seemed at first overwhelming.  My own anxiety was heightened by the knowledge that the antibiotic I was preparing was to be delivered intravenously into my loved one’s heart.  There could be no mistakes. 
But it became a collaborative process as Frances checked my work as I went about it. And like all procedures, it came down to a series of steps describable in a flow chart, albeit with many additional instructions copiously written in by hand.  After washing up and gathering supplies, and using alcohol pads to thoroughly wipe the port at each step of the process, I was directed to infuse first a saline solution, then the antibiotic itself, then another saline solution, and finally heparin, a sequence taking just over an hour.  But there were flow charts within the flow chart as I learned, for example, how to prepare the antibiotic for infusion and how to change and prime the tubing, operate the drip chamber, adjust the flow rate, and so on.   
We quickly learned that if the clamp outside the IV dressing were not opened, nothing could be administered.  And if the internal seal to the antibiotic were not broken, it could not be mixed with the bag of saline solution. And I found myself reflecting later this is always the way it is with the heart.  For the healing mercies of God to make their way to the human heart, we have to be unclamped and broken.  We do neither of these things ourselves alone. But we do come to God with an offering of our own intentions.  We cooperate in opening our hearts to God’s healing ministrations; we give consent to God’s grace at work in us.
Theologian John S. Dunne has suggested that there is not one consent in the human heart, but a series of them, each building upon the other.  The first consent is to the basic goodness of our being, the unique gift of our life, which is worthy and loveable before we ever do anything. The second consent is to the full development of our being with all of our talents and creative energy. The third consent is to the diminution of self that occurs through illness, loss, old age, and yes, death, the final letting go of everything we love in this world.  The fourth consent is to be transformed which requires us to die to everything that is false in us for the sake of relationship with the One who is True.
It is the work of the Holy Spirit that makes our consent possible.  Though we may experience discomfort and even resistance at being unclamped and broken, it is our heart’s desire to become open to the infusions of the Healer.  It is our heart’s desire to accept the invitation to learn and grow, to be transformed in ever increasing likeness to the Christ who perfectly images God. To experience such transformation is to experience God.  That is our heart’s desire, and in that place deep inside us we know that for the consenting heart, God’s will and our own will are one.
            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

 
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