October 29, 2019 @ 6:20 pm

10.27.19 “Where Your Treasure Is”

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

"Where Your Treasure Is" 

 

Included in this podcast: 

Prayer for Illumination 

Old Testament reading  Joel 2:23-32 

The Psalter - Psalm 65:1-13 

Epistle reading  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 

 

The Anthem "Fight the Good Fight" (John Gardner) 

 

Gospel reading  Luke 12:22-34 

Sermon "Where Your Treasure Is" 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

Your heart follows your money.

Think about it. If you buy a new car, suddenly you love driving and look for every excuse to take someone somewhere. Buy a new house, and you want to have everyone over. Buy some new clothes or shoes, and you wear them the next day, even if they’re not the most weather-appropriate choices.

Your heart follows your money, specifically how you spend your money.

And “Jesus does not need your money. But he desperately wants your heart. Jesus knows that the key to having your heart is through your money.”ii 

 

ii https://www.jordanrimmer.com/stewardship-what-is-the-big-deal-about-money/ 

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October 25, 2019 @ 7:29 pm

10.23.19 Prayer Experiment #2

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

Prayer Experiment#2

(Wednesdays at 5:30pm - 801 Waller St, Portsmouth OH 45662) 

 

Before we started recording, we reflected on last week's prayer experiments, sharing what was helpful and what wasn't. Some who struggle with staying focused or paying attention especially appreciated the physical cues of crossing their thumbs in a way that was not natural or praying with palms up helped to keep their mind focused. Others said even if they didn't actually pray more regularly, they THOUGHT about praying much more than usual. And we decided that's a great first step! 

We also had a discussion about creating a designated prayer space in our homes - a "prayer chair" or space - where we would have all the tools we would need for structuring a prayer time. 

Of course, prayer can happen at any time and any location, but if your goal is to be more regular or faithful in your prayer life, a structure can help you to be more disciplined. That's part of what we're focusing on in the beginning: creating a regular practice of prayer within the rhythm of our day.  

 

Experiment #2  The Daily Examen 

Today's topic is the "daily examen," "a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience."
 
The framework used for a simple daily examen in this podcast comes from the book, Sleeping with BreadThe handout below includes a more detailed format that can also be followed. 

   

Download this handout to follow along with the experiments:  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1StIqdywLC2m8y5ce_NNLD5zeJoe7lYEY/view?usp=sharing

One of the group members led the evening prayer using a service from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. As soon as I get that service, I will upload it so you can follow along with that at the end of the podcast. 

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October 22, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

10.20.19 “The Sun Always Rises”

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

Since our organ was feeling under the weather, we worshiped in the chapel. And I must have been a little preoccupied because I forgot to turn off the recording, so this podcast includes most of the service, including the lovely acoustic piano service music provided by Dr. Stan Workman during the offering. Enjoy! 

 

Included in this podcast: 

Prayer for Illumination 

The Epistle reading  2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5 

The Psalter  Psalm 121 

The Gospel reading  Luke 18:1-8 

 

The Anthem  "Come Thou Fount" (Craig Courtney) 

The Old Testament reading  Genesis 32:22-31  

The Sermon "The Sun Always Rises" 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

Being a follower of Jesus Christ does not protect us from dark nights of the soul. Our faith in God does not protect us from having loved ones die suddenly or marriages ending badly or keep terrible accidents from happening. We will be tested, and we will struggle to meet the challenge of that test.

In fact, those who open their hearts to Jesus also open their hearts to the world and will inevitably have those hearts broken again and again. One of my favorite authors writes, “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

Being a follower of Jesus Christ does not protect us from the terrible things that will happen … but our belief in the faithfulness of God even in the darkest times gives us one more reason to keep going, to keep believing, to keep fighting.

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October 17, 2019 @ 8:41 pm

10.16.19 Prayer Experiment #1

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

The experiment begins! As a response to requests about learning some "new-to-us" ways of praying, here's our first adventure with prayer experiments! 

 

Experiment #1  How physical posture can trigger your brain when it's time to pray 

- crossing your thumbs 

- hands palms up resting on your legs 

 

Experiment #2  Summarizing a Scripture passage in 6 words or less 

- the practice of discerning the heart of a Scripture passage and listening for God's voice 

 

Download this handout to follow along with the experiments:  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10qlOGqfhUTJ7wV83334IP8PARX0BddAq/view?usp=sharing 

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October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

10.03.19 “Seek the Shalom of the City”

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

"Seek the Shalom of the City" 

 

In this podcast: 

Prayer for Illumination 

Gospel reading  Luke 17:11-19 

The Psalter - Psalm 66:1-12 

The Epistle reading  1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 

The Anthem  "A Repeating Alleluia" 

 

Old Testament reading  Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 

Sermon  "Seeking the Shalom of the City" 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

So, if we are to assume that these words God gave to the Israelites are words being spoken to us again today by the power of the Holy Spirit, what are we to do with them?

I wonder about all the ways we’re already seeking the shalom of this city, but we’ve never thought about them in this way before.

When you serve in a community group or a non-profit, you’re seeking the shalom of the city.

When you run a business or a doctor’s office, you’re seeking the shalom of the city.

When you teach in a school or a university, when you make music or make art, when you pack hygiene kits or weekend food backpacks or buy presents for kids at Christmas or give to God’s Pantry, you’re seeking the shalom of the city.

When you do any of these things in the name of Jesus Christ – whether you actually speak his name out loud or not – you are seeking the wholeness and completeness and prosperity of the city.

But ... 

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October 6, 2019 @ 9:30 pm

10.06.19 “Something Small and Hidden”

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

"Something Small and Hidden" 

 

Prayer of Illumination 

Old Testament reading  1 Kings 17:8-16 

Epistle reading  Acts 2:37-47 

Gospel reading  Matthew 13:31-34 

 

Sermon "Something Small and Hidden" 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

" ... we realize that mustard seeds and yeast are in fact the oddest of choices as ways of describing the kingdom of heaven.

First of all, a mustard plant is actually classified as an invasive weed, so if it shows up in your yard, it behooves you to get rid of it ASAP because it will take over all your other plants.

And second of all, in biblical times they didn’t actually use yeast as we know it today; instead it something called “leaven” which is described as a “rotting, molding lump of bread” used to start a new loaf of bread, kind of like a sourdough starter.

You know what that means, right? Jesus is saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like an invasive weed and moldy bread.” And that can only lead us to ask the question, “What in the world was Jesus thinking?” 

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September 24, 2019 @ 5:57 pm

09.22.19 “Loving God & God’s People More Than Money”

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

Sunday, September 22, 2019 

 

In this podcast: 

Prayer of Illumination 

Old Testament reading  Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 

The Psalter  Psalm 79:1-9 

Epistle  1 Timothy 2:1-7 

 

The Anthem "When the Whole Heart Turns Unto God"  (Alec Rowley) 

 

Gospel  Luke 16:1-13 

Sermon  "Loving God & God's People More Than Money" 

 

Sources mentioned in the sermon: 

Kiva - microlending non-profit that crowdfunds loans for projects around the world 

https://www.kiva.org/

Washington Post article about large chocolate companies refusing to end child labor practices in their global supply chains

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/business/hershey-nestle-mars-chocolate-child-labor-west-africa/

 

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September 18, 2019 @ 9:53 pm

09.15.19 “Go Find Them”

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

Sun, Sept 15, 2019 

"Go Find Them" 

 

First reading  Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 

The Psalter - Psalm 14 

Second reading  1 Timothy 1:12-17 

Choral Anthem "The King of Love My Shepherd Is" 

 

Third reading  Luke 15:1-10 

Sermon title  "Go Find Them" 

Sermon except  

In this passage, Jesus challenges us – just as he challenges the Pharisees and the scribes – to learn from him and to GO FIND THEM. Be like the shepherd who does something ridiculous like leave his 99 to go after the 1. Be like the woman who turned her whole house upside looking for one coin when she still had 9 perfectly good ones still left in her pocket. Be like Jesus who welcomed sinners and outcasts and people who think the church will be hit with lightning if they walk into a church.

Sit with them, eat with them – six words.

See them, love them, welcome them – six more words.

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September 18, 2019 @ 9:39 pm

08.08.19 “Going All In”

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Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

Sun, Sept 8, 2019  "Going All In" 

 

In this podcast: 

Prayer for Illumination 

First Scripture reading  Jeremiah 18:1-11

The Psalter Anthem - Psalm 139

Second reading  Philemon 1-12 

Third reading  Luke 14:25-33 

Sermon title: "Going All In" 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

Going all in is a thrilling feeling – to let go of past inhibitions and embark on something new; to act with a kind boldness you’ve never felt before; to take a risk on something uncertain; to make a radical commitment to something that is so important to you that you’re willing to forsake everything else.

Going all in is a complete and total rush.

And often, it’s a spectacularly terrible mistake. Just ask the crowds Jesus was talking to! 

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July 28, 2019 @ 9:13 pm

07.21.19 By Special Request “Not for Us to Know”

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Sun, July 21, 2019 

Second Presbyterian Church  +  Portsmouth, OH 

"By Special Request" summer sermon series 

 

Included in this podcast: 

Prayer of Illumination 

Old Testament reading  John 1:1-12 

Psalm 119 responsive reading 

Epistle reading  Romans 8:28-39 

Luke 22:21-34 

 

Sermon "Not for Us to Know" 

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