June 17, 2019 @ 3:26 am

06.16.19 By Special Request: My Ebenezer


Sun, June 16, 2019 + Father's Day 

Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 


BY SPECIAL REQUEST summer sermon series 
(Pastor Allison's request!) 


Gospel reading  Matthew 16:13-20 

Responsive reading  Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 

Epistle reading  1 Peter 2:1-10 


Ministry of Music  "How Can I Keep From Singing" 
Justin Wiget, tenor; Dr. Stan Workman, accompanist 


Old Testament reading  1 Samuel 7:3-17 

Sermon  "My Ebenezer" 


Sermon excerpt: 

The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once wrote in his journal, “Life must be understood backwards. But … it must be lived forwards.”[i]

The life of faith is a careful balance of remembering God’s divine interventions and deliverances in the past while discerning God’s will for the future in our own lives.  

And the good news is that we have the stories of Scripture with its countless Ebenezers to remind us of God’s past help and faithfulness. And we have a hymnal full of songs and Ebenezers raised up in times of difficulty and trials.

Even the cross of Christ is itself an Ebenezer, perhaps the ultimate Ebenezer, a constant reminder of the depth and breadth of Jesus’ love for us that caused him to make the ultimate sacrifice to deliver us, his own lost sheep, prone to wander as we are.  


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June 11, 2019 @ 11:26 pm

06.09.19 “What Does This Mean?” (Pentecost Sunday)


Sun, June 9, 2019 + PENTECOST 

Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 


Prayer of Illumination 

The Epistle  Romans 8:14-17 

The Psalter  Palm 104 

The Gospel  John 14:8-17, 25-27 


The Anthem  "Gracious Spirit Dwell With Me"  (K. Lee Scott) 


Sermon text  Acts 2:1-21 

Sermon title  "What Does This Mean?" 


The question for us is the same as it was that day: what does this mean?

More specifically, what does it mean for us to learn to speak the language of those outside our building? Instead of expecting others to learn our language, how can we learn theirs instead?

How can we speak and act in a way that creates a sense of welcome for those who are strangers in a strange land, those who have been hurt by the church and are afraid to try again?

How can we speak and act in a way that is like a beam of light piercing through someone’s darkness?

How can we become home for people who are searching for a place to call home, people who have never known the safety of a home before?

What new language would we have to learn?

What beloved things would we have to give up?

What new challenges would we have to take on?

What are we willing to do so that those who are outside the building would feel welcome inside?

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June 4, 2019 @ 8:52 pm

06.02.19 “Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free”


Sun, June 2, 2019  (Ascension Sunday) 

Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 


Scripture readings: 

Luke 24:44-53 

The Psalter  Psalm 47 

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 


Anthem  "Brethren We Have Come to Worship" 


Acts 16:16-34

Sermon: "Nobody's Free Until Everybody's Free" (Fannie Lou Hamer) 

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May 26, 2019 @ 8:57 pm

05.26.19 Holy Spirit: Travel Agent

Sun, May 26, 2019  +  Second Presbyterian Church (Portsmouth, OH) 


Lectionary texts: 

Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5 

The Psalter  Psalm 67

John 14:23-29 


Anthem: "Best of All Friends  (Music by K. Lee Scott) 


Acts 16:9-15  

Sermon title: "Holy Spirit: Travel Agent" 

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May 19, 2019 @ 8:10 pm

A Change in Menu 05.15.19


Sun, May 19, 2019 + Second Presbyterian Church (Portsmouth, OH) 


Lectionary texts: 

Revelation 21:1-6

The Psalter  Psalm 148:1-14 

John 13:31-35


Anthem: "The Victory O'er Death" (Robert Helgeson/Steven Lentzkow) 


Acts 11:1-18

Sermon title: "A Change in Menu" 

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March 27, 2019 @ 12:50 am

03.24.19 Lent 3 “And With His Stripes We Are Healed”


Sunday, March 24, 2019 +  Second Presbyterian Church (Portsmouth, OH) 

Sermon texts: 
Isaiah 53:4-12 
Psalm 30
Matthew 14:22-36 
1 Peter 2:18-25 

Anthem "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs" and "And With His Stripes We Are Healed" 

Sermon title: "And With His Stripes" 

Handel's MESSIAH 
Good Friday, April 19 

Second Pres Church
801 Waller St  Portsmouth OH 45662 

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March 20, 2019 @ 7:56 pm

03.17.19 Lent 2 “Surely”


Sunday, March 17, 2019  +  Second Presbyterian Church (Portsmouth, OH) 

Sermon texts: 
Hebrews 4:2-16 
Psalm 22:1-11, 19-24 
Mark 10:35-45
Isaiah 53:4-12

Anthem: "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs"  (Handel's Messiah) 

Sermon title: "Surely" 

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March 20, 2019 @ 7:49 pm

03.10.19 Lent 1 “The Suffering Servant”


Sun, March 10, 2019  + Second Presbyterian Church (Portsmouth, OH) 

Sermon texts: 
Hebrews 10:16-25 
Psalm 118 
John 6:35-44 
Isaiah 52:13-53:3 

Anthem: "He Was Despised" soloist: Michelle Imes, accompanist: Justin Wiget 

Sermon title: "The Suffering Servant" 

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March 20, 2019 @ 7:43 pm

03.06.19 Ash Wednesday “Behold, the Lamb of God”


Sun, March 6, 2019 + Second Presbyterian Church (Portsmouth, OH) 

Sermon texts:
Exodus 12:1-13 
John 1:29:1-13 

Anthem: "Behold, the Lamb of God" (from Handel's Messiah) 

Sermon title: "Behold, the Lamb of God" 

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December 4, 2018 @ 9:03 pm

Looking for a Fig Tree (”In-Between Time” sermon series) Sun, Dec 2, 2018


Sermon title: Looking for a Fig Tree ("In-Between Time" sermon series)  Sun, Dec 2, 2018 

Sermon text: Luke 21:25-36


Sermon excerpt: 

You’d think, based on what Luke said earlier, that Jesus would have pointed to the fig trees and other trees and talking about the leaves falling off as winter approaches, a sign of barrenness and death.

But here, he points directs our attention to the trees which are sprouting new leaves in the summer time. It’s a sign of life, new life even, which is a reflection of God’s kingdom.

Two very different signs, both full of truth. It’s the double-edge of Advent: the second coming of Jesus will bring a season of judgment and death and barrenness … but also a season of salvation and new life in Christ.  

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