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" 

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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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July 28, 2019 @ 9:03 pm

07.14.19 By Special Request This Last Letter

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Sun, July 14, 2019  

Second Presbyterian Church  +  Portsmouth, OH 

"By Special Request" summer sermon series 

 

Included in this podcast: 

Prayer of Illumination 

Old Testament reading  Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 

Psalm 111 responsive reading 

Gospel reading  Luke 17:11-19 

Epistle reading  2 Timothy 2:2-8 

 

Sermon "By Special Request" 2 Timothy 2:2-8  "This Last Letter" 

 

 

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July 3, 2019 @ 12:07 am

06.30.19 By Special Request: Psalm 42

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Sun, June 30, 2019 

Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

BY SPECIAL REQUEST summer sermon series 

 

Prayer of Illumination 

Old Testament reading  Isaiah 40:27-31 

Epistle reading  Philippians 4:1, 4-9 

Gospel reading  Matthew 6:25-34 

 

Ministry of Music  "I Waited For the Lord"  (Felix Mendelssohn) 
Julie (mom) and Jacque (daughter) Hines, duet; Stan Workman, accompanist 
I waited for the Lord, 
He inclined unto me, 
He heard my complaint. 
O blessed are they that hope and trust in the Lord! 

 

Psalm 42 (from the 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer) 

Like as the hart (or deer) desireth the water-brooks,
so longeth my soul after Thee, O God.

My soul is athirst for God, 
yea, even for the living God:
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?

My tears have been my meat day and night,
while they daily say unto me:
Where is now thy God?

Now when I think thereupon,
I pour out my heart by myself;
For I went with the multitude,
and brought them forth into the house of God;
In the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
among such as keep holy-day.

Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul?
and why art thou so disquieted within me?
Put thy trust in God;
for I will yet give Him thanks for the help of his countenance.

 

Sermon: By Special Request - Psalm 42 (from Stan Workman) 

Hymn: "Be Still, O My Soul" 

 

Link to article mentioned in the sermon: People Who Talk to Themselves Aren't Crazy, They're Actually Geniuses

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June 23, 2019 @ 8:51 pm

06.23.19 By Special Request: All About Angels

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Sun, June 23, 2019 

Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 

 

"By Special Request" summer sermon series

Request: Angels -- who are they? how/when were they created? 

 

In this podcast: 

Prayer for Illumination 

Old Testament reading  Genesis 2:1-4 

Responsive reading  Psalm 148:1-6 

Epistle reading  Galatians 1:3-10 

 

Ministry of Music  "Angels through the Night"  Traditional/ Arr. by Phillip Kern 
(Mary Baughman, soloist; Dr. Stan Workman, accompanist) 

 

Gospel reading  Luke 2:8-20 

Sermon  "All About Angels" 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

Even for as much as we can know about angels, there’s much more that we can’t. Not quite humans, not quite God, they don’t fit into any of the categories we use to describe things, and so they remain a mystery that we can’t quite solve.

But I think that’s the whole point, actually. God – who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one and one in three – is always a mystery; so why would God’s angels, the messengers of God, be any less mysterious?

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June 17, 2019 @ 3:26 am

06.16.19 By Special Request: My Ebenezer

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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)

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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”

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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

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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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