“Surely the Presence of the Lord”

It is just a little over a mile from First Presbyterian Church to White Rock Presbyterian Church.  We use the same hymnbooks and creeds. We sing the same songs, read the same scriptures, say the same responses.  Yet most of the time we move in different circles in the city. I want you to do what on Sunday morning, October … Read More

“Reworked Vessels”

2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Jeremiah 18:1-6 “Reworked Vessels” Introduction Sid and I come from a long line of potters.  For seven generations now, our family has been making pottery out of the clay of North Carolina. I did not get the potter gene.  But Sid has been making pottery all his life.  He took some years off to serve as a … Read More

“All the Work of Your Hand”

Isaiah 43:1-3a, 64:8 “All the Work of Your Hand” Introduction Listen to these words by St. Ireaneus, theologian in the 2nd century church: It is not thou that shapest God; It is God that shapest thee. If then thou art the work of God, Await the hand of the Artist Who does all things in due season. Offer God thy … Read More

“We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes”

Mark 7:24-37 “We” Work Till Jesus Comes” Introduction I was tired.  I had spent the summer serving as acting executive for our Presbytery, our regional council of Presbyterian churches, while the exec was on sabbatical leave. But since I am so good at over-functioning, I had tried at the same time to keep up my job as Associate Exec, so … Read More