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Welcome to our church website.

We are glad you are here!

We hope to see you soon!

Our physical gathering has been postponed,

But, our spirit, ual worship continues with links here. 


Join us Sunday, July 12 as we talk about the 5th Commandment: "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother."

Click Here for Zoom Worship Sunday at 11:00 a.m.


Thursday Class on Paul's letter to the Philippians by Professor N. T. Wright.

We begin at 6:45 p.m. with a social time. Class begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Click Here for Thursday Class on Philippians


Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

Sermon: July 5, 2020. "Honor the Sabbath", Exodus 20:8

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"Fourth Commandment--Honor the Sabbath and Keep It Holy"


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My father served in Navy during WWII. He entered right after graduating high school. The war in Europe had ended. Hostilities with Japan were far from over, in fact, the worse battle in the Pacific theatre took place between April and June of 1945. Okinawa was an island just south of the Japanese mainland. The U.S. forces considered it preparation for the invasion of Japan itself.

The closer the Allies got to Japanese homeland, the bloodier the battles became. In those three months in Okinawa, Japan had 100,000 casualties and the Americans had 50,000 – more lost than in any other WWII engagement.

My father was on the aircraft carrier, the Essex. They were retrieving the dead, evacuating the injured and bringing soldiers back home. My father said there were thousands on board. The deck of the carrier was littered with casualties.

The only people who truly understand warfare are those who experience it. The rest of us may get a vague sense from movies and books, but unless we have been there ourselves, we really don’t know what it’s like. Seeing bodies torn apart. Watching your friends die. The sounds of bullets whistling past your ears. The thunder of bombs which envelope you. The one thing my father said he remembers most distinctly was the smell. The main reason so many of the soldiers were on deck was to keep the smell of burnt flesh from permeated the inside of the ship.

On Memorial Day, we remember those who lost their lives protecting our nation. In hindsight, we realize not every conflict our nation participated in was just. But, on Memorial Day we are not measuring the motives, we are honoring the sacrifice. The men and women who serve our country put devotion to the country first and protecting the person right next to them as their motive.

In John 15:13, Jesus said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend.” This is what these women and men did. They gave their last measure of love to defend their brothers and sisters in arms. We have freedoms to live where we want to live, to love who we want to love and to worship God in a manner of our choosing.

We stop this Memorial Day for just a moment to honor their memory. It is right and good that we should do so.

Let us pray:

“All Powerful God,

we honor those men and women - 

Our sons and daughters, Husbands and wives,

Fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers—

Who have laid down their life for their country.

Whether weary or emboldened, quiet or defiant,

Vulnerable or ready when You called them home,

Their sacrifice is too humbling for words

except these uttered in prayer.

Loving Lord, bless them forever in Your eternal peace…

Cherish their spirit, honor their commitment,

send them our love,

and will never forget the service that they gave.”

Let us never grow weary of working for that day when “…we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks. And, nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more…”

In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.


 


 

The Adventures of FLAT JESUS.

The gospel of Matthew ends with Jesus promising the disciples, “I will be with you always until the end of time.” You are invited to show us where Jesus might be with you. Print and cut out the attached graphic of FLAT JESUS. Take him on adventures wherever you go: your home, your yard, with your pet, on a trail, fishing, boating, with your family or even in the store – he doesn’t even need to wear a face mask! Be creative. Then, send your pictures to Fawn Palmer at fawnpalmer@gmail.c.om. Please be sure to include the location(s) and a caption(s) for your photo(s). We will upload them into our church newsletter. Our deadline for the June newsletter is May 24, 2020. 


"Give it the green light!"

 

"See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland." Is. 43:19

The prophet Isaiah tells us to keep our eyes open for the new thing God is about to do. During this pandemic, we are preparing for a vaccine to be found. Our church is doing it's part to prepare the way.

Bells - Each morning at 11:00 a.m. we will ring the church bell eleven times. The number eleven is an incomplete number, just one short of the twelve we learned about in the Bible. We ring the bell to announce our solidarity with all those laboring on the front lines, but also to express our desire for the complete resolution to this pandemic. 

Green Light - We ask that all of you turn on a GREEN light at your house every evening. Place the light somewhere it can be seen at night – ideally outside.

Why?

Green is the color of renewal and promise. When things start to turn green in the spring, we know new life is on its way. We believe a new vaccine is on its way.

Let us join together in hope.

Turn on your green lights at night.

Imagine the lights as prayers reaching to the heavens.

Share the idea!

 

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve


Watch our Virtual Easter Parade!

Featuring Flowers and Families.

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A Pastoral Message from Pastor Steve

"This Time Is Hard On People"

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Click Link Below to Hear

Autumn, Clementine, Finnegan and Kalliope Ferguson

Sing "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" for Palm Sunday:

Welcome Jesus On Palm Sunday:

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Welcome to Our Virtual Palm Sunday Parade:

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Elder Darlene Seippel Shares a Minute for Mission 

for The Presbyterian One Great Hour of Sharing Offering:

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You may give to the OGHS by choosing the "Give On-line" Tab

(Icon of Hand Offering $) in the Top Right Above.


Preventive Medicine - Get Outdoors!

There are many benefits to being outside during the pandemic, not the least of which is our mental health. Sunny skies, and a little exercise makes us feel better, mentally and physically. Fresh air is also good for our lungs and allows us to expel recycled air and any germs that might be in it. Some research suggests UV light helps kill the virus. Hospital grade sterilization is dangerous, but we know it works. No definitive data has been collected on UV, but the thought is - yes, sunlight will help. We don't know how much time is needed, but any sunlight is a good thing. So enjoy the fresh air, get some Vitamin D and boost your mental health.

Enjoy the spring!

- Dana Cross

 


We share a reflection on a creation psalm: Psalm 104.

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Almighty God, today we celebrate Your magnificent splendor. For by Your hand You placed time in motion. From the first day of creation until this very day, Your creative wonders have filled the universe. On this Sabbath day, we celebrate how by Your mighty power You raised Christ from the grave. From that first resurrection Sunday until this day, Your love has given life to all mankind. Now, O God, as we enter this sacred time of worship, we call upon You to bathe us in Your presence and bless us by Your Spirit. To Your Name be glory and honor, now and forever. Amen.

We open with a discusson of the Old Testament book of Habakkuk:

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COVID-19 Communications

Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Building Closed

In response to the coronavirus, our Session voted to suspend all group activities on church grounds. There is a compelling reason for this action. While most of us are not at serious risk, we have many in our community – namely the elderly and those with medical conditions – who are at risk. We want to protect them. By all reports, social distancing and careful attention to hand cleanliness, are two of the best ways to discourage the spread of the virus. Thus, because we love you and we love our neighbors, we are initiating these decisions.

On-Line Services

We are offering an on-line service of worship on Sunday using the Zoom platform. Worship will be at 11:00 a.m. Visit this site and the manner of the broadcast will be explained on teh right side under announcements. 

Child Care Center

The CPC Preschool and Child Care Center has cancelled Preschool and Child Care. However, You may contact our director, Libby Turney, for answers to your questions: 410-836-2148.

Office Hours

The office is without an Administrative Assistant at this time so there may be periods when no one will be there to answer phones. If you want to ask questions, please contact the pastor, Dr. Stephen Melton, by cell: 717-571-6787.

Church Support

For those who wish to provide financial support for the ministry of our church, there is a giving link on the top right-hand corner of this church website. There you will see three icons. The middle one showing a hand giving money, is the one to click. You will be asked to provide a number for a credit card or for a bank account. You can save the information and give again in the future without much trouble.

Open to Christ

The theologian and writer, C.S. Lewis said as people of God we want “the good infection.” We want to get close enough to Christ, so His Spirit infects our spirit. We will become less ourselves and more of Him, and by becoming more of Him, we rediscover our natural state as children of God.

The doors of the church may be closed for now, but we are reminded - the door Christ is knocking on, has been and always will be, the door of our soul – and we can open it anywhere and at any moment.

Dear God, we look to You in this time of trouble. May Your Son, our great physician, be present to us all. Especially be with those who will have a difficult time during this period of isolation. May our concern not only be for ourselves but for them. Help us find ways to reach out in faith. Enter our room. Fill us with grace. Send us back out as agents of hope. In Your name we pray. Amen.

 

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We give thanks for the virtual visit from Missionary the Rev. Sarah Henken.

The Rev. Sarah Henken is a Presbyterian missionary serving in Colombia, South America, where our "Well" project is being pursued. If you would like to send her cards, feel free to use this address:

Carrera 37 #54-44

Apartamento 102

Barranquilla, Colombia

08001

You may send her an e-mail: 

http://mailto:sarah.henken@pcusa.org

You may also follow her work through the PCUSA website:

Sarah Henken, PCUSA Missionary

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

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Church: A model community of the imperfect

 

Eugene Peterson, from his Introduction to the book of James:

When Christian believers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does. Outsiders, on observing this, conclude that there is nothing to the religion business, except, perhaps, business – and dishonest business at that. Insiders see it differently. Just as a hospital collects the sick under one roof and labels them as such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised. It’s similar with sinners outside the church.

So Christian churches as not, as a rule, model communities of good behavior. They are, rather, places where human behavior is brought out in the open, faced and dealt with.

Together in Christ,

Stephen

 


“A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH”

The Presbyterian Church was an unexpected offspring of a religious movement called “The Reformation.” Two of the leading Reformers of the time, Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564), had no intention of forming a new church, at least not initially. Their desire was to reform the present day Catholic Church, to purge the Church of corruptions and set it more in line with the traditions and theology of Scripture and of the early church. The Reformers became known as “Protestants” because their requests for change sounded more and more like protests.

The Presbyterian Church is one of several churches that can trace their origins to the Reformation. Presbyterians get their name from the Greek word “presbuteros” which means “elder.” The term refers to the system, in apostolic times, of choosing leaders from among the wisest members of the church. A prominent doctrine of the Reformation was “the priesthood of all believers.” Reformed churches designed themselves in ways that gave more power to the congregation. The Presbyterians established a representative system where elders, presbyters and commissioners were elected.

The French organized the first congregation in 1555 and the French Huguenots were one of the first Presbyterians to reach America, followed closely by the English, Dutch, German, Irish and Scottish. In 1706 the first American presbytery was formed in Philadelphia and soon after the Synod of Philadelphia in 1716. 1789 marked the First General Assembly in Philadelphia.

The Church grew and diversified as it headed westward. By 1800 there were 20,000 members. In another thirty-seven years, there were 220,000. With the growth in numbers came an increase of conflict, separation and sometimes reunion. “Old School” and “New School” divisions plagued Presbyterians for years. The most infamous of issues was slavery. The Civil War severely divided the Church.

The next 120 years saw movements toward reunification. In 1958 the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) and the United Presbyterian Church of North America merged to form the Presbyterian Church in the United States of American (UPCUSA). In 1983 the two largest Presbyterian Churches united at the Atlanta General Assembly (G.A.): the southern-based Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) and the northern-based (UPCUSA). In 1985 the G.A. approved a seal for the new Church. There are some powerful images in the symbol which reveal what is important to us as Presbyterians. Today there are about 2,000,000 members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), the largest of the mainline Presbyterian denominations.

“Unexpected” may seem like a good way to describe the beginnings of the Presbyterian Church. But for Presbyterians it has always been the “providence of God.”

Together in Christ,

Stephen

 
 
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The Fourth Commandment

Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. The 4th Commandment is considered a "hinge" commandment. The first three Commandments are specifically directed towards our relationship with God. The last six Commandments are about our relationship with one another. The 4th Commandment is about both. 

What does it mean to honor the Sabbath today?

Join us Sunday, July 5th as we delve into the meaning.

Click Here for Live Zoom Worship Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

Third Commandment

What does it mean to take the Lord's name in vain? Clearly, the use of "G-damn" when cursing treats God's name as nothing more than a flippant expletive. But, the 3rd Commandment is more interested in other violations. What are these?

To find out, join us for our live worship on Zoom and Facebook Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Click Here for Live Worship on Zoom Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

Second Commandment

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Besides giving thanks for dad, we will be honoring four graduates:

Josh Deckard (Havre de Grace High School)

Athena Floros (C. Milton Wright High School)

Matthew Treusdell (Penn State University), and

Samantha Widenhouse (C. Milton Wright High School)

Each will receive a gift from the church.

We will continue our study of 2nd Commandment: “Thou shalt not make a graven image…” (Dt. 5: 8)

We will continue our study of 2nd Commandment: “Thou shalt not make a graven image…” (Dt. 5: 8) What kind of image of God is ok? Is having a picture of Jesus in our living room permissible? The Commandment also says we shall not have images of anything on the earth or in the ocean? Does this mean no photos of our family at the beach?

To find out, join us for our live worship on Zoom and Facebook Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Click Here for Live Worship on Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

The First Commandment

This Sunday we will look into the First Commandment: "Thou shalt not have any other gods before me." (Dt. 5:7)

Our live service may be watched on Facebook or on the Zoom platform.

Click Here for Live Worship on Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

 

Trinity Sunday

This Sunday, June 7, is Trinity Sunday. We will begin our summer look at the Ten Commandments.  The story of when God gives Moses the Ten Commandments is told in two books: Exodus and Deuteronomy. Exodus 20: 1-20 will be the pericope for the sermon, "The Pains of Freedom."

We will also be celebrating Communion. We encourage you to have bread and a cup of juice for when we share in the meal during worship.

Go to the link below for our live service on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. The worship is also broadcast live on Facebook.

Click Here for Live Worship at 11:00 a.m. Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. Acts 2: 1-21. The disciples are in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit empowers them. Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church. The sermon is titled, "It's Not a Ship. It's A Boat." Please join us at 11:00 a.m. for our live Service via Facebook and Zoom. Simply click on this link and it will take you to the Zoom "Meeting Room": https://zoom.us/j/7908182538

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