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Welcome to the Pastor’s Corner, and welcome to the website of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn! We hope that you will find here helpful resources for your spiritual journey.
That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
If you would like to share any comments about this site, page or the sermons here included, or if you would like to request prayer, please feel welcome to contact me at fpcgpastor@gmail.com

And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 3:14)

 

Message From the Pastor
January 2018

Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi emphasized fundamentals.  At the beginning of each training season, he would hold up the pigskin and instruct his team, “This, gentleman, is a football.” 
As we begin the new year, we may recall that in a similar vein, God has lifted up Jesus Christ, instructing us, “This is a human being.”  If we want to know what it means to be human, we look to Jesus.  The one who is truly human, Jesus shows us not only who God is, but also defines for us the meaning of authentic humanity. 
As we seek to be human as Jesus was human, we pray not only for faith in Jesus, but also for the faith of Jesus, who “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a slave, being made in human likeness” (Phil. 2:6-7). Taking always the lower place, not the higher, his was the path not of ascent, but of descent, the way not of addition, but of subtraction. The way  John of the Cross put it, “To come to the knowledge you have not, you must go by a way in which you know not. To come to the possession you have not, you must go by a way in which you possess not. To come to be what you are not, you must go by a way in which you are not.”*
As we seek to imitate this Christ in his downward mobility, we recognize not only that our lives do not belong to us, they are not really even about us; we are about Life.  Spirituality, as Jesus helps us to understand it, means to free us from self-preoccupation, free us from our sense of self-importance and ego. Instead of projecting and protecting our small, separate self-image, we can live instead from our true self, hidden with Christ in God.
And as we continue to celebrate the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ, may we heed God’s demonstration of what it is to be human.  As we imitate the life of Jesus, may his embodiment help us to see God’s real presence everywhere, in matter as well as spirit, indeed in the whole of creation.  Trusting that “If humankind could have known God without the world, God would never have created the world,” (Meister Eckhart), may we discover that to love God with the self-emptying love with which Jesus loved the Father is to love the world God sent his
Son to save.   

See you in church,
Pastor Fred

*(John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, in John of the Cross: Selected Writings, ed. Kieran Kavanaugh (Paulist Press: 1987), 44-45.)

           

 

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016

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