Sunday, April 29, 2012

ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Yesterday, Today and Forever

Sunday, April 29, 2012 was an historic day in the life of First Presbyterian Church, Pascagoula, Mississippi. We celebrated our 122nd anniversary with two incredibly moving worship services, held an all-day prayer vigil, and came together for a potluck dinner at 5 p.m.


Following dinner, the congregation moved to the sanctuary for a Congregational Meeting to be conducted by the Committee on Consultation of the Presbytery of Mississippi.  At this meeting, the congregation voted 188 - 16 (12 no votes and 4 abstentions) to approve the Session's Recommendation to the Congregation of First Presbyterian Church (USA), Pascagoula, Mississippi to dissolve its relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA) to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). 


FPC's request for dismissal from the Presbytery of Mississippi will be received at Presbytery's next regular meeting on May 17, 2012, to be held at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs.


The Rev. Matt Mitchell's sermon on this remarkable Sunday reflected on the sovereign influence of God in the life of our congregation throughout its history, and into the future. The scripture lesson for the day was Hebrews 13:1-8.


To listen to this sermon, click on the following link:
Yesterday, Today and Forever



Hebrews 13

Concluding Exhortations
 1 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
   “Never will I leave you;
   never will I forsake you.”[a]
 6 So we say with confidence,
   “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
   What can man do to me?”[b]
 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Footnotes:
  1. Hebrews 13:5 Deut. 31:6
  2. Hebrews 13:6 Psalm 118:6,7

Sunday, April 8, 2012

EASTER Sunday:He is Risen!

On Easter Sunday, April 8, Rev. Matt Mitchell celebrated the conclusion of the Lenten Series, "The Last Seven Days of Christ" with a message entitled "He is Risen!" The scripture basis for this message was Matthew 28:1-10.

To listen to this message, click the following link:
He is Risen!

Matthew 28

The Resurrection
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Sunday, April 1, 2012

LENT Season 2012


DATESERMON TITLESCRIPTURE
2/26/2012The Tale of Two ParadesMark 11:1-11
3/4/2012Turning the TablesMark 11:15-18
3/11/2012Crisis & ConflictMark 11-13
3/18/2012Extravagant LoveMark 14:1-11
3/25/2012The Hour of BetrayalMark 14:43-52
4/1/2012The Irony of it AllMark 15:1-15

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