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April 18, 2019

As we make our way through Lent, I am again faced with one the part of my Christianity I struggle with the most. Good Friday. When I go out in public there is no sign of it. It is a happy time. Stores are full of brightly wrapped candy made especially for this time of year, pretty dresses, china with bunnies on it. I guess the real message is not easily promoted. At FLPC we have chosen to focus on reconciliation for Lent. Reconciliation is synonymous with bringing back together, reuniting, but the root of reconciliation means to change (…

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Christ Is Alive!

April 16, 2019

Martin Luther King was assassinated ten days before Easter in 1968.  The impact of his life and teachings extended far beyond the United States.  Hymn author Brian Wren (b. 1936) was serving at the time in a church in the United Kingdom.  As he prepared for Easter services in 1968, he was dismayed that none of the Easter hymns in the hymnal said what he wanted to say to his congregation in light of King’s death.  So he penned these words to offer Easter hope in response to tragedy. Christ is alive!  Let Christians sing.  The cross stands empty to…

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Love Crosses Borders

April 15, 2019

From PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker Mark Adams. Mark serves the bi-national border ministry, Frontera de Cristo. In June, a team from FLPC will travel to the border of Mexico to spend a mission week with Mark. On February 15, a day when the news cycle was filled with stories of walls and a declaration of national emergency, more than 400 people joined together at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Tucson for a Taste of Chiapas.  The Taste of Chiapas is an annual celebration that we organize to celebrate and educate how the vision and work of the farming families of…

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Holy Week – Palm Sunday Jesus Serves

April 14, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield Editor Luke 22:14-23 14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 Then he took…

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Fifth Week of Lent – Saturday

April 13, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 15:1-7 1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors,…

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Fifth Week of Lent – Friday

April 12, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 14:15-24 15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ 19 Another said, “I…

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Fifth Week of Lent – Thursday

April 11, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 11:37-44 37 While he was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. 38 The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for…

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Fifth Week of Lent – Wednesday

April 10, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 9:10-17 10 On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida. 11 When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured. 12 The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are…

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

April 9, 2019

The text of this hymn is often attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux.  Although this cannot be authenticated, we definitely can find Latin manuscripts from the 13th century that reference this text.  The words are, in essence, a poem that consists of seven parts.  Each part is designed to be sung on a different day of the week.  Each part also addresses a different part of Jesus’ body as he hung on the cross – his feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart, and head. The present version is by James Alexander, who translated it from a German edition from 1656.  The…

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Fifth Week of Lent – Monday

April 8, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 6:1-5 1 One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” 3 Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” 5 Then he said to…

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Fifth Week of Lent – Jesus Feeds

April 7, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 5:27-32 27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And he got up, left everything, and followed him. 29 Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. 30 The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician,…

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Fourth Week of Lent – Saturday

April 6, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 12:1-11 1 Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops. 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after…

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Fourth Week of Lent – Friday

April 5, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 10:25-37 25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who…

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Fourth Week of Lent – Thursday

April 4, 2019

From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor Luke 9:21-26 21 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 23 Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25 What does it profit them if…

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A Message from Ellen

April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019 Dear Friends, I am encouraged by how much of our effort and volunteer time is being spent outside of the walls of FLPC.  Of course, there is a tremendous amount of energy that goes into keeping our internal programs and missions working.  But, recently there has been a lot of outward mission also.  Let me tell you what I see. First, our youth went to Charlotte a couple of weekends ago and spent the weekend working in a community garden, homeless shelter and otherwise doing good in Charlotte.  They participated in a program in Charlotte called CROSS…

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