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This Sunday: Feb. 17, 2019

8:45 Open Door Worship - Lower Level
11:00 am Worship - Sanctuary

“The World Turned Upside-Down” - Rev. Amy Starr Redwine

Psalm 1 & Matthew 5:1-12



Week of February 15, 2019

Blessed Are…

During my first week here, I’ve spent most of my time having conversations with church staff and lay leaders. I am grateful for the time, wisdom, and experience many of you have so generously shared. One of the questions I’ve been asking is “what feels urgent at FPC?” Knowing that we as a church have lots of ways we can spend our God-given time, talents, and treasure, I ask this question as a way of helping us prioritize.

In his first sermon in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus offers the gathered crowd something of a list of priorities, the things that God might categorize as urgent. He does this in a form we have come to call “beatitudes” — blessed are the poor…the meek…the mourning. What is so easy for us to forget when we hear the word blessed is that the beatitudes Jesus pronounced were not comforting platitudes. In fact, they were quite the opposite. I imagine there were a few confused murmurings and furrowed brows during that first sermon, because what Jesus said would have made no sense to the people who heard him. “Did he just say, 'blessed are the poor'?” For the people of Jesus’s day, as for us, to be blessed and to be happy, healthy, and wealthy were often assumed to be one and the same. But Jesus suggests that in the kingdom of God, they are not. In so doing, he radically upends the prevailing notions of how God sees — and loves — the world and God’s people. 

Join us this Sunday as we consider what the Beatitudes have to say to us today, and how they can reorient our understanding of what it means to be blessed and loved by God, so that we can be a blessing to the world God so loves.


Prayer List

Please keep in your prayers:

Those with special concerns:

  • Barbro Caperton

  • Tom Holloway

  • Ken Horton

  • Susan Mountcastle

  • Hermie Powell

Those grieving:

  • Skip Ford and family on the death of his wife, Margaret Ford, on February 8.

Members and family serving in the military:

  • Edward Allen

  • Jenny Sigel Burkett

  • Matthew Horton

  • Mason Louthan

  • Nathan Thomas Meade

Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any of our pastors. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.



Friday, Feb. 15
Newby Mauck, III
John Perkinson

Saturday, Feb. 16
Harper Alberg
Russell Combs
Katie Duni
Ed Mullins, Jr.
Nora Smith 

Sunday, Feb. 17
Shirley Baker
Gaye Hill
Peggy Larus
Gray McDermid

Monday, Feb. 18
Annabel Edge
Alice Land
Gary McDowell 

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Pam Bolling
Judy Brittingham
Colin Chewning
Judy Flohr
Chase Hager
Frances Reynolds

Wed., Feb. 20
Nancy Bowman
Joanna Erwin
Gordon Ginder
Laurie Hemler
Bobby Larus, Jr.
Betsy Leshner
Hunter Scott

Thursday, Feb. 21
Philip Halsey
Anne Perry
Daisy Storey
Preston Williams 

Friday, Feb. 22
Debbie Brooks
Chip Hatcher, IV
Bob Nolley, III
Randy Rollins
Molly Westbrook
Dave Wojdyla

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