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This Sunday: October 22, 2017

8:45 am Open Door Worship
11:00 am Sanctuary Worship

"Secret Service, Part 2"
Rev. Mary Kay Collins

Matthew 6:5-6



Week of October 13, 2017

Worries or Gratitude?

Once I was given an exercise to write down everything I was worried about. I was to then surrender these worries, to put them in a “God Box.” Then on the next page, I was to make a list of everything I was grateful for and say a prayer of thanks.

You know what happened? The two lists had a lot in common! For instance, I was worried about a family member, and I was also grateful for that family member. I was worried about an event, and I was grateful for this same event. Sometimes our worries and our gratitude only have a thin line between them. 

We are in a time of transition at First Presbyterian Richmond. I have been here before—what about you?I have discovered that giving thanks in the midst of hardship does a lot to change my perspective. I am not saying it is always easy. Sometimes I would prefer to dwell in pity (I am pretty good at this!), but on those occasions where I can instead give thanks, the reward is great.

As you think about our church today, perhaps with concern, worry, or even fear, name that. Pray for it. Accept where you are. And then take a moment or two, stop what you are doing, and think with me about something in the church for which you are thankful. Just one thing.

Maybe you are grateful for the solo that Sharon Spencer sang in the sanctuary last week. Maybe you recall the card you received from Presbyterian Women when you were grieving the death of a loved one. Or the conversation you had with a member of your Sunday School class. Maybe you are grateful for the opportunity you have to serve in the city through our partnership with George Mason Elementary, or thankful for a ride on the bus. I could go on and on. 

But I encourage you take a moment and think about one thing you are grateful for at First Presbyterian Church Richmond. Thank God for this and keep praying that we will all be open to God's continued faithfulness in the church.

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it,


Prayer List

Please keep in your prayers:

Those with special concerns:

  • Dorothy Kuffler
  • Ernie Neer
  • John Perkinson
  • Joe Rudder
  • Ellen Williamson (Amy Harris's sister)
  • Joan Wilton

Those grieving:

  • Peggy Regan and family on the death of her husband, William Regan, on October 6.

Members and family serving in the military:

  • Edward Allen
  • Jenny Sigel Burkett
  • Matthew Horton
  • 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, October 13
Pat Tyler
Vicki Warren
Gwen Wind

Saturday, October 14
Ricky Munz
Mary Downing Parker
Kim Swain

Sunday, October 15
Art Rausch

Monday, October 16
Mary Anna Broadbent
Richard Luck
Kemp Meyers
Becky Satterfield

Tuesday, October 17
Henry Edmunds
Katie Guise
Leigh Thornton

Wednesday, October 18
Georgiann Davis
Craig Sampson
Georgia Townsend
Lori Turochy
Ann Vaughters

Thursday, October 19
Bettsie Adamson
Cora Huitt
Nancy McDermid

Friday, October 20
Dottie Cleal
Karla Mathews
Kim Shumadine

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