First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, IL

First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, IL


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Good Day to you! We continue to wait for our COVID testing and results before returning to our offices. Please keep us in prayer.
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Bless you on this Sunday morning. Sending peace and hugs. Pat and Charlene
Don't forget to bring your hygiene kits or donations during September.
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You are invited to the special worship services of this week. Thursday and Friday, there are services at 6:30pm to observe Holy Week. On Sunday, April 1, Easter Celebration at 10:30am
Everyone is welcome at First Presbyterian Church! Everyone!

Christian community welcoming all in Christ's name; serve others & seek justice; nurture transforming relationships in God's name. Worship on Facebook Live and in-person at 10:30am Sundays!

Safe protocols are being practiced We hope that you will feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at First Presbyterian Church. FPC is a spiritual home to all kinds of people. It includes lifelong believers and those who have a lot of questions and doubts. It includes people from many backgrounds and faith perspectives, all of whom come together to worship God and serve God's creation.

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[09/23/21]   Mark 9:38-50
9:38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us."

9:39 But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.

9:40 Whoever is not against us is for us.

9:41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

9:42 "If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.

9:43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

9:45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.

9:47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,

9:48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

9:49 "For everyone will be salted with fire.

9:50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

[09/23/21]   Verse for the day: Beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Jude 1:20

[09/22/21]   Prayer for the day: To your name, Lord Jesus, help me to bow the knee and all its worshipping, bow the head and all its thinking, bow the will and all its choosing and bow the heart in all its loving. Amen.

[09/22/21]   Verse for the day: Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life. Psalm 90:14

[09/21/21]   Prayer for the day: Mighty God, because we are taught by Jesus to reserve the act of judging only for you, we only ask that you show your strength against all the forces that thwart your will for goodness and well-being in this world and in our lives. Amen.

[09/21/21]   Verse for the day: Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you." Psalm 66:3

[09/20/21]   Prayer for the day O Lord Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life; Do not let us stray from you, the Way, nor to distrust you, the Truth, nore to rest in anything other than you, the Life. Amen.

[09/20/21]   Verse for the day: Be joyful in God, all you lands; sing the glory of God's name; sing the glory of God's praise. Psalm 66:1-2

[09/19/21]   We are sorry to alert the public to possible exposure to the COVID virus. If you attended any portion of the celebration of the life of Mac Corley on Saturday, September 18, you might have been exposed to the virus. A member of the Corley family tested positive on Sunday morning. As you know, the church encouraged the safe protocols of mask wearing and as much safe distancing as possible during this event. All people involved are in our prayers.

[09/19/21]   1 Corinthians 1:1-9
New Revised Standard Version
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord[a] and ours:

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4 I give thanks to my[b] God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— 6 just as the testimony of[c] Christ has been strengthened among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


[09/19/21]   Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

[09/19/21]   Proverbs 16:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

[09/19/21]   Hymns today are Joyful, Joyful we adore thee and Lord,Dismiss us with you blessing.

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[09/18/21]   Psalm 54
54:1 Save me, O God, by your name, and vindicate me by your might.

54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

54:3 For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not set God before them. Selah

54:4 But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.

54:5 He will repay my enemies for their evil. In your faithfulness, put an end to them.

54:6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.

54:7 For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

[09/17/21]   Psalm 1
1:1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;

1:2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.

1:3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

1:6 for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

[09/15/21]   Prayer for the day: Lord be with us this day--wiithin us to purify us, above us to draw us up; beneath us to sustain us, before us to lead us, behind us to restrain us, around us to protect us. Amen (St. Patrick of Ireland 389-461)

[09/15/21]   Verse for the day:You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

[09/14/21]   Prayer for the day: O Lord, lift my spirits. Lift our spirits. Restore the joy that comes when we remember your love and your blessings. Amen.

[09/14/21]   Verse for the day: I know that there is nothing better for them (workers) than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live. Ecclesiastes 3:12

[09/13/21]   Prayer for the day: In these days, O God, help me to know that you are near. Help me to see the signs of your loving presence and compassionate providence. And so, I may live with the fullness of your joy. Amen

[09/13/21]   Verse for the day: You, O God, are a shield about me; you are my glory; the one who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:3

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[09/11/21]   This is an update to the information previously published. There will not be a visitation.The Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for Edward "Mac" Corley will be on Saturday, September 18 at First Presbyterian Church. The Service will begin at 11am. The service will also be streamed on this page. All participants are asked to wear a mask and observe safe distancing.


September 11

[09/11/21]   Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your Church, which is the body of Christ and the family of God. As we lift up the needs and requests of our brothers and sisters, may our prayers be bathed in love and grace, forgiveness and faith, care and concern. Amen.

[09/10/21]   Psalm 116:1-9
116:1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

116:2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

116:3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.

116:4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray, save my life!"

116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.

116:6 The LORD protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.

116:7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

116:8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

116:9 I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

[09/09/21]   Prayer for today: God of grace and glory, as we consider that fall day years ago, grant us the ability to cling to the examples of goodness that emerged out of the horror: strangers banding together to thwart more carnage, people lining up to donate blood, congregations opening their doors to offer respite for anyone and everyone, people offering comfort and care to those they knew and those they’d never met. May these acts of mercy emulated in our lives be the ripple that reverberates through history, revealing your sure power to bring redemption, reconciliation and resurrection out of the depths of death and despair. Through Christ, who was and is and will be evermore our loving Savior. Amen.

[09/09/21]   Verse for the day: the grace of God has appeared, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright and godly Titus 2:11-12

[09/08/21]   Prayer for the day: Holy God, thank you for providing what I need. Be with those people who are in need of the basics of life--food, shelter, clothing and companionship. Help me to be an instrument of your love and peace, providing what I can to provide goodness into the creation. With a grateful heart, I pray through Christ my Lord. Amen.

[09/08/21]   Verse for the day: The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything that I need. Psalm 23:1 New Living Translation

[09/07/21]   Prayer for the day: As we marched forward in these days O Lord, there is much fearmongering to experience. Help us to discern the places and times to practice caution in whatever form that takes, Help us to realize that you and you alone are the trustworthy source of our sense of safety and well-being. Amen.

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