First Presbyterian Church, Laurens SC

First Presbyterian (PCUSA) is a worshipping community of disciples of Jesus Christ seeking to welcome, equip, transform, serve, and witness as a family of faith.

Operating as usual

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WORSHIP FEBRUARY 7, 2020
Observance of the Lord's Supper
Mark 1:29-39
GOD'S CARE PLAN
Our afflictions are not what define us; Christ's authority in our life defines us.
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The South Carolina Inn in Montreat, NC, is supported by the 5 presbyteries of South Carolina. It is a wonderful place to stay, and each room has a copy of a small book with a contribution in it from former First Presbyterian Church Pastor Rev. Dr. George McGill.

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01/31/2021FirstPresLaurensSC Live Stream

WORSHIP JANUARY 31, 2021
Mark 1:21-28 - Jesus establishes authority over an unclean spirit and gives us some things to ponder about church life and our individual lives.
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01/24/2021FirstPresLaurensSC Live Stream

WORSHIP JANUARY 24, 2021
Jonah 3:1-10 (Order of Worship in comments.)
Jonah, the Ninevites, and God's Grace.
https://youtu.be/1gOZOVmNSNY

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Tonight’s bells ringing at 5:30 pm eastern in memory of all those who have lost their lives to Covid over the last year. ❤️🙏❤️

At 5:30 p.m. we will ring our church bells along with other churches throughout our nation in memory of the 400,000 in our country who have died from the Coronavirus. We pray for those who grieve their loss as well as the many who still suffer from the virus.
We pray for the ones we knew and loved.
We pray for those whose names we did not know, but are surely known to God.
We pray for healing, wholeness and restoration in our nation and throughout the world. Lord, in your mercy.

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01/17/2021FirstPresLaurensSC Live Stream

WORSHIP JANUARY 17, 2021
Baptism reminds us of God's powerful claim on our lives - and offers the hope of renewal and new beginnings.
(Order of Worship is in the comments.)
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WORSHIP JANUARY 10, 2021
Nathaniel "knew" nothing good could come out of Nazareth.
He was about to learn something new- and perhaps we can as well.
Order of Worship is in the comments.
https://youtu.be/CGj-ldMKxs0

First Presbyterian Church, Laurens SC

A WORD ABOUT TODAY

Like me, I am sure that many of you are disturbed in general by the political divisiveness that has grown, in reality, over the last decade (perhaps even longer) and in particular by the events in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. Regardless of one’s political inclinations, the images we are seeing today have been unimaginable heretofore in the history of our great nation.

Consider Jesus’ words in response to being asked about the greatest commandment:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40

In these words, Jesus clearly defines our responsibilities to God and one another. As Christians we are called and moved by the Holy Spirit to love and serve God alone - with all that we have and all that we are. In addition, we bear a responsibility and duty to pray and work for the good of our neighbors.

Our duty as citizens reflects our calling to treat our neighbors as ourselves. We do not owe each other agreement, but we do carry an obligation to respect and care for one another with the same regard we do for ourselves. The success of our republic depends upon it.

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." – Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address

Therefore, beloved, I invite and implore you to join with me in prayer for our nation at this time, inspired by a prayer adapted from George Washington’s Circular Letter to the States (1783):

"I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have the United States in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Devine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation. Amen. " (copied verbatim)

Because in all things God remains sovereign, know that you are loved.
Dr. Mike
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[01/06/21]   A WORD ABOUT TODAY

Like me, I am sure that many of you are disturbed in general by the political divisiveness that has grown, in reality, over the last decade (perhaps even longer) and in particular by the events in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. Regardless of one’s political inclinations, the images we are seeing today have been unimaginable heretofore in the history of our great nation.

Consider Jesus’ words in response to being asked about the greatest commandment:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40

In these words, Jesus clearly defines our responsibilities to God and one another. As Christians we are called and moved by the Holy Spirit to love and serve God alone - with all that we have and all that we are. In addition, we bear a responsibility and duty to pray and work for the good of our neighbors.

Our duty as citizens reflects our calling to treat our neighbors as ourselves. We do not owe each other agreement, but we do carry an obligation to respect and care for one another with the same regard we do for ourselves. The success of our republic depends upon it.

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." – Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address

Therefore, beloved, I invite and implore you to join with me in prayer for our nation at this time, inspired by a prayer adapted from George Washington’s Circular Letter to the States (1783):

"I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have the United States in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Devine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation. Amen. " (copied verbatim)

Because in all things God remains sovereign, know that you are loved.
Dr. Mike
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01/03/2021FirstPresLaurensSC Live Stream

WORSHIP JANUARY 3, 2021
Worship led by FPC Interim Youth Director Will DeLaney.
(Order of worship link in comments.)
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WORSHIP - DECEMBER 27, 2020
Keep following the star...
(Order of Worship link is in the comments.)
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12/24/20FirstPresLaurensSC Live Stream CHRISTMAS EVE

Here is the link to our Christmas Eve service.
Please note that the first 1:07 are done in darkness but the audio is ok. 😉

Here is the text of the Affirmation of Faith read in the service:
*Affirmation of Faith -
I believe in God whose light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never smother it.
I believe that on a night like this night in Bethlehem
there was born a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.
I believe in the Word who has become incarnate, our very flesh and blood,
yet full of grace and truth.
I believe in the blessed appearing of the salvation of our God,
that is for the happiness of all people.
I believe in his name as Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of peace;
Of the increase of his rule and of his unique peace,
there will be no end.
The zeal of the God of hosts will do this.
This I surely believe! Amen.

Blessings and peace to you. And on this Christmas Eve, know that you are loved.
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First Presbyterian Church, Laurens SC

Our Christmas Eve service will be posted this evening at 6PM.
Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Eve service will be posted this evening at 6PM.
Merry Christmas!

Dear Saints of First Presbyterian Church:

I am writing to let you know that due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community and in our congregation at the present time, our Session has decided to return to online-only services until conditions improve.
This means we will not be having in-person worship on Christmas Eve as well as the forthcoming Sundays. The Session will be monitoring conditions closely so that we can return to in-person worship as soon as it is prudent and safe for us to do so. We will be recording our Christmas Eve service and will provide more details via email and social media.

This is very difficult news to share and the decision is not one that was undertaken lightly. Over the last few months, our Session, staff and congregation have all worked together to ensure the safety of our church family and neighbors by practicing social distancing and wearing masks while we were together. I am immensely grateful for the work that everyone has put forward in this effort and I am confident that our action today, while unpleasant to bear right now, is the right thing to do and consistent with the hard work we have done all year to keep our people safe.

That said, Christmas is NOT cancelled in our homes, our hearts or our world.

As we endure these difficult circumstances, may we be focused more than ever on the incarnation of God – the birth of the Christ Child – the Word made flesh that came to dwell among us and by the power of the Holy Spirit binds us together as the Body of Christ. As such, we are warmed by the knowledge that the true light has come into the world and the darkness has not – and will not – overcome it.

Merry Christmas - and especially during this season of hope, anticipation and joy, know that you are loved.

Dr. Mike

Heartfelt congratulations from the entire congregation of First Presbyterian of Laurens to the bride and groom!!! ❤️❤️ #xmaswedding #firstpreslaurens #outsidewedding

Proud of our youth and grateful to Main Street Laurens for use of the trolley to deliver some goodies and Christmas cheer to a few folks around town this evening. (And special thanks to Kay “Rudolph” Monroe for guiding our sleigh tonight. 😊)

To give thanks is to recognize our wholehearted dependence on God and be filled with the knowledge that in days both difficult and joyful, God has been faithful in days gone by and is faithful still.

The grace of Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit have sustained us thus far and give us hope for the future.

As we take stock of where we have been and what we have experienced over this season in our journey, let us live lives of grateful response by loving God with all that we are and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Indeed, may we be known to be grateful by our love.
Happy Thanksgiving!

(photo credit: chancel display of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Forrest City, AR.)

Hope everyone can Handel this week's sermon. :-)

❤️🙏❤️

A WORD FOR ELECTION DAY
The Rev. Dr. Ed Pickard didn’t author the charge and benediction he used each Sunday and I never intended to memorize the words. Yet, over the course of my years growing up at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, these words and his voice became etched into my memory in a way that I didn’t even notice until I happened to think about the benediction many years later and the words flowed effortlessly from my lips.
It was truly a gift.
I offer them each week at the close of worship as both blessing and prayer that these words will guide each one of us as we leave our time of worship in order that we may be the church deployed.

I offer them on this election day as a blessing and a prayer for all of us:

"Go out into the world in peace.
Have courage.
Hold on to that which is good; return no person evil for evil.
Strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak and help the suffering.
Honor all people.
Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
And now the grace, mercy and peace of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirt be with us all this election day, and forever."

On this day may we vote our conscience, but every day let us live our faith.

And no matter what, know that you are loved.
Dr. Mike

A WORD FOR ELECTION DAY
The Rev. Dr. Ed Pickard didn’t author the charge and benediction he used each Sunday and I never intended to memorize the words. Yet, over the course of my years growing up at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, these words and his voice became etched into my memory in a way that I didn’t even notice until I happened to think about the benediction many years later and the words flowed effortlessly from my lips.
It was truly a gift.
I offer them each week at the close of worship as both blessing and prayer that these words will guide each one of us as we leave our time of worship in order that we may be the church deployed.

I offer them on this election day as a blessing and a prayer for all of us:

"Go out into the world in peace.
Have courage.
Hold on to that which is good; return no person evil for evil.
Strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak and help the suffering.
Honor all people.
Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
And now the grace, mercy and peace of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirt be with us all this election day, and forever."

On this day may we vote our conscience, but every day let us live our faith.

And no matter what, know that you are loved.
Dr. Mike

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11/1/20FirstPresLaurensSC Live Stream

WORSHIP - NOV 1. ALL SAINTS DAY
"The Sovereignty of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ are NOT dependent on circumstances or the actions of people or of principalities in this world.
The Sovereignty of God and Lordship of Christ are the ONLY things in which we may place our trust - and they are not on the ballot this Tuesday, because they are already firmly established.
While we struggle against sin and evil in our lives and in the world, we remember our calling, our comfort. and our claim that we find in the Beatitudes assures us that the battle is already won..."
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It's ALWAYS a good time for ICE CREAM!
FPC Family - don't forget to come to the church beginning at 6PM for our DRIVE-THRU ICE CREAM SOCIAL (distance)! Come in the parking lot on the Laurens Lumber side and enter the portico to enjoy a scoop from our friends at the Front Porch Churn!

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10/18/20FirstPresLaurensSC Live Stream

WORSHIP SERVICE - October 18, 2020
"If the image on the coin means that the coin belongs to the Emperor, then we, who are created in God's image, most certainly belong to God in all that we say, do and are."
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FPC will be LIVE for worship at 11:00!
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A Word for Today

Treating Others Like Family.

In 2012, I was privileged to be a part of an exploration class that spent 3 weeks traveling throughout eastern Kentucky. We learned about ministry in the Appalachian (that’s a-puh -la-chn, NOT a-puh -LAY-chn, by the way) communities of the largely – and tragically - forgotten coal mining region of our country. Lon Oliver, our guide for the class, posted the following on Facebook this week:

"As a retired coal miner once said to me,
'I ain't had many conversations go so very well when I started out with, 'I am right and you are wrong.'
But when I listen--sit down, take some time, and listen--that's when we learn a thing or two from each other.
But that kind of listening is real hard.
That kind of listening means treating others like family.'"

Let’s think about the actions here:

Listen.

Sit down.

Take time.

Listen some more.

Learn a thing or two from each other.

Yes, this is real hard, but in these trying times we are called to do the real hard work.

This is gospel work, folks. We are called to treat others – no matter who they are – like family.

Because Christ teaches us to do the hard work of listening and learning, know that you are loved.
Dr. Mike

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