Furnace Mountain Presbyterian Church is a small but vibrant community of believers in Northern Virginia. We celebrated our Centennial two years ago and are eager to see what God has in store for us!
This is the second in a series of sermons about the Ten Commandments. I am using some of Eugenia Gamble's work from "Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments". Today, the command is not to put anything else in front of God. Not just because God doesn't like it but because there is nothing else in all creation that can match God's powerful love to save. Simple, right? So why do we still have idols?
Sunday, June 7, 2020 - "You are Not Me, But I am Yours"
This is the first in a series of sermons about the Ten Commandments. My intention had been to examine these verses in Exodus 20 so that we could decide how we would be the Body of Jesus Christ in the world while the world changes due to the corona virus. Then, last week, our country erupted. In my opinon, it is even more vital to touch base with what it is that defines us as God's people. The virus has changed our world and we as a country are faced with some difficult decisions about our past and our future. How do God's words of life for hungry, dried out, frightened people thousands of years ago relate to us? Very well.
Please leave any comments or questions below or send me a private message. I would love to hear your thoughts. Blessings, Molly.
I picked the title for the sermon long before the country blew up. The Greek word for "last" can also be translated "extreme" and I thought it would be interesting to consider how our world has been pushed to extremes by the corona virus. Then, a man was murdered and the country witnessed roaring and fire. Acts 2:1-21 has some roaring and fire, too, but it comes from the Spirit of God. Is the Spirit moving today?
I'm always a bit mystified how the thumbnail for these videos are selected. This one looks festive, so I won't complain!
Pentecost Sunday is the day we remember the Spirit blowing through Jesus' disciples sending them on the start of their mission to witness for him throughout ...
A friend of mine posted this quote from Frederick Buechner on her page in reference to the thousands of deaths due to COVID-19. This quote also works well for Memorial Day - or for any person we think about who is no longer with us. May your memories of those you love sustain you as you give thanks for having known them.
“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart. For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost. When I'm feeling most ghost-like, it's your remembering me that helps remind me that I actually exist. When I'm feeling sad, it's my consolation. When I'm feeling happy, it's part of why I feel that way.If you forget me, one of the ways I remember who I am will be gone. If you forget me, part of who I am will be gone."Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom," the good thief said from his cross (Luke 23:42). There are perhaps no more human words in all of Scripture, no prayer we can pray so well.”
~ Frederick Buechner, originally published in Whistling in the Dark and Listening to Your Life
Readings and sermon based on Acts 1:6-14 and 1 Peter 4:12-14 and 5:6-11
How do we know God cares for us? We witness the many acts of Jesus' love and the acts of love around us. What do we do with that? We witness to it in our own lives!
Sunday morning worship for May 17, 2020. Due to as yet unidentified issues with Zoom, we could not join together for worship today. The problem is "being addressed". Right now, NO ONE is joing together; our brothers and sisters are in the same boat today.
At any rate, the sermon was based on Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21. Paul tells the Athenians that he knows their "unknown god" and Jesus promises the disciples he will not leave them orphaned.
Today, Zoom had an outage - just as we were trying to get started. I saw all y'all trying to sign in but was not able to do a thing about it.
I recorded the whole service today and will post it soon. In the meantime, you are in my prayers and I look forward to our next gathering. Peace and love!
This is the whole service today! I had folks's audio open for the collective prayers and responsive readings, which shows how challenging unison reading is when we are not standing right next to each other!!
The sermon is "AMA" or "Ask Me Anything" which Jesus invites us to do at the end of the Gospel passage. What do you want to ask Jesus? He wants to know!! The Scripture passages are 1 Peter 2:2-10 and John 14:1-14.
I'm not sure what happened with the video for this past Sunday's sermon. Which, in my opinion, is okay because I didn't think I had a very coherent message.
We'll be back with this coming Sunday's message!
Technology is wonderful until it isn't.
Molly's sermon using Luke 24:13-35 and 1 Peter 1:17-23. In these passages, we see how Jesus' resurrection has transformed not only him but anyone who follows him. Do we get it right all the time? No, but we have a chance every day to practice what it means to live in this Resurrection time.
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - "Raised Up"
Molly' sermon for the second Sunday in Easter. The texts are Acts 2:22-24 and 1 Peter 1:3-9. The story of Thomas enters the sermon a bit, too. These passages remind us that faith (trust) and doubt are two sides of the same coin. Whether the faith or the doubt side is up right now is simply part of learning to deepen our reliance on God. The resurrection is the proof that we can do so with no hesitation!!
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 - "Do Not Be Afraid"
In Matthew 28:1-10, two women go back to the tomb where they had watched Joseph of Arimathea lay Jesus' dead body two nights before. When they get there, the earth shakes, an angel appears, the guards outside the tomb collapse, and they are told not to fear.
Editing note: I'm not sure why there is a strange strobing effect throughout the video. It could be my black and white dress or the lighting in the room. It's a mystery to me and I didn't trust my editing skillz enough to try to fix it without totally messing it up. I apologize for the distraction.
If you've used Zoom, you know what to do.
If you have not, click over to Catoctin's page and click on the link in the page.
Good Friday is the most solemn day of the Christian calendar, the day when we commemorate Jesus' crucifixion. Join us at 7 PM ET for our online Tenebrae service (or "service of shadows") as we read the story of his passion from the scriptures with music and prayers, meditating on his sacrifice for us.
Catoctin Presbyterian Church is offering some online worship opportunities for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. You can read about them at their webpage if you are interested.
Don't forget to call in for Easter Sunday worship at 9:30am! See the pinned post at the top of the page for details.
Sunday April 5, 2020 - Palm Sunday
We aren't processing with Palms or singing loud praises, but we can worship God anyway! The Scripture used in today's service is from Psalm 118, Zechariah 9, and Matthew 21. Jesus enters Jerusalem for Passover in a way to remind the people watching that God has acted to save them in the past.
It was a joy and a relief to hear your voices this morning! We will gather again next Sunday at the same time using the same call in number. If you do not have that information, please let us know in the comments below and we'll get it to you in a private message.
"Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Tomorrow at 1PM, we will broadcast a recorded service for June Goss on this page. If you know someone who would like to tune in, let them know. If you know someone who would like to be "present" but does not have a Facebook account, we will also broadcast the service on YouTube. Go there and search for "Furnace Mountain Worship".
The family would love to have everyone who loved June present with them at this time, but that is not possible right now. Instead, join us via the internet and we will gather in person to celebrate June's life when this is over.
Also, please see the announcement about gathering for worship on Sunday, April 5 pinned at the top of this page.
Furnace Mountain Presbyterian Church's cover photo
This guy, David Wesley, is amazing.
Words & Music by: Chris Greely, Bobby Strand, Kalley Heiligenthal, Gabriel Wilson EVER BE is one of my family's favourite songs - my boys love to sing along....
Join us for morning worship for the fifth Sunday in Lent. The passages for the day are Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11, and John 11:32-44. The Psalm for the day is Psalm 130.
Ezekiel proclaims life to dry, dead bones as God directs. Paul compares the difference between focusing on one's self and on God. In John, Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead.
One clear takeaway from these passages is that God is at work. Our focus strays from that fact and if it goes too far away, we end up bogged down in hopelessness and despair. God continues to work in spite of our inattention. It's time to look up and see God.
This is the new number and access code!!
961 9581 6000
*UPDATE* We "met" on Sunday morning and have decided to continue doing this going forward. I will still record the entire worship service and have that available on this page and at Furnace Mountain Worship on YouTube every week, but you can call in on Sunday morning, too! It was wonderful to hear everyone and may God surround you with peace and strength.
We have a free conference call account! All you need is a phone, either a land line or a cell to be able to join. We would like to “meet” by phone on *Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 9:30am*. Here are the instructions:
Dial-in number (978) 990-5000
Once you are connected, enter this access code: 213289 then # sign.
That’s it!! That’s all you have to do!
Please let others know about this who may be interested in joining us over the phone for prayer and fellowship.
Meanwhile, be wise and considerate and know that
you are greatly loved!
Photo by Juhasz Imre from Pexels
Gathering virtually can be done beautifully!!! Stay safe and keep coming back to this page - more to come.
WATCH: The Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest collaborated with the Dutch Healthcare organization Senior Service to perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 while practicing social distancing in the midst of the novel coronavirus global pandemic. Sit back and enjoy their virtual concert.
Join our CANVAS public media arts group to discuss what music you're turning to amid this crisis.
Hey! I got us Zoom space!! Of course, I was the only one there because I just today set it up! I'll send out a link in email for next Sunday, so if you want to join us, please DM me your info.
I lead the Presbyterian Women's Bible study at Catoctin Presbyterian Church on the third Thursday. This month, we're online, so grab a Bible and join us!
Hey PW! We couldn't gather in person for the Bible study, but we've got the internet!! Grab your study guide and your Bible and meet me in the ether! You don't have to be a member of our group to participate, either!
Please leave comments or questions below. Thanks!
Offering this prayer and hoping it will help.
It is strangely silent O Lord
Our gathering places are empty
And the sound of commerce is gone from our streets
We watch helpless
as an unseen contagion stalks the land
and watch fearfully as pundits report the latest death toll
and report the latest numbers from Wall Street
our cars sit idle
our planes are grounded
our office buildings are empty
and we are assailed
by the dark weight of fear and loneliness
by the specter of poverty
Bewildered we rail against the injustice of it all
Angry we seek enemies to blame
Anxious we become fearful hoarders
But we can do so little
We are humbled by this adversary
Who has brought us to this place
But we are not alone, O Lord
We are never alone
For you are with us, woven into the fabric
Of these frail and vulnerable bodies
Present in our aching hearts
And fearful souls
Are incarnate in us
and we are lifted up
from this time of death and darkness
We know O Sacred One
that with you, new life starts in the dark…
that you will come to us in this our time of darkness
and birth us from above
with the power of your Presence
This is what you do, this is who you are
You place a song in our hearts
And words of kindness and comfort on our lips
You calm our minds
And warm our hearts
You fill our souls with your peace
And move us to acts of compassion and kindness
And so even as the darkness creeps
And fear tugs at our hearts
We trust, O Lord, in your unfailing love;
Even in this time of contagion our hearts rejoice
and we sing your praise
for your love endures
I wasn't very good at "higher" math, but I can multiply. This is serious.
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Sunday, March 15, 2020 - The Third Sunday in Lent
Here's morning worship! The Scripture passages for the day are:
and Psalm 95
We used Psalm 130 as a confession psalm.
Morning worship for Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Scripture passages are Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11, and John 4:5-42. The Old Testament and Gospel ...
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - The Second Sunday in Lent
Once again, here is the entire service! (See last week's post for some historical context about Lent.) The Scripture lessons for this day are: Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5 and 14-17, and John 3:1-17. Abram followed God from Ur to a promised land, in spite of any doubts. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night to get some doubts cleared up and left with even more questions. Paul reminds belivers that God offers the gift of faith to those who are ready to receive it.
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - The First Sunday in Lent
Here is the entire service - including me singing right into the microphone. Sorry about that. Lent was an historical addition to the church calendar after Constantine legalized Christianity. Once Christians could communicate with other belivers in other places, they discovered they had different practices and interpretations - which caused uproar and division. Some things have never changed. Lent became a six week period for factions to put down their favorite jabs at others and remember what it is that unites us - God's grace given to us in Jesus. The readings for this Sunday are: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-; Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11, and Psalm 32.
Sunday February 23, 2020 - Molly's sermon for Transfiguration Sunday, Matthew 17:1-9. The story is told in Matthew, Mark, and Luke and is mentioned in 2 Peter 1:16-18, too. It's a simple story that has connection to Israel's past and our present. Jesus' transfiguration is the central element that nourishes us in faith.
This wee lamb stands in the garden planted last spring behind the church.
Furnace Mountain Presbyterian Church's cover photo
Due to a youth retreat this weekend (which means I will be out of town), we are not going to meet for worship this week, February 16. I would encourage you to click the following link and read an essay by one of my favorite writers, Debi Thomas. She looks at the Gospel passage for this week - Matthew 5:20-37. Have a great weekend and see you in worship on February 23!
journeywithjesus.net When I was eleven years old, my childhood church held a series of “revival” meetings for children. Every evening for a week, I listened from the front pew as an enthusiastic guest preacher invited me and my Sunday School classmates to dedicate our “whole” hearts, lives, dreams, and futures t...
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Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) with an average attendance of 225 people.
Join us for Sunday worship starting March 24th at 9:30 -- everybody's welcome!