First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Script #114


Before reading on, please read this flyer!


This will be a great opportunity for you!

Uh, I don't mean just for you!

That wouldn't be very, uh, Christian.

This is a great opportunity for you to honor Him by inviting and offering to transport neighbors, family, friends, and others to this great evening of music and fellowship!

You will be glad you did!

People will be blessed!

He will be honored!

And, uh, whenever we bless, we are...

Also, if you're still concerned about the future of locally owned businesses in Boone County and are still staggered by what happened to Sullivan's and several businesses in downtown Belvidere and would like to be a part of the solution rather than contributing to the problem, pick up your Pacemaker Countryside Markets "Community Sharing Program" card today for a hassle-free way of supporting significant anchors to our county knowing our family of faith gets a 2.5% rebate every month for every dollar that you spend!


Pacemaker also has one of the best kept secrets in the area - an incredibly great and authentic Mexican restaurant open daily until about 7.

Again, you will be glad you picked up your card from the church office, Karen, or me.

Boone County and Belvidere will be blessed!

First will be blessed!

He will be honored!

And, uh, whenever we bless, we are...

Blessings and Love!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Script #143


Before reading #1, please read Ezekiel 2:1-7.

Really, not joking, read Ezekiel 2:1-7 first.

1. Only a person who thinks an elephant is a mouse with glandular problems does not "get" what's going/gone wrong in our world, nation, families, churches, denominations, and even District 100.  It's all unraveling before our eyes!  If it were not for such rebelliously deluded and defiant recipients of His consistent graces, the answer could be "seen" as so simple: 2 Chronicles 7:14.  There will be a special prayer meeting in the chapel (soft music, open prayer, leading by the...) at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday (5/8).  While there will be no restrictions to adorations, confessions, intercessions, and supplications, there will be an emphasis on the many teachers, coaches, administrators, support staff, parents, and children who are being discouraged/alienated/hurt in District 100 so unnecessarily.  We will begin at 5:00 p.m. sharp and conclude at 6:00 p.m. at the opening of Deeper Discipleship;

2. Speaking of DD, remember, beginning on 5/15, it begins at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 7:00 p.m.  throughout the summer;

3. Please check out and along with weekly worship bulletins for important information regarding 5/22 and 6/8;

4. Speaking of, I rarely herald something related to me.  For example, you will rarely read/see/hear me heralding the radio version of on that hits the airwaves every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.  While it's a deep matter for me that you wouldn't understand if I had to explain it, I'd rather you listen to Confessing Moments, Crazy Love, or Have You Heard?  However, I'm gonna make an exception and encourage you to listen in live tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. or go to the archive when you can.  When I was a homiletics professor - uh, still am on occasion - I warned seminarians about paying attention to affirmation/antagonism about their sermons/messages/homilies; and if I have to explain that, you wouldn't understand anyway.  Moretheless, yesterday's message during the first service was not repeated in the second service because of the wonderful music of Dan Holmes that aligned our hearts together in Him.  Many folks who attended the first service have urged me to, uh, preach/deliver/whatever it asap.  So while we can never repeat a kairos moment, you can hear a summary with feedback from Kathie, Bill, and Tony tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. on; and

5. Don't forget to pick up your "Pacemaker Countryside Markets Community Sharing Program" card from Karen or me (see below for more information).  Simply, all you have to do is present the card during a purchase and our family of faith receives a 2.5% rebate for every dollar that you spend!

Blessings and Love!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Script #142


Please invite folks to the homecoming for Dan Holmes during the second service this Sunday (10:00 a.m.) as he honors our Lord through his music ministry!

Parenthetically, while Dan will not be at the first service, we will still worship in the chapel as usual at 7:20 a.m.

While hospital visitations are a top, top, top priority of my undershepherding, our family of faith has more and more and more saints in nursing homes who may be called home to Jesus at any moment.  While that is good news because heaven is the best and why we worship Him the most, that verity has caused me to rethink my weekly calendar; and I want you to know what He has decided for me.

While hospital visitations will remain a top, top, top priority, I will be visiting, on a rotating basis, at least one nursing home many times every week.  While I visit daily the hospitalized in crisis through His providential healing, I will now add visits to at least one nursing home many times every week as a top, top, top priority. 

I have no idea how this will affect lesser priorities; but I feel our Lord has called me to expand this part of my wineskin and wanted you to know.

As our family of faith continues to add new members so steadily and solidly, we have increasing opportunities to love, bless, disciple, and so on.

Please pray for the energies and calendar management that will honor Him by being available to His.

Blessings and Love!