Blood of Christ – 4/30/17

The Blood of Christ April 30, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Peter 1:17-21  There is a whole genre of old hymns we rarely sing anymore.  I call them the blood hymns.  Here’s one of them, sung by the Gaithers with Vestal Goodman. A fountain filled

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Stained Glass Embrace

Resurrection Hope – 4/23/17

  Resurrection Hope April 23, 2016 Rev. Fritz Nelson, First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9 When was the last time you rejoiced at your salvation?  When was the last time you woke up and said, “God loves me, God died for me, God rose for me, God rebirthed me,

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Risen Lord by Jyoti Sahi

Easter 2017 – 4/16/17

Easter 2017 April 16, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson, First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Ephesians 5:14; Matthew 12:38-42; Jonah; Colossians 3:1-17 What images of resurrection do you see in the painting by Jyoti Sahi.  Jyoti Sahi is a contemporary artist but he draws upon some of the most ancient themes in Christian

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Congregational Values: Walking in Faith – 3/26/17

Congregational Values Value #5: Walking in Faith March 26, 2016 (Lent 4) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 2 Samuel 12:1-7, 13-14 For our scripture reading this morning we turn to the words told to King David by the prophet Nathan after David had lain with Bathsheba. David

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Congregational Values: Radical Welcome – 3/12/17

Congregational Values Value #1: Radical Welcome March 12, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Ruth Our scripture reading this morning comes from the story of Ruth.  Often we view this story through the lens of family loyalty – Ruth as the loyal daughter-in-law to Naomi; Boaz as

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Congregational Values: Welcoming Children – 3/5/17

Congregational Values Value #2: Welcoming Children March 5, 2016 (Lent 1) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Matthew 18:1-5; 19:13-15 What did it feel like to be that child welcomed into Jesus’ presence?  Was it a moment of excitement, of joy, of awe?  Were you afraid?  Scared to

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Communion: The Central Mystery – 2/26/17

The Central Mystery February 26, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 17:1-8   Those among you with extreme type “A” personalities might, at this point, be a little confused.  We just read and meditated upon the core communion passage, yet we are not

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State of the Church – 02/19/17

State of the Church 2017 February 19, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Colossians 3:1-17 As First Presbyterian enters its 152nd year of ministry in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I can say with confidence that we remain faithful.  Week in and week

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