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Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Illinois

First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Illinois

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Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Illinois
Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Illinois

Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Illinois

First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Illinois

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As Christ's body we gather to worship throughout the year. These recordings include our Sunday worship, and worship on holy days. Our worship typically follows the PC(USA) Book of Common worship, and we worship in a traditional and informal style.

Latest Episodes

October 6, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Practice

Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9 Hear O Israel, Ten Commandments(Mark 12:28-31) Over my lifetime, the 10 commandments have made a comeback. It sounds odd to say that, but for the longest time many Christians were convinced that anything Old Testament was made irrelevant by Jesus, including the 10 commandments, and so we heard more about the greatest commandment. And then suddenly there was debate about where they could be or should be posted, and suddenly people paid attention to the 10 Commandments again. Notice that I say ‘paid attention to,’ and not ‘followed.’ Breaking down the 10 commandments, they often seem pretty simple. Maybe we’ll confess to bending the 3rd commandment, and we haven’t actually murdered anyone, but then we get to coveting, and well, the wheels come off the bus. These commandments aren’t easy. They take practice. It takes practice over the long haul to keep them – whether the 10, or the greatest. How is your training going? Are you staying in practice?

16 MIN1 weeks ago
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October 6, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Practice

September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Delivery

Exodus 1:8-14 [1:15–2:10]; 3:1-15 Moses and God’s Name(Mark 12:26-27a) This small (3 chapter) section of Exodus highlights again how long a scale God does things over. At the very beginning we hear that things have changed in Egypt. The people of God are forgotten – their connection to Joseph and Joseph himself are unknown by those in power. That situation didn’t happen quickly, and the next steps didn’t happen quickly either. They take generations. This Pharaoh comes to power in chapter 1. He dies at the end of chapter 2. This get rougher and rougher for the people of God. Supply cities are built, the Israelites are fruitful and prolific. Their population grows enough to be considered a threat by the ruling class – signs that this story is not yet irrelevant. God hears the people cry at the end of chapter 2, having already seen to the birth of Moses. Moses grows up, and gets in trouble, runs away, and then encounters a burning bush. Actually, he encounters the burning bush. G...

22 MIN2 weeks ago
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September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Delivery

September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Struggle

Genesis 32:[9-13] 22-30 Jacob Wrestles God (Mark 14:32-36) Here we catch up to Jacob as he is about to head home. He has been on a long trip from home. His father sent him to find a wife among the extended family, which he has done, indeed, he has found two wives, 11 children, and been away from home for a while. Remember that Jacob had to labor 7 years to be allowed to married Rachel, and then got Leah instead, and then had to do another 7 years to be allowed to marry Rachel, and he has 11 children between 2 wives and 2 maids. But, he’s coming home to a brother that he stole from and embarrassed, and that makes him nervous. So we come to this place, where Jacob sends bribes ahead to his brother. He waits, having sent all his stuff, all his people, away. Jacob starts this encounter with prayer. It is different from the prayer that he starts this journey with after seeing God in his sleep at Bethel. This one is not conditional. It reflects his state, his hopes, and his request. He r...

21 MIN3 weeks ago
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September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Struggle

September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Visit

Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 Isaac Born to Sarah (Mark 10:27) God and angels come to visit with Sarah and Abraham. Abraham sees them and runs to greet them (do you hear the prodigal son?) Abraham flags down the travelers and encourages them to stop. Next he orders a meal to be made. Bread is to be made, a calf is to be slaughtered, curds and milk are to be prepared, all to be set before the visitors, the guests. That doesn’t make for a short visit. They eat, then they ask about Sarah. One promises to return, and promise that Sarai will have a son at the time of the next visit. Sarah laughs. She is questioned about her laughing. And that’s what we remember. We forget that one visitor has extended this visit by a long little bit. Sarah’s laughter moves from disbelief to promise. Her son is born Isaac, and the promise of God moves right into her home. And that takes time. It takes time for us, as well. It takes time to move from disbelief to faith. It takes hosting, and running, and invi...

20 MINSEP 16
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September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Visit

September 1, 2019 – 12th Sunday After Pentecost – The Word

Genesis 1:1-9, Isaiah 40:1-8, Hebrews 4:12-14, John 1:1-14, 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5 Our worship is centered around the word. We gather around the word, the proclaim the word, and we respond to the word. That’s the basic structure for our ‘normal’ worship service. The word can be the text of Scripture. It can be those words that we read from the Bible. The word can also be the living witness of Jesus Christ. Is it either/or or both/and? We’ll hear the word, and we’ll respond to the living word. Our service will focus around hearing the passages that speak about God speaking in creation, about the Word that worked in creation, about the living word as a 2 edged sword, and about the word that does not wither or fade.

24 MINSEP 2
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September 1, 2019 – 12th Sunday After Pentecost – The Word

August 25, 2019 – 11th Sunday After Pentecost – Confession

I John 1:5-10, Hebrews 4:14-16, I Timothy 1:15-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Matthew 13:13-16, John 6:52-69 Confession carries two meanings in our worship. It is the sense in which we own up to our wrong doings and our failings and shortcomings. It is also the sense in which we say what we believe. In both cases, it is a statement of faith – about us and our relationship with God. We confess that we fall short, that we sin, that we need forgiveness, and that we need God’s forgiveness. We also confess that Jesus is Lord, that Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised from the dead, all to restore us to right relationship with God. We confess … and our confession of our sin leads to our confession of our Savior. Our initial public confession of faith is found in the waters of baptism. We’ll focus this service on the twin aspects of confession, starting with a confession of faith, moving to a confession of sin and pardon, and then responding with confession(s) of faith.

23 MINAUG 26
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August 25, 2019 – 11th Sunday After Pentecost – Confession

August 18, 2019 – 10th Sunday After Pentecost – Praise God!

Psalm 146, Psalm 150, Psalm 117, 2 Corinthians 1:1-5 Each of our worship services starts with praise. We call ourselves to worship by praising God. For what do we praise God? What words do we use to praise God? What stories do we tell to praise God? What is the tone of our praise? This will be a ‘praise service’ that is going to focus on the opening part of our worship service, the call to worship, and all the ways in which we give God praise. Mary gone, Susan Plays 787 – God Weeps with Us, Who Weep and Mourn

21 MINAUG 19
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August 18, 2019 – 10th Sunday After Pentecost – Praise God!

August 11, 2019 – Welcome Elder Dan Selock

18 MINAUG 12
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August 11, 2019 – Welcome Elder Dan Selock

August 4, 2019 – Welcome Rev. Dan Whitfield

20 MINAUG 5
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August 4, 2019 – Welcome Rev. Dan Whitfield
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Latest Episodes

October 6, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Practice

Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9 Hear O Israel, Ten Commandments(Mark 12:28-31) Over my lifetime, the 10 commandments have made a comeback. It sounds odd to say that, but for the longest time many Christians were convinced that anything Old Testament was made irrelevant by Jesus, including the 10 commandments, and so we heard more about the greatest commandment. And then suddenly there was debate about where they could be or should be posted, and suddenly people paid attention to the 10 Commandments again. Notice that I say ‘paid attention to,’ and not ‘followed.’ Breaking down the 10 commandments, they often seem pretty simple. Maybe we’ll confess to bending the 3rd commandment, and we haven’t actually murdered anyone, but then we get to coveting, and well, the wheels come off the bus. These commandments aren’t easy. They take practice. It takes practice over the long haul to keep them – whether the 10, or the greatest. How is your training going? Are you staying in practice?

16 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
October 6, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Practice

September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Delivery

Exodus 1:8-14 [1:15–2:10]; 3:1-15 Moses and God’s Name(Mark 12:26-27a) This small (3 chapter) section of Exodus highlights again how long a scale God does things over. At the very beginning we hear that things have changed in Egypt. The people of God are forgotten – their connection to Joseph and Joseph himself are unknown by those in power. That situation didn’t happen quickly, and the next steps didn’t happen quickly either. They take generations. This Pharaoh comes to power in chapter 1. He dies at the end of chapter 2. This get rougher and rougher for the people of God. Supply cities are built, the Israelites are fruitful and prolific. Their population grows enough to be considered a threat by the ruling class – signs that this story is not yet irrelevant. God hears the people cry at the end of chapter 2, having already seen to the birth of Moses. Moses grows up, and gets in trouble, runs away, and then encounters a burning bush. Actually, he encounters the burning bush. G...

22 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Delivery

September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Struggle

Genesis 32:[9-13] 22-30 Jacob Wrestles God (Mark 14:32-36) Here we catch up to Jacob as he is about to head home. He has been on a long trip from home. His father sent him to find a wife among the extended family, which he has done, indeed, he has found two wives, 11 children, and been away from home for a while. Remember that Jacob had to labor 7 years to be allowed to married Rachel, and then got Leah instead, and then had to do another 7 years to be allowed to marry Rachel, and he has 11 children between 2 wives and 2 maids. But, he’s coming home to a brother that he stole from and embarrassed, and that makes him nervous. So we come to this place, where Jacob sends bribes ahead to his brother. He waits, having sent all his stuff, all his people, away. Jacob starts this encounter with prayer. It is different from the prayer that he starts this journey with after seeing God in his sleep at Bethel. This one is not conditional. It reflects his state, his hopes, and his request. He r...

21 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Struggle

September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Visit

Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 Isaac Born to Sarah (Mark 10:27) God and angels come to visit with Sarah and Abraham. Abraham sees them and runs to greet them (do you hear the prodigal son?) Abraham flags down the travelers and encourages them to stop. Next he orders a meal to be made. Bread is to be made, a calf is to be slaughtered, curds and milk are to be prepared, all to be set before the visitors, the guests. That doesn’t make for a short visit. They eat, then they ask about Sarah. One promises to return, and promise that Sarai will have a son at the time of the next visit. Sarah laughs. She is questioned about her laughing. And that’s what we remember. We forget that one visitor has extended this visit by a long little bit. Sarah’s laughter moves from disbelief to promise. Her son is born Isaac, and the promise of God moves right into her home. And that takes time. It takes time for us, as well. It takes time to move from disbelief to faith. It takes hosting, and running, and invi...

20 MINSEP 16
Comments
September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Visit

September 1, 2019 – 12th Sunday After Pentecost – The Word

Genesis 1:1-9, Isaiah 40:1-8, Hebrews 4:12-14, John 1:1-14, 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5 Our worship is centered around the word. We gather around the word, the proclaim the word, and we respond to the word. That’s the basic structure for our ‘normal’ worship service. The word can be the text of Scripture. It can be those words that we read from the Bible. The word can also be the living witness of Jesus Christ. Is it either/or or both/and? We’ll hear the word, and we’ll respond to the living word. Our service will focus around hearing the passages that speak about God speaking in creation, about the Word that worked in creation, about the living word as a 2 edged sword, and about the word that does not wither or fade.

24 MINSEP 2
Comments
September 1, 2019 – 12th Sunday After Pentecost – The Word

August 25, 2019 – 11th Sunday After Pentecost – Confession

I John 1:5-10, Hebrews 4:14-16, I Timothy 1:15-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Matthew 13:13-16, John 6:52-69 Confession carries two meanings in our worship. It is the sense in which we own up to our wrong doings and our failings and shortcomings. It is also the sense in which we say what we believe. In both cases, it is a statement of faith – about us and our relationship with God. We confess that we fall short, that we sin, that we need forgiveness, and that we need God’s forgiveness. We also confess that Jesus is Lord, that Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised from the dead, all to restore us to right relationship with God. We confess … and our confession of our sin leads to our confession of our Savior. Our initial public confession of faith is found in the waters of baptism. We’ll focus this service on the twin aspects of confession, starting with a confession of faith, moving to a confession of sin and pardon, and then responding with confession(s) of faith.

23 MINAUG 26
Comments
August 25, 2019 – 11th Sunday After Pentecost – Confession

August 18, 2019 – 10th Sunday After Pentecost – Praise God!

Psalm 146, Psalm 150, Psalm 117, 2 Corinthians 1:1-5 Each of our worship services starts with praise. We call ourselves to worship by praising God. For what do we praise God? What words do we use to praise God? What stories do we tell to praise God? What is the tone of our praise? This will be a ‘praise service’ that is going to focus on the opening part of our worship service, the call to worship, and all the ways in which we give God praise. Mary gone, Susan Plays 787 – God Weeps with Us, Who Weep and Mourn

21 MINAUG 19
Comments
August 18, 2019 – 10th Sunday After Pentecost – Praise God!

August 11, 2019 – Welcome Elder Dan Selock

18 MINAUG 12
Comments
August 11, 2019 – Welcome Elder Dan Selock

August 4, 2019 – Welcome Rev. Dan Whitfield

20 MINAUG 5
Comments
August 4, 2019 – Welcome Rev. Dan Whitfield
the END