This past weekend was a joyful celebration, as the congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church gathered with the Peace River Presbytery to glorify God, to give God thanks and praise for God's gift of call on our lives, and to officially install me as Faith's new Associate Pastor for Family Ministry.
I was so excited to learn that Matthias Roberts would be publishing a book. My faith and sense of self have been nurtured over the past few years as an active listener of his podcast Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being. I was eager for the wisdom he’d be bringing into the world, now in literary form!
And yet, the immediate feeling I felt when receiving his book for my advance review was not excitement. In fact, my first thought when opening the package was this: “I wish it had a different subtitle, because I’m not going to be able to carry this thing with me anywhere I go."
This past Sunday, December 29, I preached a sermon based on the prologue to the Gospel of John. A video archive of all of Faith's worship services can be found on the church website, but I'm also embedding Sunday's service here.
(I encourage you to watch the entire service, but my sermon from Sunday begins at the 25:40 mark. I also encourage you to tune in for our livestream services, every Sunday at 9:30a or 11:00a!)
“Give thanks to the Lord. God is good. God’s faithful love lasts forever!” (Psalm 107:1)
November, with the Thanksgiving holiday, offers us a natural opportunity for giving thanks and showing gratitude. Yet, as Christians we are reminded that every day is a day to give God our thanks and praise! The practice of gratitude is a spiritual discipline for any age – and need not be limited to “saying Grace” at the dinner table! So throughout November, I've used the Faith Presbyterian Church Midweek emails to offer a weekly book review of a children's storybook for which gratitude is a primary theme. For those outside the Faith congregation who don't receive those emails, here are all four of the storybook reviews.
This past Sunday, November 24, I preached a sermon based on the story of the Cleansing of the Lepers in Luke 17:11-19. A video archive of all of Faith's worship services can be found on the church website, but I'm also embedding Sunday's service here.
(I encourage you to watch the entire service, but my sermon from Sunday begins at the 38:30 mark. I also encourage you to tune in for our livestream services, every Sunday at 9:30a or 11:00a!)
After a quick stop at Starbucks and a bit of a jog through the Charlotte International Airport, I arrived to my gate and glanced out the window at the plane that would take me home. I chucked to myself when I had to do a double take to make sure I was in the right place. “Fort Myers, FL” was emblazoned all over the gate monitors, but Fort Myers hadn’t even been my home for a month.
It has been such a joy for me to join alongside the congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church in shared ministry. After my recent post that mentioned my previous practice of sermon recap videos, I've decided to start posting the video archive of my sermons here on my blog. My first sermon was preached on my first Sunday in worship at Faith, September 15 -- a sermon based on Matthew 14:22-33. A video archive of all of Faith's worship services can be found on the church website, but I'm also embedding that Sunday's service here.
(I encourage you to watch the entire service, but my sermon from September 15 begins at the 35:06 mark. I also encourage you to tune in for our livestream services, every Sunday at 9:30a or 11:00a!)
As my faithful reader(s?) know, the Remaleys just moved from Greenville, SC 10+ hours south to Cape Coral, FL, where I've begun service as Associate Pastor for Family Ministry at Faith Presbyterian Church. We're all enjoying the opportunity to explore our new community. And yes, we've been to the beach.
I might someday write a longer post about the move, discerning a call, etc. But for now, here are some answers to the more pressing questions I've heard. :-)
To the Members & Friends of St. Giles -
I have accepted God's call to serve alongside the congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, Florida as their new Associate Pastor for Family Ministry. The great excitement I feel for this new adventure is matched only by the sadness I feel for preparing to say goodbye to a congregation I love so dearly.
Throughout the first part of the summer, St. Giles' Christian Education Committee held a Summer Educational Series studying the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. That study has now come to a close (a new study began yesterday morning), but in support of the great conversation that arose during the series, yesterday's sermon was a Communion Meditation that reflected upon the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. I used as my text my favorite communion text - the Emmaus Road encounter from Luke's gospel, chapter 24. Here is my recap of the sermon.
I'm a husband, a father, a news junkie, a theatre enthusiast, an amateur foodie, a wannabe barista, and an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) currently serving as Associate Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, FL.
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