Pages Navigation Menu

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 in Sermons

Text: Matthew 10:24-39 Rev. Jay Rowland.  Sunday June 25, 2017.  First Presbyterian Church, Rochester MN.   Discipleship Matters   “The trouble with deep belief is that it costs something. And there is something inside me, some selfish beast of a subtle thing that doesn’t like the truth at all because it carries responsibility, and if I actually believe these things I have to do something about them. It is so, so cumbersome to believe anything. And it isn’t cool.”             — Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. I have to admit I wrestled with the inclination to edit the number of verses from this gospel reading.  There’s just so much there.  But something (thank you Holy Spirit) convinced me to defer to a far more reliable Source—thank you Holy Spirit—who will help you retain whatever is...

Read More

First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for June 22 – June 30, 2017

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in News

Check here weekly for the news of First Presbyterian Church

Read More

When Jesus Talks…Disciples Listen

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “When Jesus talks…disciples listen” Matt 9:35- 10:23 6/18/17 One of the great things about You-Tube is the ability to look up clips from old commercials and TV shows. It seems like there’s nothing you can’t find on You-Tube. I’ve enjoyed looking up some of my favorite commercials from when I was a kid – commercials I still remember. Like the one for American Tourister luggage with the Gorillas throwing the suitcases around in their cage. “Tough enough to stand up to even the toughest baggage handlers” was the tag line I remember. Or the one for Alka-seltzer – “Plop plop, fizz, fizz – oh what a relief it is.” Or the little old lady pulling up to the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s and demanding, “Where’s the beef?!” Another one of my favorite commercials was the...

Read More

Don’t Sit for Long

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “Don’t sit for long” Matthew 28: 16-20 6/11/17   I came to a realization this week. I need a new chair. I love the chair at my desk. I’ve had it for probably 12 years – brought it with me when we moved here 7 years ago. But now the faux-leather material on the seat has a big tear in it and the arms are getting a bit tattered. My usual high tech solution of duct tape isn’t working anymore – so I need to go shopping for a new chair. Chairs are important. It’s a big decision, picking out a new chair. There’s a lot to consider – comfort, style, adjustability, lumbar support. The right chair is a big decision. In fact, there is a new book out about the topic of chairs. It’s called,...

Read More

When Lightning Strikes

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Thomas J Parlette “When Lightning Strikes” Acts 2: 1-21, Numbers 11: 24-30 6/04/17   Shortly after I accepted the call to Brookville Presbyterian Church – the church I served before coming here to Rochester – lightning struck the little Presbyterian Church just a few miles down the road. That’s the way it is in Western Pennsylvania – you run into a little Presbyterian Church every 5 miles or so. The Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Corsica, Pennsylvania was hit by lightning, a fire broke out and, tragically, the church burned to the ground. The minister of the Pisgah, Jim Dietrich, actually lived just up the street from the Manse where we were living in – in fact, Jim was one of the first people to drop by and say hello when we moved in. Jim and I used to have...

Read More