Worship of the Famous


Please keep these members of our Church Family in your prayers:

Sharon Ritzmann
Ruth Carey
Rev. Earl Johnson
Barbara Johnson
Shirleen Farrar
Larry & Maryde King
Lois Parker

Family of Garrett E. Hadcock
The People of Ukraine,
Turkey & Hawaii

Shirleen Farrar is now in
Pineview Commons
201 S. Melcher St.
Johnstown, NY 12095

Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) as they conduct interviews with candidates in the search for a new pastor for our church.

Include any prayers
you may have in your heart.

Thanks to Rev. Ken Applegate
for serving our church as moderator as the PNC searches for our new pastor


The Deacons have updated the
Prayer Chain. If you would like to be on the Prayer Chain, please call the church office (518)762-8263 and leave your name and phone number. When the Prayer Chain has been revised your name will be added and you will receive a list.
As a Prayer Chain member, you will receive a call and be asked to pass the prayer request on to one other person.


Lynn and Blake now live in Providence, Rhode Island. Blake continues to do his weekly podcast. Links to his podcasts can be found on this page.


37 S. Market Street
Johnstown, NY 12095
Ph: 518.762.8263
Fax: 518.762.2981
Email: office@johnstownpresbyterian.org


Sermons & Prayers

at 10:30AM

We will continue to hear the Word of God from several guest preachers from our area while the PNC continues its work.
The Rev. R.W. Williams will lead worship on September 24.
CLICK THIS LINK for ZOOM worship (*a new link*)
or watch the Church Service on our Facebook page.

CLICK HERE to download the bulletin.

Should you need to talk to a minister, please contact
Tom Ruehle, Clerk of the Session, at 518-844-3872.
He will connect you with the minister assisting us as we complete the search for our new pastor.

Zoom worship is available each Sunday


The weekly Podcasts will continue with a half hour of worship that you may listen to at a time of your choosing. You can use the links below to find each one of them or simply go on FACEBOOK and search for "Blake Blakesley" and the most recent podcasts will come up.

"How Do We Talk to Our Kids and Grandkids About Our Faith?"

"What a Mighty Storm!" —

"How Many Times Will God Forgive?"—

"No One Else Thinks I'm Good Enough"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13471106

"Worship of the Famous"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13429643

" How to Love an Atheist"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13393572

"Liar Liar Pants on Fire"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13350039

"How to Serve God"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13312255

"Wrestling with God"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13268082

"We Need Each Other" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13127677

"An Unfinished Life" — https:www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13101156

"Pride Month & the Church"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13004416

"Women Peraching in the Church"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/13055645

"Remembering Old Friends"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12970009

"Brush with Greatness"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12928836

"American History is ALL of Our History"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12883830

"Is My Faith the ONLY Way?"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12854383

"Are You a Stumbling Block?" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12736376

"The Doorbell, the Wrong Driveway & the Wrong Car" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12691680

"The Trouble with Spring" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12644693

"A Celebration of Easter" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12608735

"Palm Sunday Lessons"https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12563439

"Miracles" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12509067

"Loving Ourselves as God Loves Us."https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12463859

"The Lies of the Powerful and the Rich."— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12415300

"Friends Along the Way."— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12362215

"The Zero Sum Equation." https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12322996

"Temptation."— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12276332

"Grace Has Finally Found Me ... So I Had to Let Him In." — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12221847

"Tyre Nichols and the Deja Vu of Tragedy."— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12172022

"I am a Hypocrite" —

"The Outcast is Welcomed Home" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12085486

"Fear of Change" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/12038996

"Epiphany" — The light breaking into our darkness

"Making Changes in a New Year"— https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11949934

The Christmas Podcast— The story of the birth of Christ as told in the Gospels and from some of Pastor Blake's favorite musicians.

"LOVE" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11880959

"Light a Candle of Joy" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11831044

"Light a Candle of Peace" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11798833

"Light a candle of Hope on the first Sunday of Advent" —

"Thanksgiving" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11722600

"The Day After the Election" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11666902

"Why Every Person of Faith must VOTE!"https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11626688

"Rejecting Kanye West and Finding Unity" —https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11573753

"RESISTANCE.Taiwan. Hong Kong. Iran. Ukraine"

"Our place in God’s time and what we are called to do."

"Sing a New Song"https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11444297

"What is the Truth?"https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11416808

"Faith without Work" — https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11369425

"A River of Life Flowing Out of Me"

"Paranoid, selfish, and unable to share the faith" —

"Why should we love the poor?" —https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11162352

"Jesus told us we must change and become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven." https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11116003

August 4— Is everything Holy? Are all the people we meet sacred?

July 28— Are you too young to serve God? Are you too busy to serve God? Are you too old to serve God? https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11037224

July 21— If not us, who? If not now, when?

July 14— How do we deal with toxic people in our communities in a loving way? https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10957404

July 7— Do we work for money or is there some other value in our work? https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10916243

June 30— How do we treat others as outcasts? Jesus has a better way.

June 23— Jesus teaches us to live in and embrace our grief.

June 16— A challenge to all of us about who we welcome into God’s family. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10800664

June 9— "What happens when we die?"

June 2— "How does God judge us?"

May 19— This podcast focuses on the terror in Uvalde and Buffalo.

May 12— "What does it mean to have a friend? What does it mean to BE a friend? https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10606420

May 5— A focus on MOTHER'S DAY! A celebration of Jesus' mother and our mothers as well. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10560691

April 28— A challenge to us to use our imagination to believe what God can do to use us. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10514648

April 21— Celebrates
EARTH DAY& this rare & precious planet we live on. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10475475

HOLY WEEK PODCAST— A Celebration of Easter!

April 7— Palm Sunday! https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10392541

March 31— Using the events of the recent Oscars as a teaching moment. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10348428

March 24— “Do the rich get to do whatever they want?”

March 17— Celebrating Saint Patrick & a lesson of forgiveness. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10267869

March 10— Identifying the fears we carry about the war in the Ukraine. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10218823

March 3— UKRAINE! Another vicious war reminds us how fragile peace is in our world. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10181439

February 24— "Zacchaeus ... so much more than a man in a tree." https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10133224

February 17— Celebrating music as an important language of God. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10088814

February 10— The LOVE of Valentine's Day.

February 3— "What will you leave behind when you die?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10008572

January 27— A challenge to us about which lives matter. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9958799

January 20— Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 13— "Is your love for God steadfast?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9877174

January 6— Epiphany and following your dreams.

You can listen to this half hour of worship anytime you choose by clicking on this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9757406

The December 16 podcast is all about the JOY in unexpected places.

The December 9 podcast is all about the "peace that passes all understanding".

The December 2 podcast is about hope in hopeless times.

The November 25 podcast is about Thanksgiving.

The November 18 podcast is about understanding the reason for this finite life.

The November 11 porcast is about how our faith needs to be offered locally.

The November 4 podcast is about the re-birth of Lazarus and the immediacy of God.

The October 28 podcast reminds us of the importance of hope.

The October 21 podcast is all about judging others.

The October 14 podcast tackles the topic of cancer and spiritual health.

The October 7 podcast urges us all to make the most of our short time in history. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9324158

The September 30 podcast is about the urgency of doing the right things now. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9283559

The September 23 podcast reminds us to value each season of our lives.

The September 16 podcast is all about the power of grief.

The September 9 podcast is designed to turn our attention to women in the church.

The Septemberi 2 podcast is about understanding the power of love.

The August 26 podcast is about how we always seem to use the name of God to do some really horrible things. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9087169

The August 19 podcast is about the value of sadness.

The August 5 podcast is about the names we call each other. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8974027

The July 29 podcast is about why Jesus says we should, "come as a little child". https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8939623

The July 22 podcast is a half hour of worship to convince you that you are enough for God to use. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8864714

The July 8 podcast is a half hour of worship about the power of singing.

The July 1 half hour of worship is in celebration of Independence Day.

The June 24 podcast encourages us to love our enemies.

The June 17 is in honor of fathers and father figures in our lives that offer us a glimpse of God's love. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8714205

The June 10 podcast is a half hour of worship to ask forgiveness and offer love to the LGBTQ+ community. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8673506

The June 3 podcast asks the question, "If I want to be a peacemaker, how do I begin?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8640481

The May 27 podcast is a half hour of worship that asks the question, "Can we be trusted to tell the truth?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8595581

The May 20 podcast gives thanks for those who are working for peace in the Middle East. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8550793

The May 13 podcast gives thanks for friends who are there for us when we need them in our darkest hours. .https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8508415

The May 6 podcast is a half hour of worship to broaden our understanding of God as loving Father and Mother. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8466869

The April 29 podcast is a half hour of worship about the story of the rich man and Lazarus. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8422807

The April 22 podcast challenges us to take the care of our planet and the care of each other more seriously. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8379530

The April 15 podcast is a reminder of the need to act even in times of overwhelming despair. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8335548

The April 8 podcast is in praise of eyewitness accounts that change the world.

The April 1 podcast is a celebration of Easter. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8247691

The March 25 podcast considers the qualities of MERCY.

The March 18 podcast asks the question, "Why walk when you can fly"
as it challenges us to soar with Jesus. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8164917

The March 11 podcast is about including friends of other faiths. .

The March 4 podcast is about giving your love away.

The February 25 podcast is about working to change the world for future generations.

The February 18 podcast is about temptation and the season of Lent.
It starts with the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness.

The February 11 podcast is about combating racism— the third of three podcasts
during Black History Month. It's based on the story of Lydia in the book of Acts.

The February 4 podcast is about systemic racism —the second of three podcasts about Black History Month. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7659382

Last week's podcast is about slavery—
the first of three podcasts about Black History Month.

The January 28 podcast is about the new President and our mercy.

The January 21 podcast is about the new President and our mercy.

The January 14 podcast is about challenging our beliefs about right and wrong.

The January 7 podcast is about making sense of the senseless violence and destruction that happened at our capitol.

The December 28 podcast is a vision from Isaiah about new things in a new year.

The December 17 podcast is about JOY. Choose joy each and every day.

The December 10 podcast is about PEACE.
The peace of Christ is a powerful tool in a world filled with conflict.

The December 3 podcast is about HOPE.
Does everything need to be hopeful for us to have hope?

The November 19 podcast is about the inner conflict between good and evil in all of us. Why can't we do what we know is right?

The November 12 podcast is all about PEACE.
Inner peace, personal peace, lasting peace, God's peace that passes all understanding.

The November 5 podcast asks the question, "Does God have faith in us?"

The October 29 podcast tackles the important question,
"What do we do after the election is over?"

The October 22 podcast tells the story of Ananias and Sapphira
who met a foul end in a story in the book of Acts.

The October 15 podcast is all about shaking off the coma brought on by the enormity of the problems we face. It's based on a poem from Isaiah.

The October 8 podcast is centered on a letter that Paul wrote to his dear friend Timothy.

The October 1 podcast is all about that first Presidential debate.

The September 24 podcast is a challenge to become great in a new way.

The September 17 podcast is about how this just might be your time to stand up for what is right. It is based on the story of Esther.

The September 10 podcast is about how forgiveness can set you free.

The September 3 podcast is about how Psalm 23 speaks to us at this time in history.

The August 27 podcast is about hating others who do not agree with us.

The August 20 podcast is about acts of kindness and how they change the world.

The August 13 podcast is about being an outcast and the ways we create outcasts by excluding others.

The August 6 podcast is about how hard it is to have faith in anything anymore. It's based on the 14th Chapter of Matthew where Peter tries to walk on the water.

The July 30 podcast is all about God's amazing love in an unfair world.

The July 23 podcast is all about parables of the kingdom of heaven from Matthew 13.

The July 16 podcast is all about Jacob's Ladder and the assurance that God is with us even in our moments of despair. It's based on Genesis 28.

The July 9 podcast is about how to pray when you just don't know how to pray. It's based on the fascinating Psalm 119.

The July 2 podcast is about the arguments we have with ourselves about what is right and what is wrong. It comes from the letter that Paul wrote to the churches in Rome.

June 25      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4314851
June 18      
June 11      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4123331
June 4        https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4033814
May 28      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3937772
May 21      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/385849
May 14      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3744002
May 7        https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3659218
April 30      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3555079

April 23      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3465676
April 16      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3384706
Easter         https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3316654
Maundy Thursday Communion
April 2        https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3212047
March 26   https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3119509
March 19   https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3047896

And just for fun, a sing along podcast with just music https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3361036