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A special thank you from
Pastor Blake
and Lynn

to all of you who brought and offered food, transportation, cards and prayers following their recent car crash near Buffalo. It is a real
blessing and deeply appreciated.

PRAYERS OF SUPPORT
Prayers for Emily Kralovic who is hospitalized this week in Saratoga Springs for observation and treatment to help alleviate fluid in her lungs.

PRAYER LIST
Please keep these members of our Church Family in your prayers:
The People of Ukraine
Sharon Ritzmann
Barbara Johnson
Ron Custer
Dan Malmborg
Larry & Maryde King
Shirleen Farrar

Lois Parker

Include any prayers
you may have in your heart.

Pastor Blake conducts
worship services each month at
WELLS HOUSE.
If
you would ever like to join him, let him know and he can arrange for you to attend.

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PRAYER CHAIN GROUP
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.


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

 

Sermons & Prayers

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
ZOOM WORSHIP & WORSHIP in the SANCTUARY
at 10:30AM
On October 2 we celebrate the Lord's Supper with churches all over the world on this special Sunday. Parts of the service were written by Christians in Africa, Ukraine and Great Britain. If you are joining us from home, please bring bread and something to drink so you can be a part of communion. If you cannot join us in person, here is the link for Zoom Sunday worship:
CLICK THIS LINK for ZOOM worship
or
Call this number on your phone: 646-558-8656
Then enter the meeting ID: 862 5702 9475
CLICK HERE to download this week's bulletin.

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PODCAST WORSHIP
The weekly Podcasts will continue with a half hour of worship that you may listen to at a time of your choosing. These will be posted every Thursday afternoon. 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.

PASTOR BLAKE'S PODCASTS

"Faith without Works." You can listen to this short service of worship anytime you choose by clicking on this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11369425

September 15— "A River of Life Flowing Out of Me."
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11336342


August 25— Paranoid, selfish, and unable to share the faith.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11284053

August 18— Why should we love the poor?https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11162352

August 11— 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?
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11078398


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? https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/11005381

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10879237

June 23— Jesus teaches us to live in and embrace our grief.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10843814

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

The June 9 podcast asks, "What happens when we die?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10762185

The June 2 podcast asks, "How does God judge us?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10722761

This podcast focuses on the terror in Uvalde and Buffalo. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10680672

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

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

The April 28 podcast challenges us to use our imagination to believe what God can do to use us. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10514648

The April 21 podcast celebrates
EARTH DAY and this rare and precious planet we all live on.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10475475

HOLY WEEK PODCAST— A Celebration of Easter!
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10424969

The April 7 podcast is about Palm Sunday! https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10392541

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

The March 24 podcast
asks the question, “Do the rich get to do whatever they want?”
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10305540

The March 17 podcast celebrates Saint Patrick and a lesson of forgiveness. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10267869

The March 10 podcast identifies the fears we carry about the war in the Ukraine. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10218823

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

The February 24 podcast is all about Zacchaeus ... so much more than a man in a tree. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10133224

The February 17 podcast celebrates music as an important language of God. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10088814

The February 10 podcast is about the LOVE of Valentine's Day.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10062234

The February 3 podcast asks the question, "What will you leave behind when you die?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/10008572

The January 27 podcast lifts up a challenge to us about which lives matter. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9958799

The January 20 podcast honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9915004

The January 13 podcast asks the question "is your love for God steadfast?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9877174

The January 6 podcast is about Epiphany and following your dreams.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9838261

THE CHRISTMAS PODCAST
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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9728235

The December 9 podcast is all about the "peace that passes all understanding".
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9688425

The December 2 podcast is about hope in hopeless times.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9647129

The November 25 podcast is about Thanksgiving.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9595804

The November 18 podcast is about understanding the reason for this finite life.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9571783

The November 11 porcast is about how our faith needs to be offered locally.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9526749

The November 4 podcast is about the re-birth of Lazarus and the immediacy of God.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9486997

The October 28 podcast reminds us of the importance of hope.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9449380

The October 21 podcast is all about judging others.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9404940

The October 14 podcast tackles the topic of cancer and spiritual health.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9364985

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9242811

The September 16 podcast is all about the power of grief.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9196517

The September 9 podcast is designed to turn our attention to women in the church.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9162108

The Septemberi 2 podcast is about understanding the power of love.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9124343

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/9051968

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8821934

The July 1 half hour of worship is in celebration of Independence Day.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/879022

The June 24 podcast encourages us to love our enemies.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8753995

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8291887

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

The March 25 podcast considers the qualities of MERCY.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8209686

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. .
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8117569

The March 4 podcast is about giving your love away.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8069580

The February 25 podcast is about working to change the world for future generations.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8023036

The February 18 podcast is about temptation and the season of Lent.
It starts with the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7944055

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7790092

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7536172

The January 28 podcast is about the new President and our mercy.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7411828

The January 21 podcast is about the new President and our mercy.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7411828

The January 14 podcast is about challenging our beliefs about right and wrong.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7280719

The January 7 podcast is about making sense of the senseless violence and destruction that happened at our capitol.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/71784

The December 28 podcast is a vision from Isaiah about new things in a new year.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7067671

The December 17 podcast is about JOY. Choose joy each and every day.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6863499

The December 10 podcast is about PEACE.
The peace of Christ is a powerful tool in a world filled with conflict.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/677588

The December 3 podcast is about HOPE.
Does everything need to be hopeful for us to have hope?
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6658402

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?
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6442066

The November 12 podcast is all about PEACE.
Inner peace, personal peace, lasting peace, God's peace that passes all understanding.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6328096

The November 5 podcast asks the question, "Does God have faith in us?"
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6223504

The October 29 podcast tackles the important question,
"What do we do after the election is over?"
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6124678

The October 22 podcast tells the story of Ananias and Sapphira
who met a foul end in a story in the book of Acts.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6014530

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5900077

The October 8 podcast is centered on a letter that Paul wrote to his dear friend Timothy.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5791024

The October 1 podcast is all about that first Presidential debate.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5678545

The September 24 podcast is a challenge to become great in a new way.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5576272

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5473462

The September 10 podcast is about how forgiveness can set you free.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5374057

The September 3 podcast is about how Psalm 23 speaks to us at this time in history.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5262715

The August 27 podcast is about hating others who do not agree with us.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5161819

The August 20 podcast is about acts of kindness and how they change the world.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5066762

The August 13 podcast is about being an outcast and the ways we create outcasts by excluding others.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4982309

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4882229

The July 30 podcast is all about God's amazing love in an unfair world.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4770671

The July 23 podcast is all about parables of the kingdom of heaven from Matthew 13.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4684832

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4582364

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4492655

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.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4413716

EARLIER PODCASTS
June 25      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4314851
June 18      
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/422514
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
                  https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3287596
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