Easter Sunday 
This podcast includes the entirety of our Easter Sunday worship service celebrating Christ's resurrection, particularly: 
- Pastor Allison Bauer's sermon "Easter Surprise" based on John 20:1-18
- Dr. Stan Workman's leadership of the day's music by the Second Pres Chancel Choir and special brass, timpani, and glockenspiel. 

The Chancel Choir of Second Presbyterian Church joins the Shawnee State University Choir & Chorale to present, "An Evening of Bernstein, Faure & Parry" on Sun, April 22 at 7 pm at Second Presbyterian Church - Portsmouth, OH (801 Waller St, across from Portsmouth High School). 

Under the direction of Dr. Stan Workman, Jr. (Second Pres organist-choirmaster and director of choirs at SSU), the choir of nearly 60 voices will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra, harp, percussion, and organ. 


PS Listen to more of Pastor Allison's sermons on her sermon podcast HERE. 

In this podcast
1. Prayer for illumination
2. New Testament reading   Acts 3:12-19
3. The Psalter  Psalm 4:1-8 
4. Gospel reading  Luke 24:36b-48
5. The Anthem  "Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord!" (Donald Fishell) 
6. Epistle  1 John 3:1-7
7. Sermon "What We Will Be" 

Sermon excerpt
In 1 John 3, the Elder begins, “1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.”

I cannot grasp the depths of God’s love and compassion for us: lawless, rebellious children, born as captives to sin.

I cannot comprehend the sacrifice and pain God felt on the Friday which we call “good.” And on the silent Saturday that followed.

I cannot understand the risk God takes when he chooses to love us … because we have the power to break the Father’s heart over and over and over again.

And yet … he adopts us anyway. He loves us as his own flesh and blood.

"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are."



Second Presbyterian Church - Portsmouth, OH



Sermon podcast:


"What We Will Be" (a series on 1 John) 

A sermon based on 1 John 3:1-17

Sun, April 15, 2018 

Second Presbyterian Church

Eighth & Waller Streets Portsmouth, OH 45662     740-353-4159     secondpres@yahoo.com

“Learning how to hear the Good Shepherd” Bible Study & Listening Prayer
Sat, April 28 @ 10-11:30am   Hill View Retirement Community Forest Room (1610 28th St Portsmouth)

Led by Rev. Dr. Esther Wakeman, Mission co-worker serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand (University Chaplain, Payap University) 

Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

If our faith involves a real relationship with God, then we should expect that two-way communication happens between us and God. According to Dallas Willard, the primary subjective way God addresses people is through the “still small voice,” or people’s own thoughts and feelings--it is both God and the person speaking at once.

The “still small voice” is understood as individuals’ self-knowledge or self-awareness that has a distinct quality to it because God caused the awareness to come to focus through the Holy Spirit. We will look at scripture that will help us understand this and use a particular method of prayer designed to help us hear this still small voice of God and thereby deepen our relationship with God.

"Hiding in the Darkness" (a series on 1 John) 

A sermon based on 1 John 1:1-2:2 

Sun, April 8, 2018

Waller Street entrance to Second Presbyterian Church at dusk

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Coffee fellowship (parlor) 

Post-sermon discussion for youth & adults