Second Presbyterian Church

Eighth & Waller Streets Portsmouth, OH 45662     740-353-4159

During this election season, Second Pres wants to help you engage the critical issues of faith and politics in the company of brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Here's how: 

1. A one night ONLY "Pizza, Wings & 'Jesus for President'" book discussion (led by Pastor Allison) on Weds, Oct 26 starting at 5:15pm.

2. A special adult education series (led by Mike Raies) on "Politics and Civility" on Sun, Nov 30 and Sun, Nov 6 directly following worship.

3. OR you could support Second's SSU students by going to see a satirical musical about a presidential candidate who runs on the platform of Love in their production of "Of Thee I Sing," (Oct 26-29 @ 7:30pm)!! 

listen to or download Sunday's sermon

Six months with Pastor Allison!


Sunday morning worship (sanctuary)


Coffee fellowship (parlor) 

Post-sermon discussion for youth & adults 

Please join us for worship!

Sermon excerpt from "The Pharisee & the Tax Collector" (from Sun, Oct 23) 

And if we’re not careful, we might leave worship today thinking something like, “Thank you, God, I’m not like that Pharisee, full of arrogance and pride.” If we’re not careful, we just might find ourselves doing the same thing that the Pharisee did, looking down on others.

In fact, I’m afraid, generally speaking, we have a lot more in common with the Pharisee than we do the tax collector. The Pharisee is like someone who goes to church every Sunday, who puts some money in the offering plate as it goes by, who sings in the choir, who serves on a committee, who preaches the sermon.

For those of us who do a lot of good works, it’s easy for us to rest on our laurels and think we are righteous because of the things we do. We even sometimes become a wee bit arrogant like the Pharisee. And we sort of forget about or even become blind to our sin. 

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