Second Presbyterian Church

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

sunday's sermon

The 2017 Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols is just around the corner on Mon, Dec 18 (7:30pm)! 

Your favorite local singers AND orchestra will make the glorious sounds of Christmas in our sanctuary!

It's one of our favorite (and most well-attended!) events of the year -- arrive early to get a good seat! 

NEW sermon series:

"Christmas at the movies"


A lectionary passage - Christmas movie

Waller Street entrance to Second Presbyterian Church at dusk

Looking for a place to worship on Christmas Eve?
There's a place for you with us at our candlelight worship service on Sun, Dec 24 at 6:00pm. 



Second Presbyterian Church - Portsmouth, OH



Sermon podcast:  

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

Read along with Mark 1:1-8

Included in this podcast:

1. Anthem of the day: "Every Valley" (John Ness Beck) 
2. Sermon 

Sermon synopsis:  

It's funny how often those who are a little outside of the norm are chosen to be messengers to the rest of the world. Brian Henson made the strange choice of casting Gonzo as Charles Dickens in the movie The Muppet's Christmas Carol because he was the least likely character for that role.  

This decision fits right in with the biblical tradition of God calling strange messengers to bear his words to his people; strange messengers like locust and honey-eating, hairy-pelt wearing John the Baptizer, the voice crying out in the wilderness who warns his listeners to "Prepare" for the way of the Lord. 

What does his message sound like in today's world? 

Video from the Variety Show part of our Christmas Dinner on Sun, Dec 10.
​Many thanks to Dr. Stan Workman, Dr. Michael Barnhart, and all those who sang for us! 

get connected in person:​​

Sunday worship schedule


Sunday morning worship (sanctuary)


Coffee fellowship (parlor) 

Post-sermon discussion for youth & adults