Second Presbyterian Church

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

Sun, February 4, 2018 

Spiritual Geography: The Wilderness

A sermon preached on Mark 1:29-39 

Sun, January 28, 2018 

Spiritual Geography: The Capernaum Synagogue 

A sermon preached on Mark 1:21-28

​Spiritual Geography

You can see that it is hard to mark the difference between our life and our place, our place and ourselves. --Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter. 

Waller Street entrance to Second Presbyterian Church at dusk

Think for a moment how your life would change if, in 2018,
​you resolved to handle conflict in a more productive and healthy way.

"Resolving Everyday Conflict." 

Sunday mornings following worship and Monday evenings at 6pm

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Sun, January 21, 2018

Spiritual Geography: The Sea of Galilee 

Sermon based on Mark 1:14-20



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Spiritual Geography: The Mountaintop (Transfiguration Sunday) 

Sun, Feb 11, 2018 

A sermon preached on Mark 9:2-9 

In this podcast: 
1. Prayer of illumination 
2. OT reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12 
3. The Psalter: Psalm 50 responsive reading 
4. Epistle reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 
5. Anthem of the day: "Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies" (T. Frederick H. Candyln) 
6. NT reading: Mark 9:2-9 
7. Sermon "Spiritual Geography: The Mountaintop" (Transfiguration Sunday) 

Sermon excerpt
In that moment, they are able to forget the news Jesus shared with them the week before: the news that the Son of Man must undergo much suffering, be killed, and rise again. For a few moments, they are no longer haunted by Jesus’ teaching that to follow him is to deny oneself, to pick up one’s cross and follow him. Follow him all the way to the cross.

The disciples are reluctant to leave this holy mountaintop moment. Everything in them wants to cling to the glory of these moments when everything fits.

But Jesus knows that they can’t stay on the mountaintop. His road comes down the mountain and leads into the depths of suffering before the final revelation of glory. 

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