Second Presbyterian Church

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

"Restoration" -- a sermon from Sun, Sept 10 based on Matthew 18:15-20. 

Sermon excerpt

The truth is this: the messiness, or brokenness, in one person tends to respond to the messiness and brokenness in another person as either water or gasoline. And only prayer, humility, and a healthy dose of the Holy Spirit can transform our fiery words into life-giving water.

Jesus intends for us to focus on restoring the wholeness of BOTH parties who are involved.[1]

It’s about restoring the messy but significant relationship that has been broken; a relationship which will continue to be messy but one that now has more depth because it is grounded in prayer and humility and a divine kind of love that so far exceeds a human kind of love.


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"Heaping Burning Coals" -- a sermon from Sun, Sept 3 based on Romans 12:9-21

On Sat, Aug 19 we hosted our second Back to School Bash with Cornerstone UMC and served over 1300 people, including 600 students. 

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Sermon excerpt

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their head.”

One of these things is not like the others.

Heaping burning coals on someone’s head doesn’t sound like much of an act of kindness.

But when you think about waking up one morning to find that your fire has burned out and knowing how long it takes for a fire to burn down to the coal stage—which, if you’re even a casual S’more maker, you know is the best cooking stage—the thought of giving away some of your own coals IS an act of kindness.

Waller Street entrance to Second Presbyterian Church at dusk

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THANK YOU so much to all those who supported our recent Ice Cream Social Fundraiser! This is the main source of funding for our community-wide Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols service each December featuring an 80+ member choir and a full orchestra. It was a record-setting event: $4000 raised! We can't do this without you--thank you, thank you, thank you!! 

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Lessons & Carols -- Mon, Dec 18 @ 7:30pm (801 Waller St, across from PHS)