The Power of a Fragile Community 

A sermon for Ascension Sunday 

Based on 1 John 5:9-13 and Acts 1:1-11

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Second Presbyterian Church - Portsmouth, OH



Sermon podcast:  

A leadership training event for current elders, deacons, and trustees -- Sat, May 19 (10am-2pm) 

Second Presbyterian Church

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

In this podcast: 

1. The Psalter  Psalm 47 
2. Anthem  "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" 
(Words by Daniel S. Twohig; Music by Geoffrey O'Hara)
Dr. Stanley Workman, Jr., Tenor; Justin Wiget, Pianist 
3. New Testament Lesson  Acts 1:1-11 
4. Epistle  1 John 5:9-13
5. Sermon "Power for a Fragile Community 

Sermon excerpt 
Sometimes in midst of our fearfulness, when we are overwhelmed by how hard it is to be the church, we end up looking a lot like those disciples who stood there watching Jesus disappear into the clouds, I’m guessing with their mouths hanging open and a bewildered look on their faces.

For us, celebrating the Ascension means going from the “place where we gaze into the clouds to the places where the world needs Christ. We are called to be the hands, feet, eyes, and voice of Christ to the ends of the earth” as we witness to the good news of Jesus Christ, our risen and Ascended Lord, who is now our Advocate, Intercessor, and our biggest fan sitting at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.[1]

 [1] Feasting on the Word, Year B, Volume 2. Acts 11, Pastoral Perspective, Peterson-Davis, Kindle Locations 17646-17655.

"The Heart of Life" (a series on 1 John) 

A sermon based on 1 John 4:7-21

Sun, April 29, 2018 

It was a good day at Second Pres when our Choral Scholars (students in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program at SSU) presented "Day by Day" from the musical "Godspell," accompanied by Dr. Stan Workman, in worship on Sun, April 29. 

Waller Street entrance to Second Presbyterian Church at dusk



We were so pleased to be invited to be part of Portsmouth's Southern Ohio Medical Center's new commercial! Expected to air in October and November, this ad campaign will focus on the importance of lung cancer screening and how early detection saves lives. (November is lung cancer awareness month.)  

"What is Love?" (a series on 1 John) 

A sermon based on 1 John 3:16-24 

Sun, April 22, 2018 

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Sunday worship schedule


Sunday morning worship (sanctuary)


Coffee fellowship (parlor) 

Post-sermon discussion for youth & adults