Second Presbyterian Church

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

Sun, Feb 18 
Covenant 1: Profession of Faith 
A sermon based on Genesis 9:8-17

Covenant 4: Ordination 

Sun, March 11, 2018 

A sermon based on Ephesians 2:1-10

Included in this podcast: 
1. Old Testament reading: Numbers 21:4-9 
2. The Psalter: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
3. Gospel reading: John 3:14-21
4. Anthem: "God So Loved the World" (John Stainer) 
5. Epistle reading: Ephesians 2:1-10 
6. Covenant Renewal Service: Celebrating Ordination 

Sermon excerpt: 
It is my hope that spending this season of Lent reflecting on God’s faithfulness to the everlasting covenants he has made with us will encourage each one of us to recommit ourselves to living up to our side of the covenant as faithfully as we can.

Seen through this lens, the “after” picture of being made alive in Christ in Ephesians 2 is part of our response to God’s covenant: a pledge to become who God has made us to be – one created in Christ Jesus for good works to bring God glory.  

In this morning’s “covenant renewal service,” we will particularly celebrate the good works that are done in the name of Christ Jesus by those who have been ordained as leaders in the congregation. In this way, ordination is one of the ways we are able to choose to do good works out of gratitude for God’s grace as a sign of our faithfulness to God’s covenant.

Holy Week Lunches 

You are invited to join the churches of the Scioto County Ministerial Association for the annual Holy Week luncheons and worship, Monday-Friday from 12-1pm. The events are hosted by the First Christian Church (843 3rd St Portsmouth OH 45562) and local congregations are providing meals each day while local pastors and lay leaders will provide worship. There's room for you around the tables! 

PHS Weekend Food Project 

In just three weeks, we have received an astonishing $801 in donations from our local and extended community toward our weekend food project!! Your donations will help us to print new Trojan logo bags (they deliver the food and preserve students' dignity by looking like any other PHS backpack) as well as provide silverware and wet towelettes to go with the food. #wearegrateful 

Holy Week Services

Palm & Passion Sunday      Sun, March 25           9:30am 

   A service of the Word and music exploring Jesus' entry into Jerusalem

Maundy Thursday                Thurs, March 29      6:00pm 

   A joint worship service with First Pres hosted by Second with communion celebrating Jesus' new 

   commandment to love one another as He loved us

Good Friday                            Fri, March 30           3:00pm 

   Held at the traditional time of Jesus' death, Pastor Allison will read through the crucifixion story as found in John 18-19 while Dr. Stan Workman provides musical meditations. 
Easter Sunday                        Sun, April 1                9:30am 

   A glorious celebration of Jesus' resurrection accompanied with brass and percussion and communion

Waller Street entrance to Second Presbyterian Church at dusk

current sermons

Sun, February 25 
Covenant 2: Remembering Our Baptism
A sermon based on Genesis 17:1-16 


Sun, March 4, 2018 
​Covenant 3: Church Membership 
A sermon based on Exodus 20:1-17



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“When God makes a covenant with us, God says: ‘I will love you with an everlasting love. I will be faithful to you, even when you run away from me, reject me, or betray me.’”

-- Henri J.M. Nouwen, Bread for the Journey