We are a gathering of Christ followers in Lexington, North Carolina, and we invite you to join us on the journey of faith.
Our Vision: First Presbyterian Church is a loving community in Christ where we Call People to Faith, Develop them as Disciples, and Send them to Serve.
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch)
Mail: P.O. Box 586, Lexington NC 27293-0586
Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
300 South Main St.
Lexington, NC 27292
The Worship Service Action Learning Team made its final report to the Session on July 25, 2016.
A letter from Bill McMurray, Clerk of Session, may be viewed by clicking here.
The Committee's final report to the Session may be viewed by clicking here.
This past week’s Republican National Convention and this coming week’s Democratic National Convention signal the beginning of the final push to November’s presidential election.
As I reflect on the choices the American people have, I am reminded of the words of Psalm 146: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God” - Psalm 146:3-5.
This particular psalm is a warning not to place one’s trust in human leaders. Why is that? Well, as the whole of the Biblical witness makes clear, humans are imperfect people with imperfect plans. Anyone who places ultimate faith and hope onto a human will be disappointed. This disappointment is inevitable not only because of human sin, but also because humans are mortal. Their plans and projects will die with them.
Instead, the Psalmist states that blessedness (or happiness) comes from looking to God for help and putting ones hope and trust in God. Why? Because the Lord is trustworthy! That trust is founded on the truth that God is our creator and God’s reign will never go away. God’s character also provides the basis for that trust because God sets the prisoners free, opens the eyes of the blind, and lifts those who are bowed down.
So as this election season progresses with many more promises to come from all the candidates, I am reminding myself to place my trust in the Lord alone and to hold firmly to the only One who holds the future in the palm of his hand. I encourage you to do the same.
Grace and peace.
Your friend and pastor,
For the first three Sundays of July 2016, a slip was enclosed in the bulletin soliciting from each member of the congregation the titles of their top 10 favorite hymns. Following are the top 10 from the results:
1. Amazing Grace (37 votes)
2. Here I Am, Lord (25 votes)
3. Blessed Assurance (23 votes)
4. Great is Thy Faithfulness (Tie - 22 votes)
How Great Thou Art (Tie - 22 votes)
6. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (21 votes)
7. A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Tie - 18 votes)
Morning Has Broken (Tie - 18 votes)
9. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (14 votes)
10. All Things Bright & Beautiful (Tie - 13 votes)
I Danced in the Morning (Tie - 13 votes)
Jesus Loves Me (Tie - 13 votes)
If you would like to see the complete list of results, please click here.
Beginning Sunday June 12th, we will begin operating on a “summer schedule” through the end of August.
Sunday School will begin at 9:00 a.m., and Traditional Worship in the sanctuary will be held at 10:00 a.m.
Following is the full list of changes that the summer schedule will bring:
July 24, 2016
Wrestling With God
July 31, 2016 - Donna Hurt Preaches
August 7, 2016
Dive in - The Story of Naman
2 Kings 5 :1-19
The Presbyterian Table meets Thursday nights at 6:00 PM, reserving a table at a different restaurant each week. Anyone who wants to eat out is invited to come sit at "the Presbyterian table." This is an informal group open to all with each person being responsible for his or her own expense. We invite you to join us any week for good food, fellowship, and lots of laughter.
I remember as a youth in church singing this song at youth gatherings and at camp in the summer. In college, when I led worship for the Presbyterian Fellowship, I often picked this song for its simple and clear message. Today, as we are bombarded with daily stories of violence and division, it remains as relevant as when it was written in 1955.
It seems that every day there is another news story that brings bad news. Most recently it is the bombing in Istanbul, Turkey which follows Orlando, Brussels, San Bernadino, and Paris. We also read about flood ravaged West Virginia, storm damaged mid-west, and the loss of life and property that goes along with such stories.
Well summer is just about here, and most everyone is making plans for some time away from the rush of normal life. I am looking forward to a week with my family at my parent’s house on Hatteras. I know other people are planning trips to the North Carolina mountains or to Florida or out west.
The change of pace of summer is something that many people look forward to. Life in the summer is a little slower with many of the activities we are involved in on hiatus. This different pace provides a much needed breather in the midst of a hectic world.
The United States is in the midst of a major demographic shift. In 2013 the older population - persons aged 65 or older - represented 14.1% of the U.S. population. In the next 20 years that percentage is expected to rise to 21% of the population.
The Baby Boom Generation (born 1945 - 1964) is nearing retirement age and accounts for the expected growth in the retired age group. Interestingly, the birth rates for those generations following the Baby Boom Generations were not as robust, and so there will be fewer workers available to replace those retiring Baby Boomers. This presents a challenge to the business sector in the coming years, but it will also effect participation and giving in the church at large.
I am excited to announce a new way that First Presbyterian Church can help you develop as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have partnered with RightNow Media to make available to you a large library of free video resources. It's essentially the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. You can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector. There are over 2000 videos from some great teachers including Max Lucado, Francis Chan, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, and more.