First Presbyterian Church
by Chrisy Ennen on November 24th, 2014

In Sunday's Thanksgiving sermon, I spoke about practicing thanksgiving and gave opportunity for us to practice in worship, using these attributes of God as a starting point. Use this list when you need impetus for thanksgiving and praise!

Abounding in loving-kindness
Alpha – Omega
Always present
Bread of Life
Complete in Yourself
Complete Satisfaction
Creator of everything
Everlasting Father
Everlasting Life
Giver of life and grace
Good Shepherd
Help in times of trouble
High and exalted
Holy Lamb – spotless Lamb
Living Water
Lord Most High
Lord of Heaven
Lord over all
Lover of our souls
Mighty Fortress
Mighty God
Name above all names
Patient Teacher
Perfect Father
Prince of Peace
Revealer of mysteries
Rewarder of those who seek You
Righteous Judge
Ruler/Supreme Authority
Slow to anger
Source of everything
Steadfast in all Your ways
Strength when we are weak
The Great I Am
The Truth
The Way
Three in One:  Father, Spirit, Jesus
Transformer of lives
Wonderful Counselor
Worthy of Praise
You care for all our needs
You correct and test us to reveal our hearts
You deal bountifully with us
You desire to be known
You draw, woo, pursue us first
You give us signs & wonders to increase our faith
You hedge us in with Your favor
You lavish Your love on us
You never give up on us
You regard the lowly
You understand our weakness
You work wonders
Your love & wisdom are pure
Your love is unconditional

by Pastor Ken Bryant on September 8th, 2014

We have been following Jacob's journey, and at the close of the sermon, Pastor Ken shared these words with us, written by Charles Wesley:

​Come, O thou Traveller unknown, Whom still I hold, but cannot see!
My company before is gone, And I am left alone with Thee;
With Thee all night I mean to stay, And wrestle till the break of day.

I need not tell Thee who I am, My misery and sin declare;
Thyself hast called me by my name, Look on Thy hands, and read it there;
But who, I ask Thee, who art Thou? Tell me Thy name, and tell me now.

In vain Thou strugglest to get free, I never will unloose my hold!
Art Thou the Man that died for me? The secret of Thy love unfold;
Wrestling, I will not let Thee go, Till I Thy name, Thy nature know.

Wilt Thou not yet to me reveal Thy new, unutterable Name?
Tell me, I still beseech Thee, tell; To know it now resolved I am;
Wrestling, I will not let Thee go, Till I Thy Name, Thy nature know.

’Tis all in vain to hold Thy tongue Or touch the hollow of my thigh;
Though every sinew be unstrung, Out of my arms Thou shalt not fly;
Wrestling I will not let Thee go Till I Thy name, Thy nature know.

What though my shrinking flesh complain, And murmur to contend so long?
I rise superior to my pain, When I am weak, then I am strong
And when my all of strength shall fail, I shall with the God-man prevail.

Contented now upon my thigh I halt, till life’s short journey end;
All helplessness, all weakness I On Thee alone for strength depend;
Nor have I power from Thee to move: Thy nature, and Thy name is Love.

My strength is gone, my nature dies, I sink beneath Thy weighty hand,
Faint to revive, and fall to rise; I fall, and yet by faith I stand;
I stand and will not let Thee go Till I Thy Name, Thy nature know.

Yield to me now, for I am weak, But confident in self-despair;
Speak to my heart, in blessings speak, Be conquered by my instant prayer;
Speak, or Thou never hence shalt move, And tell me if Thy Name is Love.

’Tis Love! ’tis Love! Thou diedst for me! I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee, Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all, Thy mercies move; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.

My prayer hath power with God; the grace Unspeakable I now receive;
Through faith I see Thee face to face, I see Thee face to face, and live!
In vain I have not wept and strove; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.

I know Thee, Saviour, who Thou art. Jesus, the feeble sinner’s friend;
Nor wilt Thou with the night depart. But stay and love me to the end,
Thy mercies never shall remove; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.

The Sun of righteousness on me Hath rose with healing in His wings,
Withered my nature’s strength; from Thee My soul its life and succour brings;
My help is all laid up above; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.

Lame as I am, I take the prey, Hell, earth, and sin, with ease o’ercome;
I leap for joy, pursue my way, And as a bounding hart fly home,
Through all eternity to prove Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.

by Ken Bryant on August 18th, 2014

            20 years sounds like long time - but it goes by in blink of eye!
            Only when we look from historical perspective – e.g. who was President? (Bill Clinton) or what was happening in world?  (Saddam Hussein was getting ready to invade Kuwait) do we get a sense of the passage of time.  Only when we see transitions in church with the saints departed (was it really that long ago?!), the staff changes, the projects various committees worked on, do we realize how long 20 years is!
Thank you for all your love and support:
                        -for joining in the journey of faith with Susan & me
                        -for nurturing our children in the faith
                        -for accepting leadership roles and lending your wisdom
Thank you for being a blessing these past 20 years!
            I can't give you 20 more, but I hope together we can continue to grow thru the Spirit's work.
A special thank-you to Ginny Wise and Bev Schmidt for organizing the celebration!
--Ken Bryant

by Chrisy Ennen on August 8th, 2014

As I read this on Wednesday, July 23, I felt the Lord prompt me that this is the prayer we are to be praying for First Presbyterian Church of Greenville.
I am committing to pray this daily. Will you commit to pray with me?

Isaiah 62

Isaiah’s Prayer for Jerusalem

Because I love Zion,

    I will not keep still.

Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem,

    I cannot remain silent.

I will not stop praying for her

    until her righteousness shines like the dawn,

    and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.

The nations will see your righteousness.

    World leaders will be blinded by your glory.

And you will be given a new name

    by the Lord’s own mouth.

The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—

    a splendid crown in the hand of God.

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”

    or “The Desolate Land.”
Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”

    and “The Bride of God,”
for the Lord delights in you

    and will claim you as his bride.

Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,

    just as a young man commits himself to his bride.

Then God will rejoice over you

    as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls;

    they will pray day and night, continually.

    Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord.

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work,

    until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.

The Lord has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength:

    “I will never again hand you over to your enemies.

Never again will foreign warriors come

    and take away your grain and new wine.

You raised the grain, and you will eat it,

    praising the Lord.

Within the courtyards of the Temple,

    you yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”
Go out through the gates!

    Prepare the highway for my people to return!

Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders;

    raise a flag for all the nations to see.
The Lord has sent this message to every land:

    “Tell the people of Israel,
‘Look, your Savior is coming.

    See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’”
They will be called “The Holy People”

    and “The People Redeemed by the Lord.”

And Jerusalem will be known as “The Desirable Place”

    and “The City No Longer Forsaken.” (NLT)

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