Readings for March 29th, 5th Sunday in Lent

First Reading Ezekiel 37:1-14

Second Reading Romans 8:6-11

Gospel Reading John 11:1-45

Sermon “Living Not Just Existing”

Ezekiel 37:11-14 NLT
[11] Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones-all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ [12] Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. [13] When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the LORD. [14] I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the LORD has spoken!'”

Dear Friends, I pray that this message finds you safe and well, if isolated during these days of the COVID19 pandemic. Though it pains our hearts not to be physically together, we are keeping our distance so as avoid sharing this dangerous and insidious disease as loving children of God should do. This week on Sunday morning, we will be trying something new to us – We will be utilizing technology to join together in worship at our usual time of 10:45 am from our homes. If you would like to join us, please send me an email at info@fpcnewkirk.org and I will forward the instructions on how to join in via Zoom (an audio/video conferencing service) you will need a computer, tablet or smart phone and internet service.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mark

Readings for March 22, 4th Sunday in Lent

Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm reading: Psalm 23
Epistle Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel Reading: John 9:1-41

John 9:1-5 NLT
[1] As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. [2] “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” [3] “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. [4] We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. [5] But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Peace to you in these troubled times…


Dear Friends: After the rapidly developing situation of the last few days with the new Corona virus pandemic, our Session made the difficult decision to suspend our on-site worship for the next several weeks out of love and concern for the vulnerable members of our fellowship.

I will continue to post weekly scripture readings and sermons here for any who wish to use them in their personal worship and study. I pray they will help to draw you closer to the God who loves us so. Let me suggest a Scripture passage to hold tight in your heart these troubled times:

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mark

Readings for March 15, 3rd Sunday in Lent

First Reading: Exodus 17:1-7

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-11

Gospel Reading: John 4:1-42

Sermon “Artesian Grace”

John 4:13-14 NLT
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Readings for March 8th, 2nd Sunday in Lent

First Reading: Numbers 21:4-9

Second Reading: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Gospel Reading: John 3:1-17

Sermon: “Where to Look?”

John 3:10-15 NIV
[10] “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? [11] Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. [12] I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? [13] No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. [14] Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, [15] that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

Readings for March 1, 1st Sunday in Lent

First Reading Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

Psalm Reading Psalm 32

Second Reading Romans 5:12-19

Gospel Reading Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon “A Season of Preparation”

Matthew 4:1-2 NLT
[1] Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. [2] For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

Readings for February 23rd, Transfiguration Sunday

First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18

Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon “See, Hear and Fear Not”

Matthew 17:2-3 NLT
[2] As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. [3] Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.