The Skirl for December 2016

Read in this month’s edition of The Skirl: Robert’s Ramblings: Gifts We Received Celebrating the First Sunday of Advent Notes from our Mission Committee A message from the Endowment Committee TT Weekday School enjoyed Stone Soup. Director's Note for our Christmas Cantata Calendar, prayers of the people, and other interesting articles. Click here to get… Continue reading The Skirl for December 2016

Peace on Earth?

As I have aged I have become more realistic about my hopes for Christmas. Christians have been praying for world peace for two thousand years and Jews for thousands of years before them. Yet many days I wonder if we are any closer. When I read of the horrors of how prisoners and enemies were… Continue reading Peace on Earth?

Where Is Your Heart?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:21 (NRSV) Many churches call the Sunday before Advent "Christ the King Sunday." On this day the Church celebrates the authority of Christ in our lives and over all the earth and heaven. At Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church we will also call… Continue reading Where Is Your Heart?


This Sunday we will conclude our worship service with a ritual of anointing for healing. Those present will be invited to come forward, or merely to watch and sing, as we share a physical reminder of God's act of reconciliation with us so that we might be reconciled with one another and point to glimpses of God's new heaven and new earth.

Hold Your Head Up

"What music does this passage call for?" Typically this question yields the hymn we sing following the sermon. And while I illustrate my study notes that will provide the congregation a means of applying that passage I often hear that music playing in my imagination. My study of the Second Letter to the Thessalonians immediately recalled the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Rogers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel.