Sept. 22 – Shrewd Stewardship

I often wonder about shrewd church advertisements. We understand the message of advertisements that show cars actually blowing the doors off of their competition. How might we advertise forgiveness of sin as release from bondage to new life? What word would you put on the heavy iron ball chained to your leg that deters you… Continue reading Sept. 22 – Shrewd Stewardship

Sept. 15 – Hide and Found

Welcome in serval languages

What have you 'lost' of such great importance that you would have cleaned your whole house to find or traveled miles out of your way retracing your steps and then dug through the trash? Once during a soccer game a small child realized a hearing aide was no longer in one of her ears. Within… Continue reading Sept. 15 – Hide and Found

Sept. 8 – Christ Over All

one outside the crowd

I admire those who carefully weigh becoming a member of a particular congregation. However church membership is a small, even trivial, decision when compared with the cost of discipleship under Jesus Christ. Prospective members often ask if they will be expected to tithe, give ten percent of their income. Like many television evangelists I soften… Continue reading Sept. 8 – Christ Over All

Sept. 1 – Table Stories

chalice, bread, and trays on the communion table

An unusual assortment of people gather around communion tables: those who are very rich and those deeply in debt; circuit court judges and felons, even murderers; nuclear physicists and poets; academics and drop outs. People from every corner of the world. We believe that through this sacrament or holy mystery that the table in any… Continue reading Sept. 1 – Table Stories

Aug. 18 – Heroes of Faith

What kind of people do you expect to find described in the Bible? Hebrews 11:31-32 lists eight people by name as exemplars of faith. And all of them are deeply flawed. Their persistence in running the race that God set before them sets them apart. If these people can be considered “heroes of the faith”,… Continue reading Aug. 18 – Heroes of Faith

Aug. 25 – Worship Outside the Box

Worship elements coming out of a box

You will be glad you came to Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 25th. You will also want to bring a friend with you. We will offer 16 diverse worship options for you to choose to experience, all squeezed between a delicious Breakfast and a scrumptious Ice Cream Social. Wear comfortable clothes so you… Continue reading Aug. 25 – Worship Outside the Box

Aug. 11 – Expected Treasures

"Just in the nick of time someone would give us something we needed." I have heard stories of families struggling to make ends meet for diverse reasons at every congregation that I have served. They often told of praying for food, clothing, car repairs, … and just when they thought all was lost they received… Continue reading Aug. 11 – Expected Treasures

Aug. 4 – Focus on Heaven

Do not look at the elephant! A scientist asked people to carefully watch basketball players pass a ball from one person to the next and count the number of times that players in white uniforms touched the ball. During the short video a man wearing a gorilla suit walks through the scene. Later, when asked… Continue reading Aug. 4 – Focus on Heaven

July 28 – Real Prayer

What if we used the Lord's Prayer as a pattern instead of a formula? How might our prayers better reflect our present day circumstances? With a formula one need only pour in the ingredients and stir. On the other hand a pattern allows for adaptations. I recall watching my mother make a dress using a… Continue reading July 28 – Real Prayer

Wear-it/Share-it, July 2019

Somewhere near you a child needs the clothing that your child has out grown. Somewhere near you a family needs a meal when the month lasts longer than their income. Help us help our neighboring families provide clothing for their children. Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church is collecting new and gently used clothing for infant to… Continue reading Wear-it/Share-it, July 2019