Thursday, July 19, 2012

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                      This Week at Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Sunday, July 22               10:am          Morning Worship

                                                             Sermon: The Gospel  In Hymns:

                                                            “ A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

                                                             Lessons: Psalm 46   John 14: 1-14

                         Martin Luther is known as the great Protestant theologian. 

                         He was also a great hymn writer. That will be the focus in

                         this morning’s sermon.


Tuesday, July 24          7:30 pm          South Country Peace Group

                                                                 meeting in the Gallery


Sunday, July 29           10:00am        Morning Worship

                                                           Sermon: “The Gospel In Hymns:

                                                          “Amazing Grace”

                                                           Lessons: John 9: 13-41   Mark 5:18-20

                            Whenever a poll is taken of favorite hymns this one is

                            either in top position or very close to it. Is there a bagpiper

                            who doesn’t know it by heart?


                                      11:00am        Informal Meeting of the Congregation

                                               “How are we doing at the mid point of 2012?”

                                                Also a report out on several issues from the

                                                 General Assembly



A memorial service for George Stoney will be held on August 6 at 6pm at the Abron’s Arts Center Playhouse Theatre, located at Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street (at the corner of Pitt Street), Manhattan Lower East Side.



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Tuesday, July 10            7:00pm                    Property and Finance Commitee


Thursday, July 12         10:00am       Meeting at Presbytery to "discuss how Long Island Presbytery will respond to 

                                                             the plea from  the General Assembly to 'enter into a season of serious study

                                                             and discernment concerning  the meaning of Christian marriage'"


Sunday, July 15            10:00am                           Morning Worship

                                                             Sermon:     "The Gospel in Hymns:

                                                                                    2. 'In the Garden'"

                                                             Lessons: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:8-13     John 20: 1-18


Monday, July 16              7:00pm                           Session Meeting




Highlights of the General Assembly Meeting June 30 - July 7 in Pittsburgh


In addition to times of worship, viewing displays from the various advocacy groups within the denomination, and the hours spent in committee work (presentations, debates, resolutions, votes, etc) the Assembly addressed roughly 800 items of business. The website ( has it all! The following are just two items that have been given a lot of media attention..


   1. Opts for 'positive investment' over "divestment", approves boycott of products made in occupied Palestinian terrotory.


The original motion before the GA, coming from the GA Committee to look at the matter, was to support the recommendation of the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee to divest the holdings of Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard that directly supply Israel's occupation and participate in "non-peaceful pursuits in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza... This Committee (MRTI) has engaged in conversations with these companies over an eight year period to no avail The GA voted 333 to 331, with two abstentions, to reject the divestment plan.. The Assembly voted to "devise a plan of active engagement and projects that will support collaboration among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The Assembly also approved a boycott on "all Israeli products coming from the occupied Palestinian territories." (Pastor Tom: 1300 rabbis and 22,000 other Jews wrote to Presbyterians, falsely seeking to characterize the proposed move(divesement from three US compaines) as "the use of economic leverages against the Jewish state." However the original motion was  not to "divest from Israel' nor to "boycott Israel")


     2. No change in current definition of marriage nor to give ministers the discretion to perform same-gender weddings in states where it is legal.


By a very narrow margin (338 to 330 or 4%) the Assembly declined to send down an amendment to our Directory for Worship, which would have changed "a man and a woman" to "two people" So there will be no vote on the issue in the presbyteries this year. Also the Assembly declined to issue any Authoritative Interpretation of the Book of order (binding p0licy), which would have provided "protection" to Pastors who preside at same sex ceremonies that are considered marriages. ( Pastor Tom: This latter action was taken despite pleas by pastor after pastor, particuolarly from states allowing same sex marriage. Many pastors have declared that they have or will officiate at same gender marriage ceremonies. The originally elected Vice Moderator of the Assembly upon her election the first night of the Assembly indicated that she had performed a same gender wedding. Such criticism ensued that she resigned from the position to the dismay of the Moderator and many of the Commissioners. The Assembly moved that the denomination eneter into "a season of serious study and discernment concerning its meaning of Christian marriage between now and the next Assembly in 2014.


On Thursday, July 12, the Presbtery's General Council, and our commissioners to the 2012 General Assembly, will meet to discuss how our Presbytery will respond. Pastopr Tom will attend. 





Friday, July 6, 2012

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Saturday, July 7                           2:00pm                  Howard Cramer and Douglas Gewelke Wedding Ceremony


Sunday, July 8                           10:00am                  Morning Worship:  The Gospel in Hymns

                                                                                           1.  "How Great Thou Art"

                                                                               Lessons:  Exodus 15: 1-18  Revelation 15: 1-4


Tuesday, July 10                          7:00pm                  Property and Finance Committee


Sunday, July 15                          10:00am                  Morning Worship: The Gospel in Hymns

                                                                                            2. "In the Garden"

                                                                                Lessons: Genesis 2:15-17; 3: 8-13  John 20: 1-18


Monday, July 16                           7:00pm                  Session Meeting


Sunday, July 22                          10:00am                  Morning Worship: The Gospel in Hymns

                                                                                             3. "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"

                                                                                Lessons:   Psalm  46   John 14: 1-14


Sunday, July 29                          10:00am                  Morning Worship: The Gospel in Hymns

                                                                                              4. "Amazing Grace"

                                                                                Lessons:   John 9: 13-41  Mark 5: 18-20


August 5                                     10:00am                 Morning Worship: The Gospel in Hymns

                                                                                               5. "Great Is Thy Faithfullness"

                                                                                Lessons:    Lamentations 3: 19-33  I Corinthians  1: 4-9



Our Faith produces a Song. Integral to our worship is the singing of hymns of praise, of comfort, of God's steadfastness, of God's everlasting love. For five Sundays we will focus on hymns that have been popular for decades. The sermons will focus on both the background to the writing of each hymn and its message.



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