• A Significant Pause
    by pricecomm on April 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    April 11, 2021/Acts 1:1-14 [This sermon draws heavily on a sermon preached by Dr. Joanne Whitt at Calvary Presbyterian in San Francisco in May of last year.] Well, here we are, the Sunday after Easter.  The in-between time.  The time after the darkness of Good Friday and the brilliance of […]

  • The Short Story
    by pricecomm on April 4, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    April 4, 2021/Resurrection Day – Mark 16:1-8 For they were afraid. What happened to the rest of the story? What happened to Mary turning to find the gardener standing behind her, to her crying out in anguish for him to tell her just what he had done with Jesus?  Only to have him speak her… […]

  • A New Commandment
    by pricecomm on April 2, 2021 at 12:00 am

    April 1, 2021/Maundy Thursday – Mark 14:22-42                                                                       We may live in the Bible Belt, but that doesn’t mean people won’t question you when you tell them you […]

  • The Easter Before Easter
    by pricecomm on March 28, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    March 28, 2021/Palm/Passion Sunday Mark 14:2-9 We have far more in common with Jesus’ early disciples than we think.  Consider the reading from the Gospel of Mark with which we opened our service this morning.  Picture how the scene usually unfolds in our worship on Palm Sunday – children and […]

  • Scribes and Widows
    by pricecomm on March 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    March 21, 2021/Mark 12:28-34, 38-44 Only one time in the Gospel of Mark does one of the religious leaders agree with Jesus.  In every other encounter, the scribes and pharisees challenge Jesus, question his authority, and plot ways to destroy him.  But in the first verses we read this morning, […]

  • My Church
    by pricecomm on March 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    March 14, 2021/Mark 12:1-12 Twenty-five years ago, a small group of people began to gather in a local school with the idea of creating a church.  The closest Presbyterian community was in downtown Easley.  While it wasn’t all that far away, studies predicted the Powdersville area would […]

  • Blind
    by pricecomm on March 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    March 7, 2021/Mark 10:32-52 Uncle Henry had the deep, raspy voice of a long-time smoker and the quick wit and tender heart of his father.  Like most of Mama’s brothers and sisters, he lived his entire life within about twenty miles of the farmhouse where they grew up.  Near brothers and […]

  • The Way
    by pricecomm on February 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    February 21, 2021/Mark 8:27-38 The home page of the website for the United States Marine Corps features four Marines standing ramrod straight, eyes forward, faces firm.  Strong, handsome, dashing in their dress blues.  Under “Life as a Marine” is a drop-down window titled “Purpose and […]

  • Give It Up
    by pricecomm on February 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    February 14, 2021/Mark 10:17-31 One of the great joys of my time in ministry has been my service on the presbytery’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry.  Folks who decide to become ministers in the Presbyterian church face the rigors of seminary, with classes in church history, theology and […]

  • Dirty Hands
    by pricecomm on February 14, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    February 7, 2021/Mark 7:1-15 Last March when the coronavirus began to spread throughout the country, one of the early precautions the epidemiologists urged us to take was simply to wash our hands.  Well, not so simply, actually.  As my daughter remarked at the time, she had no idea she had been […]