Easter Sunday | Another Resurrection

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said … [Read more...]

Holy Thursday/Good Friday | Unholy Time

Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: … [Read more...]

Palm Sunday | Jesus Arrives

When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.” This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by … [Read more...]

Reflections from the March 29th Presbytery Meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls

Please share this information with all those interested in the work and opportunities happening in the Albany Presbytery. You may use the following URL to embed the directly into your communications: http://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-march-29-presbytery-meeting/ The 312th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on March 29, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls. … [Read more...]

Lent 5 | Lamenting Dry Bones

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, … [Read more...]

Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Katy Stenta

This is my fourth year at Nextchurch, a conference which often has a pulse on where the church is right now. The conference this year focused on Division and Reconciliation with its theme of “Walls and Wells” based upon the “Woman at the Well” scripture. (Great links to most of this were provided in Tim Coomb’s blog) I go to Nextchurch to be energized in ministry, hear excellent preaching and … [Read more...]

Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Tim Coombs

The theme of this past NEXT Church was “Wells and Walls.” Throughout the week the conference focused on the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4, which was most convenient for everyone who would have be preaching on that lectionary text that coming Sunday!  Over the 48-hour event we heard five different wonderful sermons on different parts of the text, dealing with how Jesus sought … [Read more...]

Lent 4 | Light and Darkness

For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes … [Read more...]

Communion Training for Albany Presbytery by Holly Cameron & Sam Jackling

Through the years, Committee on Ministry has been responsible to help congregations who do not have a Teaching Elder available to officiate at communion.  Often in these cases, Ruling Elders are trained and approved by the presbytery to officiate, so the worshipping community can still celebrate the sacrament. As we began to discuss responsibilities under the new committee structure, this is a … [Read more...]

Youth Reflections from the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum

In February, 40 delegates (6 adults and 34 youth) from churches all over New York State traveled to New York City for the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum.  Sixteen (16) youth from Westminster, First Presbyterian Church in Albany and Bethany Presbyterian Church, Menands, NY attended.  Many with scholarship assistance from the Presbytery. The program was offered through the United … [Read more...]