Farewell from Rev. Jim Reisner

These 15 years in Albany Presbytery have been most rewarding for Martha and me. We leave behind many dear friends and colleagues, and many fond memories. We regret we've run out of time, and will not have the chance to say goodbye directly to many of our friends in Albany Presbytery. I greatly appreciated being given the opportunity to preach at the June meeting of presbytery. Martha accepted a … [Read more...]

Reflections from the June 6th Presbytery Meeting at the Northville United Presbyterian Church

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: https://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-june-6-presbytery-meeting/ The 313th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on June 6, 2017 at the Northville United Presbyterian Church.  Below … [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...]

Reflections from the Feb 4th Presbytery Meeting at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Albany

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: https://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-feb-4-presbytery-meeting/ The 311th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on February 4, 2017 at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Albany. … [Read more...]

Resolution on a Way Forward in Angry and Anxious Times

This resolution was brought to the Presbytery at its February 4, 2017 Stated Meeting by the Peacemaking Task Force.  It came out of a deep concern around increased racial and anti-immigrant violence in the Presbytery that has been occurring for the last few months.  It was unanimously approved and added to the minutes of that meeting.   This is a time of deep divisions in our nation, within … [Read more...]

Advent Four: Salvation and Condemnation (Isaiah 7: 10-17)

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall … [Read more...]

Advent Two: New Growth (Isaiah 11: 1-10)

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Nov 16th Presbytery Meeting at the United Presbyterian Church of Cambridge

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: https://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-nov-16-presbytery-meeting/ The 310th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on November 16, 2016 at the United Presbyterian Church of Cambridge, … [Read more...]

A Farewell from Rev. David Bennett

Dear Friends, Thirteen years ago this past June, the Ballston Spa Church extended a call for me to serve them as pastor and join together with you in service to Jesus Christ in Albany Presbytery.  Throughout these years my calling has always been very clear and God has done amazing things in me, in the church and in our presbytery. With the same sense of call that led me to Albany … [Read more...]

#PYT2016 Day 5 Reflections

Biblical Theme for the Day:  The Great GO-Mission – Matthew 28: 16-20 Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and … [Read more...]