Pastor’s Posts

  • Message from the Lee Home

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  • The building is closed, but the church is open.

    Dear Starmount Presbyterian Friends, In this ever changing environment, I wanted to provide you with the latest updates here at Starmount.  Your Session continues to meet frequently in order to seek God’s guidance so that we might make decisions that are both civically responsible and faithful to our calling as Christ’s church.  You can read […]

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  • Letter Regarding Suspension of Worship Services

    Dear Starmount Presbyterian Friends, It is amazing how quickly situations and circumstances can change.  Last week in worship, we were just getting used to the idea of trading “holy hand waves” and elbow bumps instead of handshakes, and this week the measures being taken all around us to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus […]

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  • Preparation

    Over the past few weeks, you have heard us talk about how the season of Lent is a time of preparation.  During these few weeks leading up to Easter, we look inward, to examine the state of our lives and to engage in practices that can help us draw closer to God and make us […]

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  • Hunger & Fasting

    This Sunday will be our first Sunday in the season of Lent.  Lent is a period of 40 days, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending on the Saturday before Easter (not counting Sundays). It is a period in which we are meant to prepare ourselves, through prayer and penitence, to celebrate the risen Christ on […]

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  • Ash Wednesday

    We begin the season of Lent next week with our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:00pm in the sanctuary.  In talking about Ash Wednesday with a few people this week, I was reminded that many of you may have questions about this service.  It may seem a little odd to attend a […]

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  • Jazz Worship This Sunday

    We are blessed at Starmount Presbyterian each and every Sunday with wonderful music.  The piano and organ call us to worship and enliven our hymn singing.  The choir leads us in responses and offers beautiful anthems.  The entire congregation stands and sings verses of songs that have informed our faith for generations.  Music is an […]

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  • Church on a Mission

    In this week’s post, I wanted to share with you some exciting discussions regarding future mission trips. I am a firm believer that short-term mission trips have the power to transform both our outlook on the world around us as well as our outlook upon our own faith. I have witnessed spiritual awakenings and the […]

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  • Welcome Rev. Dr. Kate Guthrie

    Starmount is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Kate Guthrie, who will provide temporary pastoral support during the months of February and March.  Rev. Dr. Guthrie had previously agreed to serve our church in this way prior to our staffing transition.  She will provide worship leadership in the areas of preaching and liturgy.  She will […]

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  • God is with us.

    This Sunday in worship we will be reading Matthew 1:18-25.  This scripture gives a brief description of the circumstances leading up to the birth of Jesus.  In these verses, we hear the story from Joseph’s perspective.  Joseph finds himself in a scandalous situation. His bride-to-be is with child. However, an angel visits him in order […]

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  • The Longest Night

    Last year, Starmount held a service for wholeness and healing that is commonly known as “The Longest Night.”  Sometimes these services are also called a “Blue Christmas” service or a “Service of Hope and Remembrance.”  In them, we acknowledge, as the Body of Christ, that there are many for whom the holiday season is not […]

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  • Preparing the Way

    This week, we are privileged to be led in worship by both the Starmount and Oak Ridge choirs in our annual cantata service. This service will be structured differently than our usual services, in that it will be filled with a mix of music and readings.  One of the most powerful aspects of a service […]

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