Pastor’s Posts

  • 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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  • Grateful

    In this time after we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I am guessing that many of you may still be enjoying time with extended family and friends.  Perhaps you are traveling today, returning home from a family gathering.  Some of you are still cleaning up from a Thanksgiving meal you hosted in your own home.  If […]

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  • Thoughts on Stewardship

    “Stewardship is not simply paying our dues; rather it is tending our souls so that we can see our wealth properly as an instrument to invest in God’s kingdom.” As we draw closer to the celebration of Stewardship Sunday at Starmount Presbyterian Church, this statement, penned by David King of The Lake Institute on Faith […]

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  • Terrified of Testimony

    “At fashionable dinner parties in this town, you can talk about anything.  You can talk about politics, you can talk about intimacy, you can talk about money, you can talk about anything you want.  But if you mention God more than once, you probably won’t be invited back.”  Author, Professor, and Pastor, Thomas Long, uses […]

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  • Gratitude

    This Sunday, we will turn our attention to the topic of gratitude.  We will be reading from Luke 17, which describes an encounter Jesus has with 10 lepers.  In this encounter, the group of individuals suffering from a skin disease that would have made them outcasts in their society, cry out to Jesus for healing. […]

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  • World Communion Sunday

    It was back in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that a Presbyterian congregation by the name of Shadyside Presbyterian Church held the first World Communion Sunday.  It was an effort to foster and celebrate unity and connection among those churches who held the Christian faith in common.  What began in that single congregation eventually spread to […]

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