Rev. Laurie Williams

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January 2020

“Speak With One Voice Against Racism”/Eph. 2: 14-19; Genesis 9:18-27/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-19-2020

By |January 28th, 2020|Sermons|

I began serving my first church as minister in 1989. It was a town outside Pittsburgh, PA, so in Pittsburgh Presbytery – southwestern PA. For several years beginning in 1990, the churches and synagogues of Southwestern Pennsylvania were asked to join in a particular kind of worship service on one particular weekend in each January. The theme of that service was “Speak With One Voice Against Racism.” Hundreds of congregations – Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant – devoted their service to that subject, on that weekend. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other newspapers ran articles and editorials on the campaign. Worship resources and background information were sent to each participating congregation, by the organizers of the effort. […]

Congregational Meeting and Lunch/Sunday, January 26/12:30 p.m.

By |January 20th, 2020|Announcements|

  The Annual Congregational Meeting of the Presbyterian Church of Paris will take place Sunday, January 26 at 12:30 p.m. for the purpose of electing officers, receiving the reports of the church organizations, and reviewing the 2020 Budget. The January 26 Congregational Meeting will be preceded by a lunch. Chicken, drinks, and table settings will [...]

“Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends”/Matthew 2:1-5, 9-11; Mark 1:2-11/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-5-2020

By |January 8th, 2020|Church News, Sermons|

There have been several movie and TV versions of the story of Peter Pan. One was a movie starring Robin Williams, called “Hook,” and it asked us to imagine that Peter Pan had, in fact, in spite of all his previous promises to the contrary, grown up. We find him living, in the 1990’s, near a big city, where he works as a ruthless merger-and-acquisitions lawyer, mercilessly gobbling up small companies in order to turn a profit. He works, as a matter of fact, all the time, so much that he is losing touch with his family – his wife; and two children, who are in elementary school. He has forgotten that he ever was Peter Pan. He has no recollection of anything previous to being sent to private school by the family who adopted him. He name now, is, and as far as he is concerned, always has been, Peter Banning. Then one day Peter’s past comes back at him in a way which can’t be neglected, in the way he has neglected his family and earliest memories: His children are kidnapped, and it turns out they have been kidnapped by his old nemesis Captain Hook, who is still vowing revenge against Peter for having caused him to lose his hand to a hungry crocodile, the hand that has now become the “hook.” […]

“Undecorating” Saturday, January 11

By |January 2nd, 2020|Announcements|

“Undecorating” January 11: We have enjoyed the Christmas decorations in our church, and we thank the Property Committee and other volunteers who put them up. But once our observance of Epiphany is past, it is time for the decorations to come down and be put away until next year. Could you please help? The “undecorating” [...]

December 2019

“People of Advent: Joseph”/Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:10-14/Rev. Rodger Allen/12-22-19

By |December 26th, 2019|Sermons|

“Hello . . . Joseph? It’s Mary. “Say, I’ve got some great news. Remember how we said we wanted to start a family sooner rather than later? Well, we’ve got our start – I’m pregnant! “Joseph? Joseph? Yes, of course I know you can’t be the father. Mother and I had ‘the talk’ a long [...]