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No matter where you are on the journey of faith, God’s Word has something to say to you. Second on the Mount is a collection of sermons from Second Presbyterian Church on Mountain Avenue in Roanoke, VA. Listen to the encouraging words of ministers George Anderson, Elizabeth Link, Jen Brothers, and occasional guests as we journey together, finding direction by following Jesus. We hope you’ll return to this podcast, visit our website www.spres.org for more, or visit us in person!

Second on the Mount Second Presbyterian Church

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No matter where you are on the journey of faith, God’s Word has something to say to you. Second on the Mount is a collection of sermons from Second Presbyterian Church on Mountain Avenue in Roanoke, VA. Listen to the encouraging words of ministers George Anderson, Elizabeth Link, Jen Brothers, and occasional guests as we journey together, finding direction by following Jesus. We hope you’ll return to this podcast, visit our website www.spres.org for more, or visit us in person!

    Following Part I: Peter, the Rock

    Following Part I: Peter, the Rock

    "Following: Peter, the Rock" – John 18:15-17, 25-27 and 21:15-19Lenten Sermon Series Part I
    Sermon by the Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Sunday, February 18, 2024. "What is it that makes us chicken out—whether we’re 11 years old, 41 years old, or 81 years old? Why are we afraid to speak up? To live what we claim to believe? What is it that makes us vulnerable to this kind of behavior—the kind of behavior Peter shows on Good Friday? The kind of statements Peter makes in the courtyard that night?
    ". . . Jesus knows we are more than the worst things we’ve done (or left undone). He knows we are prone to choose wrong, and we are prone to shame and self-hatred. He knows how to meet us, to build the fire, and prepare the meal that will heal and restore."
    Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/following-peter-the-rock/
    Sung Prayer for Illumination: O Word of God Incarnate. TEXT: William Walsham How, 1867, alt. MUSIC: Neuvermehrtes Meiningiches Gesangbuch, 1963; adapt. Felix Mendelssohn, 1847. Public domain. CCLI Song #121971. CCLI #2642604.

    • 19 min
    "Fan the Flame" Youth Sunday Sermons 2024

    "Fan the Flame" Youth Sunday Sermons 2024

    "Fan the Flame" Youth Sunday Sermons 2024 – 2 Timothy 1:3-7
    Sermons by graduating seniors Trevor Waters (2:00), Claire Thielecke and Caroline Kepley (7:09), and Ellen Mikkelson (13:21) from Youth Sunday, February 11, 2024. Our Youth Group theme for the year is "Fan the Flame." May the flame of faith that lives inside of you burn brighter and become a guiding light in the world!

    • 18 min
    Not Alone, but Lonely

    Not Alone, but Lonely

    "Not Alone, but Lonely" – Mark 1:29-39
    Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, February 2, 2024. "We are all lonely sometimes. No one can reach those inner parts of you that only God can reach. I encourage you to embrace sacred loneliness. In being alone with God, become comfortable with being alone with yourself. . . . Find your identity in being alone with God. That is where your clarity and strength will come while being among others as one who follows Jesus... the one who calls for justice, shows mercy, and works for reconciliation in the world."
    Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/not-alone-but-lonely/ 

    • 21 min
    Truth: God Is Here

    Truth: God Is Here

    "Truth: God Is Here" – Mark 1:21-28, 1 Corinthians 8:1-3
    Sermon by the Rev. Ben Brannan from Sunday, January 28, 2024. "There are demons—whether they be personal, communal, global, or even cosmic—that draw us away from Jesus. Yet, with God’s boundary-breaking power and love made know in Jesus Christ, we can stand up to the demons and be freed. 
    "How might we speak with authority to these demons just as Jesus did to the demon in the synagogue? Well, for starters we can name them. We can acknowledge the truth of their reality; thus, we recognize they exist. We name the demon of unbelief, and we continue to name others we encounter: racism, inequality, religious and ideological intolerance, nationalism, classism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, bigotry, violence at home and at school, bullying, poverty, greed, war, human trafficking, terrorism, globalization for exploitation, information manipulation, media-infused fear. This is certainly not an exhaustive list. 
    "'But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.' We should do well to name not only our demons, but also our privilege."
    Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/truth-god-is-here/ 

    • 21 min
    Waiting Work

    Waiting Work

    "Waiting Work" – Acts 1:13-26
    Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, January 21, 2024. "Prayer is sometimes dismissed as avoiding responsibility, such as when people who actually can do something about a problem say instead, 'Let’s pray about it.' But though prayer can be used to avoid the truth and dodge responsibility, it can also be a means by which to face the truth and deal with it. . . .
    "Prayer is grounding oneself in God and remembering you are not alone. It is reminding oneself of God’s love; It is asking to be forgiven and it is asking to forgive; It is seeking some guidance, and asking for patience while waiting for the guidance; It is listening for some truth that so far hasn’t been heard; It is asking for a path forward that so far cannot be seen... Prayer is Waiting Work."
    Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/waiting-work/ 

    • 28 min
    Come and See

    Come and See

    "Come and See" – John 1:29-46
    Sermon by the Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Sunday, January 14, 2024. "The invitation to 'come and see' is an invitation to leave our comfort zones. To 'come and see' is an invitation to approach all of life with a grace-filled curiosity. To 'come and see' is to enter into the joy of being deeply seen and deeply known. . . .
    "Is there anything that feels lonelier than the experience of being unseen? And is there anything more lifegiving than the experience of being seen for who we truly are?
    "'Come and see,' Jesus says."
    Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/come-and-see/ 

    • 15 min

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