First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids

From the Pastor

When We Are Living: Sermon from January 29, 2017

The year was 1994. I was a middler in seminary and was taking a trip through McCormick Seminary to the Middle East. We spent a week in Egypt, around Cairo. A week in Syria in the area around Damascus. And finished with a week in Israel, traveling throughout visiting several sites, some that are part […]

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From Pastor Herb – October 2015

Passing on the Vision—Walking into the Future. In every aspect of life, change arrives, hopefully on an orderly basis, allowing us to accommodate ourselves to new schedules, priorities, preparation, and eventual enjoyment. With change in mind, last year our stewardship team introduced a new understanding of stewardship. Instead of using the S-word only when money […]

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Comments during the August 9, 2015, class on the issue of same-sex marriage within the context of the PCUSA and First Presbyterian of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Opening Prayer: Eternal God, you called us to be a special people, to preach the gospel and show mercy.  Keep your Spirit with us as we meet together, so that in everything we may do your will.  Guide us lest we stumble or be misguided by our own desires.  May all we do be done […]

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Paper given to the Session of First Presbyterian Church in preparation for a vote on the same-sex issue, and provided to the congregation on August 9, 2015

Understanding Same-sex Marriage in the Context of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) Rev. Herbert L. Isenberg, D.Min. Introduction This study addresses the issue of same-sex marriage within the Presbyterian Church USA, officially enacted on June 21, 2015, stating that both churches and pastors are free to decide whether to participate, according to their understanding of […]

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From Pastor Herb – August 2015

August—A Great Time To Begin Taking a Sabbath Rest Before there were spas or summer camps, vacations or retreats, there was the idea of a Sabbath rest.  The writer of Genesis 2.2-3 wrote: And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all […]

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From Pastor Herb – July 2015

Stewardship Means Taking Care of Yourself “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.  Matthew 14.23 Recently I reread Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.  Perhaps Max Ehrmann is a new name for you, as it was for me; however, I remembered […]

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From Pastor Herb – June 2015

We had traveled for eight hours amid the rolling hills of Iowa and Missouri, steadily making our way to northern Alabama to visit my wife’s family, chatting occasionally, interspersed by periods of silence as the cornfields rolled by. As with many couples that have been married awhile, the subjects of our conversations easily begin and […]

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From Pastor Heather- May 2015

“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” I have always loved this passage from the book of Ruth. There is something about this poignant scene, two people facing heartbreak and […]

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From Pastor Herb- April 2015

Walking Through Holy Week Holy Week 2015 is almost a reality, and with it comes a delightful and meaningful blend of sights, sounds, emotions and rituals. The rhythm of Holy Week offers wonderful teaching and spiritual formation opportunities for all families and ages. At First Presbyterian, we hope that people will embrace this week of […]

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From Pastor Heather – March 2015

Those who long to complete God’s works must always bear in mind that they are fragile vessels, for they are only human. . . . They can only sing the mysteries of God like a trumpet, which only returns a sound but cannot function unassisted, for it is Another who breathes into it that it […]

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