June 28, 2020

Liturgy for June 28, 2020

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June 21, 2020

Liturgy for June 21, 2020

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June 14, 2020

Liturgy for June 14, 2020

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June 7, 2020

Liturgy for June 7, 2020

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May 31, 2020

Liturgy for May 31, 2020

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May 24, 2020

Liturgy for May 24, 2020

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May 17, 2020

Liturgy for May 17, 2020

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May 10, 2020

Liturgy for May 10, 2020

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May 3, 2020

Liturgy for May 3, 2020

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April 26, 2020

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April 19, 2020

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April 12, 2020 – Easter Sunday

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April 9, 2020 – Maundy Thursday

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April 5, 2020 – A Death As Large As Life

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March 29, 2020 – Hope For Uncertain Times

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March 22, 2020 – Healing and Belonging

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March 15, 2020 – Presbyterian Women: Mission Giving at FPC

(Linda Jackson, Leah Lewis, Diana Morriss)


March 8, 2020 – Reflections on Birth and Change


Feb. 23, 2020 – Radiant Silence


Feb. 16, 2020 – You Are God’s Field: How We Grow


Feb. 9, 2020 – Spoiler Alert: Faith Is Fairly Unspectacular


Feb. 2, 2020 – Always Traveling, Seldom Arriving


Jan. 26, 2020 – This Beautiful Mess: Finding Delight When Life Is Ugly


Jan. 19, 2020 – Religion 2.0: Making the Shift to a New Kind of Faith


Jan. 12, 2020 – New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t Bother!


Jan. 5, 2020 – Becoming Better Leaders


Dec. 22, 2019 – Grace and Peace and Nothing Else


Dec. 15, 2019 – Less Fear


Dec. 1, 2019 – The Art of Subtraction



Nov. 17, 2019 – Testimonies: This Is Still Good News



Nov. 10, 2019 – Generosity



Oct. 27, 2019

How To Live Without Regrets

Oct. 20, 2019

How to Move Forward with Persistence

Oct. 13, 2019

How to Belong to a Place


Sept. 22, 2019

Staying on the Path

Sept. 15, 2019

Losing the Path

Sept. 8, 2019

Choosing the Path

Sept. 1, 2019

Finding Balance


Aug. 25, 2019

You Have Everything You Need

Aug. 18, 2019

Gut Renovation: Why Starting Life From Scratch Is Such Difficult Work

Aug. 11, 2019 

Here’s My Heart

Aug. 4, 2019 – Pechone Stepps, Guest Preacher

STANDing On The Inside


July 28, 2019

What Just Happened? Reflections on 25 Years of Marriage

July 14, 2019

Living the Questions, Part 2

July 7, 2019

Living the Questions, Part 1


June 23, 2019

How To Pay Attention To Your Life


June 9, 2019

Listening For God When Life Is Noisy


May 26, 2019

Permission To Dream

May 19, 2019

Worship As Imaginative Exercise

May 12, 2019

Worship, Desire, and Enjoyment

May 5, 2019

On “Thrones” and Other Problems With Worship

April 28, 2019

Waking Into Mystery

April 21, 2019 (Easter)

A Dying Life, Lived In Hope


April 14, 2019

The Death of Innocence

April 7, 2019

Jesus’ Death, Part 2: The Fragrance of Love

March 31, 2019

Jesus’ Death, Part 1: The Richness of the Way God Loves Us

March 24, 2019

A Dying Life (Part 2: Called to Wisdom & Flourishing)

March 10, 2019

A Dying Life (Part 1: Being Born)


February 24, 2019

We Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead . . . Wait . . . Do We?

February 17, 2019

An Old Church Doing New Things

February 3, 2019

Remember Why We’re Here


January 20, 2019

Faith, Fermentation, Feasting

January 13, 2019

Baptized Into An Unfolding Life

January 6, 2019

When All the World Is Persuaded to Rejoice


December 16, 2018

Tools Not Toys – Jared Witt

December 9, 2018

Christmas Cantata

December 2, 2018

The Doorway Into Wonder – Jared Witt

November 25, 2018

The Final, Last Supper That Never Ends – Jared Witt

November 18, 2018

Faithful Gratefulness – Laura Agee

November 11, 2018

Infectious Gratitude/Contagious Generosity – Jared Witt

November 4, 2018

Praise the Lord, O My Soul – Jared Witt

October 28, 2018

More Than a Feeling – Laura Agee

October 21, 2018

No Thanks – Jared Witt

October 7, 2018

Wholeness: Dealing with Grief – Jared Witt

September 30, 2018

Wholeness: Dealing with Anger – Jared Witt

September 23, 2018

Wholeness: Dealing With Depression – Jared Witt

September 16, 2018

Wholeness: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety – Jared Witt

September 9, 2018

The Call to Wholeness – Jared Witt

September 2, 2018

The Gift of Rest – Jared Witt


August 19, 2018

Ask For Whatever You Want – Jared Witt

AUGUST 12, 2018

Hanging Between Heaven and Earth – Jared Witt

August 5, 2018

The High Cost of What We Do in Secret – Jared Witt

July 29, 2018

Reflections on Men, Women, Shame & Desire – Jared Witt

July 22, 2018

God As Home – Jared Witt

July 15, 2018

David, Dancing, and Despised – Jared Witt

July 8, 2018

Permission to Dream – Jared Witt

June 17, 2018

All of us Leading and Following – Jared Witt

June 10, 2018

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener – Laura Agee

June 3, 2018

Listening for God in a Noisy Life – Jared Witt

May 27, 2018

Metamorphosis – Jared Witt

May 20, 2018

Surviving Adolescence – Jared Witt

May 13, 2018

Surprising Women – Jared Witt

May 6, 2018

A Hero’s Journey – Laura Agee

April 15, 2018

Ghosts, Flesh, & Fish – Jared Witt

April 21, 2018

Banquets Without Borders – Jared Witt

April 1, 2018

Easter Cantata

March 25, 2018

The Lord Needs It – Jared Witt

March 18, 2018

The Covenant of Belonging – Diana Morriss

March 11, 2018

Traveling and Telling Stories – Jared Witt

March 4, 2018

Covenant: Enjoying Life Together – Laura Agee

February 25, 2018

Covenant: Adventures into the Uncomfortable Unknown – Jared Witt

February 18, 2018

Imaging the Image – Jared Witt

February 4, 2018

Baptized Bodies in Training – Jared Witt

January 28, 2018

The Ethics of Eating – Jared Witt

january 21, 2018

Baptism: The End of the Quest for Perfection – Jared Witt

January 14, 2018

Honoring God With Our Bodies – Jared Witt

January 7, 2018

Baptism, Bodies, and Masculinity – Jared Witt

December 31, 2017

The Word Became Flesh…Now What? – Jared Witt

December 24, 2017

Is Your Christmas The Right Size? – Jared Witt

December 10, 2017

Holy Fire, Ordinary Mystics – Jared Witt

December 3, 2017

Deep Roots – Jared Witt

November 26, 2017

Avoiding Dead Ends: Indifference – Jared Witt

November 19, 2017

Avoiding Dead Ends: Sloth – Jane Campbell

November 12, 2017

Avoiding Dead Ends: Distractions – Jared Witt

November 5, 2017

Avoiding Dead Ends: Hypocrisy – Laura Agee

October 1, 2017

The Blessing of Our Mistakes – Jared Witt

October 8, 2017

Get Going or Get Out of the Way – Jared Witt

October 15, 2017

How to Behave at a Party – Laura Agee

October 22, 2017

Living with Ambiguity – Jared Witt

October 29, 2017

Love God and Do As You Please – Jared Witt

September 10, 2017

How to Deal with Conflict – Jared Witt

September 17, 2017

How to Forgive – Jared Witt

September 24, 2017

How to Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others – Jared Witt

September 3, 2017

Follow The Leader – Jared Witt

August 27, 2017

Who Do You Say I Am? – Jared Witt

August 20, 2017

In Praise of Tenacity – Jared Witt

August 13, 2017

You of Little Faith – Jared Witt

Summer 2017

Charles and Melissa Johnson – July 30, 2017

What Do PCUSA Mission Workers in Zambia DO?


Ezekiel Series (July 2017) – Laura Agee

Who’s To Judge?
Hope For All
Worship Renewed

Day Camp Celebration and Stories – July 2, 2017

Day Camp Celebration

John Calvin Living Waters For the World – June 25, 2017

JC Living Waters Mission

Bill Pollock, Craig Campbell, and Leah Lewis – June 18, 2017

Our Father and our fathers

John Hill – June 11, 2017

The History and Architecture of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Scott

Jane Campbell – June 4, 2017

The Holy Spirit: The Great Translator

May 14, 2017

Sabbatical Preview and You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby – Jared Witt

May 7, 2017

What is a Sabbatical? – Jared Witt

Bring a Friend Sunday – April 30, 2017

Better – Jared Witt

April 23, 2017

Why (and How) We Invite Our Friends – Jared Witt

Easter sunday – April 16, 2017

Cynicism, Sentimentality, Hope – Jared Witt

You Are Accepted – Lent 2017

The season of Lent is a sober time of preparation before the riotous joy of Easter. It’s a time to ask ourselves hard questions about areas of our lives where we need renewal or a fresh start. Our Scripture readings on Sundays during Lent invite us to accompany Jesus as he travels toward his own great suffering. At times even we ourselves might be surprised that we are following the crucified Jesus, carrying our own crosses in his shadow. But we do so because we have been accepted by God.

God meets us where we are and accepts us as we are. Of course, God doesn’t leave us there. God’s gracious and welcoming acceptance of us deepens over time and takes on different colors through our lives. Like the copper on our building, our baptisms attain a beautiful, weathered patina with age.

Some of us need to turn a new leaf. Some of us need to find strength in our weariness. Some of us need to repent of unhealthy habits. Some of us need a reminder that there is joy in the journey. Some of us are scattered and need the ability to focus. All these opportunity for renewal are standard goals for the Lenten season. And they have been for people of faith for thousands of years.

So what will your Lenten season look like? How can you take advantage of this sacred window of time to reconnect with God and with others? I want to invite you to make our gathered worship a priority for yourself and your family. If this is your church home, the community in which you live out your gratitude for God’s blessings, then you will need to rearrange your life so that weekly worship is a clear value and priority.

But What About My Desires? – Jared Witt
But What About My Doubt? – Jared Witt
But What About My Shame? – Laura Agee
But What About My Disabilities? – Jared Witt
But What About My Sickness? – Jared Witt

What if Everything Is Prayer? – February 2017

“Pray all the time.” (I Thessalonians 5:17)

“Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.” (Matthew 22:37).

These two passages of Scripture – here translated in the fresh language of Eugene Peterson’s The Message – will provide the foundation for our February sermon series.

We’re asking you to entertain a provocative, challenging, and potentially life-changing question: “What if EVERYTHING is prayer?” What if your whole life is a kind of prayer? What if everything you do all day is a kind of praying (including sleeping)? What if you can gather up all the different parts of your life and offer them to God? What if all the different things we feel – joy, depression, pleasure, sadness, affection, frustration – what if all of that can become a prayer?

The goal of the sermon series is simple. We want to become people who “pray all the time.” And this means that we will have to get rid of the assumption that prayer is a quiet mumbling towards God. Most of us don’t feel very good at that kind of praying. Moreover, you can’t do that “all the time.” But what if dancing, walking, and playing sports are prayer? What if singing, humming, listening to music and playing an instrument is prayer? What if drawing, painting, and building things is prayer? What if your body and imagination are just as important as your mind? Who knows what kinds of praying will open up to us on the other side of this question?

Can We Really Pray All The Time? – Jared Witt
What’s the Point of Praying? – Jared Witt
What if Everything is Silent? – Laura Agee

Mistaken Identity: Why Life Works Better When We Know Who We Are – January 2017

We begin this new year with a call to discover anew who we really are. Much of the time, we walk through life with a distorted view of who we are. We might struggle with pride and selfishness (call this “too much self”). We might struggle with cowardice and passivity (call this “too little self”).

Join us as we help each other sort out and sift through the possibilities that lay in front of us. Our Scripture readings offer a renewed vision of who we are. I am powerful. I am chosen. I am free. I am responsible. Life works better when I know who I am.

I Am Powerful – Stephanie Witt speaking for Jared Witt
I Am Chosen – Jared Witt
I Am Free – Jared Witt
I Am Responsible – Jared Witt

Naming God – Advent 2016

Wonderful Counselor – Jared Witt
Strength of God – Jared Witt
Christmas Cantata
Champion of Peace – Jared Witt

November 20, 2016

Growing Young – Laura Agee

Rethinking Church: A Fresh Vision of Church in the 21st Century – October/November 2016

1001 New Worshiping Communities – Jared Witt
The Church and New Expressions of Spirituality – Jared Witt
How We Gather – Jared Witt

Life in the Wind: Exploring the Work of the Holy Spirit – September/October 2016

The Spirit of Freedom – Jared Witt
The Spirit, The Bond of Love – Jared Witt
The Spirit of the Future – Laura Agee
The Spirit’s Gifts – Jared Witt