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Scaffolding Around the Sanctuary

January 30, 2020

A Note from Scot Spencer, Ruling Elder, Session As Session develops a plan to address the repairs to our historic spire, we have authorized the installation of scaffolding around the sanctuary to protect pedestrians from loose and falling stonework from the building. It was fully installed on Monday, January 27th. While we understand that this…

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Visioning and Remembering Luncheon

January 23, 2020

February 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm We are asking the congregation to come together for a series of luncheons, the first of which will be held on February 2, 2020. The purpose of these luncheons is to help us remember who we were in the past as we prepare for our preferred future as a congregation.…

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Our Daily Bread

January 23, 2020

A Reflection from the Daily Lectionary R. Hoch January 23, 2020 Hebrews 6:13-20 “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. . . .” Hebrews 6:19a Consider all the things that unsettle our souls, send our souls flying like frightened birds: fear of disease, personal crisis, loss, natural disaster. The human…

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Theology on Tap

January 18, 2020

“Let us not grow wearing in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if  we do not give up.” –Gal. 6:9 Join Pastor Rob Hoch and Session Member Sarah Lloyd on Thursday, January 30 from 7-9 at Red Emma’s for the first of many dives into Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.…

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Our Latter Glory

November 20, 2019

Our sermon from November 10th ended with the question, “What if?” What if we were to reimagine church?What might we see as its possibilities? Our primary text was from the prophet Haggai. Looking at the temple, specifically its ruins (it was destroyed by the Babylonian invasion of 586/87 BCE), Haggai stood in front of the…

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A Litany of Remembrance

October 24, 2019

A Litany for Remembrance by Robert Hoch (October 24, 2019) Adapted from Michele Norris, “So You Want to Talk About Lynching?” in the Washington Post (23 October 2019)   O God, we confess that we know too little about lynching.   A lynching involved a man or a woman, or sometimes a child, dragged from…

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Pastor’s Welcome

September 14, 2019

Thank you for visiting the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church website. You may have seen the 270-foot tall spire; or perhaps you drove down Park Avenue, alongside the purple ribbons outside the sanctuary; or perhaps you heard about a concert being held in our sanctuary; or you saw us on the evening news. Maybe you’re…

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A Prayer for George the Snail

July 28, 2019

 © Robert P. Hoch  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church 210 West Madison Street Baltimore, MD 21201  July 28, 2019  Pastor’s Note: This is the final sermon from a five-part series that read the doctrine of creation through the lens of the climate crisis and the work of theologian, Jürgen Moltmann.  Meditation  If we start from…

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Table Manners

November 26, 2018

© Robert P. Hoch  September 1, 2019  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church 210 West Madison Street Baltimore MD 21201  On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.  When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the…

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By Their Fruits

November 26, 2018

 © Robert P. Hoch  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church October 28, 2018  From the Pastor’s Desk:  On Sunday, I misstated the number of deaths this year. Last year, 342 people were killed in Baltimore. As I write, Baltimore has recorded 260 deaths since the beginning of 2018 – a grim achievement.  Next Sunday, please plan…

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