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October 18, 2019

The topic this week in the Adult Forum will be whether we can perceive things we don’t have words for. Follow the linked article which claims that no one saw blue until modern times:  What is Blue? We meet in Backus House at 9:15 a.m.

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A Note from the Preacher’s Desk

October 17, 2019

Over the previous month, our primary preaching texts have been taken from either the Gospel of Luke or the assigned Old Testament readings, Jeremiah/Lamentations and the psalmist. Luke served up three weeks of teachings on wealth: the parable of the lost coin/lost sheep (15:1-10); the parable of the dishonest manager (16:1-13); the parable of the rich…

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Adult Forum, “CrossCurrents” Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Backus House

October 3, 2019

CrossCurrents meets each week from 9:15 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. in Backus House for rich conversation and meaningful reflection on contemporary topics. We explore the intersection of faith and public life, drawing from a wide variety of conversation partners. This Sunday’s CrossCurrent topic is found on the Irish Times, “Why is Greta Thunberg so Triggering for Certain…

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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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