Food Pantry | July 25, 2020

July 25, 2020

A good day of food distribution at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church! Corena Bridges, Randy Veale, Diane Newman, Rob Hoch, Gwendoline Hoch, and Imogen Hoch packed bags and distributed bags of groceries on the Park Avenue side of the church. All told, we distributed around 20 bags to Baltimore citizens. Randy and Rob drove over…

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Madison Avenue Testing Site Action | July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020

Hi All, We met with our partner church, Madison Avenue Presbyterian, for a testing site action with BUILD and the University of Maryland Medical Center. A great group of people . . . and a real need. Thanks for everyone who has participated, whether it’s been packing safety bags, taking surveys, getting tested, doing neighborhood…

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Pastor’s Video Blog | July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020

Dear Friends,  This is a 5-minute video clip from the prayers this morning.  Our Morning Prayer group (meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday) provides a rich place for people to meet, listen, and interact with one another in a time of social distancing. It is our version of the Daily Office, that is, prayers…

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How to Lose Without Losing Heart

July 5, 2020

How To Lose Without Losing Heart Robert P. Hoch July 5, 2020 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201   First Reading Romans 7:15-25a 15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not…

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Daily Prayer

July 2, 2020

Good Morning, Just a quick note to let you know that I was bumped off our call this morning but do not fear . . . I will give you the texts and a brief meditation on those. And a reminder, that given that the 3rd of July is a holiday, we will not be…

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Chain Reactions

June 28, 2020

Chain Reactions  Robert P. Hoch  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore, MD 21201  June 28, 2020   Matthew 10:40-42 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in…

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Lazarus is Walking: Resurrection Uprising in Baltimore

June 27, 2020

My contribution to the Epistles from Baltimore series for General Assembly was referenced in a motion that passed calling on the PCUSA to begin a process of repentance and study relative to white privilege and systemic racism. I submitted the piece, Lazarus is Walking: A Resurrection Uprising in Baltimore, to the Advisory Committee on Social…

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Song of the Sparrow | June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020

  Song of the Sparrow Robert P. Hoch June 21, 2020 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore, MD 21201   Romans 6:1b-11 1bShould we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?3Do you not know that all of us who…

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What the Trinity Tells Us about the Value of Humans

June 7, 2020

What the Trinity Tells Us about the Value of Humans Rev. Stephen Hollaway Trinity Sunday June 7, 2020             It is a fearful thing to be asked to preach in a crisis. You may well wonder if it is relevant to talk about the Trinity on a day like this. If I was in a…

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I Can’t Breathe — Come Holy Spirit!

May 31, 2020

I Can’t Breathe — Come Holy Spirit!  Phyllis Felton & Rob Hoch Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Phyllis speaks all bold font May 31, 2020   Acts 2:1-21 John 20:19-23             Maybe Zoom feels like it has helped us . . . or maybe it feels like a desperate measure…

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Daily Prayer | May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Daily Prayer for May 26, 2020

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Curtain Twitching

May 24, 2020

Curtain-Twitching Robert P. Hoch May 24, 2020   John 17:1-11 One of the bonuses of being married to a Brit is that you learn folksy expressions that you would never know about otherwise. One of my favorites is “curtain-twitching.” You almost guess the meaning by how you might be caught by your neighbor, and they…

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