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Happy New Year!

Looking Ahead... Worship Schedule

January 3, 2020

Word, Life and Light 

Old Testament: Psalm 147:12-20  

New Testament: John 1:1-18

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome


January 10, 2020

Meaning Shapes Our Memory

Old Testament: Genesis 1:1-5

New Testament: Mark 1:4-11 

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Assistant: Chuck Skoog

Ordination and Installation of New Elders

On Sunday, January 3, 2020 during the 11:00 worship service via ZOOM, new Ruling Elders will be ordained and installed. 

Nancy Bidlack, Chris Handy, Lisa Keesee, Pat Wiese, and Will Woody will be ordained and installed.

The following will be installed (having been previously ordained): Doug Caldwell, Philip Couling, and Leon Johenning.

Thantastic Thursday

Thantastic Thursday will be on a break for January, February, and March 2021. We look forward to seeing you once we resume!

In the meantime, please enjoy this delicious recipe from

Skip Hess, Director of Culinary Ministries.

"Many of you know that my biscuits are like hockey pucks. They are flat and hard. But I am not one to give up easily, so I have been exploring biscuit recipes. I found one that caught my eye. I tried it and with a few changes, I am proud to report that I can now make tall and flaky biscuits. Here is the recipe, I hope you will enjoy making these biscuits. They make great ham biscuits!" -Skip

My Favorite Biscuits


2 Pkgs. Dry Yeast (rapid-rise)

¼ Cup Warm Water

2 Cups Buttermilk (room temperature)

5 Cups All Purpose Flour

¼ Cup Sugar  

1 - Teaspoon Sugar

1 - Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 - Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 - Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Crisco Shortening


Combine yeast and warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar and let sit for 5 minutes. Add to the buttermilk and set aside.


Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Break-up the Crisco into pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry knife or fork until it reaches the constituency of oatmeal. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and Crisco mixture. Pour in buttermilk and yeast mixture,  Using a large fork and turning the bowl frequently, mix from the outside of the bowl into the center until all flour is incorporated. Turn out on a lightly floured board and kneed a couple of times. Roll out into ½ - ¾ inch thickness. Cut biscuits with a 2/ ½ inch biscuit cutter. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise for one hour.


Heat oven to 450 degrees or 425 degrees for convection oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Watch closely as they brown quickly after 10 minutes!



From the Music Director

Happy New Year! May it bring us our long hoped-for regathering in health.


I wish to extend thanks to all those musicians who contributed to our music through Advent and Christmas:

Singers: Ian Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Ruth Warinner Floyd, Melissa Holland, Sue Ann Huger, Philip Coulling, Scott Williamson, Christine Fairfield

Handbells: Mayumi Smitki, Mary Harvey-Halseth, Mary Ellena Ward, Bonny Wilson, Ruth Warinner Floyd

Instruments: Mac Baker, Ellie Baker, James Baker

and to those who joined the pastors and me as readers of lessons on December 20:

Nancy Bidlack

Skip Hess

Maggie Irby

Hardin Marion

Lily Moreschi

Kevin Squire


"I’ve been asked to share these words which I offered as history/explanation before the Shenandoah Presbytery service of Lessons and Carols, provided for our worship on Sunday, December 27."

The recording of the service is still available on the Presbytery website: www.shenpres.org

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Lexington Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 27, 2020

"Good morning, and Merry Christmas! I’ve been asked to say a few words about the Lessons and Carols service. 

There are actually many kinds of Lessons and Carols services, but they all derive from the original “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” a service for Christmas Eve, which began in 1880 in the small English city of Truro, the ‘capital’ of the county of Cornwall in southwest England. The Rt. Rev. Edwin White Benson, Bishop of Truro, and later Archbishop of Canterbury, hoping to draw the people in his charge away from the prevailing secularization of their holiday practices, drew up a service of lessons and carols for use on Christmas Eve in the temporary wooden building which was being used while a new cathedral church was constructed. 

In 1918 this service was adapted for use in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by the Rev. Eric Milner-White, the new dean of the chapel, who would remain in that post for more than twenty years.. The Cambridge service was first broadcast on radio in 1928, and the BBC began international broadcasts a few years later. After the opening prayer, called ‘The Bidding,’ in which the congregation is called to listen and to join in prayer for the needs of all in the world, the first lesson, about the fall of humanity represented by the sin of Adam and Eve, sets out humankind’s need for a Redeemer. The subsequent lessons include God’s covenant with Abraham, and the repeated promise of Messiah in the words of different prophets. There are several lessons about the birth of Jesus, and the service concludes with the opening verses of John’s gospel. Dean Milner-White described the service in these words:

“The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God”…. “seen

 through the windows and words of the Bible.”

This service, initiated in Truro, and brought to the world’s attention from Cambridge, has come to be claimed and put into regular use all around the English-speaking world (and in non-English-speaking countries). The service has served to share with the musical world the exceptional singing and repertoire of the King’s College Choir, under the leadership of an impressive line of choral directors.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service was first held locally at Lexington Presbyterian Church during the late 1950s by the late Mary Monroe Penick, who served as this church’s organist/director of music for 46 years until her retirement in 1977. The observance has continued through my long tenure, with direction shared by my colleagues in Junior Choir and the Lam Handbell Choirs: Marjorie Phillips, Charlene Jarrett, Linda Donald, Ruth Floyd, Mary Mills, and Mayumi Smitka. A side note: in conjunction with the service, Miss Penick instituted the practice of decorating the church sanctuary with wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. The service was taken up by many spread locally to many other churches, and has been held for many years at Washington and Lee. 

The spread and imitation of the King’s College service was fueled by the publication in 1961 of a book of fifty carols from the King’s College repertoire. Over the years, several additional volumes have been published, and included in them has been an Advent service, with a different sequence of lessons covering a wider range of Biblical texts of prophecy.

These services have provided important opportunities for choirs and composers. There is a huge quantity of wonderful sacred choral music for Christmas, and this service provides a better vehicle for more of this music than just inserting extra songs into a regular worship order. Many churches have turned to this format for the Sunday after Christmas, giving hard-working choir members a day off, and making it possible for the congregation to sing carols which have not been used in other services.

The concept of the ‘Lessons and Carols’ service has moved far beyond the original liturgy. Worship services and concerts of all kinds abound, crafted in many different ways. Those organizing these events have turned to a wider range of different scripture passages, or to selections of outstanding Christmas poetry readings. They have crafted programs with focus ranging from Advent to Epiphany, and have collected music representing certain periods of history or on certain geographical areas.

Now I will tell you about today’s service [i.e., Sunday, December 27]. The Rev. Bronwen Boswell, our general presbyter, and her staff of the Shenandoah Presbytery, came up with the idea of today’s service to specifically acknowledge the hard work of clergy, musicians, and technical staff throughout these long months of worship adapted for Covid times, and to offer all of those workers a Sunday off from preparing and presenting a full service in their individual local churches. What is offered to you today is a service for Christmas, in fact, for the Sunday after Christmas. The Old Testament scriptures are mostly left behind so that we can focus on the birth of Jesus and his presentation at the temple. Pastors and other readers, and musicians from throughout the Presbytery have contributed recordings of spoken lessons and prayers, and of music. For all of the familiar carols, you will be able to read the words right on your screen, and sing along. If you’re a harmony singer, you’ll have to exercise your brain and memory a little.  It’s a service presented from many lovely settings, both indoor and out, with different instruments and voices. And yes, I was asked to be a part of it, for which I am grateful., so you’ll be in your home sanctuary for some of the time.

As you enter this lovely service of worship, I ask you open your hearts to feel the depth of shared community which is ours with so many others throughout the Shenandoah Presbytery."

Parenting Class

by Nicky and Sila Lee

This is the second part to the marriage class that Bill and Deb Klein previously offered parents with younger kids. The class meets once a month for 4-5 months.

Sign up here!

2021 Book Study with Rev. Tom Groome


Rev. Tom Groome will lead a weekly book-study discussion about the pillars of an unacknowledged caste system described in Part III of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. In this section of her book, author Isabel Wilkerson identifies the eight pillars she believes uphold our place in society.

In this part of Wilkerson’s book, she addresses the following pillars:

  • Divine Will and the Laws of Nature,
  • Heritability,
  • Endogamy and the Control of Marriage and Mating,
  • Purity versus Pollution,
  • Occupational Hierarchy,
  • Dehumanization and Stigma,
  • Terror as Enforcement,
  • Cruelty as a Means of Control,
  • Inherent Superiority versus Inherent Inferiority.

In Part III of her book, the author continues her examination of how our society created a system that determined where we fit in and why.

The discussions begin on Monday, January 11 via Zoom.

There will be two options for class times, taking place at 10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Registration starts on January 2nd.

A Note from the

Campus Ministry Subcommittee

In December, the Campus Ministry Subcommittee sent Christmas cards to all of our own LPC college students and our high school seniors. In each card, the subcommittee included a card with information about the ways to access the online Worship Services and a Subway gift card. We have been working this fall to keep in contact with all our students away from home in this challenging time for them.

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Metsy/Rafiki Requests

It is a privilege for Lexington Presbyterian Church to be a part of the Rafiki mission through prayer, partcipation, and financial support.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Stability and peace in countries where there has been conflict and for good working relationships between government officials and the Rafiki administration.
  2. Health and safety for staff and students in all ten of the Rafiki villages.
  3. The Rafiki Education System to be distributed to 23 African partner denomination church schools.

For more information go to www.rafikifoundation.org


Go to our website at www.lexpres.org and select “Giving” at the top of the page, OR click the “ONLINE GIVING” green button at the bottom of that same page. This will take you to our REALM site for giving—select Rafiki under the “Fund” line.

Go directly to REALM: https://onrealm.org/lexpres/give/Rafiki

Our Realm account is setup to handle text giving for Metsy (Rafiki):

Text LexPresVA Rafiki $ to 73256 to give to Rafiki - Metsy using your text messaging.

Example: To give $50 to Metsy/Rafiki I would text the message “LexPresVA Rafiki $50” to 73256 (don’t use quotes) (Standard text message rates do apply).

Poinsettia Update

The poinsettias are not doing well. There are only 10 plants that are actually in good enough condition to be picked up. Due to COVID-19, the sanctuary was heated daily for our Zoom meetings and worship practices. In the past, the sanctuary was not heated except for worship and choir practice. We had volunteers coming by almost every day to water the plants, but with the building being locked our volunteers were not able to come in and water them on a regular basis. The 10 poinsettias will be available for those who wish to pick-up them up on Sunday after 2:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thank you for your gift of the poinsettias to the church. As you could see from the Zoom worship services, they greatly enhanced our sanctuary.

-Skip Hess, chair, Flower Committee


Sympathy Notice:

Our Sympathy to Willaim Preston Harlow, Jr. (Billy). His sister, Peggy Anne Harlow Lewis who died on December 24, 2020. 

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