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March 2021 Worship Schedule

March 7, 2021

Sermon: Noteworthy, yet Namless

Scripture Readings: Mark 5:24-34, 7:24-30, 12:41-44

Preacher: Pastor Kelly-Ann Rayle

Worship Assistant: Ann Massie

March 14, 2021

Sermon: All In Christians

Old Testament Reading: Numbers 21:4-9

New Testament Reading: John 3:14-21

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Worship Assistant: Nancy Whitely

March 21, 2021

Sermon: Warning Signs

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

New Testament Reading:  John 20:20-33

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Worship Assistant: Philip Blackburn

March 28, 2021

Sermon: The Road to Jerusalem

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a

New Testament Reading: Mark 11:1-11

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Worship Assistant: Member of our Youth - TBD

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Notes from Session

February 2021 Synopsis

Call to Worship: Rev. Groom read a scripture reading and the group shared reflections. The group passed the peace.

Congregational and Sessional Data: Current Membership: 372 (two deaths). This number will be adjusted this evening in New Business. No congregational deaths since the November session meeting. Pastoral Concerns were shared.

The Task Force for Sound: The task force is awaiting a response from the tech company. The church will be getting new equipment to help film and record virtual worship services.

Christian Education: Zoom Faith Village classes continue. The Youth continues with activities and with service projects, and meets every other Sunday virtually for fellowship. Campus Ministry continues to try to connect with college students and have been sending electronic birthday cards. Gearing up to contact LPC college students and high school seniors about the Lex Pres Educational Grants.

Communications: Review that committee chairs should appoint a communications liaison to review relevant information that is shared on the website.

Congregational Life: The committee set up a welcome process.

Financial Management: Summary of the 2020 Financial Statements, including investment activities and summary of Designated Gifts for July-December 2020. Comments on January 2021 collections of operating fund pledges.

Outreach: Approved grants for RARA and Rockbridge Area Health Center. The committee continues to help support a local homeless veteran and are hoping to get him into a group home ASAP.

Personnel: Common consent to increase Maggie Irby's responsibilities and hours to support online worship. Common consent to approve contract with Steve Hanes as a technical consultant to provide technical assistance for online worship services.

Planning: Presented proposed new committee structure. Presented the Envisioning Future LexPres. Both were approved.

Property: Work on the sanctuary A/C system to begin February 22.

Worship: Prospective moderators for virtual worship.

New Business: Elected Pam Lueke and Jessica Willett as commissioners to Presbytery meeting on Feb. 27.

Mary Atthowe, Clerk of Session   

2021 Lenten Bible Study


Join the Koinonia Sunday School Class led by Pastor Kelly-Ann for a Lenten Journey guided by the Book "Lent in Plain Sight" by Jill Duffield. Together using Jill's devotions and prayers we will explore how God uses the ordinary things in our lives, "so perhaps we might hone our sense of the holy, to the point we feel God's presence every single moment of our lives." 

The study continues on Sunday, March 7 at 9:45am and continues through Lent.

About the Author:

Jill J. Duffield was the former editor in chief of The Presbyterian Outlook. She holds an MDiv from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a DMin from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Jill recently moved from Charlottesville, VA to Greensboro, NC - accepting a call as the new Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Click HERE to order the book

Additional resources for the book, click HERE.

From Skip Hess,

Director of Culinary Ministries


For many years, I have enjoyed the sweet and sour sauce from the Chinese Restaurants. My problem? There is never enough of it. I have tried many recipes with disappointing results - until now. While watching a cooking show (imagine me watching a cooking show) a few weeks ago, one chef, Jeff Mauro, created this sauce with one very interesting ingredient. Maraschino Cherry Juice. Please do not leave out this ingredient or you’ll be sorry. It is a wonderful dipping sauce for finger foods. I hope you enjoy it. Skip Hess



1 Cup Sugar

½ Cup Pineapple or Orange Juice*

½ Cup Rice Wine Vinegar

¼ Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice

¼ Cup Ketchup

Pinch Kosher Salt

1 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch


         In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, add sugar, pineapple or orange juice, vinegar, cherry syrup, ketchup and salt. Cook, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Combine the cornstarch with ¼ cup water in a small bowl and mix well. Add to the sugar mixture. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. It keeps for several weeks in the refrigerator.

*Notes: I used no pulp orange juice for this recipe and Heinz’s Tomato Ketchup. The cherry juice is from the jar of Maraschino Cherries.

From the Music Director


Greetings, dear friends! As part of my Lenten discipline and renewal, I find inspiration and illumination in the words of great hymns. I share with you this month three hymns which survey the life of Jesus from birth to death to life. Many of you will know these texts, which we sing with some regularity. WMcC


O SING A SONG OF BETHLEHEM (Glory to God #159)

O sing a song of Bethlehem, Of shepherds watching there,

And of the news that came to them From angels in the air:

The light that shone on Bethlehem Fills all the world today;

Of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth The angels sing always.


O sing a song of Nazareth, Of sunny days of joy,

O sing of fragrant flowers, breath, And of the sinless boy:

For now the flow’rs of Nazareth In every heart may grow;

Now spreads the fame of his dear name

On all the winds that blow.


O sing a song of Galilee, Of lake and woods and hill,

Of him who walked upon the sea And bade the waves be still:

For thought, like waves on Galilee, Dark seas of trouble roil,

When faith has heard the master’s word, Falls peace upon the soul.


O sing a song of Calvary, Its glory and dismay;

Of him who hung upon the tree, And took our sins away:

For he who died on Calvary Is risen from the grave,

And Christ our Lord, by heav’n adored, Is mighty now to sve.

--------Words (1899): Louis Fitzgerald Benson (1855-1930).  This text is in the Public Domain.             


Philadelphia-born Louis Benson, who wrote this vivid poetic portrayal of the life of Christ, abandoned the practice of law to pursue the (Presbyterian) ministry. He became editor of a number of Presbyterian hymnals, taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, and wrote several books on hymnody. His words have been immortalized in at least 60 hymnals, set to the tune “Kingsfold,” an English country song melody adapted by the great British musician, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) for The English Hymnal (1906).


MY SONG IS LOVE UNKNOWN (Glory to God #209)


My song is love unknown, My Savior’s love to me;

Love to the loveless shown, That they might lovely be.

O who am I, That for my sake,

My Lord should take Frail flesh, and die?


He came from His blest throne, Salvation to bestow,

But men made strange, and none The longed-for Christ would know;

But oh, my Friend, My Friend indeed,

Who at my need His life did spend.


Sometimes they strew His way, And His sweet praises sing;

Resounding all the day Hosannas to their King:

Then “Crucify!: Is all their breath,

And for His death They thirst and cry.


They rise and needs will have My dear Lord made away;

A murderer they save, The Prince of life they slay.

Yet cheerful He To suffering goes,

That He His foes From thence might free.


Here might I stay and sing, No story so divine;

Never was love, dear King, Never was grief like Thine.

This is my Friend, In whose sweet praise

I all my days Could gladly spend.

-------Words (1664): Samuel Crossman (1624-1683). This text is in the Public Domain.


This extraordinary text, especially appropriate for Palm Sunday, is by the English poet, Samuel Crossman, known for the personal devotional character of his hymns. This hymn appears in over 100 hymnals, paired with a number of tunes. Without a doubt the best marriage of text and tune is with the melody “Love Unknown,” composed in 1918 for this text by the British musician/composer/teacher, John Ireland (1879-1962). I have encountered many hymn-writers who regard this as one of the finest hymns ever written.


A STABLE LAMP IS LIGHTED (Glory to God #160)


A stable lamp is lighted whose glow shall wake the sky:

the stars shall bend their voices, and every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry, and straw like gold shall shine;

a barn shall harbor heaven a stall become a shrine.


This child through David’s city shall ride in triumph by;

the palm shall strew its branches, and every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry, though heavy, dull, and dumb,

and lie within the roadway to pave his kingdom come.


Yet he shall be forsaken, and yielded up to die,

the sky shall groan and darken, and every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry, for hearts made hard by sin:

God’s blood upon the spearhead, God’s love refused again.


But now, as at the ending, the low is lifted high;

the stars shall bend their voices, and every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry, in praises of the child

by whose descent among us the worlds are reconciled.

-------Words (1958): Richard Wilbur.  

        © 1961, ren. 1981 Richard Wilbur (admin. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)


This wondrous text, by the great poet Richard Wilbur (1921-2017), Poet Laureate of the United States (and father of my college classmate, Nathan), was written in 1958 for the Christmas Vespers service at Wesleyan College (Middletown, CT), where Wilbur was writer-in-residence. Published in 1961 with the title “A Christmas Hymn,” it is often used at Christmas to broaden that celebration to acknowledge the link of nativity to crucifixion. The hymn is, of course, strikingly appropriate for Palm Sunday, as well. Of several musical settings, the undisputed best is the tune “Andujar,” composed in 1983 for this text by David Hurd (b. 1950), distinguished American composer and church musician.  

Lenten Musical Treat

Music at Noon with Bill McCorkle

William McCorkle will present two “Music at Noon” concerts on the C. B. Fisk organ in March. The concerts will be offered LIVE on YOUTUBE.


Wednesday, March 17 at 12 noon: Music for Lent


Wednesday, March 31 at 12 noon: Music for Holy Week

From the Campus Ministry Subcommittee

2021 Educational Grant Announcement

LPC will once again offer grants for educational assistance in Spring 2021. Instructions for submitting an application and the grant application form can be found under the "Learn" tab on our website, or click HERE.

Look for more announcements in the March and April newsletters.

All applications for the Educational Grants are due in the church office no later than May 1, 2020.

Metsy/Rafiki Requests

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

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).

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