Second Pres holds two Sunday worship services during most of the year, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Each service follows the same liturgy, with the 10:50 service in a more formal setting. During the summer months, one Sunday service is held at 10:00 a.m. Special worship and prayer services are offered throughout the year, especially in designated Christian worship seasons. Location of these services, held on various days of the week, is dependent on the anticipated size of the congregation, the inclusion of special musical offerings and other factors.
We welcome and encourage questions about the Christian faith and life. We believe that the Bible is a living, authoritative document that shapes our lives as disciples. We interpret the Scripture in context, using the intellect and skills God has given us. Worship is at the center of our life together, engaging both heart and mind, sending us out to witness to God’s love in the world. Because the Good News of Jesus Christ touches all aspects of human life, we make outreach to the wider community a priority. We believe all we are and all we have is a gift from God and that we are responsible for the faithful use of those gifts for the sake of Jesus Christ.
If this approach to the Christian faith speaks to you, we invite you to explore Second Presbyterian Church further and invite you to share in its life and ministry.
8:30am - 9:30am (Located in the Chapel)
*Current NOT available. Beginning Aug 27, 2017
The Chapel is home for the 8:30 service most weeks. The smaller congregation that attends this service includes all ages. An organ and an octet provide choral music and there often are small orchestral offerings. On occasion, the 8:30 service is held in the larger Sanctuary, to provide the necessary space for larger orchestral presentations and the church’s own hand-bells musicians.
*SUMMER HOURS (May 28 - Aug 20): 10:00am - 11:00am
Beginning Aug 27, 2017: 10:50am - 12:00pm (Located in the Sanctuary)
The Sanctuary is where the 10:50 services and combined 10 a.m. summer services are held. Children from ages 3 to kindergarten age are welcome to this service, which includes a special “time for children” after which the youngsters are excused from the service to attend Sacred Space, a special program in a location near the Sanctuary that lasts until the end of the worship service. A full church choir and organ provide choral offerings each week and often are accompanied by orchestral musicians.
Until Aug 27, 2017: 8:00am - 9:00am (Located in various rooms)
Beginning Aug 27, 2017: 8:30am - 9:30am (Located in various rooms)
*AVAILABLE CERTAIN DAYS BETWEEN: May 28 - Aug 20
Sunday School is available for all ages. Each age group has its own lessons and worship plans. It is located in various parts of the church and general Sunday School is available after our Early Worship and before standard Worship hours.
During the Summer, special series are available for a limited number of days. Sunday School may not be available each week during the Summer.
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
May 2017- Aug 20. 2017 (9:00am)
June 11 – Believing in the Power of Prayer
June 18 – Praying does not equal passivity
June 25 – Praying alone
July 2 – Praying in community
July 9 – Praying before meals
July 16 – Praying with gratitude
July 23 – Praying through song
July 30 – Praying before making decisions
August 6 – Praying for others
August 13 – Jesus continues to pray for us
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS
Aug 27, 2017-May 2018 (9:30-10:30 am)
Room 117 – Nursery
Room 149 – 3 yrs old
Room 151 – 1st to 3rd grade
Room 142 – 4th & 5th grade
Room 171 – 6th & 7th grade
Room 166 – 8th grade
Room 168 – 9th to 12th grade
Room 170 – Confirmation Parents
Fellowship Hall A – Pathways
Fellowship Hall B – The Launching Years
Chapel – Reading the Bible Today
Room 216 – The Great Courses
Room 251 – 2nd Sunday
Room 252 – Biblical Studies
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Aug 27, 2017-May 2018 (9:30-10:30 am)
The Biblical Studies class deals with information from historical critical scholarship related to the Bible. The class, led by retired Professor of Music at the University of Louisville Acton Ostling, meets in Room 252, adjacent to the church Parlor. The class is of interest to Christians who want to understand the Bible more thoroughly in terms of its long history. No prior Biblical knowledge is necessary, simply a curiosity for historical details related to the Bible and Christian origins.
“Great Figures of the New Testament” is the topic chosen by the class for its 2017-18 study. Using DVDs, the class will look at specific characters including shepherds and kings, a prodigal son, a good Samaritan, John the Baptist, Jesus’ friends, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, Pontius Pilate, Paul, and other leaders of the early church. The 30-minute DVD lectures are given by Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and will be followed by class discussion. The class meets in Room 216, behind the Chapel choir loft. Scotty and Linda McArthur are the class coordinators, but class leadership is shared.
This class is for Christians who wish to explore the connection between faith and life in everyday living and who seek spiritual answers to personal dilemmas. One of the major themes is the passage of our children from “our children” to fully realized adults. The class will begin with a multiple-week series featuring Harvard educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot’s new book, “Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers.” She urges parents to look with fresh eyes on unique opportunities for learning, growth, and reconciliation, which can enrich our middle and later years in unexpected and deeply meaningful ways. Her findings will be supplemented by biblical and theological reflections relevant to each theme.
The class meets in Fellowship Hall B, with facilitator/teacher: Dr. Dianne Reistroffer.
“Waking Up White” by Debby Irving is the book to be read and discussed by the Pathways class beginning in the fall. The book explores the author’s struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, and offers fresh perspectives on bias, stereotypes, manners and tolerance. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas.
The class meets in Fellowship Hall A. Class coordinator is Elizabeth Clay.
“Reading the Bible” doesn’t require knowledge of Greek or Hebrew. But understanding what a Biblical phrase or verse means in today’s language calls for knowledge of its historical setting and what it meant when it was written in another language, with concern for its theological meaning today. The class is led by Dr. Marty Soards, Professor of New Testament Studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, who has studied and written widely about the various translations of the books of the New Testament from their original form. The class meets in the Chapel and Jim Haynes is class coordinator.
The class is for parents of children from birth through the early teens. While titled “2nd Sunday”, the class meets on both the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Lee and Vic Baltzell are class facilitators, with leadership shared among class members. Curriculum deals with issues facing young parents trying to raise faith-based youngsters in this tumultuous and ever-changing world. With the goal of helping each other find ways to make God the center of our family lives, class members share experiences and ideas. The class meets in Room 251, adjacent to the church Library and will not start until Sept. 10, unlike the other classes.
BIBLE STUDY OFFERINGS
The John Rodman Men’s Bible Study class meets each Friday from 7 to 8 a. for fellowship, prayer and study of a Bible passage. During 2017-18 the group will be studying the gospel of John, led by the Rev. Dr. John M. Mulder.
The group focuses on the meaning of each weekly passage and related commentaries, and how they relate to their personal lives.The class meets in Room 251, next to the Library.
Beginning September 7, Morning Joy will get under way at 9:45a led once again by Steve Jester. Coffee and registration will begin at 9:30a in Fellowship Hall A & B, followed by an introductory lecture exploring Isaiah. In subsequent weeks, the lecture will begin promptly at 9:45a and small discussion groups will follow at 11a for those who choose to participate. Last year more than 70 men and women, members of Second and friends alike, attended the study.
This small group study for women, starts again in September. It meets each Tuesday from
1 p-2:30 and the group decides what to study. Please contact Elizabeth Clay, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 897-7560 if you are interested in attending.