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  • February 5 2017 “Lift Your Lamp” - Matthew 5:14-16   “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts...
  • February 19 2017 “What You Have Heard” (part 2) - Matthew  5:38-47  (Responsive) Listen to the teaching of Jesus!  “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for...
  • February 26 2017 “Got Worries?” - Matthew  6:25-34     Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body,...
  • March 5 2017 - Matthew  4:1-11 Narrator:            The Spirit leads Jesus out into the desert to focus his resolve for the journey ahead of him.  He went without...
  • March 12 2017 “Need a Lift?” -  John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him,...
  • March 19 2017 “Give Me a Drink” - John 4:5-30    “The Woman at the Well” 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had...

Upcoming Church Events

Date/Time Event
04/25/17 6:15pm-7:30pm T.O.P.S.
04/25/17 7:00pm Bible Study
04/26/17 7:30pm AA
04/27/17 11:00am Janet and Jim in Office
04/30/17 9:45am Sunday Service
05/02/17 6:15pm-7:30pm T.O.P.S.
05/03/17 7:30pm AA
05/04/17 11:00am Janet and Jim in Office
05/07/17 9:45am Sunday Service
05/09/17 6:15pm-7:30pm T.O.P.S.
05/09/17 - 05/10/17 7:00pm-8:00pm Bible-based book study
05/10/17 7:00pm Trustees
For a complete calendar see the events page by clicking Events on the top menu for a complete calendar or click Read More below for a chronological list.

Bible Study

Our church has a wonderful Bible Study group that generally meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from fall through spring.
We are a very friendly and somewhat informal group of folks that just love to get together to read and learn from God's word.
We would be so pleased if you would join us to share thoughts, questions, and insights concerning the teachings of our Lord.
Click the read more link below to view our blog with upcoming study information and highlights of past studies.

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Contact Information

Byron First Presbyterian Church

Street Address:

6293 West Main
Byron NY 14422
Mailing Address:
PO Box 206
Byron, NY 14422-0206

Phone: 585-548-2800

Current Newsletter

The Jan-Feb newsletter is available online as a special web version.
If you are a member of our church and would like a copy of the full version emailed to you please email me at byronfpc@jwmoore.com.

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John 20:19-31: When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the
house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood
among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his
hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to
them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he
had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you
forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are
retained.”

When is the Spirit given? In the Book of Acts the giving of the Spirit is a very noticeable, a very noisy, and a very public event. In John's Gospel the giving of the Spirit is quiet, intimate and behind closed doors. In the Book of Acts the giving of the Spirit happens when a crowd of people have been emboldened to come together after the resurrection. In John's Gospel the giving of the Spirit is in the context of fear, when the reality of the resurrection is still just rumor.

Have you experienced the giving of the Spirit in these days following Easter? Take heart that the gift is offered in a variety of ways, but at least one of the many ways is in tune with you - who you are, where you are, how you are and and what you need.
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John 20:11-18
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to
look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of
Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her,
“Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and
I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around
and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her,
“Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the
gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid
him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him
in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not
hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and
say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she
told them that he had said these things to her.

Think of a defeat you have experienced. As the women stood at Jesus’ tomb, as we stand at any scene of defeat, as we remember any defeat, we acknowledge today that it is God who has the last word. The murderers’ words are lost in the wind, sink into the sand, are washed away by the rain, but the word of God stands for eternity. This is a day of victory for the defeated. It was a day of victory for those defeated followers of Jesus. It is also a victory for you.
This is not like a sports victory, where the players put the trophy in the glass case, and then have to prepare for the next season. Easter is a once and for all victory, the trophy is never put away, but a victory we can experience each and every day.
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I'm getting ready for the Byron 5K run in July, so I am now covering 96 laps around a short YMCA track in Rochester, which adds up to three miles, roughly equivalent to 5 kilometers. The world's fastest runner can run a mile in just under four minutes. My best time at my advanced age is about 12 minutes. I haven't run three miles since I was twenty years old, so even a slow time is great progress!.

What is the furthest distance you have ever run? 100 yards? 26 miles? The Easter reading reminds us that Mary ran to tell the disciples about the empty tomb. I wonder how far she ran? Around the block, or across the city? Was it uphill, was it through winding streets, and were dogs nipping at her heels? All we know is that she ran.

Families and churches celebrate Easter with a variety of activities, from sunrise worship to beautiful music to family dinners to Easter Egg hunts, but maybe we should include a short run to get into the spirit of the day - breathlessly, excitedly, like Mary long ago!
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Easter Celebration at 9:45 AM, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for children

Matthew 20:1-10
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to
the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They
have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were
running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent
down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then
Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings
lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen
wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the
tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the
scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
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9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [John 3:9-17]

Although this part of the story contains one of the most memorized verses in all the Bible, let’s focus on “lifting”. Moses lifted the serpent in the desert and Jesus is lifted on the Cross. What in your life needs lifting? Some of the things that weigh us down seem to hard to lift. But as Jesus is lifted, those burdens of ours are lifting, too. What do you need lifted in your life?
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Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” [John 3:3-8]



Jesus answers, but Nicodemus is stuck on the logic of the answer, not yet ready to grasp the spirit of it. Now, some would say that spiritual rebirth is the only way to be an authentic Christian, but I think there are plenty of other images consistent with Jesus’ teaching, that get at what Jesus is trying to convey to Nicodemus. The spirit that Jesus describes could involve a moment of rebirth, but it could also be a journey, it could be a gradual feeling of waking up, it could be the feeling of being under water and surfacing for a fresh breath, it could be a series of different moments that accumulate meaning over time. This is how Jesus answered Nicodemus, but how might he answer your questions?
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“Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” [John 3:2]



A good way to get into this story is to think about what question you might have for Jesus. Nicodemus had his question, something along the lines of “Who are you and why do you do the things you do?”. You might have a different question. What would it be?
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“Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night …” (John 3:1-2)



We will breading the entire story in John 3:1-17, but let’s start with the beginning. Nicodemus visited Jesus at night, most likely because he was afraid for his reputation. If people saw him with Jesus he would be criticized and ridiculed. How about you, are you afraid to be seen with Jesus? Or, more to the point, is there something about Jesus thatmakes you want to keep your connection with him hidden?
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