Temptation in the Wilderness

Meditation on Matthew 4:1-11 First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, NY First Sunday in Lent Pastor Karen Crawford Feb. 26, 2023 Link to full service with video of message: https://fb.watch/iXHJ8uFQ0I/ Audio clip of Pastor’s Message: I can’t tell you how happy I am to return to my flock to lead worship on The Lord’s Day! ThankContinue reading “Temptation in the Wilderness”

My Sheep Hear My Voice

Meditation on John 10:11-16 In Memory of Debra Canning First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, NY Pastor Karen Crawford Feb. 24, 2023 Audio of Pastor Karen sharing this message: Debra Canning always gave good advice. And she was right, says her daughters Michelle and Janine, though they might not have wanted to hear all her adviceContinue reading “My Sheep Hear My Voice”

Invitation to a Holy Lent

Ash Wednesday Meditation on Psalm 51 Pastor Karen Crawford First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, NY Feb. 22, 2023 Audio of Pastor Karen’s Ash Wednesday message: A few weeks ago, I shared how I have rediscovered my joy in backyard birdwatching.   I find myself smiling and laughing out loud when the birds do something surprising—orContinue reading “Invitation to a Holy Lent”

Holy Mountain Vision

Meditation on Matthew 17:1–9 Pastor Karen Crawford Read by Elder Dulcie McLeod First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown Feb. 19, 2023 Audio of Pastor Karen Sharing Her Message: The disciples who go with Jesus up Mt. Tabor in Galilee are very human. I think Jesus has chosen 3 fishermen—ordinary people—on purpose. What do they know aboutContinue reading “Holy Mountain Vision”

We are God’s Coworkers, Working Together

Meditation on 1 Corinthians 3:1–9 First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, NY Pastor Karen Crawford Feb. 12, 2023 Audio of Pastor Karen’s Message: I enjoyed a long walk yesterday afternoon. Wasn’t the weather beautiful? Not a cloud in the blue sky. This was my first long walk since my surgery—so the good news is that IContinue reading “We are God’s Coworkers, Working Together”

We Have the Mind of Christ

Meditation on 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown Pastor Karen Crawford Feb. 5, 2023       Dear friends, thank you for your prayers for me and for the beautiful cards and flowers and other thoughtful gifts. The one thing that helped me through the anxious time before my surgery and the painful time afterwardContinue reading “We Have the Mind of Christ”

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