BLESSINGS FORWARD CAMPAIGN 2020-08-01T22:54:59-07:00

Coronavirus Updates

(See Pastor’s Messages below.)

Worship Services

The campus of Tustin Presbyterian Church is currently closed at the request of the Orange County Health Officer due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We will remain closed until at least April 1. You can communicate with Pastor Steve through email at sranney@tustinpresbyterian.org . If this is an emergency you may call him on his cell phone at 636-484-0544. We know this is a difficult and anxious time. Please be in prayer for our elected leaders and all who are in need of God’s care and support. May God provide peace for you as well.

Pastor’s Messages

Update – 8/2/2020

Dear TPC Family,

This week, I continue to be encouraged by the love and care that exudes from our congregation. I hear the reports of the work that our Deacons and our youth are doing, and to see God provide what we need to do the work we are called to do leaves me with a deep sense of gratitude and awe. This week we will finish Dan’s odyssey to find the joy he longs for in his life. Join us as we celebrate the amazing gift of God’s forgiveness.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-08-02_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 2, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ.  This will be followed by the celebration of communion which will include a time for our joys and concerns and the Lord’s Prayer. For this service, please have some form of juice/wine and some bread on hand so that as I lead us through the liturgy, each household can share the elements together.  A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-08-02_ServiceOrder. (If you would like a large print version of the order of worship, you can find it at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-08-02_ServiceOrderLP.)  NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84739651222?pwd=SjlJa2ZYbU9sZEhUcU5QMk9mQmdWQT09, or it can be found at the top of this page.  After this is over, I encourage you to call the people that you did not see during the Zoom coffee time or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be almost as good as being there.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can scroll to the bottom of any page on this website and click on the green box that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

In these days, as we look for encouragement, let me remind you of these words from Hebrews:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16 NRSV)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 7/26/2020

Dear TPC Family,

As we come to this last week of July, I find myself grateful for how God has seen us through to this point. As we move forward into the unknown, it is so good to know that God is with us. This week we begin looking at how to let our Lord remove a burden that we carry that keeps us from living a life to its fullest.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-26_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 26, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ.  A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-26_ServiceOrder. (If you would like a large print version of the order of worship, you can find it at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-26_ServiceOrderLP.)  NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84739651222?pwd=SjlJa2ZYbU9sZEhUcU5QMk9mQmdWQT09, or it can be found at the top of this page.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can scroll to the bottom of any page on this website and click on the green box that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

As we prepare for worship this week, let us focus on these words from Psalm 32:

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
         whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
         and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
         through my groaning all day long.
4  For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
         my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

5  Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
         and I did not hide my iniquity;
    I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
         and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah

Therefore let all who are faithful
         offer prayer to you;
    at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
         shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me;
         you preserve me from trouble;
         you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 7/19/2020

Dear TPC Family,

Over the last few weeks, several of our family have lost loved ones. Losing someone that you love or who had a significant impact on your life is difficult under normal circumstances, but it is especially difficult during this time when we cannot gather to offer care and support for their families. This week, during our prayer time, when we pray for those who are grieving, please lift up the following families by name.

  • Mona Bawarshi’s family (Samira Kassouni’s sister)
  • Margaret Lucas’ family
  • Cleavon Steve Dyson’s family (Denean Dyson’s father)
  • Joann Yates’ family

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-19_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ.  A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-19_ServiceOrder. (If you would like a large print version of the order of worship, you can find it at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-19_ServiceOrderLP.)  NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84739651222?pwd=SjlJa2ZYbU9sZEhUcU5QMk9mQmdWQT09, or it can be found at the top of this page.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can scroll to the bottom of any page on this website and click on the green box that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

As we live through these times, let us remind ourselves and each other of what Paul affirmed:

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 7/12/2020

Dear TPC Family,

This week has given us a few setbacks. As we march through these days, wondering when we can return to normal, it is good to know that God has not been locked away. As we continue to look at what the Word of God will do in our lives if we let it, know that God is waiting for an invitation to put His Word to work in us. This week we look at the purpose of the correction that the Word seeks to perform in us. As you will see, it offers us great benefit.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-12_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ.  A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-12_ServiceOrder. (If you would like a large print version of the order of worship, you can find it at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-12_ServiceOrderLP.)  NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84739651222?pwd=SjlJa2ZYbU9sZEhUcU5QMk9mQmdWQT09, or it can be found at the top of this page.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can scroll to the bottom of any page on this website and click on the green box that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

As we live through these times, let us remember as David discovered:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long. (Psalm 23)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 7/5/2020

Dear TPC Family,

This week, as the restrictions returned, I continue to be encouraged by the love and care that exudes from our congregation. I hear the reports of the work that our Deacons and our youth are doing, and to see God provide what we need to do the work we are called to do leaves me with a deep sense of gratitude and awe. This week we will continue to look at the work that the Word of God can do in our lives if we let it. Join us as we celebrate this amazing gift from God to us.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-05_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ.  This will be followed by the celebration of communion which will include a time for our joys and concerns and the Lord’s Prayer. For this service, please have some form of juice/wine and some bread on hand so that as I lead us through the liturgy, each household can share the elements together.  A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-05_ServiceOrder. (If you would like a large print version of the order of worship, you can find it at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-07-05_ServiceOrderLP.)  NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558014664?pwd=Zlkzb2VaV1RUcDhXWEhjdlgrTGxjdz09, or it can be found at the top of this page. After this is over, I encourage you to call the people that you did not see during the Zoom coffee time or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be almost as good as being there.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can scroll to the bottom of any page on this website and click on the green box that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

In these days, as we look for encouragement, let me remind you of these words from Hebrews:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15–16 NRSV)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 6/28/2020

Dear TPC Family,

My mother used to say “If God is trying to teach you a lesson” (the implication was that God was always trying to teach me a lesson) “you better learn it the first time, or God will have to teach it to you again.” While I do not believe that every event in my life is a lesson from God, I do know that difficult times, this season in our lives is no exception, have been full of lessons about who God is and what God wants me to be about. As we work through this series on how God can use the Word of God in our lives, I encourage you to look for those lessons that God is trying to teach you. Please join me in asking God to show us where each of us needs to grow.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-28_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-28_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87188047012?pwd=T2JEN0NSaVhZUkxmRFlaT3RoVWZBZz09, or it can be found at the top of this page.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

As we live through these times, let us follow the example of the first church:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 6/21/2020

Dear TPC Family,

Life marches on. Even as we are trying to figure out what the world will be like in the future for us, the truth is that time has not stopped. During this time, we have the choice to continue to put our lives on hold until things return to normal, or we can open our lives to God and seek to grow in our relationship with God. This week we begin a series that looks at how we can grow during this time. Please join me in asking God to show us where each of us needs to grow.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-21_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-21_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87188047012?pwd=T2JEN0NSaVhZUkxmRFlaT3RoVWZBZz09, or it can be found at the top of this page.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

Hear these words from Paul as he challenges one of the churches that he founded:

We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 6/16/2020

Dear TPC Family,

Many of you have been asking about re-gathering. Last night the Session held a long meeting via Zoom to discuss the issues involved in re-gathered worship. After carefully weighing the latest numbers on infection in Orange County and all of the restrictions around public gathering, the Session came to the decision that it would not be prudent for us to re-gather at this time. Like many of you, I feel the pain of separation from my church family. We miss seeing each other and the strength we draw from God and each other as we gather for worship. However, the Session’s desire is that when we re-gather, and we will re-gather, that we do it in a way that does not put people at great risk of contracting the virus. 

The Session will re-evaluate the situation at our July Session Meeting, via Zoom, on July 20. In the meantime, we will continue to provide a very meaningful worship service through the links at the top of this webpage. We have learned a great deal over these last three months, and I know, as you open your heart to the Holy Spirit, this service will draw you closer to God and each other. Also, please join us for the coffee time, via Zoom, at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. The link can also be found at the top of this webpage.

Please know that you are all being held in prayer before God and that, as Paul says in Romans 8, “there is nothing that can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 6/14/2020

Dear TPC Family,

As we gather virtually this Sunday, please continue to be mindful of the events of the past few weeks. As we have followed the peaceful protests in our area and around our country, let me remind us that we are called by our Lord to be peacemakers. As God opens our eyes to the suffering of our brothers and sisters, let us ask God to show us how we can be peacemakers. This week Jeremy Garbat-Welch will share with us how he and Luta are called to be peacemakers in Malawi.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-14_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-14_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89363602681?pwd=cXluZzdCRmxsS0lRcTRDbndCNVB4Zz09, or it can be found at the top of this page. 

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

As we ponder Jeremy’s words, let us listen to Jesus’ request to us from Matthew 28:

18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 6/7/2020

Dear TPC Family,

As we gather virtually this Sunday, please be mindful of the events of the past couple of weeks. We are again reminded of the pain that people suffer that we often do not notice. God longs for us to open our eyes to the suffering of our brothers and sisters and respond with sacrificial love, just as Christ did for us. Let me challenge us to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, asking that God may give us the ears to hear the cries of the oppressed around us and eyes to see where we need to repent and change so that we may truly be brothers and sisters to those who have suffered for so long in our midst. We have been put in this time and place “for such a time as this.” Let us fervently pray, asking God to show each of us what we are to be about during this time.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-07_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 7, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-06-07_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83614215493?pwd=emRDbzZIWW9BQ05xemxMeCtSNTQ4Zz09, or it can be found at the top of this page. 

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

As we ponder the events of this week listen to the words of Our Lord from Matthew 25 and ask what God is calling us to do:

31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison (read oppressed) and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison (read oppressed) and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 5/31/2020

Dear TPC Family,

This is Pentecost Sunday. Let me say Happy Birthday to you all as we celebrate the birthday of the church. As we celebrate this great day, let me challenge us to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit as those early disciples did. When we do that we don’t know what is going to happen, but it will be something incredible.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-31_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 31, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-31_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86138597614?pwd=YTRIUUpsRjA1WDh5Zk1DMmttQTdrUT09, or it can be found at the top of this page.  This week, the coffee time will only last thirty minutes. The reason for this is so we can join Emily’s family for the baptism of her daughter, Ruby. It will take place at Anaheim First Presbyterian Church, and we can link to that service at 11:00 a.m. here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96409569742

On Pentecost Sunday we receive, in addition to our regular offering, the Pentecost Offering. There will be a minute for mission during our service this week. Please consider giving a gift to support the work that the Pentecost Offering supports. There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

In these days as we look for encouragement, listen to these words from Acts 2 describing how God surprises us:

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 5/24/2020

Dear TPC Family,

As we look forward to worship this week, I am reminded that one of the things that makes TPC such a wonderful place is the care and support we share with our family. Please continue to be in prayer for our Deacons and our youth as they are doing such a wonderful job of serving our congregation and community in Jesus’ name. This week is a look at an important choice we have to make.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-24_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-24_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86172234939?pwd=aDJjaXZpQkJzQ0xkNHpINjVJUk5vdz09, or it can be found at the top of this page.

VIRTUAL POTLUCK (Please sign up by Monday, May 25):  Since we have been doing so many things in new ways, Emily and the youth have come up with a way for ten of us to share a meal. On May 30 they will host a virtual potluck. The way it will work is as follows:

  1. Sign-ups will be limited to 10 households (for our first time around): 3 main dishes, 5 sides, and 2 desserts. Please make enough for 15 households to get some.
  2. Everyone will drop off items at the church on Saturday, May 30, curbside at 10:00 a.m. (Youth can pick up from the homebound.)
  3. Youth will divide the food and wrap it in disposable packaging.
  4. Participants will come back to the church at 11:30 a.m. for food.
  5. The Zoom Lunch starts at 12 noon

If you are interested, please contact Emily at emily@tustinpresbyterian.org.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

In these days as we look for encouragement, listen to these words from Ezekiel 37 describing how God brings life to impossible situations:

1The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 5/17/2020

Dear TPC Family,

As we look forward to worship this week, I am reminded that one of the things that makes TPC such a wonderful place is the care and support we share with our family. This week some of that family has suffered a loss. Martha Connely’s sister, Nan Pierce, passed away last night.  Please remember her and Nan’s extended family in your prayers. Since we recorded this week’s service on Thursday morning, this concern did not make it into the prayer time in the service. Please continue to be in prayer for our Deacons and our youth as they are doing such a wonderful job of serving our congregation and community in Jesus’ name. This week is a look at how big our God is and what that says to us in the midst of this time.

This week, again, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-17_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 17, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-17_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86064968935?pwd=UWFkaTdyY2FiaElyZ1YxajJ4L0xQdz09, or it can be found at the top of this page.

VIRTUAL POTLUCK:  Since we have been doing so many things in new ways, Emily and the youth have come up with a way for ten of us to share a meal. On May 30 they will host a virtual potluck. The way it will work is as follows:
1. Sign-ups will be limited to 10 households (for our first time around): 3 main dishes, 5 sides, 2 desserts. Please make enough for 15 households to get some.
2. Everyone drop off items at the church on Saturday, May 30, curbside at 10:00 a.m. (Youth can pick-up from the homebound.)
3. Youth will divide the food and wrap it in disposable packaging.
4. Come back at 11:30 a.m. for food.
5. Zoom Lunch starts at 12 noon

If you are interested, please contact Emily at emily@tustinpresbyterian.org.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

In these days as we look for encouragement listen to these words from Isaiah 40 describing how great God is:

10  See, the Lord God comes with might
        and his arm rules for him
     his reward is with him,
        and his recompense before him.
11  He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
        he will gather the lambs in his arms,
     and carry them in his bosom,
        and gently lead the mother sheep.
12  Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
        and marked off the heavens with a span,
     enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure,
        and weighed the mountains in scales
        and the hills in a balance?
13   Who has directed the spirit of the Lord,
        or as his counselor has instructed him?
14  Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
        and who taught him the path of justice?
     Who taught him knowledge,
        and showed him the way of understanding?
15  Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
        and are accounted as dust on the scales;
        see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

 

Update – 5/10/2020

Dear TPC Family,

I want to wish all of you a very happy Mother’s Day. I hope you will join me as I take time to thank God for my mother and all of the people in my life that filled that role for me.

This week, there has been continued conversation about bringing our “exile” to an end. While that day is still a little ways off, we have begun to make plans for how we will meet again. I continue to be encouraged by the love and care that exudes from our congregation. I hear the reports of the work that our Deacons and our youth are doing, and to see God provide what we need to do the work we are called to do leaves me with a deep sense of gratitude and awe. This week we will continue to answer the “So What?” question of Easter and ask what difference it will make in our relationship with God.

This week again we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-10_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-10_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP:  This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86266853230?pwd=QXlOQTk0NnFncENQRWNZQksxTjhQUT09 or it can be found at the top of this page.

VIRTUAL POTLUCK:  Since we have been doing so many things in new ways, Emily and the youth have come up with a way for ten of us to share a meal. On May 30 they will host a virtual potluck. The way it will work is as follows:
1. Sign-ups will be limited to 10 households (for our first time around): 3 main dishes, 5 sides, 2 desserts. Please make enough for 15 households to get some.
2. Everyone drop off items at the church on Saturday, May 30, curbside at 10:00 a.m. (Youth can pick-up from the homebound.)
3. Youth will divide the food and wrap it in disposable packaging.
4. Come back at 11:30 a.m. for food.
5. Zoom Lunch starts at 12 noon

If you are interested, please contact Emily at emily@tustinpresbyterian.org.

There are two ways to participate in the offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St, Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

In these days as we look for encouragement, listen to these words from Philippians.

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
       did not regard equality with God
       as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
       taking the form of a slave,
       being born in human likeness.
   And being found in human form,
8       he humbled himself
      and became obedient to the point of death—
      even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
      and gave him the name
      that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
      every knee should bend,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
      that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11 NRSV)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 5/3/2020

Dear TPC Family,

This week there has been conversation about bringing our “exile” to an end. I continue to be encouraged by the love and care that exudes from our congregation. I hear the reports of the work that our Deacons and our youth are doing, and to see God provide what we need to do the work we are called to do leaves me with a deep sense of gratitude and awe. This week we will take on the “So What?” question of Easter. Why did God do all of this. The answer can bring great joy to us. Join us as we celebrate.

This week again we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-03_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 5, to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-05-03_ServiceOrder. This will be followed by the celebration of communion which will include a time for our joys and concerns and the Lord’s Prayer. For this service, please have some form of juice/wine and some bread on hand so that as I lead us through the liturgy, each household can share the elements together. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.)

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71952653967?pwd=UFpieWJ3cU5sMzVwRTJ3THRERDFEdz09 or it can be found at the top of this page. Select the appropriate link to the Coffee Hour to get the required information to join in this time of fellowship.

After this is over, I encourage you to call the people that you did not see during the Zoom coffee time or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be almost as good as being there.

Last week, I mentioned that there are two ways to participate in our offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St, Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

In these days as we look for encouragement, listen to these words from Hebrews. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15‑16 NRSV)

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 4/25/2020

Dear TPC Family,

This week, as we live in this in-between time, we begin looking for clues that will help us find our way forward. We know that there will be an end to our “exile” but we don’t know how to get there. This week Jesus gives Peter the instruction he will need to remain faithful through the decades before him. This instruction will help us as we seek to remain faithful to our Lord. As we walk through these days, let us remind each other that the Risen Christ walks with us and keep our focus on him. Join us as we celebrate.

This week again we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-26_Playlist. Click on the link at 9:30 a.m on Sunday to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-26_ServiceOrder. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – This week, at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75110430966?pwd=OURFTnNBY05JSHIrSVBRL3p1YzR6dz09 or it can be found at the top of this page. Select the appropriate link to the Coffee Hour to get the required information to join in this time of fellowship. I hope to have a treat for you this week.

After this is over, I encourage you to call the people that you did not see on the Zoom coffee time or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be almost as good as being there.

Last week, I mentioned that there are two ways to participate in our offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St, Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who are responding.

The great news of the Easter season is summed up in Paul’s beautiful words in Romans 5, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” As we live in this love, let’s get ready to “Easter Like We Mean It!!!!”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 4/18/2020

Dear TPC Family,

This week, as we live in the glow of Easter, we can begin to experience what the disciples felt. Jesus is risen, now what do we do? The disciples knew that the Good News would change the world, but what were they going to do with it? Living in between can be hard. We know that there will be an end to our “exile” but we don’t know when. As we walk through these days, let us remind each other that the Risen Christ walks with us through them. Join us as we celebrate.

This week we will again not stream via Facebook Live. Instead, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube play list that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order.   Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-19_Playlist.   Click on the link at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers as I lead us through this celebration of the risen Christ. A link to a PDF with the order of worship is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-19_ServiceOrder. There are also links to the worship service recording and to the PDF with the order of worship at the top of this page. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there may be advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – This week at 10:30 a.m., we will again be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join the Easter Coffee Hour this week is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77522512043?pwd=dnBEdktMMHBuL0dXeUtDRFlhTGV0dz09 or it can be found at the top of this page. Select the appropriate link to the Easter Coffee Hour to get the required information to join in this time of fellowship.

After this is over, I encourage you to call the people that you did not see on the Zoom coffee time or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be almost as good as being there.

Last week, I mentioned that there are two ways to participating in our offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St, Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who responded. We will do this again.

The great news of the Easter season is summed up in Paul’s beautiful words in Romans 8, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.”

As we live in this love, let’s get ready to “Easter Like We Mean It!!!!”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 4/11/2020

Dear TPC Family,

Easter Sunday. It is fitting that this day comes at the end of what officials are saying will probably be the worst week of this pandemic in California (and maybe nationally). To walk with Jesus through the dark valley of rejection, torture and death. To grieve with His disciples as he lay in the tomb. Then to rejoice at the news that He is Risen, indeed. That is what this Sunday is all about. God triumphing over evil, hatred and the worst of humanity. Join us as we celebrate.

This week we will not stream via Facebook Live. Instead, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-12_Playlist Click on the link at 9:30AM on Sunday to join us in worship. There will be opportunities for you sing to along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers and affirmations as I lead us through this Easter celebration. An order of worship that you can use to follow along with the video recording is available at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-12_ServiceOrder. There are also links to the worship service recording and to the PDF with the order of worship at the top of this page. NOTE: Because the service is on YouTube, there are two advertisements that pop in, but you may skip them after a few seconds.

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – This week at 10:30 a.m., we will be hosting a Zoom coffee time. The link to join this is found at the top of this page. Select the appropriate link to the Easter Coffee Hour to get the required information to join in this time of fellowship.

After this is over, I encourage you to call the people that you did not see during the Zoom coffee time or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be almost as good as being there.

Last week, I mentioned that there are two ways to participating in our offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St, Tustin, CA 92780) or you can look for the green box at the bottom of the homepage that says “Give Now.” Thank you for all who responded. We will do this again.

The great news of Easter is summed up in Paul’s beautiful words in Romans 8, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

As we live in this love, let’s get ready to “Easter Like We Mean It!!!!”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 4/9/2020

Dear TPC Family,

Maundy Thursday, April 9, is the day we celebrate the night that our Lord celebrated the Passover with His disciples. Each year we have a very moving service that walks us through that night, taking us to the cross with Jesus. We have recorded a version of that service, and Colin Stave has put together a wonderful service that you can access here at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-09_Playlist or at the link above.  An order of worship that you can use to follow along with the video recording is available here at https://bit.ly/TPC_2020-04-09_ServiceOrder or at the link above. The service will include communion, so please have your grape juice/wine and bread handy as I lead us through the liturgy. Because we never end a worship service with Jesus in the tomb, there will be no benediction for this service either, so please join us on Easter Sunday for “The Rest of the Story.”

This week, on Easter Sunday, April 12, we will not stream via Facebook Live. Instead, we have pre-recorded the service and put all of the parts together in a YouTube playlist, like the one for Maundy Thursday, that will allow you to enjoy the music and spoken word in the appropriate order. There will be opportunities for you to sing along with hymns and, as always, join in the prayers and affirmations. The way you find the services is to click on the links above at 9:30 AM on Sunday. I will lead us through this Easter celebration. After the service, Emily Fuentes will be hosting a virtual Coffee Fellowship via Zoom. The link to the fellowship time is shown above as well.

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 4/4/2020

Dear TPC Family,

I pray this finds you well and ready to celebrate with us this week. Palm Sunday! It feels strange not to gather and join the parade as we start this Holy Week. 

Once again, we are being asked to not gather physically for worship. Like last week, I want to invite you to gather with me online for worship. We will stream via Facebook Live from the sanctuary at 9:30 AM on Palm Sunday, April 5. (If you need help getting to Facebook Live, attached you will find a tutorial to help you access the Facebook Live feed.)  I will lead us in a Call to Worship and a prayer of confession. I will read a passage of Scripture and offer a sermon. This will be followed by the celebration of communion which will include a time for our joys and concerns and the Lord’s Prayer. For this service, please have some form of grape juice/wine and some bread on hand so that as I lead us through the liturgy, each household can share the elements together. (If you do not have any grape juice, use some other form of juice. We will celebrate again on Maundy Thursday.) After the stream is over, you can access it later on our website through the Facebook Live link on the Sermons Online page. (The Sermons Online page is available through the link on the homepage or through the Sermons link under the Latest News tab.)

During the service, I will mention that there are two ways to participating in our offering of our tithes and gifts. You can mail them to the church (225 W. Main St, Tustin, CA 92780) or you can go to the website and look for the green box at the bottom of the page that says, “Give Now.”

On Maundy Thursday, April 9, I invite you to come to the website and click on the link to the service we will have posted there. It will include communion, so please have your grape juice/wine and bread handy as I lead us through the liturgy.

Also attached is a PDF file with links to YouTube music that you can use to fill out the worship service. For those of you who are adept on your computer, you can have both files up and play the music and speaking parts in the order that they normally come in our regular service.

After worship is over, I encourage you to call the people that you normally talk with or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be just as good as being there.

Next week, Easter, we will have a link on this webpage to a full service, with the music integrated with liturgy. We will not be on Facebook Live. More information will come next week.

Because these are uncertain times for all of us, I urge you to live into Paul’s great words in Romans 8, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Because of Christ,
Steve Ranney

Update – 3/27/2020

Dear TPC Family,

As we wander through these wilderness-like days, I pray this finds you well.

Once again we are being asked to not gather physically for worship. Like last week, I want to invite you to gather with me online for worship. Once again, we will stream via Facebook Live from the sanctuary at 9:30AM on Sunday, March 29. (If you need help getting to Facebook Live, attached you will find a tutorial to help you access the Facebook Live feed.) I will lead us in a Call to Worship and a prayer of confession. I will read a passage of Scripture and offer a sermon. I will then lead us in a bidding prayer which allows each of us to offer our personal joys and concerns to God. This will be followed by the Lord’s Prayer. After the stream is over, you can access it later on our website through the Facebook Live link on the Sermons Online page. (The Sermons Online page is available through the link on the homepage or through the Sermons link under the Latest News tab.)

Also attached is a PDF file with links to YouTube music that you can use to fill out the worship service. For those of you who are adept on your computer, you can have both files up and play the music and speaking parts in the order that they normally come in our regular service.

After worship is over, I encourage you to call the people that you normally talk with or someone who the Spirit may have brought to mind, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be just as good as being there.

Because these are uncertain times for all of us, I urge you to live into Paul’s great words in Romans 8, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor

Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 3/20/2020

Dear TPC Family,

I am sure you have been following the news around the response to the Corona Virus and know of the restrictions on public gatherings. Please know that just because we can not be physically present doesn’t mean that we are not connected. Because of Jesus, we have been made one family in Christ and it is that connection that can never be broken.

Since we are not allowed to gather physically for worship, I want to invite you to gather with me and each other online for worship. At 9:30 AM, we will stream via Facebook Live from the sanctuary. (If you need help getting to Facebook Live, attached you will find a tutorial to help you access the Facebook Live feed.) I will lead us in a Call to Worship and a prayer of confession. I will read a passage of Scripture and offer a sermon. I will then lead us in a bidding prayer, followed by the Lord’s Prayer. After the stream is over, you can access it later on our website through the Facebook Live link on the Sermons Online page. (The Sermons Online page is available through the link on the homepage or through the Sermons link under the Latest News tab.)

Also attached is a PDF file with links to YouTube music that you can use to fill out the worship service. For those of you who are adept on your computer, you can have both files up and play the music and speaking parts in the order that they normally come in our regular service.

After worship is over, I encourage you to call the people that you normally talk with, just to keep that connection as well. If you do it with a cookie or cup of coffee in your hand, it will be just as good as being there.

These are anxious times for all of us. But as Paul tells us in Romans, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Because of Christ,

Steve Ranney
Pastor
Tustin Presbyterian Church

Update – 3/18/2020

Dear TPC Family

Since we will not be meeting for worship on Sundays, I would like to invite you to join us on Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22 and 29. I will be leading those who join in prayer and offer a sermon. We hope to have some links on our website to appropriate music that you can play over your computer before and after the service. Attached you will find a tutorial to help you access the Facebook Live feed.

In addition to the virtual worship on Sunday, let also encourage you to take some time on Sunday to call people that you would normally talk with at church to check in with them. This will allow us to keep the personal bonds strong.

One other note, since we as a congregation want to do the right thing, we will continue to pay our staff during this time. Most of them will be working from home, but we have set up ways that you can contact the people you need by calling the church. This also means that we will need your continued financial support as we seek to meet our obligations to these special people who share their lives and gifts with us. Mail is one way to give as well as the online giving tab on our website.

I continue to be grateful for the wonderful family that God has brought together here at TPC. I look forward to having you join me via the internet on Sunday.

Steve Ranney
Pastor