Please consider sharing the following message and video of encouragement with your pastor, church musicians , staff and volunteer leaders. God bless you all with continued innovation, grace, and peace!

The Sun Will Rise Again is dedicated to people of faith everywhere – pastors, church musicians, staff and volunteers who’ve found new ways of keeping the flame of hope burning and the light of love shining in these uncertain times, and especially to my wonderful family and friends of the Montgomery Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia!

Never lose hope! The sun will rise again!

Grace and peace,

Mark Giuliano

Download high quality version of this song at http://markgiuliano.bandcamp.com

The Sun Will Shine Again, words and music ©2020 Mark Giuliano.

“I AM THE GATE”, said Jesus. By his life and death, Jesus became the point of entry that allowed his followers access to the amazing grace of God and to the abundant life in him. The church is called to keep its shoulder leaned into the doors of the gate so that no one closes what Jesus has opened and to allow all those who seek safety and pasture an opportunity to know God, too!

Check it out now, and then please let share some ways that you’re keeping the gate open in your church, and in your personal life! God bless you with a warm heart, an open mind, a wonder-full imagination, and a mighty faith in Jesus Christ!

Grace and Peace,
Mark

John 10:1-10

 

From Horror to Hope . . .

Posted: March 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

“YOU CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT WITH A HEART FULL OF FEAR”, wrote my former professor, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin of the Riverside Church in New York City, “for fear seeks safety, not truth.”

As a twenty-first century preacher, especially in this remarkable moment of socially isolating pandemic and shelf-clearing global anxiety, the vocation of preacher, as much now as ever before, is to guide people faithfully along the path that leads securely from horror to hope, from fear to faith and, better yet, from fear to love. For it is only love that truly sets us free to hope in ways that are tangible, incredible ways that can affect the miraculous and transformational outcomes of the good news of Jesus Christ in our world today!

I preached “From Horror to Hope” at the Montgomery Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia on Sunday March 29th to a single iPhone 11 on a tripod and in-person crowd of six . . . and to an online gathering of hundreds of good and faithful souls from as near as old Montgomery and downtown historic Savannah to as far away as Canada, Italy, and Tanzania.

In many ways, we who are “sheltered in place” during the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic are like those living in exile during the time of the prophet Ezekiel. We are in the valley of the dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14), and we long for the breath of God to breathe a spirit of hope and a spirit of life into us once again! God’s promise is clear: God has not forgotten us; like the four winds of the earth, God’s spirit is coming!

May God bless us all as our historic community of faith takes on a contemporary global dimension. May God bless us with good health, good spirits, and life sustaining hope!

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano

Live Streaming Sundays at 10:30am direct to Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryPresbyterian/

Throughout the season of Lent, I’m preaching a sermon series called CrossWords: Discover the Power of the Cross. Here’s a blessing we’ll be using at the end of worship on Sunday. You might find it to be a helpful Lenten Blessing for your personal journey through Lent as well.

God bless you all, now and forever,
Mark

Lenten Blessing-2

Be Here Now FC

ARE YOU LIVING IN THE NOW? Here are 3 powerful and life changing blessings that most Americans, even Christians, are missing out on right now. Don’t be one of them! Read the rest of this entry »

Anchor

The 23rd Psalm for those who live on or near the water, and even those who don’t.

While setting up my new office in the U.S. coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, I came across this unique version of the 23rd Psalm by Reverend Ramon F. Reno, Chaplain of the Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown. I’m living close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Savannah River again, and the church I serve, Montgomery Presbyterian, is surrounded by small islands and rivers, and is located in a historic fishing community. This version of King David’s famous Psalm seems more appropriate than ever. If you live on or near water, and even if you don’t, I pray that it is as meaningful for you as it is for me.

The Lord is my Captain, I shall not want.
He makes me sail to pleasant bays,
He anchors me in quiet waters.
He restores my soul.
He guides me in the right sea lanes, for his name’s sake.
Even though I sail through the seas of death
I fear no evil,
For You are with me.
Your chart and Your compass
They comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
In the waters of adversity.
You anoint my head with blessings,
My cup overflows.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life,
And I shall anchor in the harbor of the Lord forever.

– written by the Reverend Ramon F. Reno

 

My last Sunday at the Old Stone Church (the First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland) was incredibly emotional, to say the least. I served, and loved the good folks of Old Stone and the city of Cleveland for over eleven years. They gave Beth and me a wonderfully gracious sendoff with an Italian feast, cake, and speeches. I left them with this final word, my last sermon at the Old Stone Church: Today, We Sailed On. It was a rollicking affair with lots of Amens, shouts and, at various times, clapping and applause. God bless you all!

We ended the service with I Feel the Winds of God Today.

If ever I forget your love
and how that love was shown,
lift high the blood-red flag above;
it bears your name alone.
Great pilot of my onward way,
you wilt not let me drift;
I feel the winds of God today;
today my sail I lift.

Don’t Fumble the Humble!

Posted: November 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALWAYS WITH ME WHEN I PREACH, WHETHER I SENSE ITS PRESENCE OR NOT, but when preaching this particular message on humbleness, I felt the Spirit’s presence upon me in an unusually powerful way. Thank you, Lord!

Read the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14) directed at those who trust only in themselves and then check out Don’t Fumble the Humble.

Are we just using religion as a mask to hide sin, sadness, or loneliness?

DO WE REALLY NEED MORE FAITH? THE CHURCH ALREADY HAS FAITH THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED, NO? Jesus said that with faith like that, we would do amazing things. So what’s keep us grounded? And how do we truly take flight?

Read Luke 17:5-7 and then check out As the 9 Pound Crow Flies!

EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD “PEARLY GATE” LAUGH. Even Jesus had some pearly gate stories, like the one about the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus who trade places in the afterlife. But be forewarned, sometimes Jesus’s humor can pack a punch like an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove. He pokes us with the truth with a rubber sword; it may not draw blood, but it sure cuts to the core.  Jesus’s story about the afterlife has huge implications for how we are living right now! Do we dare to listen? Check it out now.