Posts Tagged ‘downtown’

God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:19


Hanging out with singer-songwriter, Johnny Mercer in Savannah’s Ellis Square.

Dear Friends:

I pray that you are having a restful and restorative summer, and that all is well back at the Old Stone Church and in the great city of Cleveland, Ohio! As you are aware, I’ve been off campus on sabbatical since May 15 experiencing some restorative time of my own. That doesn’t mean I’ve been on vacation, though. In fact, I’ve been very busy doing some of the sorts of things that are reinvigorating my thoughts and my spirit for my ministry among you. Here’s the “dirty” details and more photos! (more…)

A powerful Good Friday Message of honesty and hope from Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano of the Old Stone Church (First Presbyterian Church, Cleveland) in Downtown Cleveland, followed by a haunting solo of “Were You There” and the Offering of Nails. God bless you all this dark Friday.

Thanks Kristen Wunderle and New Day Cleveland (Fox News) for letting the Old Stone Church secret out with such warmth and class!

R. Mark Giuliano
The Old Stone Church

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Welcome to another surprise winter sabbath.

Public Square, Cleveland

Snow days present us with the rare opportunity to do absolutely nothing . . . guilt free.

What are you doing today? I just got off the phone with an old friend in Nashville. “How does it look in Cleveland?” she asked. I kidded, “It looks like a winter wonderland; I wonder why I’m in this land.” But the truth is, I love snow days. After all, I’m in my jeans, sitting by the fire, chatting with an old friend . . .  on a work day. What a joy!

Snow days are one of the great perks of living in the north. They are like a “get out of jail free” card, or playing hooky without the worry of consequences, or staying home sick without actually having to be sick! Snow days are proof that God loves us and that God wants us to chill!

Snow days present us with the rare experience of having a full day, absolutely wide open, and yet not having a single activity planned. For those of us who live downtown in apartments or condos, there isn’t even shoveling to be done. There’s nothing much to do at all, except to gaze out and admire the beauty of it all.

From my window the city looks like a perfect, life-sized snow globe. Our little green trolleys chug their way between snow-capped buildings and frosted trees. The city is washed in a blanket of white. Everything is stunningly quiet for a change.

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.” There is something to be said for these surprise winter sabbaths which freeze us in our tracks, so to speak. Snow days force us to be still, to surrender the anxieties of the pre-planned life, or the stress of our frenetic American pace and remember that we have identities far bigger than the ones imposed by our work or school or even our swollen social calendars.

So I say thank you God for lake effect snow, freezing rain and blinding blasts of wind which keep me under my blanket, sipping tea by the fire while catching-up with old friends on the telephone. Maybe my beloved and I will pop some popcorn and watch something on Netflix tonight. Ahh! Wonderful snow days.

R. Mark Giuliano
The Old Stone Church

Hope is a Light!

What a joy it was to share this message of Christmas hope from the heart of Greater Cleveland on Christmas Eve 2013. Don’t leave the baby Jesus in the manger this year; let God’s light shine through all your thoughts, words and actions. God bless you all!

–  R. Mark Giuliano, The Old Stone Church

Raising Hope and Awareness as we leave November.

This is the place and this is the time
And we are the people that God has in mind
The Door has been open, seek and you’ll find
Give God the glory!
Let your light shine.

This is the place and this is the time
And we are the people that God has inclined
Open up your heart, sweep out your mind
Shout Hallelujah!
It’s time to decide

This is the place and this is the time
And deep in the fire gold is refined
On wings of the eagle our spirits they climb
We’re rising up higher
Into the Light

Words and Music by Mark Giuliano ©2013