Who is Blessed?

A crowd is assembled, listening to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in this painting by Karoly Ferenczy (

"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11–12)

We often take comfort in the words that begin Jesus' Sermon on the Mount when we are going through a personally challenging time. When we are struggling financially, we may take comfort that the "poor in spirit" are blessed. When we lose a loved one, we take comfort that God will bless "those who mourn."

What we miss from these words of blessing and comfort is that they're far more challenging than we would like to admit. Jesus is doing much more in this sermon than comforting the afflicted. He's challenging those of us who are comfortable!

In her sermon this week, Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler invites us to consider the challenging message of discipleship contained in these verses from Matthew 5.

What is this text challenging us to do? Listen to this week's sermon below or forward this email to share it with a friend! You can also view the archived live worship stream on our Facebook Page.

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We are saddened to share that Kim Carfagna passed away on Saturday, February 1st at the age of 70. 

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4–8pm at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home in Weirton, where the funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday.

Rev. Dr. Christina Hosler will preside. You can read more in the obituary:
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Love takes many forms: the love between friends, between family members, between those in the covenant of marriage or dating relationships, and most importantly, the love that our God has for us.

Whether you're single, dating, married, or going through heartbreak or loss, come out for a night of good food, fellowship, and music with your friends at Paris Presbyterian Church.

Next Sunday's Sermon

"The Gift of Public Witness"

Matthew 5:1-12

Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

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Go & Grow!

Our leadership created a new mission statement at this year's retreat: "Going in Service, Growing in Faith." What does it mean for you? We're asking everyone to do TWO things.
  1. Thing One: Go in Service. Do something to support a ministry in the church through your time and talents.
  2. Thing Two: Grow in Faith. Join or continue in a small group that will help you draw closer to God.
Are you still looking for inspiration for your "two things?" In the coming weeks, we'll have more information on existing small groups, new groups, and service opportunities!
In the next few months, you'll be receiving an invitation to Brunch with the Pastor on a Saturday morning. This will be an opportunity to meet some other members of the church and spend some time with Rev. Tina and our leaders. We will be doing this in small groups to allow more intimate conversations.
We have a limited number of tickets for a showing of "Jesus" at the Cinemark in Robinson Township. Contact Judy or Joel at the office to secure your spot.
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