Sermons

  • Jim’s Last Sermon - For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed […]
  • 2022 APRIL 24 “The First Day of the Week” -       When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for […]
  • 2022 APRIL 17 Easter - Gospel Reading   Luke 24:1-12 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone […]
  • 2022 APRIL 10 “Open the Gates of Righteousness” - Reading   Psalm 118:19-29   Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous […]
  • 2022 April 3 “I Did Not Hide” - Psalm 32   Page 447  LP 794 1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is […]
  • 2022 March 27 “My Soul Clings to You” - Scripture Reading   Psalm 63:1-8 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary […]
  • 2022 March 20 “Wait for the Lord” - Psalm 27        I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait […]
  • 2022 March 13 “I Will Answer” - Scripture Reading   Psalm 91:14-16      “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer …” […]
  • 2022 January 16 Sermon “Something Out of Nothing” - Can anything ever go wrong at a wedding? Yes! At one wedding the groom fainted, at another the bride’s dress got torn just before the service was to begin. I […]
  • Mission Meeting re-scheduled - Due to the snow conditions today, our Mission meeting scheduled for this evening, Monday, January 17, has been rescheduled to the following week, Monday, January 24, 7 pm at the […]
  • 2022 JAN 2 “A Star That Frightens?” - Scripture Reading   Matthew 2:1-12       In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child […]
  • December 12, 2021 “What Should We Do?” - Luke 3:10-17 There is a question at the heart of this story from Luke’s Gospel. A very important question. The people standing along the bank of the Jordan River ask […]
  • Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, 5:30 PM - Christmas Eve Service of Candlelight and Carols Friday, December 24, 5:30 PM The service on the evening of December 24 begins at 5:30 PM, but we encourage you to arrive […]
  • 2021 NOV 28 “You Are the God of My Salvation” - Scripture    Psalm 25:1-10  To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust;   do not let me be put to shame;  do not let my […]
  • 2021 NOV 21 “This is What a Matthew 25 Church Looks Like” - Scripture                Matthew 25:31-46        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. 32 All the […]
  • 2021 OCT 24 “Be Fruitful and Multiply” - Scripture   Genesis 1:26-31 [NRSV] Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and […]
  • 2021 OCT 17 “Multiply the Fruits of Righteousness” - Scripture    II Corinthians 9:8-12 [NRSV]   “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly […]
  • 2021 October 10 “What Have You Got?” - Scripture          II Kings 4:1-7      Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know […]
  • 2021 October 3 “Multiplication” - Scripture   John 6:1-14    After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they […]
  • September 20 Bible Study - The Text – John 6:1-14       6 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, […]
  • 2021 Sept 19 “A Harvest of Righteousness and Peace” - Scripture    James 3:13-18   Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter […]
  • 2021 SEPT 12 “What Are We Doing?” - Scripture    James 2:14-18 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15 If a brother or sister […]
  • 2021 September 5 “First Fruits” - Scripture    James 1:17-27          17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow […]
  • 2021 August 29 “Remembering Ephesians” - Scripture   “This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the […]
  • 2021 August 22 “Shields Up!” - Scripture   Ephesians 6:10-17 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to […]
  • 2021 August 8 “Extravagance” - Scripture   Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 “Christ’s love was not cautious, but extravagant” Message    ”Extravagance”    Rev. James Renfrew “Christ’s love was not cautious, but extravagant”.  The Sunday message is all […]
  • 2021 AUGUST 1 “Pouring” - Scripture   Ephesians 4:1-7   In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you […]
  • 2021 June 27 “The Acceptable Time” - Scripture   II Corinthians 6:1-13   As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time […]
  • 2021 July 4 “Fiddlin’ for Freedom” - Scripture   Isaiah 38:1-20  A story about how Hezekiah the King became sick, how Isaiah the prophet spoke to him, and how Hezekiah sang a song of thanksgiving when he […]
  • 2021 July 11 “There is a Plan” - Scripture   Ephesians 1:3-13 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as […]
  • 2021 July 18 “Outsiders and Insiders” - Scripture   Ephesians 2:11-22   The Message       11-13 But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of […]
  • 2021 July 25 “Reach Out!” - Ephesians 3:14-21   Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be […]
  • 2021 June 20 “From Now On” - Scripture   II Corinthians 5:14-21  For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, […]
  • 2021 JUNE 6 “Jars of Clay” - Scripture   II Corinthians 4:5-12 (The Message)  5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. […]
  • 2021 MAY 30 “Here I Am, Send me” - Scripture   Isaiah 6:1-8  In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple. 2 Around […]
  • 2021 MAY 23 “There Was a Sound … of Rattling” - Scripture   Ezekiel 37:4-14    “There Was a Sound …”  (The Message) 1-2 God grabbed me. God’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. […]
  • 2020 August 2 “Discipleship, Reconsidered” - Scripture     Acts 2:42-47  A Day in the life of the first Christians: 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe […]
  • 2020 July 26 “Treasure” - Scripture     Matthew 13:44  (Today’s English Version) “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and […]
  • 2020 July 19 “All the Same to You” - Scripture     Psalm 139:1-12,23-24 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when […]
  • 2020 July 12 “Put Me Back Together Again” - Psalm 119:105-112 (The Message) By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.  I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn […]
  • 2020 July 3 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT RE-OPENING - Byron Presbyterian Church 6293 West Main (PO Box 206) Byron, NY 14422-0206 585-548-2800 James R. Renfrew, Pastor Shannon Thompson, Clerk of Session July 3, 2020 “When they said, ‘Let’s go […]
  • 2020 July 5 “God’s Dominion Endures” - Scripture                Psalm 145:8-14 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. […]
  • 2020 June 28 “How Long, O Lord?” - Scripture                Psalm 13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I bear pain in my […]
  • 2020 June 21 “Living the Life” - Scripture    Romans 6:1-11 What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin […]
  • 2020 June 14 “Harvest Hands” - Scripture    Matthew 9:35 – 10:4             Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, […]
  • 2020 May 3 “Living Stones” - I Peter 2:4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a […]
  • 2020 April 19 “Hope That Lives” - Scripture Reading I Peter 1:3-9   “The Message” What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised […]
  • 2020 April 12 Easter “Were You There?” - On-Line Easter Service:  “Were You There?” Texts for the Day:  John 19:40-42, 20:1-18 Pastor Dave Fish of North Bergen Presbyterian Church also shared his message during the sermon time.  What […]
  • 2020 APRIL 5 “Palm Sunday Without A Parade?” - Scripture Reading    Isaiah 62:10-12 Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an […]
  • 2020 March 22 “The Basics” - Welcome to Byron Presbyterian Church “on-Line”.  We are also joined by our neighbors and friends at the North Bergen Presbyterian Church with their Pastor Dave Fish. As we get more […]
  • 2020 March 15 “Communion Conversation” - Note: this was our last service before services were cancelled due to the Corona Virus.  Services are now at 9:30 AM on-line.  Contact the church office for information on how […]
  • 2020 FEBRUARY 23 “STROKE OF A LETTER” - MESSAGE        “The Stroke of a Letter”              Rev. James Renfrew Can you think of a law that you have to be aware of every single day of your life?  Stop […]
  • 2020 MARCH 1 “What Are Your Intentions?” - SCRIPTURE READING           John 4:1-47 (The Message)  Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee. To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a […]
  • 2020 MARCH 8 “LOOK OUT!” - SCRIPTURE READING           Matthew 25:31-46  The Message 31-33 “When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious […]
  • 2020 MARCH 14: IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT MARCH 15 SUNDAY SERVICE - First Presbyterian Church of Byron IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING COVID-19 VIRUS   Dear Members and Friends,   As you are no doubt aware, the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, and we […]
  • 2019 FEB 16 “Lamp Stand” -             INVITATION TO THE TABLE  Friends from near and far, come to the table of Jesus Christ! You are all invited!  Where is this table?  Where […]
  • FEB 9 2019 “Dig Deeper, Go Further” - SCRIPTURE READING         Matthew 5:1-12 “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he sat down his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and […]
  • FEB 5 “What Does the Lord Require of You?” - SCRIPTURE READING         Micah 6:1-8 Hear what the Lord says:  Rise, plead your case before the mountains and let the hills hear your voice.  Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the […]
  • JAN 26 “What God is About to Do” - SCRIPTURE READING         Isaiah 43:15-21 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the […]
  • JAN 19 “Light to the Nations” - SCRIPTURE READING         Isaiah 49:1-7       Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb […]
  • OCT 20 “What Are You Looking For?” - SCRIPTURE READING  Matthew 13:44  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that […]
  • OCT 27 “What Have You Found?” - SCRIPTURE READING   Matthew 13:45-46  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;  on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all […]
  • NOV 3 2019 “RSVP” - SCRIPTURE  Luke 14:15-24  “Someone gave a great dinner …” One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom […]
  • OCT 13 2019 “We Are Rising!” - SCRIPTURE (THE MESSAGE)  “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman works into the dough for dozens of loaves of bread – and waits while the dough rises”  […]
  • Turkey Supper, Sunday, October 20, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM - Turkey Supper with all the fixin’s Sunday, October 20 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Once again, our dedicated volunteers are planning the best meal in Byron, and maybe all of […]
  • Bible Study, Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 PM - October 22 Bible Study I’ve been watching the eight-part Country Music series by Ken Burns on PBS this past week. In one scene, a women being interviewed described her reaction […]
  • September 1 2019 “Ethics, Etiquette, Everyone” - SCRIPTURE READING         Luke 14:1,7-14 On one occasion when Jesus[a] was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him […]
  • September 8 2019 “Taking on the Impossible” - SCRIPTURE READING         Luke 14:25-33 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them,  “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and […]
  • September 15 2019 “Lost, Missing, Forgotten” - SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 15:1-10   Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes […]
  • September 22 2019 “Who Ya Gonna Serve?” - SCRIPTURE READING   Luke 16:1-13   Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his […]
  • September 29 2019 “Po’ Laz’rus” - OPENING THEME In the Bible readings of the last month we have been presented with some stark choices about ourselves:  Do we want to be “Lost or Found”? Do we […]
  • 2019 MAR 31 “Hey There!” - THE WORD  Isaiah 55:1-9 (The Message)  “Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water!  Are you penniless?   Come anyway—buy and eat!  Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and […]
  • 2019 APR 7 “Repair the Breach” - THE WORD   John 12:1-8   Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. […]
  • 2019 APR 14 “Exaltation & Humiliation” - THE WORD    Psalm 2:5-11   Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.” […]
  • 2019 APR 21 “Supposing” - THE WORD    John 20:1-18       Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been […]
  • 2019 APR 28 “A Quieter Pentecost” - THE WORD    John 20:19-31       When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were […]
  • 2018 DEC 2 “Mountains & Valleys” - THE WORD    I Thessalonians 3:9-13  And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. […]
  • 2018 NOV 25 “Omega” - CALL TO WORSHIP  Who’s that writin’?   John the Revelator Tell me who’s that writin’?  John the Revelator Tell me who’s that writin’?  John the Revelator Wrote the book of the […]
  • 2018 NOV 18 “Next Steps on the Walk” (200th Anniversary Service) - THE WORD               What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:6-8   MESSAGE       “Next […]
  • 2018 NOV 4 “Restoration” - THE WORD               Psalm 126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; […]
  • 2018 OCT 18 “Exclamation Point” - THE WORD!              Psalm 146! Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life […]
  • 2018 OCT 21 “Anticipation” - THE WORD    Psalm 139:1-12,23-24 O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far […]
  • 2018 OCT 14 “God Has Remembered” - THE WORD               Psalm 98:4-9 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the […]
  • 2018 OCT 7 “Good and Pleasant” - Psalm 133   How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!  It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on […]
  • 2018 SEPT 30 - THE WORD     Mark 10:13-16 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, […]
  • 2018 September 16 “The World is Tipping” - THE WORD  Mark 8:27-38 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I […]
  • 2018 September 9 “The Secret Revealed” - THE WORD  Mark 7:24-37 From there [Jesus] set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was […]
  • 2018 September 2 “Just Do It!” - THE WORD  James 1:17-27 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or […]
  • 2018 AUG 19 “Be Careful!” - CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE   “Have you ever been foolish?” Have you ever done anything foolish?  I can think of a lot of foolish things that I’ve done.  I played hockey on very […]
  • 2018 AUG 12 “Put It Away!” - THE WORD  Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2  So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but […]
  • 2018 August 5 “One” - THE WORD  Ephesians 4:1-16   I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and […]
  • 2018 July 29 “Let’s Clap!” - THE WORD  Isaiah 55:10-12   For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth […]
  • 2018 July 22 “The Distance” - INTRODUCTION Welcome to worship this morning. We are so glad that you are here.  Please note that we are featuring first class and second class seating for the first time.  […]
  • 2018 JUL 15 “The Mystery” - THE WORD  Ephesians 3:1-14 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles–  for surely you have already heard of […]
  • 2018 July 8 “The Weakness” - THE WORD  II Corinthians 12:2-10   2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body […]
  • 2018 June 24 “The Acceptable Time” - TIME FOR THE WORD        II Corinthians 6:1-13     As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “At an acceptable […]
  • 2018 JULY 1 “The Trade” - II Corinthians 8:7-15    Now as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you –so we want you to excel […]
  • 2018 June 17 “The Jar” - SCRIPTURE   II Corinthians 4:5-12     5 For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the […]
  • 2018 June 10 “The Letter” - SCRIPTURE   II Corinthians 3:1-6    Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Surely we do not need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we?  You […]
  • 2018 JUNE 3 “Everyone Welcome at Levi’s House” - CHILDREN’S SUNDAY – INVITATION TO THE PARTY Good morning!  Who’s ready to go with me to Levi’s house!  There’s going to be a big party there and we’re all invited!  Come […]
  • 200th Anniversary Party on Sunday June 3rd - 200 Years in Byron! Help us celebrate on Sunday, June 3, 11AM – 2PM on the church lawn Free food and drink, lawn games for all ages, wagon rides, and […]
  • 2018 MAY 13 “Restoration” - SCRIPTURE READING         Acts 1:15-17,21-26 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be […]
  • 2018 MAY 20 “Pouring” - SCRIPTURE   Acts 2   I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old […]
  • 2018 MAY 27 “Your Family” - SCRIPTURE   Romans 8:12-17  So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you live according to the flesh, you […]
  • 2018 MAY 6 Burden or Joy? - SCRIPTURE READING         I John 5:1-6 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.  By this we […]
  • 2018 April 29 Connections -  Scripture:  John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit […]
  • Saturday, April 28 Neighborhood Mission Day - On Saturday, April 28, the Byron Presbyterian Church is joining other presbyterian churches in Genesee County for a Neighborhood Mission Day in Batavia, beginning at 9:00AM. Meeting at the Batavia […]
  • 2018 April 15 “The Obvious is Hidden” - Luke 24:13-35 COMMUNION REFLECTIONS     “The Obvious is Hidden” I was listening to music yesterday on the XM Radio.  On XM you can pick one music group and listen to all […]
  • 2018 MARCH 25 Palm Sunday Message - SCRIPTURE   Mark 14:1-11 It was now two days before the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread.  The chief priests and the teachers of the Law were looking for a way […]
  • 2018 APRIL 1 Easter Sunday Message - Scripture:  Mark 16:1-8(9-20)        THE ORIGINAL ENDING When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go […]
  • Bible Study Invitation – Tuesday, MAR 27, 7:00 PM - Our monthly Bible Study usually meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, so the next opportunity is Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 PM at the Byron Presbyterian Church. Our text […]
  • 2018 MAR 18 “Dead & Buried” - John 12:20-26 The Message    There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee:      “Sir, […]
  • March 11 2018 “What Do You Love?” - SCRIPTURE   John 3:14-21  And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have […]
  • 2018 MAR 4 “This and That” - SCRIPTURE   John 2:13-22 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money hangers […]
  • 2018 FEB 18 “Wild Beasts” - SCRIPTURE   Mark 1:12-15  And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts, […]
  • 2018 FEB 25 “What to Say?” - SCRIPTURE   Mark 8:31-38 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, […]
  • 2018 FEB 11 “Secret Messiah” - SCRIPTURE   Mark 1:40-45   A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out […]
  • 2018 FEB 4 “Searching” - SCRIPTURE   Mark 1:29-39   As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a […]
  • We made the news! - Check out this nice article about our 200th anniversary.
  • 200th Anniversary Year – Important Dates and Activities - 2018 is the 200th year of ministry and mission at the Byron Presbyterian Church.  Here are some of the special events and projects that are happening.  We hope you can […]
  • 2018 January 28 “Time to Clean Up This Mess!” - SCRIPTURE   They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, […]
  • 2018 January 21 “Our Agenda” - SCRIPTURE   Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and […]
  • 2018 January 14 “I Saw You” - SCRIPTURE  The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. […]
  • 2018 January 7 “Heavens Opened” - SCRIPTURE   Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.  John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and […]
  • February 5 2017 “Lift Your Lamp” - Matthew 5:14-16   “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, […]
  • February 19 2017 “What You Have Heard” (part 2) - Matthew  5:38-47  (Responsive) Listen to the teaching of Jesus!  “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say […]
  • February 26 2017 “Got Worries?” - Matthew  6:25-34     Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is […]
  • March 5 2017 - Matthew  4:1-11 Narrator:            The Spirit leads Jesus out into the desert to focus his resolve for the journey ahead of him.  He went without food for forty days and […]
  • March 12 2017 “Need a Lift?” -  John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you […]
  • March 19 2017 “Give Me a Drink” - John 4:5-30    “The Woman at the Well” 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. […]
  • JAN 29 “What Disciples Do” - Matthew 5:1-12 “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he sat down his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and taught them, […]
  • JAN 22 “As Jesus Walked By” - Matthew 4:18-22   As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea–for they […]
  • JAN 15 “What Are You Looking For?” - SCRIPTURE READING            John 1:35-50 35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here […]
  • JAN 8 “Here He Comes!” - SCRIPTURE READING   Isaiah 42:1-9  “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen in whom my soul delights;  I have put my Spirit upon him;  he will bring forth justice […]
  • DEC 11 2016 “Not Later, Right Now” - SCRIPTURE  James 5:7-10 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives […]
  • DEC 18 A different kind of children’s Christmas pageant - Over the years we have faithfully gathered our children, handed out costumes, practiced scripts, and enjoyed the beautiful presentation of the Christmas story.  This year we are doing it a […]
  • DEC 4 Sermon “Harmony” - SCRIPTURE   Romans 15:4-13   “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with […]
  • NOV 27 2016 Sermon “Wake Up!” - SCRIPTURE     Romans 13:11-14     “Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us […]
  • May 8, 2016 “Where Is Macedonia” - SCRIPTURE   Acts 16:9-15 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”   When he […]
  • May 15, 2016 “The Spark” - SCRIPTURE:  Acts 2:1-42 MESSAGE    “The Spark” Pentecost Sunday is always a lot of fun, with bright red, yellow and orange colors, a happy confusion of different languages, and imaginary tongues […]
  • May 22 2016 “What I See” - SCRIPTURE READING   Psalm 8      To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.  O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You […]
  • APR 17 “Restoring Your Soul” - READING    Psalm 23           “The Lord is My Shepherd”      The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside […]
  • APR 10 2016 “After These Things …” - READING   John 21:1-19 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.  Gathered there together were Simon Peter, […]
  • April Church Events - Tuesday, April 12 Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry.  Doors open 5-7 PM, Volunteers needed at 4:00 PM.  We host this event four times each year.  In February we served 326 adults […]
  • April 3 2016 “Who Finds Who?” - John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear […]
  • March 27 2016 “He Is Not Here” - Luke 24:1-12   But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled […]
  • March 20 Palm Sunday “Building That House of Prayer” - READING  Luke 19:28-48 [Jesus] he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent […]
  • March 13 “Mary & Judas” - SCRIPTURE READING     John 12:1-8 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner […]
  • March 6 2016 “Celebrate & Rejoice” - Luke 15:1-2      Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus]. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes […]
  • FEB 28 “Cut It Down!” - Luke 13:5-9      Then Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So […]
  • Sermon Teasers for Feb. 21, 2016 - Rev. Val Fowler guest preacher. Teaser #1   Genesis 15:1-12,17-18   Have you ever received a PROMISE from God? Was it words or a feeling?  How did you know it […]
  • FEB 7 2016 “Break Time” - Luke 5:1-11 NRSV Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two […]
  • JAN 31 “… and the Reality” - SCRIPTURE            Luke 4:21-31    “Filled With Rage” And (Jesus) rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were […]
  • JAN 17 “Running on Empty” - James R. Renfrew, Teaching Elder SCRIPTURE            John 2:1-11       “The Wedding at Cana” On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus […]
  • JAN 24 Sermon “The Hope …” - James R. Renfrew, Teaching Elder Luke 4:14-21   Jesus Reads the Scroll of Isaiah The Scroll Quiz (multiple answers are possible) 1.  Which prophet’s scroll did Jesus read in the […]
  • JAN 20 Invitation for New Members - Dear Friends, We invite you to a special gathering on Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 PM, at the church to consider becoming a member of our church. Most of those receiving […]
  • January 3 “The Beginning, Your Beginning” - John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things came into […]
  • DEC 24 Christmas Eve “A Righteous Man and a Favored Woman” - MESSAGE    “The Favored Woman and the Righteous Man”  Rev. James R. Renfrew, Teaching Elder        In a world filled with so many daily challenges, with shootings, bombings, religious […]
  • December 2 – Foodlink Mobile Pantry - We could use help from volunteers at our Foodlink Mobile Pantry on Wednesday, December 2nd.  A large truck from Foodlink will need to be unloaded, and then folks to assist […]
  • November 29 The Presbyterian Advent Agenda - I Thessalonians 3:9-13:  9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray […]
  • November 1 “Getting Closer” - Mark 12:28-31   One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first […]
  • November 8 “The Most Amazing Bible Miracle of All” - Mark 12:38-44   As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,  and to […]
  • November 22 The Two Places - John 18:33-37   Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or […]
  • OCT 25 “No Longer Anonymous” - SCRIPTURE READING They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.  […]
  • OCT 18 “Better Together” - SCRIPTURE READING  James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  […]
  • OCT 11 Annual Stewardship Appeal - Here you will find the contents of the 2016 Stewardship Appeal to the congregation, as presented on October 11th.  The Estimate of Giving form is found at the end of […]
  • SEP 27 “Belonging” - SCRIPTURE People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.  But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant […]
  • OCT 4 “We’re All Here” - SCRIPTURE READING         Acts 16:19b-34      About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, […]
  • OCT 11 “Looking at Him, Looking at You” - SCRIPTURE READING           Mark 10:17-31 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to […]
  • SEP 13 “Who Is He?” - SCRIPTURE READING         Mark 8:27-38       Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say […]
  • AUG 30 2015 Ephesians Checklist, Rev. James R. Renfrew - SCRIPTURE READING          Letter to the Ephesians 4:22-5:2    22 You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23 […]
  • AUG 23 2015 “The U in Unity” - Ephesians:4:1-16 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with […]
  • AUG 16 2015 “Dimensions, Ephesians 3:14-21 - SCRIPTURE READING            Letter to the Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes […]
  • June 22 2015 “Growth Forces” - SCRIPTURE READING    Mark 4:26-29      Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, […]
  • July 12 2015 “2, 4, 8, 16” - SCRIPTURE READING       Mark 6:7-13     “Then he went about among the villages teaching.  He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority […]
  • July 26 2015 The Leaves on the Trees - SCRIPTURE READING             Revelation 22:1-5 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through […]
  • May 10 “Ten Tips for Conquering the World” - I John 5:1-6    On Monday I was feeling pretty good about my sermon topic – “Ten Tips for Conquering the World”.  I figured that all of you would be […]
  • “God is Love” MAY 3 2015 - I John 4:7-21 There it is, in the first letter of John, as plain as day, “God is Love”.  There’s no surprise about it, you may have heard it hundreds, […]
  • April 19, 2015 “Move It!” - Can anyone here name all of the books of the New Testament? Let’s see if we can do it: Matthew                      Romans                         Hebrews Mark                            I Corinthians                James Luke                             II Corinthians              I […]
  • Expectations – Apr. 13, 2015 – David Fish - April 13, 2015 Sermon Byron New York Expectations It has been about a month since I last preached to you. There certainly has been a lot happening in our Biblical […]
  • April 5, 2015 Easter “Something New” - Scripture Reading                Revelation 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no […]
  • March 29 2015, The Things That Make for Peace - “The Things That Make for Peace” Luke 19:41-47  Ruling Elder Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission & Education Teaching Elder James R. Renfrew, Pastor Palm Sunday.  Some of us have heard […]
  • March 22 “Picturing Jesus” - John 12:20-33      “Sir, we want to see Jesus.  Can you help us?” (John 12:21)  That’s how our story begins.  “We want to see Jesus”. Close your eyes for a […]
  • David Fish March 15 - David Fish                            March 15, 2015   Do you have a favorite chair? Or a favorite spot on the couch. You know what I mean […]
  • March 8, 2015 “In 3 Days” - Message                 “After Three Days”     Rev. James R. Renfrew Mark 8:31-38 “It is necessary that the Son of Man … be killed and after three days rise up alive.”    After Jesus […]
  • March 1, 2015 “After 3 Days” - Message                 “After Three Days”     Rev. James R. Renfrew Mark 8:31-38 “It is necessary that the Son of Man … be killed and after three days rise up alive.”    After Jesus […]
  • February 22, 2015 “Either, or Both” - February 22, 2015 MESSAGE    “Either, or Both”                    Rev. James Renfrew Mark 2:1-12 I love this story!  I think it’s one of the earliest Bible stories I ever heard.  Or […]
  • Feb 15 sermon – David Fish - If you are like me by now you have cabin fever. I certainly do. I don’t have to recreate the feeling of going outside. One morning I walked outside because […]
  • Jan 18, 2015 – Ephesians 3 1-13 David Fish - I grew up in the town of gates, I am sure you all have been there. It’s a small but busy town; the traffic is quite congested at times. Well […]