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Pray Then in This Way
Lenten Sermon Series
Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
February 23 – April 12

They are ancient words. The average Christian prays them every week in worship, and perhaps you pray them on your own. “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.…” The words roll out with rhythm, like they have been written on our hearts from the beginning of time. They are spoken in every language, sung to many tunes. Yet how often do we pause to consider what those familiar lines hold? What meaning did Jesus impart with each word, each phrase? This Lent at Second Presbyterian Church, we are going to take our time with this prayer. We will break it down, week by week, savoring only each petition one week at a time. It may feel strange to voice this prayer in broken segments, but in so doing, we will more fully embrace the prayer we already love. Join us eight Sundays, beginning February 23, as we look at these familiar and full words anew.

Dates:

  • February 23: Introduction
  • March 1: Our Father, Who Art in Heaven
  • March 8: Hallowed Be Thy Name
  • March 15: Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as It Is in Heaven
  • March 22: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
  • March 29: Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors
  • April 5 (Palm Sunday): Lead Us Not Into Temptation but Deliver Us From Evil
  • April 12 (Easter): The Church’s “Amen”

Noon Lenten Worship
Wednesdays in Lent
February 26 – April 9
Chapel

Join us at noon in the chapel on Wednesdays during Lent for mid-week worship beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 26. Our last noon service during Holy Week will be on Maundy Thursday, April 9.

Dates:

  • February 26 (Ash Wednesday)
    Preacher: Rachel Thompson
    Liturgist: Elizabeth Link
  • March 4
    Preacher: Bill Lee
    Liturgist: George Anderson
  • March 11
    Preacher: David Dickerson
    Liturgist: Rachel Thompson
  • March 18
    Preacher: Donna Britt
    Liturgist: George Anderson
  • March 25
    Preacher: Chad McCain
    Liturgist: Elizabeth Link
  • April 1
    Preacher: Alex Pappas (Trent Symposium Participant)
    Liturgist: George Anderson
  • April 9 (Maundy Thursday)
    Preacher: Carl Utley
    Liturgist: Rachel Thompson

Kairos Worship
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
February 26 – April 1
6:00-6:30 p.m.
Kirk Hall

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 26, we invite you to join us for six opportunities for Wednesday evening worship. Kairos is an ancient Greek word for finding or making space in our lives. It is a word that means “the right or opportune moment,” and has been used over the centuries to describe “God’s time.”

Our Ash Wednesday service will observe the ancient Christian tradition of imposition of ashes. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. On February 26, worshipers will have the opportunity to come forward and receive the imposition of ashes in the shape of a cross on the forehead or hand. This practice serves as a sign of mortality and repentance that has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, these ashes signify purification and sorrow for sins.

We look forward to this time of reflection and worship this Lenten season.

Dates:

  • February 26 (Ash Wednesday)
  • March 4
  • March 11
  • March 18
  • March 25
  • April 1

Kairos Evening Study
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
March 4 – March 25
6:40-7:30 p.m.

What is the church’s relationship with culture? This has been a serious question for the American Church from its beginning. James Davison Hunter, a sociologist, Presbyterian, and author of To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity, suggests three general ways the church has responded to social and political issues. Join Dr. George Anderson for a discussion based on Hunter’s book. To register, contact the church office or email Stacy Moore.

This class will meet for 4 Wednesday evenings following Kairos Worsip:

  • March 4
  • March 11
  • March 18
  • March 25

Second Presbyterian is a vital congregation for people of all ages and circumstances seeking to know, love, and follow Christ.

Second Presbyterian Welcomes You

Are you looking for ways to foster and nurture your family in an ever-changing world? Are you thinking about finding a church home? At Second Presbyterian Church, our friendly staff and congregation strives to care for your family both spiritually and emotionally. This website is designed to ease the transition into the life of our church. Whether you decide to visit or join, we welcome you!

Meet our Pastors

Dr. George C. Anderson

Dr. George C. Anderson

Senior Pastor

Dr. George C. Anderson is the seventh Senior Pastor in the history of Second Presbyterian Church (Roanoke, VA). He began preaching at Second on February 22, 1998. Previously, he had been the Senior Minister at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, and an Associate Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN. He is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Dr. Anderson is involved in every aspect of church life with an emphasis on preaching, teaching, visiting, and staff oversight.

George and his wife, Millie, have three daughters: Paige, Rachel, and Virginia. Virginia became a new mother to daughter Emory on November 1, 2017.

The Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link

The Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link

Associate Pastor for Christian Education

The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in August 2011. She attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where she majored in history and religion: Christian education. Following graduation, she served First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, FL, as Director of Christian education, and subsequently recognized the call to ordained ministry. In 2009, Elizabeth earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Afterwards, she served as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry, at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.

Elizabeth is married to Chris Link, and the two welcomed their first child, Eleanor, in the spring of 2018.

The Reverend Rachel C. Thompson

The Reverend Rachel C. Thompson

Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults

The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson is a 2015 graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she enjoyed the benefits of studying under world class biblical scholars, fell in love with the Reformed tradition, and discerned a call to ministry. Prior to her time at Duke, Rachel did her undergraduate work at Furman University, where she majored in Classics and Sociology. After graduating from seminary, Rachel spent a year working as a chaplain in the Heart Center at Duke University Hospital. She joined the staff at Second Presbyterian in June of 2016. Her parents and younger brother still live and work in her hometown of Arlington, VA.