Dear Friend,

Welcome and greetings to you in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Thank you for visiting the website of Providence Presbyterian Church. We hope this site will be helpful in assisting you concerning who we are, what we believe, where we are located, and other such information to assist you in getting to know us. As much as this website can tell you about the faith and life of our church, it simply can’t begin to explain the rich fellowship of so many different people worshiping together in the presence and power of God’s grace through the life of the resurrected and reigning Jesus Christ.

God has blessed us with a loving and growing congregation. We witness God’s transforming grace while growing together through in-depth Bible teaching and preaching. We refer to our worship service as a “worship celebration” as we have so much to celebrate in regard to our gracious God.

We invite you to browse our site and learn about our vision and our ministries. Whether you live in the Goochland or Louisa area or just plan to visit, we encourage you to come and see what God is doing in our midst.

In Christ’s Grace,

The Session of Providence Presbyterian Church.

Clearing the Rubble

We are coming to learn some interesting things about our new pastor.  On December 7 Pastor Karen let us know that she loves rocks!  She shared with us that insight, and beautiful smooth stones, during her children’s message and sermon that day.  The stones fit with the scripture passage of Mark 1:1-8, in which the gospel writer quotes Isaiah’s messenger in the wilderness, telling the people “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him,” in anticipation of John the Baptist’s message.  Karen talked of the need to remove stones from a path in order to make it straight … and in the same way, we need to clean up the “stones” in our lives of sin, broken relationships, and turning away from God to make way for the coming Christ child.  We brought home Karen’s smooth stones to remind us of the path-straightening work before us.  You can hear Pastor Karen’s sermon — whether for the first time or for an encore — here.

PPC Sermon 12-7-14

Advent Begins!

“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. The four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for collective discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope to Christ’s return. (https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/advent/)

At Providence we begin the season of Advent as many church families do:  with a thanksgiving celebration and decoration of our ancient sanctuary.

Light fixture and tree

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Karen Witt preached on preparing our hearts for Christ’s coming. She urged us to shift our gaze away from our hand-held devices, our worldly pursuits, and to focus instead on making room anew in our hearts for the Christ child. Here is Karen’s sermon. As you listen, prepare your mind for God’s word to refresh your heart this Advent.

PPC Sermon 11-30-14

Experience Your Salvation

Christians often think of salvation as something God bestows on us by His grace.  For example, Paul tells the Thessalonian church, “God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:9.  But what if salvation were not only received but also experienced, as we live life mindful of the blessings we have received from our all-loving, all-powerful Father?  Using the familiar passage from Matthew in which Jesus speaks of separating sheep from goats at the final judgment, Pastor Karen Witt preached this morning about salvation as not only a gift to be received with thankful hearts but also an experience that Christians can share with the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned.  Karen’s wonderful, thought-provoking sermon is here.

PPC Sermon 11-23-14

Taking a Risk with our Talents

Pastor Karen Witt preached this morning (November 16) on the well-known “Parable of the Talents,” known as the “Parable of the Bags of Gold” in some Bible translations.  Matthew 25:14-30.  In Karen’s telling of the parable, the master praises the risk-taking of the servants who doubled his money and are invited to come and share in the master’s happiness.  In contrast, he severely punishes the servant who hid and played it safe with the master’s money; that servant is thrown “outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Likewise, Jesus invites us to take risks with the gifts and blessings God has bestowed on us, to love and to share without fear of frightful consequences.  The benefits of following Jesus – getting to share in our master’s happiness – are beyond imagining.

PPC Sermon 11-16-14

Blessing and Brokenness

Pastor Karen Witt’s sermon on All Saints Sunday meditated on the connection between blessings – as Jesus described them in the Beatitudes – and brokenness, with the Lord’s Supper serving as an important and meaningful bridge.  Karen’s message is an encouragement for all ordinary saints who, despite their sins and failings, God blesses and then sends into the world to share His good news.

PPC Sermon 11-2-14