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 Pastor Graham Robinson

Welcome to Aston Presbyterian Church!

 

I am a husband, dad, educator, Villanova fan, and pastor who has finally returned home. I grew up in the area, but school, work and ministry brought me to Bucknell, Northern Virginia, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and then back to Philadelphia.

It’s good to be home and serve Aston Presbyterian Church.  I am thankful for the openness, commitment, and “can do” spirit of the people at Aston Presbyterian.   This church’s spirituality and openness encourage me to portray biblical characters in worship, pray often, study scripture, meet people wherever they are on their spiritual journey, and discover new ways to serve those in need.

As for my political beliefs: Jim’s Steaks are better than Pat’s or Gino’s, and I can’t help myself from following the twists and turns of this election year.

Today I am excited about friends in ministry committing to Stop Hunger Now and Lifetree Cafe.  I enjoy good books and movies.  Presently, I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my 16 year old son, Genesis by Walter Brueggemann, and Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp.

If you are interested in any of the above, or if you think that Gino’s or Pat’s cheesesteaks are better than Jim’s, then I hope you will join us for worship.  You will discover a people and pastor that love Christ and neighbor, and we will set you straight with regards to Pat’s, Gino’s, and Jim’s.

Yours in Christ, Graham

PS If you are interested in how I express my faith, please read a part of my Statement of Faith titled This I Believe (attached).

Excerpts from THIS I BELIEVE by Pastor Graham

CREATION and SIN

In the beginning was the Word.  God spoke, galaxies were born,

dust adhered to dust, the Spirit breathed, and God gave us light amidst the darkness, and new life was born.

Sin caressed Imago Dei, order unraveled to mayhem,

and God’s tears of regret drowned the world.

Tears of regret turned to rays of remembrance.

Ark became rainbow, wrath melted into mercy,

and now a bow shines like a “sacrament in the sky” revealing God’s covenant.

God calls a people to be a blessing.

Laughter is born, a brother is betrayed,

and God transforms ugly intent into something good.

 

JESUS CHRIST

God appears in swaddling clothes to save humanity from our addiction to sin.   A savior is born to a “Let it be” teen and a man whose only possession is honor.

Cradle, cross, stable, nails, manger, tomb…

A lullaby beginning – ends in cold, dark death;

but God’s grace prevails.

Now an empty tomb nourishes our hope-starved lives and God’s love nurses us like a mother who would give her very life to save her child (i.e. the world).

 

GOING FORWARD

The lifeless body of Christ hung on the cross.

Bruised      Dead       Buried

But the heartbeat of God can not remain silent.

The drumbeat of the universe reverberates and resurrection happens.

The body of Christ presses on – praying for justice, singing with joy, walking with peace – loving and limping with the tendons of Christ exposed.  AMEN