Perspective on Stewardship

Abounding in Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

For all of us, hope, trust, and discipline complement one another. These were instilled into me by my parents and my father’s mother. These attributes were further reinforced by my wife after we got married.

I was brought up as a Lutheran, and I came to Shadyside Presbyterian Church (SPC) three weeks after my arrival in the United States, and then Pittsburgh, in August of 1963. The SPC ministers, staff, and congregation made me feel immediately at home. A similar welcome was extended to my wife. Both of our children were baptized at SPC, both of them were married here, and our granddaughter was also baptized at SPC.

Helga and I, as grandparents, continue our membership here, as the “younger” generations live much farther away, but their spirits are always at home. We are very thankful for the continuing expressions of love. In the last two years, we also received lots of support from the SPC staff and congregation, providing for our lasting hope, another beacon in our lives.

Contributed by Peter J. Freymark, with Helga G. Freymark

Rev. Jean-Luc Krieg to Preach Oct. 14

Rev. Jean-Luc Krieg, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Mosaic in Mexico City
Rev. Jean-Luc Krieg
Welcoming Rev. Krieg on His Return to Shadyside

On Sunday, October 14, the Reverend Jean-Luc Krieg will preach during the service of worship at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Later, he will speak during dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. on the topic, “Why Cities? From Fear-based Interventions to Sustainable Solutions.” Please join us in welcoming him as he returns to visit Shadyside.

About Rev. Krieg

The Reverend Jean-Luc Krieg, born and raised in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and of Swiss-German descent, is founder and executive director of Urban Mosaic. Previously, he was field coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean with Geneva Global, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based philanthropic investment firm. In that position, Jean-Luc supervised a research team and served as a consultant to dozens of non-profit organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia, in the design of development and entrepreneurial strategies that produced significant economic, social, spiritual, and environmental returns.

An ordained minister, Jean-Luc holds both a Master of Business Administration degree in international economic development and a Master of Divinity degree from Philadelphia-based Eastern University and Palmer Seminary. Since April 1991, Jean-Luc has long nurtured an interest in working among Mexico City’s urban poor. Twice he lived in Mexico—in 1993 and 1995/96—before finally returning to Mexico in 2005 to pursue his vision of founding Urban Mosaic. Rev. Krieg has traveled to close to fifty countries and enjoys bridging worlds.

Perspective on Stewardship

Abounding in Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Hope. What is our reason for hope? Is it not Christ alone? Dear ones, we have been given so much hope – we have been given the very gift of Christ Himself, the hope of glory who dwells within us (Colossians 1:27). Where, O death, is thy victory? Where, O death, is thy sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55). The grave cannot keep us. And if the grave cannot keep us, then what a life we have to live! Are we living, friends? Are we living to please God? Are we available to be used by Him – not in a striving manner, where we seek to check off a box, but rather in a manner that seeks to lay down our lives in humble obedience in order to take up His call? What adventure is calling! In whatever circumstance or life situation you find yourself, you have the opportunity to respond to His call this day. Smith Wigglesworth said it best when he noted, “God does not call those who are equipped, He equips those whom He has called.” What is He calling you to do this day? Answer His call, dear friends.

Contributed by Elder Krissy K. Moehling

Shadyside’s Reuter Organ Showcased in Short Film

Carnegie Mellon University Features Instrument in Video with Guest Organist Dr. Anthony Rollett

During worship on Sunday, August 5, we welcomed Dr. Anthony Rollett as our guest organist. Dr. Rollett is a British materials scientist and engineer currently at Carnegie Mellon University and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. CMU’s College of Engineering produced a video to highlight Dr. Rollett’s music avocation, using the Shadyside Presbyterian Church sanctuary as the setting and our magnificent 106-rank Reuter organ for the instrument. We hope you’ll enjoy this fascinating featurette, which was produced by Elder John Baldridge, who works with the Dean’s Office of the CMU College of Engineering.

Watch the video.

Learn more about Music Ministry at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Learn more about the Reuter Organ at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Dr. Beverly James to Preach August 5

Rev. Dr. Beverly W. James
Rev. Dr. Beverly W. James
Welcoming Dr. James on Her Return to Shadyside

On Sunday, August 5, the Reverend Dr. Beverly W. James will preach during the service of worship at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Please join us in welcoming her as she returns to Shadyside’s pulpit.

About Dr. James

The Reverend Dr. Beverly W. James serves as Associate Minister to the Pittsburgh Presbytery, where she works with more than sixty congregations in the East and South Branches of Pittsburgh Presbytery, including ours. A Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church for thirty-seven years, Beverly began her service as a Volunteer in Mission in Thailand teaching English as a second language five years before she entered the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. During her seminary studies, she interned among us at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Previously, Dr. James has served many churches as Interim Pastor and has a strong commitment to assisting churches and pastors in times of transition. In addition, she has taught as adjunct faculty at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the University of Pittsburgh, and La Roche College.

Beverly earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in English from Carnegie Mellon University, and an A.B. in English from Brown University.

John Walker Returns to Shadyside

Dr. John C. Walker
Dr. John C. Walker
Welcoming John Walker on His Return to Shadyside

Shadyside Presbyterian Church welcomes Dr. John C. Walker as our guest organist during worship on Sunday, July 29, at 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Walker served as the Minister of Music at Shadyside Presbyterian Church from 1992 to 2004. Following his tenure at Shadyside, Dr. Walker went to Baltimore, where he served as the Minister of Music at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Professor of Organ at the Peabody Institute of Music. Please join us in welcoming him as he returns to Shadyside.

About Dr. Walker

John Walker is Immediate Past President of the American Guild of Organists. Following earlier distinguished tenures at The Riverside Church in the City of New York and Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, he is Minister of Music Emeritus at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Gothic, Pro Organo, and JAV recordings have issued numerous CD recordings of his organ performances and choirs under his direction.

As concert organist, Walker has performed throughout America, Europe and Asia. In 2005, he performed his third solo recital at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris; in 2006, he made his fourth concert visit to Korea; in 2015 he taught as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; and in 2017 he made his 15thprofessional journey to Taiwan, where in 1999 he was a Fulbright Fellow, appearing frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra and also performing and teaching throughout the country.

Under representation by Phillp Truckenbrod Concert Artists, John Walker has performed recitals and appeared with orchestras and choruses throughout America. In multiple seasons with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, he has performed Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion, Leos Janácek’s Glagolithic Mass, and the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s Pedal Tones, commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony. Widely acclaimed for his dynamic service playing, he has taught that skill in workshops at the Montreat Conference, the Mo Ranch Conference, the Lake Junaluska Conference, the Colby Institute, and elsewhere throughout the nation.

Choirs under Walker’s direction have toured England and Wales, singing for services of Evensong at Westminster Abbey and York Minster; and in Taiwan, presenting concerts and workshops in Tainan, Taichung, and Taipei. In America, choirs under his direction have been featured at regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and have performed choral masterworks with orchestra ranging from compositions by Monteverdi through Stravinsky.

John Walker earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in historic performance practices at Stanford University, where he was also Assistant University Organist. He holds two Master of Music degrees cum laude in organ and music theory from American Conservatory of Music, where he was later appointed to the faculties of organ and music theory. He has been Chair of the Organ Department at Manhattan School of Music and a member of organ faculties at Duquesne University and San Jose State University. He is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists.

Pulpit Notes: A Notice for Readers

The Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps has announced that he has received a call from a church in Florida and has accepted that call.

As a result, the Pulpit Notes pastoral blog will no longer be updated regularly. We hope you have enjoyed reading the thoughts, reflections, and prayers of Dr. Sharps over the past several years

Dr. Sharps’ last Sunday preaching at Shadyside Presbyterian Church is Sunday, July 29. Following worship on July 29, at a farewell reception in the Parish Hall, we will express our appreciation to Conrad and Lauren for their ministry among us. Please join us in sharing our best wishes with them as God leads them to serve elsewhere.

Read Dr. Sharps’ farewell message to the congregation.


Pulpit Notes: A Prayer for Silence

Grant us silence, O Lord.

Let Your Word speak first, that we might find our voice in truth. And as the day unfolds, and the evening comes, may a quiet repose fill our hearts with the joyful knowledge that we are Yours. We rejoice that Your Word is eternal, O God, and we acknowledge that all our speech and all our thoughts must fade in the knowledge of Your perfect will for our lives. O Lord we offer our lives in service and humble praise to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps
Senior Pastor


Pulpit Notes: Following Jesus

Sometimes I think about Jesus’ ministry when He walked by the Sea of Galilee. He said to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, “Come, follow me.”

If we are to be faithful to Christ’s call in our lives, we must also commit ourselves to follow Him on a journey of faith, obedience, and service. Jesus Christ will never let us stay where we are spiritually. He wants us to grow in His Word and in the gifts of the Spirit, that we might glorify God. All life is a journey of faith. And for Christians, an essential question will always remain: “Will we follow Jesus?”

“If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well.”  John 12:26a

Soli Deo Gloria,

Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps
Senior Pastor


Pulpit Notes: As the Day Unfolds

Lord Jesus, as the day unfolds, help me to see Your hand in the midst of every situation.

Help me to make of every moment an opportunity to serve You; to see, in what I often view as setbacks, what You intend for blessing.

Help me to keep my eye on the horizon and Your kingdom on my mind, looking forward to the glorious day my path crosses the horizon, and I can see in every situation what You intended it to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps
Senior Pastor