Pastor Meg Jackson Clark
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools, here at First Presbyterian we are holding Summer School, currently offering online lessons, with hopes to be in person by midsummer. One of Jesus’ primary activities during his ministry was to teach. Both Matthew and Luke contain sections that summarize Jesus’ teachings. Although we have come to call these sections the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain, they are more like lesson plans than sermons. In Matthew 5, Jesus begins teaching by offering a series of pronouncements about who is considered blessed in the kingdom of God. We call these statements the Beatitudes, from the Latin word for “bless”. The Beatitudes are providing our class outline for Summer School – each week we will explore one of these statements in Sunday School and worship, searching for meaning and guidance for our summer days.
You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.
With less of you, there is more of God and his rule.
Matthew 5:3, The Message
In this time, there are many who have become poor, and still more who are poor in spirit – at the end of
their rope. In our towns and cities, we see people who are hungering and thirsting for justice. We see
people mourning the unexpected death of loved ones due to coronavirus and violence. People long for
peace. They yearn to be comforted, filled, and shown mercy. Many are hard pressed to see God at work
anywhere. In this difficult season, what might Jesus teach us about how to be faithful? What can we
learn about what God intends for us and our world?
Although there is much over which we have no control, there is always something for us to learn. In T.H.
White’s The Once and Future King, Merlyn notes "The best thing … is to learn something. That is the only
thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake in the
middle of the night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the
world around you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser
minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn.”
There is wisdom in Merlyn’s words; however, we have something far better. For us, the best thing is not
just to learn, but to learn from Jesus Christ. With Jesus as our teacher, even if we fail in our own
learning, we can rest secure in him, and find ourselves blessed.
You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right.
Then you can see God in the outside world.
Matthew 5:8, The Message
Meg Jackson Clark is our Pastor. She came to the Greensboro congregation in September, 2018. Most recently, Meg served as Pastor of Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, GA, while also working in the Coweta County Public Library System. Prior to her time there, she was Associate Pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church for 13 years. Meg began her ministry in Atlanta as Chaplain at Piedmont Hospital.
Meg received her education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Meg is married to Steven Brown, her partner in life and ministry. Together they have three adult children - Andy Clark of Newnan, GA, Zack Brown and Stephanie Brown, both of South Carolina. They also have a granddaughter, Rowan Brown.
Meg and Steve have a life-long love of various types of music, and enjoy attending concerts, and adding their voices to the choir. Occasionally, Meg’s violin makes an appearance at worship. Meg leads a Book Club at the Greene County Library which focuses on inspirational books. Steven works at Reynolds, Lake Oconee, as well as contributing his talents at church.