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April 14, 2024 – Kirking of the Tartans

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “One” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament: Psalm 4:1-8 1Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in…

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April 7, 2024 – Second Sunday of Easter

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Breathe” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament: Psalm 133 1How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! 2It is like the precious…

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March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Inside-Out” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament: Psalm 118:1-2 1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let Israel say,…

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March 28, 2024 – Maundy Thursday

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones Scripture Reading: “Gospel Lesson: John 13:31-35”              The New Commandment 31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God…

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March 24, 2024 – Palm Sunday

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Expectations” Scripture Reading –

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March 17, 2024 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Endgame” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:31-34 A New Covenant 31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant…

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March 10, 2024 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Lifted” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles 107 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;…

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March 3, 2024 – Third Sunday in Lent

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Consumed” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament: Psalm 19      God’s Glory in Creation and the Law 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the…

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February 25, 2024 – Second Sunday in Lent

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Deny” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 22:23-31 23You who fear the Lord, praise him!  All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe…

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February 18, 2024 – First Sunday in Lent

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Deconstructed” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 25:1-10 1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2O my God, in you I trust; do…

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February 11, 2024 – Scout Sunday

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Transfiguration” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 50:1-6”; 1107 Scout: Kennedy Karuna (Life Scout) 1The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth…

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February 4, 2024 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reverend Dr. Rich Jones – “Salty” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 112:1-9” 1Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. 2Their…

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January 28, 2024 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Rev. Dr. Rich Jones – “Revelation” DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES, STREAMING QUALITY THIS MORNING IS LESS THAN IDEAL. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY DISRUPTION. Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 111”…

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January 21, 2024 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Rev. Dr. Rich Jones – “Fulfilled” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 62:5-12” 5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He…

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January 14, 2024 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Rev. Dr. Rich Jones – Come and See Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18” 139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when…

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January 7, 2024 – Epiphany Sunday

Guest Speaker Reverend Stanley Webster – Christ at the Center Scripture Reading: “Epistle Lesson: Ephesians 3:1-12” 3 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus…

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December 31, 2023 – First Sunday After Christmas

Guest Speaker Reverend David A. Choate – “A Baby in Church! What’s Up with That?” Scripture Reading: “Epistle Lesson: Galatians 4:4-7” 4But when the fullness of time had come, God…

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Christmas Eve, 2023

Candlelight Service Guest Speaker Clark Rinehart: “Weary World Rejoicing” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 9:1-7” 9 But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In…

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December 24, 2023 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Candle of Love Guest Speaker Clark Rinehart – “In the Moment: The Lord is With You” Lighting the Advent Wreath (Phyllis Jefferies and Ruth Mayo) Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-16 10Again the…

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December 17, 2023 – Third Sunday of Advent

Candle of Joy Handel’s MESSIAH Lighting the Advent Wreath (Tom and Mary Klayer, Allison Weber) Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10 35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert…

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December 10, 2023 – Second Sunday of Advent

Candle of Peace Guest Speaker is Reverend Robert League Lighting the Advent Wreath(Patti Grace, Dale Hedrick, Dwight Hedrick and Candee Witterstaetter) Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 11 A shoot will come up…

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December 3, 2023 – First Sunday of Advent

Candle of Hope Lighting the Advent Wreath (Bode, Dayo and Erin Olakanmi) Scripture: Mark 13:24-33  24“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon…

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November 26, 2023—Christ the King Sunday

Christ Reigns!?! Our guest speaker is Reverend David A. Choate Scripture Reading: “Epistle Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23” 15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward…

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November 19, 2023—Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Views from the Pew Our guest speakers are Bruce Smith, Noelle Scheper and Mary Beth Baverman Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalms 100” 1 Make a joyful noise to the…

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November 12, 2023—Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

It’s Your Choice Our guest speaker is Reverend Maurice G. Mitchell Scripture Reading: “Gospel Lesson: John 6:53, 60-69” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you…

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November 5, 2023—Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Into the River Our guest speaker is Reverend Barb Tesorero Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Joshua 3:7-17” 7 The Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt…

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October 29, 2023—Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

What is the Cost of Your Bible: How Much is it Worth Our guest speaker is Reverend Dawne Sarchet Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 34:1-12” Then Moses went up…

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October 22, 2023—Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Creation II Our guest speaker is Reverend Thos Wilson Scripture Reading: “Epistle Lesson: Colossians 1:16-20” 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible…

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October 15, 2023—Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Creation Our guest speaker is Reverend Thos Wilson Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Job 38: 1-7” Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens…

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October 8, 2023—Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matchmaker, matchmaker Our guest speaker is Reverend Jim Graham Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-67” 34So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35The Lord has greatly blessed my…

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October 1, 2023—Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Midst of It All Our guest preacher is Lisa Allgood Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 107” Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love…

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September 24, 2023—Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God is Always Doing Something Like This Our guest preacher is Rev. Thom Shuman Reflection: “God is Always Doing Something Like This” Scripture Reading: “Old Testament Lesson: Jonah 3:10 –…

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September 17, 2023—Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Aletheia” Our guest preacher is Rev. Dawne Sarchet Reflection: “Aletheia” (a Greek word meaning “Truth”) Today’s reflection is based on the extraordinary stories of miraculous provision and restoration to life.…

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September 10, 2023—Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“No Shadow in Christ” Our guest preacher is Rev. Dawne Sarchet “Gospel Lesson: Matthew 5:13-16” You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how…

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September 3, 2023—Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Man Who Had It All” Our guest preacher is the Rev. Robert League. Old Testament Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-14, 12:11-14 (New King James Version NKJV) 12 I, the Preacher, was king…

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August 27, 2023—Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Red Marbles” Billy Graham once said that “Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we…

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August 20, 2023—Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“We Are the Body of Christ” Wherever anyone laughs, cries, lives, or dies in this web of creation we are all affected by it, whether we know it or not.…

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August 13, 2023—Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Get Out of the Boat!” Maybe Peter’s faith was weak and he allowed himself to be distracted. But at least he had the courage to get out of the boat!…

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August 6, 2023—Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“A Story in Search of a Church” We welcome our guest preacher this morning Rev. Lucinda Isaacs. Lucinda is PCUSA minister who has served congregations in North Carolina and Ohio.…

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July 30, 2023—Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“A Picture of Grace” The story of Jacob at the River Jabbock is ultimately all about GRACE. It’s something we can never anticipate, and with which we must struggle, all…

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July 23, 2023—Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Better Part” The love of God is the better part, that which will not be taken away from us. When we choose to see life’s surprises, life’s inconveniences, and…

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July 16, 2023—Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“It’s Not About Us” The Parable of the Sower is about a God who’s willing to see that there’s possibility, even in rocky, hard, shallow and thorny soil. Even knowing…

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July 9, 2023—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Come to Jesus” When Jesus says that “my yoke is easy and my burden light,” what He means, as one scholar writes, is this: “The life I give you is…

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July 2, 2023 Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Our guest preacher this morning is Lisa Allgood, General Presbyter, Presbytery of Cincinnati Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2:2-4, New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 In the last days, the mountain of…

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June 25, 2023—Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Reach Out and Touch” Our Guest Preacher this morning is Rev. Dr. Margaret G. Richardson Zedan. Scripture Reading: Psalm 130—A Song of Ascents. 1 Out of the depths I cry to…

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June 18, 2023—Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Father’s Day

“Enough!” Ezekiel’s cedar symbolizes God’s restoration of the Davidic Kingdom, an earthly kingdom, mighty and proud. But earthly kingdoms rise and fall. And the bigger they are the weaker they…

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June 11, 2023—The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Inner Child” Fred Rogers said, “All events are formative. All contribute to what we become, year by year as we keep on growing.” He goes on to quote a…

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June 4, 2023—Trinity Sunday

“The Divine Dance” There’s an old adage that says, “Show me your gods, and I will show you your people.” I think this is true, and I’ll tell you why:…

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May 28, 2023—PENTECOST SUNDAY

“The Stuff” Our guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Margaret Zedan. She received her MDiv from the Dubuque Seminary, and a DMin from the Lutheran Southern Seminary. She has served…

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May 21, 2023—The Ascension of the Lord

“Gotta Go!” The Ascension isn’t an optional add-on to the story. It’s not something that we may, or may not choose to discuss if we’ve any time after we’re done…

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May 14, 2023—Mother’s Day, The Sixth Sunday of Easter

“I Am With You” “I will not leave you orphaned…” Jesus says this to his disciples in our gospel reading. While an image of children first comes to mind when…

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May 7, 2023 Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Home” “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me.” Lots of Christians spend lots of time apologizing for that statement.…

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April 30, 2023 The Fourth Sunday of Easter

“Good Sheep” Our Gospel reading tells us that the Risen Christ has come to stand over and against the powers that undergird tyrants and human corruption. He’s telling us that…

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April 23, 2023 Third Sunday of Easter

“Emmaus Road(s)” Jesus Christ is alive! He is as alive today as he was when he walked the road with us. He wants to walk your road, too alongside you.…

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April 16, 2023 Second Sunday of Easter

“Scars” Life isn’t all sweetness and light for Christians. We know this. We feel great pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual. We often live with sadness and grief. We’re no strangers to…

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April 9, 2023—Easter, The Resurrection of Our Lord

“Signs of Life” Jesus’ resurrection takes place against a backdrop of grief and despair. As the world grapples with war, mass shootings, and disasters—natural and man-made—we must reflect on how…

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April 2, 2023—Palm Sunday

“Straight from the Donkey’s Mouth” Jesus did not die for an institution. He died for people for persons. That is to say, he died for individuals. Jesus died for persons…

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March 26, 2023—Fifth Sunday of Lent

“Do You Believe This?” Neither Martha nor Mary knew that the story would end with a resurrected Lazarus. Mary saw death as the end and not even Jesus could fix…

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March 19, 2023—The Fourth Sunday of Lent

“Here’s Mud In Your Eyes!” The man in John’s gospel who—though born blind—was able to see again. His healing was a cause of rejoicing for him, and his family, and…

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March 12, 2023—The Third Sunday of Lent

“Come and See A Man…” Today’s sermon is a first person narrative sermon, from the point of view of the Samaritan woman. Among it’s many lessons, it reminds us that…

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March 5, 2023—The Second Sunday of Lent

“Clean Hearts” American author and co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Ellen Gould White puts it this way: “We may have flattered ourselves, as did Nicodemus, that our life has…

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February 19, 2023—The Transfiguration of Our Lord

First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18 12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there; I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the…

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February 12, 2023—Scout Sunday

Every point of the Scout Law helps guide young people to make ethical and moral decisions over the course of their lives. Ideally, they remind themselves of the tenets that…

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February 5, 2023—The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“New Wineskins” As his children, God gives us both the power, and the authority to choose life, and was the one who made new life possible in the first place. A…

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January 22, 2023—The Third Sunday of Epiphany

“Risky Business” The disciples in today’s gospel reading risked everything to follow Christ. They walked away from jobs and family, from life as they knew it. So have many others…

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January 15, 2023—The Second Sunday of Epiphany

“Running Out” Today, here in our world, here in our community, it might feel like we are running out of wine. It might feel like there is no hope and…

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January 8, 2023—The Baptism of Our Lord

“Understanding Baptism” Baptism—properly understood, whether baptized as an infant or an adult—is a powerful reminder of who we are. What I mean is that through Baptism, the Holy Spirit gives…

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January 1, 2023—New Year’s Day/The Epiphany of the Lord

“I Am. In Us.” In choosing to become one of us, “I AM” entered into the fullness of the human experience. Through Jesus, God joined in on our lives from…

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December 25, 2022—CHRISTMAS DAY

“I Am—With Us” I believe that God is always with us, the one who gives us life in the first place. But I also believe that in overflowing love God…

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December 24, 2022—CHRISTMAS EVE

“A Carpenters Dream’s” Now, some of us have a deep and abiding faith like Mary. Some of us are more like Joseph, living in a world of cause and effect.…

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December 18, 2022—The Fourth Sunday of Advent

“The Love of Advent” Video games will break, cell phones will become obsolete, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but the gift of love will endure. Indeed,…

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December 11, 2022—The Third “Gaudete” Sunday of Advent

“The Joy of Advent” On this Gaudete (Latin for “joy”) Sunday, as we wait and prepare, we are also called to rejoice. The coming of the Messiah and the Gospel…

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December 4, 2022—The Second Sunday of Advent

“The Peace of Advent” God is coming with a peace that will finally make everything right. Where there is pain and suffering, God’s peace is coming. Where there are desperate…

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November 27, 2022—The First Sunday of Advent

“The Hope of Advent” The good news is that Advent does not depend on optimism. Advent is rooted in promise, the promise that makes hope a way of life for…

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November 20, 2022—Christ the King Sunday

“The Cross of Christ the King” It’s out of the crucifixion that we learn how to love. It’s out of the unimaginable pain of the cross and the immeasurable generosity…

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November 13, 2022 Stewardship Sunday

“Talents” As one Catholic bishop wrote, “Life is a gift from God. All that we have in this life is part of that gift. Stewardship reinforces this belief and reminds…

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November 6, 2022 —All Saint’s Day (Observed)

“If Only…” We often talk about the saints as if they’re somehow morally or spiritually superior to us, as if they had it all together, and did everything right. But…

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October 30, 2022—Reformation Sunday

“Unexpected God” At the heart of the Reformation begun by Martin Luther, was the recognition that he’d been worshiping the wrong God. He was taught to see and fear a…

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October 23, 2022—Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Family Redefined” When we speak of ourselves as a congregation we often use the word “family.” Different people. Different backgrounds. Different stories. Different reasons for being a part of this…

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October 16, 2022 Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Made Well” “Do you want to be made well?” The man at the pool of Bethesda never actually answers Jesus’ question. Wrapped up in the logistics of being unable to…

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October 9, 2022 Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time

“YHWH” Some words have the power to stop me in my tracks. They have a way of affecting me deeply, and changing the way I think about things; the way I…

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October 2, 2022—World Communion Sunday

“Welcome Here” As we celebrate World Communion Sunday, I’m aware of the many different ways we do it, and how important those ways are to us. Still, it’s not how…

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September 25, 2022—Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Everyday People” It never ceases to amaze me to see the ordinary people God used in the Bible. From cover to cover, the Bible has shown us ordinary men and…

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September 18, 2022—Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Storytime with Pastor Jeff, Part 3: “The Shoe Man” I believe that we have a lot to offer people. As Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we are called—actually, commanded—to love…

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September 11, 2022—Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Storytime with Pastor Jeff, Part 2: “Soul Nudge” We are living in an upside down world right now. We may be tempted to return hatefulness with hate. To retaliate. To…

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September 4, 2022—Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Storytime with Pastor Jeff, Part 1: “His Name Was Bill…” Today, we begin the first of three Sunday’s which I’m calling “Story Time with Pastor Jeff,” where I will share…

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August 28, 2022—Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

“A Fish Tale” As we write our own fish stories—like Jonah—can only bring a rich catch to God if we speak God’s Word to others; if we speak a word…

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August 21, 2022—Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Let the Healing Begin” Reading this healing story, our tendency is to side with Jesus and the woman and the crowds, and against Jesus’ opponents, even to be glad about…

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August 14, 2022—Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“If We Are the Body of Christ, Which Part Are You?” Separateness is an illusion. We are all part of one Creation. We are all beloved—those we like and those…

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August 7, 2022—Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Humility,  Forgiveness and Love” Today, we welcome Ruling Elder Beth Doebereiner to our pulpit. As a member of Montgomery Presbyterian Church, she serves as treasurer and just completed six years…

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July 31, 2022—Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Trouble Sleeping” Are we having trouble sleeping? Perhaps it’s time to stop kidding ourselves, others, and—especially—God. Perhaps it’s time to open ourselves up to the possibility that God is calling…

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July 24, 2022—Christmas in July

“Celebrating Christ(mas)” Why celebrate Christmas in July? Well, it seems to me that Jesus is with us every minute of every day, not just in December, when we traditionally have…

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July 17, 2022—Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Knowing the Difference” Some parts of life are temporary. Some are eternal. Wisdom knows the difference. If we want to have any kind of meaningful relationship with God; if we…

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Artist: He Qi
July 10, 2022—Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“New Neighbor” We’re quite familiar with the traditional boiling down of the Parable of the Good Samaritan’s message to an example story: “We should help everyone, everyone is our neighbor.”…

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July 3, 2022—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Citizenship” This morning we welcome Rev. Dr. Erwin Goedicke to our pulpit. Erwin was pastor of North Presbyterian Church for almost 34 years before he retired last July and he…

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June 26, 2022—Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“No wHere? Now Here.” This morning, we welcome Lisa Allgood back to our pulpit. Lisa is the General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Cincinnati, and great supporter of our church!…

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June 19, 2022—Fathers’ Day, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Akedah (The Binding of Isaac)” Today’s sermon, takes a different look at what we believe is a familiar story—important in all three “Abrahamic” faiths (Islam, Judaism and Christianity)—asking: “What If?”…

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June 12, 2022—Trinity Sunday

“Who Is God?” One in Three—Three in One. When we encounter God, we encounter all three, whether we realize it or not. This is the mystery of God, and that…

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June 5, 2022—The Day of Pentecost

“Forgotten God” Today is Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit is on full display for all to see, and fills the disciples, who’ve now become apostles—learners who’ve now become messengers—we  should…

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May 29, 2022—The Ascension of Our Lord

Guest Preacher: Rev. Beth Anne Crego, Westwood United Methodist Church The disciples and others throughout the millennia have done their jobs; so, how will others get to know God’s saving…

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May 22, 2022—Sixth Sunday of Easter

“Becoming the Beloved Community” God wants to use us. It’s often through a simple invitation, and a warm, sincere welcome, showing genuine interest in the person or people that find…

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May 15, 2022—Fifth Sunday of Easter

“How Wide Is Wide?” As the old hymn goes, that there’s a wideness in God’s mercy. But I ask you: What about us? How wide is wide?  Is it as…

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May 8, 2022—Fourth Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day

“All the Way” Gospel Reading: John 21:1-19—Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples 1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself…

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May 1, 2022—Third Sunday of Easter

“Unlocking Doors” If we have an ounce of understanding, an iota of conscience, if we’re honest with ourselves, and with God, don’t we long for something more? Something better than…

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April 24, 2022—Second Sunday of Easter

“He is Risen Indeed!” In the economy of the Christian faith Jesus’ resurrection and ours are the obverse and reverse side of the same gospel coin. He is “the first fruits…

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April 17, 2022—EASTER, Celebrating Our Lord’s Resurrection

“The Wisdom of Easter” Perhaps, this Easter, we could we let our reflection on the meaning of Easter be introspective and allow it to change us. We could allow our…

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April 14, 2022—Maundy Thursday

“A New Commandment” Maundy Thursday is an annual reminder that God’s ways aren’t our ways. Though difficult to acknowledge the reality is that humans tend to believe that life is…

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April 10, 2022—PALM SUNDAY

“OUR Story” We gather on Palm Sunday to once again tell the story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of Holy Week. So—let us tell the story…

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April 3, 2022—The Fifth Sunday of Lent

“Perfect Scents” Jesus sees the beauty of Mary’s gesture of love, and Jesus tells us that God’s greatest gesture of love is coming. It’s coming on the cross of Good…

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March 27, 2022—The Fourth Sunday of Lent

“Prodigal” This parable is about the Loving and Prodigal Father, one who refuses to give up on his children, no matter how lost they may be, no matter how far…

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March 20, 2022—The Third Sunday of Lent

“What’s Fair?” Good and bad things happen all the time to good and bad people alike. The notion that bad things only happen only to bad people was put to…

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March 13, 2022—Second Sunday of Lent

“Desires” In our gospel reading, Jesus laments over Jerusalem, what might have been. How do respond? That’s not a rhetorical question. Are we willing to follow Jesus, to pick up…

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March 6, 2022—The First Sunday of Lent

“The Uneasy Burden” Today’s sermon includes the story “The Burden of the Crucifix: What the Sweetbrier Pastor Did Instead of Writing Lenten Sermons.” It was written by James Calvin Schaap,…

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February 27, 2022—Transfiguration Sunday

“Metamorphosis” The Oxford Dictionary defines transfiguration as “a transformation; a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural…

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February 20, 2022—Seventh Sunday of Epiphany

“Deep Water” People say that the net full of fish is the miracle of this story, but I don’t know. I think the real miracle of this story is that…

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February 13, 2022—SCOUT SUNDAY

“Duty to God” Scouting has been part of the history of Westwood First since 1923 (yep, that’s 99 years)! We are proud of that tradition, and welcome Cubs, Scouts and…

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February 6, 2022—Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

“Afflicted” My preaching professor in seminary told our class something that most preachers have known for a long time. Which is that in our preaching we’re to comfort the afflicted,…

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January 30, 2022—Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

“Perspective” Despite all that’s been said, and all that’s written, all that been passed on to us, it’s easy to forget, as writer/theologian George MacDonald once wrote, that “affliction is…

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January 23, 2022—Third Sunday After Epiphany

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January 16, 2022—Second Sunday of Epiphany

“The Good Wine” Hey, here’s a crazy thought: Is it an accident that we worship together—be it in-person or virtually—on Sunday? Talking about a miracle happening on the third day,…

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January 9, 2022—The Baptism of our Lord

“Now What?” It seems to me that what Jesus’ baptism meant to Him was that when He found himself in trouble, He would never find himself alone. It meant that…

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He Qi, The Magi
January 2, 2022—Epiphany Sunday

As we well know – the story did not end in Bethlehem. The child would grow and become strong, filled with wisdom – the favor of God upon him. The…

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December 26, 2021—The First Sunday of Christmas

First Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a…

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December 24, 2021—Christmas Eve

First Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-55 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and…

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December 19, 2021—Fourth Sunday of Advent

“A Father’s Love” Christmas is a time to remember God’s love born in human flesh, and we are to express his unconditional love to others, becoming examples of God’s love…

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December 12, 2021—The Third Sunday of Advent

“Rejoice!” It may well seem that focusing our attention on the waiting for what is coming, but is—as yet—not here, might be futile; a waste of time, a cause for…

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December 5, 2021—The Second Sunday of Advent

“The Way It’s Supposed to Be ” John preached repentance. We, too, need need to acknowledge, and accept, the fact that we’re sinners, and that we need to repent. We…

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November 28, 2021—The First Sunday of Advent

“With the World Enough” In the Jesus of Crib and Cross, God comes to be with us, and for us, that we may taste and see how good God truly…

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November 21, 2021—Christ the King Sunday

“With The World Enough” We are enough. A simple enough message, yet so important that God sent Jesus to bear that message in his flesh and blood. Simple, profound, compelling.…

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November 14, 2021—33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Fear” For many people fear remains an all-pervasive, all too vivid, reality. It shapes their behavior by day, and molds their dreams by night. It effects how they think. It…

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November 7, 2021—32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Widow’s Mite Redux” Jesus was intentionally highlighting the widow’s gift in the Temple as an illustration of just how messed up Jerusalem was—how corrupt the religious system was in…

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October 31, 2021—All Saints’ Sunday

“Remember. Decide.” We’re called to choose this day, the same way that Joshua called the people of Israel to choose. But while the choices are pretty much the same, the…

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October 17, 2021—The 140th Anniversary of Westwood First Presbyterian Church

“Does the World Need the Church?” Does the world need the church? Does Westwood need Westwood First Presbyterian Church? I believe that it does, but not as we are. Certainly…

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October 10, 2021—Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“All In” When it comes to our wealth and our possessions, it’s all about our attitude—our priorities—and it boils down to two things: First, that stewardship isn’t just about giving.…

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October 3, 2021—World Communion Sunday

“Celebrating Jesus” God has made us family. God’s family. A family that stretches around the world. A family that’s been called to love as we’ve been loved; to know as…

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September 26, 2021—Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Costly Grace Do we see the irony in the fact that the one who ended up mutilated for sin was Jesus himself? The irony that the one who said cut…

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September 19, 2021—Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Defining Greatness” Greatness in God’s eyes is found in our willingness to pick up our crosses and follow Jesus Christ; to receive, accept—and truly welcome—those we’d normally consider unreceivable, unacceptable,…

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September 12, 2021 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We Remember… On September 11, 2001, almost 3,000 people lost their lives. At 8:46am, American Airlines Flight 11 hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, and at 9:03am,…

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September 5, 2021—Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“We’ve Got Work To Do” Christians have good reason to celebrate Labor Day, and in light of our understanding of vocation it can be an occasion to thank God for…

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August 29, 2021—Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“A Time For Perspective” Solomon—the Teacher (and presumed by some to be author of Ecclesiastes)—for all his wisdom did not have all the answers. Nor do we. We’re far too…

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August 22, 2021—Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Senior Sunday

“Even To Our Old Age…” The enemy wants you to believe that you’re rejected and useless. But God speaks a better word over your life:  “Even to your old age…

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August 15, 2021—Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Strange Blessings” We live in a world of swords. Some in our wallets. Some in our hearts. And some in the words that come from our mouths. The divisions among…

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August 8, 2021—Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Livin’ the Dream” While it’s not easy being a dreamer in this world with all its harsh realities, this is the dream to which we must become committed. It is,…

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July 25, 2021—Christmas in July

“Christmas in July?” Why in the world would we celebrate Christmas in July? Let me say it this way: Our celebration of worship this Sunday, much like the one we…

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July 18, 2021—Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Nature of Grace” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is quoted as saying that, “It is the nature of grace always to fill spaces which have been empty.” That’s what grace…

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July 11, 2021—Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Go and Tell” This morning’s sermon is being delivered by Lisa Allgood, the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Cincinnati. First Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you?…

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July 4, 2021—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“IN-dependence Day” Our guest preacher this morning is the Rev. Jerry Grigsby. First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9—Sign of a True Prophet 5 Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in…

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June 27, 2021—Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Just Believe” Jesus’ power to heal and raise the dead is —I believe—at the very heart of the gospel itself. The power of God’s inexpressible love for us, capable of…

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June 20, 2021—Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Father’s Day

“In the Midst of Giants” If our children are to stand confident in the midst of giants, then we ought to tell them about the God with whom nothing is…

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June 13, 2021—Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Dangerous Hope” “Hope is the only thing more powerful than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous.” That is what the Kingdom of God, to…

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June 6, 2021—Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Signs” Watching for signs from God are an important part of process of discernment. We’re to be still and know that God is God—that the Lord is God indeed. So…

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May 30, 2021—Trinity Sunday

“God’s Side” As Christians How can we not do everything in our power to help make that God’s new reality possible? A reality where countries “will beat their swords into…

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May 23, 2021—Pentecost Sunday

“Straight Talk” We—the Church—are a Pentecost church. We have been—and always will be—a Pentecost church. We are a fellowship—a family—with different backgrounds, different life experiences. We have different levels of…

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May 16, 2021—The Ascension of Jesus

“Okay, Get to Work!” We live in what’s called the “between time,” the time between the Resurrection and Jesus’ return. There’s a tension there as we wait, because we don’t…

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May 9, 2021—Mother’s Day, Sixth Sunday of Easter

“God Is the Name for Mother…” Even though a woman may forget her nursing child or show no compassion for the child, God will never forget us. Never. Ever. If…

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May 2, 2021—Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Abide in Love” Jesus says, we must abide in him. What does this mean? Well, three things: “remain,” “stay,” and “wait”—that is, mutual connection, dependence and continuance. What this all…

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April 25, 2021—Fourth Sunday of Easter

“Grateful Center” Our faith gives us our identity and reminds us that God’s faithfulness in providing a home for us, is constant and sure, even when human faithfulness to God…

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April 18, 2021—Third Sunday of Easter

“Emmaus Road(s)” Jesus Christ is alive—as alive today as he was when he walked the road with Cleopas and his companion. He wants to walk our roads, too. With him…

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April 11, 2021—Second Sunday of Easter

“Living As We Believe” The key truth of Easter is that Jesus is risen—that He is alive. This ought to make a difference in our lives, most especially as we…

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April 4, 2021—Easter Sunday

“Cliffhanger” The silence at the end of Mark’s gospel waits to be filled in by every generation. It’s waiting now for us. Can we do it? Can we tell the…

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April 2, 2021—Good Friday

“We Knew…” The journey we’re on began in Advent and if we’ve been paying attention, we knew where it was headed. There was no doubt that the place Jesus was…

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April 1, 2001—Maundy (Holy) Thursday

“More Than We Think…” Jesus commands them to love one another. He says: this is what you know, that God is love. We know that we will be able to…

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March 28, 2021—Palm Sunday

“Save Us!” God answers our cries of “hosanna,” ”save us,” in ways so utterly and incredibly unexpected, that we have to wonder if they can possibly be true. But they…

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March 21, 2021—Fifth Sunday of Lent

“It’s That Simple” We struggle to comprehend the scope, the dimensions, the scale of God’s love—the depths, breadths, and heights of that love—the lengths to which God has gone in…

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March 14, 2021—Fourth Sunday of Lent

“Look Up and Live” Like the snakes of long ago, sin and its consequences—in a word, death—remain. But we too have a way to survive the bite of sin and…

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March 7, 2021—Third Sunday of Lent

“The True Temple” God’s house is, first and foremost, a house of prayer, but the building itself must never be our sole focus. It should never become a hinderance to…

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February 28, 2021—Second Sunday of Lent

“As If” We must forever move forward in faith, despite our doubts and fears—that is the path of true discipleship. It’s hard to trust. No one wants a cross. But…

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February 21, 2021—The First Sunday of Lent

“A Dangerous Place” “The wilderness is a dangerous place. You only go there if you have to.” Mark’s Gospel account of Jesus’ temptations doesn’t provide many details. But the few details…

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February 17, 2021—Ash Wednesday

The Lenten journey begins… Scripture Reading: Psalm 51 The quintessential Lenten Psalm. David knew what he’d done. He knew the depth and breadth of his sin. But he also knew…

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February 14, 2021—The Transfiguration of the Lord

“Divine Encounters” At the top of the mountain of transfiguration, Jesus shows the disciples the glorious nature of the Christ. And it seems to me that it might be impossible…

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February 7, 2021—The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Our Father’s Business” The picture of the boy Jesus who lives the life of a normal child obedient, dutiful in his parents care, the foreshadowing of his future teaching in…

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January 31, 2021—The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Possessed” Jesus doesn’t leave us to deal with our demons alone, however we define them. Not when we are beloved and belong, body and soul to God bought at a…

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January 24, 2021—The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“An Urgent Call” God calls each of us by name and in a personal way. And each call is urgent. Scripture Readings: Jonah 1:1-17; Mark 1:14-20 Our readings are once…

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January 17, 2021—The Second Sunday after Epiphany

“Listen!” God calls everyone. At different times and in different places and in different ways, but make no mistake: God calls everyone! Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:35-51 Our…

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January 10, 2021—The Baptism of the Lord

“Down to the River” As we go “down to the river to pray, studyin’ about that good ol’ way,” floating down the river of Advent and Christmas toward Lent and…

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January 3, 2021—The Epiphany of the Lord

“The Troubling Star” The light of the Star of Bethlehem reveals a new path, a path back to the world; a source of help; a source of encouragement. Whatever our…

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December 27, 2020—First Sunday of Christmas

“True Story” Joy to the World the Lord is come. It’s true, but not because we sing it, because we say it, or even because we believe it. It’s true…

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December 24, 2020—Christmas Eve

“The Innkeeper’s Story” In the midst of all of the busy-ness of “preparing” for Christmas—is it possible to lose sight of what is truly important? We might want to heed…

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December 20, 2020—Fourth Sunday of Advent

“The Forgotten Man of Christmas” A look at Joseph, Jesus’ adoptive father. His example of righteous is one that we all would do well to follow. Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25…

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December 13, 2020—Third Sunday of Advent

“Changing Everything” When Mary said yes to Gabriel, all of heaven rejoiced and the plan set in motion was one that would cause a new light to shine in the…

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December 6, 2020—Second Sunday of Advent

“Tidings of Comfort and Joy” Words of comfort and a call for repentance as we continue our Advent journey. We do not repent so that we might hear God’s words…

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November 29, 2020—First Sunday of Advent

“Hope is Coming” The Advent Wreath candle we light today is a reminder of the hope that Christmas brings—as we look back at the birth of Jesus Christ and look…

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November 22, 2020—Christ the King Sunday

“Here is OUR King!” Jesus is our King. Duh, of course He is! But what does that mean? Does it change the way we live? How? https://youtu.be/nKYJoqzmfQo Scripture Readings: Revelation…

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November 15, 2020—Fourth Stewardship Sunday

“God’s Economy, Part Four: Future Returns” Today’s sermon is the fourth of four in a series, intended to offer a more comprehensive understanding of Stewardship—something far more than money, pledging…

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November 8, 2020—Third Stewardship Sunday

“God’s Economy, Part 3: Risk Assessment” Today’s sermon is the third of four, which are intended to offer a more comprehensive understanding of Stewardship—something far more than money, pledging and…

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November 1, 2020—All Saint’s Day

“We Do!” Today’s sermon, while not entirely about stewardship, nevertheless engages the theme of God’s hopeful future. Our worship service is highlighted by a celebration of the Sacrament of the…

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October 25, 2020—Second Stewardship Sunday

“God’s Economy, Part Two: Investing in God’s Future” Today’s sermon is the second of four, which are intended to offer a more comprehensive understanding of Stewardship—something far more than money,…

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October 18, 2020—First Stewardship Sunday

“God’s Economy, Part One: What’s God’s?” Today’s sermon is the first of four, which are intended to offer a more comprehensive understanding of Stewardship—something far more than money, pledging and…

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October 11, 2020

“Child-Like” Today’s sermon invites us to look at our faith and asks the question—Is our faith child-ish or child-like?—while looking at specific characteristics of a child-like faith. Scripture Reading: Mark…

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October 4, 2020—World Communion Sunday

“Hard Truths” Today’s sermon looks at the harsh reality and the hard truths about the world, which we will only be able to overcome if we stand united as Christ’s…

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September 27, 2020

“To Will and To Work” God is within us to will and work for his good pleasure. And God’s pleasure is that all people would know him as the loving…

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September 20, 2020

“It Isn’t Fair!” Generosity is the deepest characteristic of the holy and because we’re made in God’s image, our being generous is the secret to our joy. The vineyard in…

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September 13, 2020

“Forging Ahead” Discipleship—following Christ—is about moving forward, becoming more and more the people and the church that God calls us to be. The story of the Exodus, is very much…

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September 6, 2020

“Where Two or Three Are Gathered” Jesus offers a clear blue-print for how we’re to live with one another. How our church might be holy place, where holy relationships will…

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