Rev. Laurie Williams

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May 2018

“Harmony: Clean and Good, Do Not Profane”/5/20/18/Scripture: Acts 11:1-9, 1-12, 15; Romans 12:16-21/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |May 24th, 2018|Sermons|

             Father Stephen Freeman of the Orthodox Church of America is Rector of a church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He had a good article about Pentecost and Creation and I will begin my sermon with his opening paragraph:  “Earth is a wondrous place – no matter where we go – how deep, how far, how high, how hot, how inhospitable – in this place we find life. Everywhere we look on our nearest neighbor to earth– Mars – we find – no life.  We want to find life. We hope to find life.  We theorize life.  But we have yet to find it in the universe.” There is something about life, at least in our earthly experience, that is “inevitable.”  Any individual case of life may be fragile, but life itself endures.  In the Genesis account we are told that “God blessed this planet and said:  Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”  […]

“Happy Anniversaries: Celebrating the Gifts of Women” Rev. Rodger Allen Acts 1:12-14, 9:36, 16: 14-15; Galatians 3:27-28; Luke 8:1-3; Rom. 16:1-6 5-13-18

By |May 15th, 2018|Sermons|

               The television miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth” depicts many scenes from Jesus’ life, as reported in the gospels . . . well embellished somewhat, Hollywood just can’t help itself, but mostly from the gospels – from Jesus’ birth to his resurrection. Among the scenes included is the one Luke 4 and Matthew 13 relate to us, where Jesus reads the Scriptures and preaches at his home synagogue, the church he grew up in, in Nazareth. And one thing I remember about that scene is how the synagogue was arranged: Jesus was up front, being a worship leader that day; the men of Nazareth were seated on benches in front of him; and then in the back of the synagogue, behind a screen, were the women and children, including his mother, Mary. The one person who knew most, at this point, about who Jesus was and what he meant; and the one who would feel most deeply his joys and sorrows the next years, along with her own; his mother: she could only look on from a distance, and only see dimly, through that screen. […]

Spring Fling May 20

By |May 14th, 2018|Announcements|

It’s Spring Fling/ “Dig in the Dirt Day.” Our worship service will be followed by an outdoor picnic lunch at 11:45 a.m., and we hope as many of you as possible will stay and help us clean up our church grounds and plant flowers.             We always enjoy working together on this project outside. We [...]

Mother’s Day/Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday May 12

By |May 3rd, 2018|Announcements|

Next Sunday:  We will celebrate “Mother’s Day/Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday,” to express gratitude for all the gifts that mothers and all women bring to the church. We will have a gift for each woman in attendance. Part of the celebration is a special Men’s Choir, to give our women choir members a “day [...]

April 2018

“Easter People/Angels”/ Rev. Rodger Allen/ Matthew 28: 5-8, 16-20;Romans 10:9-15/4-15-18

By |April 19th, 2018|Sermons|

  The two women who went to visit Jesus’ tomb that first Easter morning  are sometimes described as “the first evangelists.” Now they probably wouldn’t have thought of themselves as having a particular title like that, or being “the first” anything. They just had some really exciting news, so of course wanted to share it with their friends who would also be really excited about it: Verse 6 – “He is not here; he has been raised”; verse 8 – “they ran to tell the disciples.” Picture yourself in their situation: wouldn’t you also want to run and tell the other people that loved Jesus that “he is not dead, he is alive”? (since you wouldn’t have your smart phone back then). The Marys would have just considered themselves to be two people who wanted to share great news with their friends. […]