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December 2018

“Whom Do You Magnify?” 12/16/18/3rd Sunday of Advent/Scripture: Ps. 99:1-5; Lk. 1:46-55/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 17th, 2018|Advent-Christmas, Sermons|

          Mary’s Song, also known as The Magnificat, could probably stand alone, it is so powerful.  The Magnificat magnifies the Lord in abundant thanksgiving.  Important meaning to lives of faith is embedded throughout.  We, who all have enough to live on adequately or well beyond, may get a little nervous over this song’s focus on the poor and downtrodden.  Mary sang this song after she went to visit her relative, Elizabeth, after the angel Gabriel came to her giving her the news that she would be impregnated with a son who would become the Messiah.  Elizabeth recognized that Mary’s baby would be a very special baby.  She became quite emotional as she cries out to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?  For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” […]

“What is Our Job at Advent?”/Rev. Rodger Allen Luke 3: 2-3, 7-17; Zeph. 3:14-20/12.9.18

By |December 11th, 2018|Advent-Christmas, Sermons|

            Today we begin by taking a look at two famous figures of the Christmas season, two people we hear about every year at this time. The first . . . is Santa Claus – yes, in a church service! Santa Claus is a happy man, “jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” who dresses in a bright cheery colorful suit, all red and white. Santa doesn’t turn away from a fine meal or favorite goodies, apparently; he’s also been described as “plump,” and many people have to use a carefully-placed pillow or two to dress up like him. In fact, he sort of represents the good foods we all indulge in at Christmas time – the candy canes and Christmas cookies and egg nog and, according to one song, “figgy pudding,” whatever that is. At this time of year, we share in Santa’s fondness for goodies. […]

“A Steady Light Shining in the Dark”/12/2/18/Scripture: John 1:1-10; Luke 2:25-32/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 5th, 2018|Sermons|

          I can’t tell you how many people I hear every week talk about how awful and dark the world is now.  Focusing on that too much is not good for one’s mental health.  The world has always been a dark place.  Nature can be cruel.  Accidents happen.  Loved ones become ill.  Human beings sin.  That is our reality with the cycle of life and death.  Still, hope is so important to hold onto as a Christian people, as is bringing that hope to as many others as we can.  Yet, the fact of the matter is that we do hear much bad news, sometimes daily.  We may feel bombarded by it.  With technology the way it is, at times we know of something minutes after it happens anywhere in the world.  We definitely can feel weighed down by it all. […]

November 2018

“Old Testament Women of the Bible: Zelophehad’s Daughters”/11/18/18/Scripture: Numbers 27:1-11; Galatians 3:19-29/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 20th, 2018|Sermons|

         The book of Numbers describes the forty-year period in which the Hebrew people wandered in the wilderness heading toward the land God promised to them.  It was the time of the Exodus.  The people were freed from slavery to Egypt but many of them would never see the land God promised they would be given in order to form a nation.  The ones who never saw it were the adults who had left Egypt at the beginning of the Exodus.  You may remember why they wouldn’t see the Promised Land; all along the way the people sinned against God and one another many times.  According to the priestly writers of Numbers, their punishment was to never see the Promised Land.  Their children would inherit the land when they got there. […]

Move Along/2 Samuel 12:1-10, 13-24, Romans 6:6-11/Rev. Rodger Allen/11-11-18

By |November 12th, 2018|Sermons|

  Four Sundays ago, we left King David sitting on top of the world. He has become king of all Israel, having gained the support of the armies, the people, and God. He has captured the city of Jerusalem and made it his capital. He has heard God promise to bless his reign, while politely declining David’s offer to build a Temple. He has responded with a faithful prayer, praising God and asking for guidance, and he has been promised that guidance. Everything is going wonderfully; David, and Israel, are on top of the world. […]