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August 2017

Puppet Ministry turns 15!

By |August 22nd, 2017|Announcements|

Sunday, August 20 we celebrated our puppet ministry turning 15! We enjoyed several rousing songs from a team of  25 puppeteers, propateers, and helpers, honored our director Barbara Bergdolt, and even shared in a yummy birthday cake. Happy 15th, Sonshine and Sonbeam Puppet teams! Thank you, Barbara and everyone who makes this ministry happen. Save

Jesus on Conflict Management/ 8-20-17/ Matthew 18: 15-17, 21-22; John 15: 1-5; Galatians 5:22-23/ Rev. Rodger Allen

By |August 22nd, 2017|Sermons|

  “The Lectionary,” as many of you have heard before, is a suggested schedule of Bible readings for Sunday worship services, designed to lead us to all of the most important passages of the Bible over a three-year period. Lately the Gospel part of the Lectionary has been walking us through the Gospel of Matthew. So lately we have heard: the sower and seeds parable from the beginning of Matthew 12, the wheat and weeds parable from later in Matthew 12, Peter’s statement of faith “You are the Messiah” in Matthew 16, and so on. And that’s why we are about to hear our next passage, from Matthew 18. It’s not because there is some kind of conflict in the congregation, or because I heard that two of you are quarreling, or there’s a big controversy in the Presbytery or denomination. No, it’s just that it is this passage’s “turn” now. So that being understood: “Jesus said…” (Matthew 18: 15-17, 21-22). […]

Are You A Heretic? Presbyterians and Predestination/ 7-30-17/ Romans 8: 26-30 Matthew 25: 31-40/ Rev. Rodger Allen

By |August 3rd, 2017|Sermons|

               Knighted British actor Sir Rex Harrison starred in many, many movies over the course of his long career, including “Cleopatra” and “Dr. Doolittle,” and in many stage plays as well. But there will be one role he will always be remembered for and identified with far more than any other: that of Professor Henry Higgins in the play and movie “My Fair Lady.” In “My Fair Lady,” Professor Higgins and his friend Colonel Pickering made a bet with each other, as to whether Higgins could take a poor flower girl named Eliza, and teach her to speak and act as an upper-class English lady—or “English lidy,” as Eliza pronounces it. After weeks of training, and many discouragements, and very nearly giving up, Professor Henry Higgins finally succeeded, and won his bet; he took Eliza to a fancy ball, and no one suspected that she was anything but royalty or upper class-born. Afterward, Colonel Pickering acknowledged that he had lost his bet by singing the song, “You Did It” (“because you really did it, you did  it; you said you’d make a woman and indeed you did”)—a song in which he gave all the credit to Professor Higgins, credit which Higgins  not-so-humbly accepted. Neither one of them ever acknowledged Eliza’s  effort and accomplishment, even though she was standing right there in the room with them. […]

July 2017

“A Pearl Beyond Price” 7/23/17 Scripture: Matthew 13: 24-30; 44-46 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |July 24th, 2017|Sermons|

            As I have stated but not reiterated, three parables called “kingdom parables” are sandwiched between questions, sometimes hostile questions, to Jesus’ authority and ministry.  Matthew chapter 11 and most of 12 contain multiple stories of opposition to and misunderstanding of what Jesus is teaching and doing.  Chapter 13, after the parables, ends with Jesus’ heart-breaking rejection by his hometown people.  That is why the parables in chapter 13 could be viewed as responding to the dilemma of why does the Gospel message find hospitable space to grow among some people and not others?  According to Feasting on the Word commentary, “Matthew gives us a practical theological explanation of why so many more hear than understand, why more disciples are planted than bear fruit, and which elements are necessary for fruitful discipleship.” […]

Abraham and Sarah/ 7-2-17/ Genesis 12:1-7a; 15:5-6; Genesis 18: 1-14; 21: 1-3/ Rev. Rodger Allen

By |July 12th, 2017|Sermons|

  We have been celebrating a lot of special Sundays lately at Paris Presbyterian Church. Since the beginning of May, we’ve celebrated: Youth Sunday, Mother’s Day, Pentecost, Spring Fling, Memorial Day, Trinity Sunday, and Father’s Day. A lot of special Sundays. While we have been doing that, the Lectionary, in the meantime, the set of recommended Scripture lessons for our consideration in worship, has had as its Old Testament focus some of the stories of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Today we’re going to go back and catch up with a couple of those stories. […]