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October 2018

“Old Testament Women of the Bible: Esther”/9/30/18/Esther 1:1-4, 7:1-20, 9:20a, 21, 22; James 5:13-16, 19-20/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |October 1st, 2018|Sermons|

          As most of you know, my past three sermons are a part of a series about Old Testament women.  To this point, I have been rescuing them from the bad rap they have received by some biblical scholars and commentators down through the ages.  We have heard of Eve, Sarah and Hagar, and Tamar.  Today I will jump way ahead in scripture and talk about Esther as it is also in the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday.           While there are no known documents of a historical nature concerning Esther, she is very important to the Jewish faith story and consequently our faith too.  This story tells of the salvation of the Jewish people, residing as refugees in Persia, from certain death.  The King in the story is Ahasuerus.  His Persian name was thought to be Xerxes who reigned from 479 to 465 B.C.  […]

May 2018

“Can Anyone Withhold the Water?” Rev. Rodger Allen Acts 8:26-40; Acts 10:23b-28, 34-36, 44-48 4-29-18

By |May 29th, 2018|Sermons|

  Our first Scripture lesson this morning was a complete story in itself; you heard the beginning, the middle, and the end—the story has no other verses before or after: Philip, one of the seven first deacons of the church, appointed in the sixth chapter of Acts, was called by God to go to a road south of Jerusalem. There he met a man from Ethiopia, a eunuch, who was reading Old Testament scripture and looking for someone to explain it to him. Philip obliged, the Ethiopian professed his faith, and Philip baptized him into the early Christian church. A complete story. […]

February 2018

“About Stumblers/For Stumblers”/ I Corinthians 8: 1-13/Hebrews 5:11-6:1b/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-21-18

By |February 21st, 2018|Sermons|

The book of I Corinthians is a letter, written by the Apostle Paul back to the new Christian church he had started in the city of Corinth. In much of it, Paul is responding to questions the new Christians of Corinth had written to him: “OK, Paul, you’ve moved on, and now certain situations have come up here that we’re not sure how to handle; how do we deal with these things?” So Paul writes back and advises them. One of the questions they have asked has to do with the large number of temples to other gods in the city of Corinth. The new Christians knew, of course, that there’s only one true God, and that they’re not to participate in the worship of any other, false gods. Their question was: If you to the market and buy and eat meat that came from an animal that had been offered as a sacrifice to one of those false gods at one of those other temples, does that count as “participating in the worship” of that false god? Because that animal meat had been associated with false worship, should it be avoided by a faithful Christian? […]

November 2016

God’s Hidden, Humble Work 10-16-16 Luke 12:22-32 & Rom. 8:28; Acts 1:3-9, 12 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |November 3rd, 2016|Sermons|

We, like other churches,  have just come through the period of the year when Fall-to-Spring programs start up again, after summer breaks. Choir, Sunday School classes, puppet teams, Bible Study and regular meeting schedules are all back in place. On the years we’ve decided to try a new program of some kind, this would also be the time of year we generally start those, too. We have a true story, today, of another church starting up one of those new programs at this time of year. The church is in Oregon; the person telling the story is an active volunteer in the church—his name is Mark Yaconelli. His story appeared in “Church Century” magazine a couple months ago; I’ve adapted it just a little bit for our purposes today.   […]

September 2016

Haggai: Superordinate Goals By Reverend Rodger Allen 9-11-16 Joint Service with New Providence Haggai 1:1-9, 14; Psalm 137: 1-6

By |September 13th, 2016|Sermons|

  The setting for the beginning of the short book by the prophet Haggai is given rather succinctly in the final verses of the book of Chronicles. The story begins 66 years before Haggai: “The priests and the people of Israel were exceedingly unfaithful, following the abominations of the nations around them; and they polluted the house of the Lord that God had consecrated in Jerusalem. “The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word persistently to them by messengers, because God had compassion on the people and on God’s dwelling place; but they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising their words, and scoffing at the prophets, until the wrath of the Lord against the people became so great that there was no remedy. “Therefore God brought up against them the King of the Chaldeans, who killed their youths with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or young woman, the aged or the feeble; God gave them all into his hand. “All the vessels of the house of God, large and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his officials, all these he brought away to Babylon. They burned the house of the God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious vessels. He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons. And the land lay desolate.” End of quote […]