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January 2018

Holiday Guests 1-7-18 Matt. 2: 1-12; Isaiah 60: 1-4, 66 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |January 15th, 2018|Sermons|

  When we look at the different people who came to see baby Jesus, in the birth stories, we can figure out, to some extent, why the particular people who were invited to be there were there. Joseph, for example, was descended from the line of King David, and the prophets had always said that the Messiah would come from the line of King David; Joseph provides that connection. We looked at the character of Mary in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and we could see what in her character led God to call her to serve as Jesus’ mother; we could see why she was picked. […]

December 2017

Pictures of Mary 12-17-17 Luke 1: 26-38 Luke 1:46-55 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |December 18th, 2017|Sermons|

Young Mary        Brave Mary          Obedient Mary           Praying Mary           Justice-minded Mary              A central figure in our stories leading up to Christmas is Jesus’ mother Mary. We read the announcement, by the angel, to her, of his coming birth, just about every Advent season, since this is the season of anticipating that birth. Today we are going to look at some pictures of Mary, some snapshots, some characteristics, to understand a little better who she is, and to see what qualities she has that we might like to aspire to, as we prepare for the birthday this year. In what ways might she be our model? […]

November 2017

“Are We Amazed?” 11/5/17 Scripture: Mt 22:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Ps 24 (selected verses) by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 15th, 2017|Sermons|

          The Rev. Jill Duffield, editor of the Christian Magazine The Outlook, tells the story of a man, many years older than she was in her mid-twenties at the time, who came into the affluent church where she pastored in the early years of her ministry, and asked for assistance.  Certainly, in her experience, as well as mine and Rodger’s, asking for assistance is almost always indistinguishable from asking for money.  She took him through the richly appointed hallways into her beautiful office laden with theological tomes and expensive furniture.  She went to sit in her comfy chair behind the desk while he sat on the stiff, formal couch across the room from her desk. […]

“Are We Amazed?” 11/5/17 Scripture: Mt 22:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Ps 24 (selected “Are We Amazed?” 11/5/17 Scripture: Mt 22:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Ps 24 (selected verses) by Rev. Laurie Williams verses) by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 8th, 2017|Sermons|

             The Rev. Jill Duffield, editor of the Christian Magazine The Outlook, tells the story of a man, many years older than she was in her mid-twenties at the time, who came into the affluent church where she pastored in the early years of her ministry, and asked for assistance.  Certainly, in her experience, as well as mine and Rodger’s, asking for assistance is almost always indistinguishable from asking for money.  She took him through the richly appointed hallways into her beautiful office laden with theological tomes and expensive furniture.  She went to sit in her comfy chair behind the desk while he sat on the stiff, formal couch across the room from her desk. […]

Homecoming 10-29-17 Deut. 1:3, 5:32-6:9, 6:13 Josh. 24: 1, 14-18 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |November 8th, 2017|Sermons|

             On the Sundays we have read from the Old Testament, in the last few weeks, those passages have been from the Exodus story, which began with the Hebrew people in slavery in Egypt, in approximately the year 1250 BC. We heard about God’s call to Moses, through a burning bush, to lead the people out of slavery; of “God the Provider,” of food and water and safety and protection, on that journey. We heard God give the people the Ten Commandments and the other laws which would guide how they lived, at one of their stops on their journey across the wilderness. And now . . . well we don’t want to just leave the Hebrew people sitting out there in the desert, do we? For one thing, being there isn’t the end of the story, isn’t their fate—and we need to remind ourselves just how the story did end, and how God kept the promises made to them. […]