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May 2019

“God Loves Basket Cases”/Exodus 2:1-10; Acts 9: 20-25/Jeanette Levellie/5-19-19 

By |May 15th, 2019|Sermons|

My favorite prayer is “Help Me, Jesus!” The reason for this is that I often find myself in situations for which I have no answers, or my solutions aren’t working. I start to worry, or maybe I let myself get stressed, yielding to the lie that it’s all up to me to solve my problems. I become a Basket Case. The dictionary defines a basket case as “a person or thing regarded as useless or unable to cope; or someone that is in a completely hopeless situation.” The Urban dictionary says a person is a basket case when she has no solution to a problem she’s given. […]

“What Do We Do with the Book of Revelation?/”Rev. 1:4-8; Rev. 21:1-5/Rev. Rodger Allen/5-12-19 

By |May 14th, 2019|Sermons|

We have mentioned a couple times  in the last couple weeks that, in the church, Easter is not a single day, but a season – a season of a few weeks in which we continue to consider the good news, and the implications, of Jesus’ resurrection. We often continue to look, as we did the last two Sundays, at Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances: Jesus’ coming to disciples, in between Easter morning and his ascension into heaven six weeks later. […]

April 2019

“My Lord and My God”/John 20: 19-31; Acts 2:22-24, 32, 36-39/Rev. Rodger Allen/4-28-19

By |April 30th, 2019|Sermons|

The Christian Church has the difficult task, at this point in the year, of trying to encourage people to celebrate an Easter season – a whole period of days and weeks of Easter – in a culture which always wants us to “move on to the next thing” right away. “O-kay, Halloween was yesterday – put up the Christmas decorations now.” “The new Avengers movie opened last week, I saw it already, what’s this weekend’s blockbuster premier?” It’s like what my young teen nephew once said, who even before he was back out into the parking lot as the Kennywood Amusement Park in Pittsburgh at the end of the day, was already asking, “Can we go to Sandcastle water park tomorrow?” What’s next? What’s the next thrill? Move on to the next thing. […]

Newness of Life/4.21.19/Luke 24:1-12; Romans 6:3-11/Rev. Rodger Allen

By |April 23rd, 2019|Sermons|

Susanna had been preparing for this day for two years. It was not a simple matter to join the Christian Church in Antioch in the third century. Even for one who had been brought up in the Jewish synagogue, as she had, who already knew God as creator of the world, giver of the Law, [...]

“A Brief History of Time:/3. God Responds”/Rom. 5:1-11; Gen. 11:27-12:8/Rev. Rodger Allen/3-31-19

By |April 4th, 2019|Sermons|

Some of you may have noticed that there are a lot of books in this building. There are shelves of books in the Koinonia Kafe, available to be borrowed and read. There are books in the Pastor’s Office, which Laurie and I brought here with us. There’s a wonderful collection downstairs, a Children’s Library, available for you. Plus the Bibles and hymnals in the pews – lots of books. As I was rooting around through some of the books one day, I came across two books that have some very interesting stories in them, and I thought I might tell you some of those stories today. The odd thing about both books, however, is that they each seem to have some pages missing, because it appears that the whole stories aren’t in there, just pieces. And it gets frustrating, because they’re good stories, and we want to know the rest; we’d like to hear the whole thing. […]