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August 2018

Stubborn Love/8.5.18/Jeanette Levellie/Psalm 103:1-13; Hebrews 9:11-14; 10: 5-18

By |August 6th, 2018|Sermons|

  It was Christmas Eve, and a funeral home was no place for kids. But we had to say goodbye to Daddy, who had died a few days earlier from cirrhosis of the liver. Mom brought us early, before anyone else got there, so we could be alone with our tears and our memories. I was ten and my brother, Danny was fourteen. […]

July 2018

“Grace Is Not In Vain”/7/15/18/Scripture: 2 Cor. 5:11-6:2; Isaiah 11:1-2, 6-10/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |July 18th, 2018|Sermons|

           A lawyer, newly relocated to a village, went duck hunting on his property.  He shot a duck and it fell not on his property but on his farmer neighbor’s property, specifically in his garden.  The lawyer started to climb the fence between their two properties and the farmer came over to his garden and picked up the dead duck saying, “No, no, the duck is no longer yours because it fell onto my property.”  The lawyer incredulously stated, “Do you know who I am?  I’m a lawyer and I’ll sue you.”  To which the farmer calmly replied, “You are new to this village and we settle disputes with the three-kick rule.  The one who has the complaint gets on the ground and is kicked first and if that one can then stand, he kicks the other and that goes on until one can’t stand.  In this case, if it is you standing, you will get this duck back.”  So the lawyer lies down on the ground and the farmer gives him three quick kicks in the leg, side, and shoulder. The lawyer then stands up and exclaims, “ok, now it is your turn.”  And the farmer states, “That’s ok, you can have the duck!”  […]

Dr. Jonathan Seitz to preach on August 12

By |July 9th, 2018|Announcements, Mission|

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Seitz, who came to visit us a couple years ago, the Mission Task Force is happy to say, will be coming again!!  We had a great visit last time and Jonathan will PREACH on the 12th at 10:30AM followed by a special Fellowship Time in the Koinonia Kafe (hosted by MTF) with [...]

“Why Are We Here?” Rev. Rodger Allen 7-1-18 Mark 6: 1-2, Psalm 100

By |July 5th, 2018|Sermons|

  It’s important for you to know, as we begin today, that much of the material in today’s sermon comes from a sermon written by the Rev. William Willimon, and printed in the magazine “Pulpit Resources.” I tell you that first because I feel strongly that preachers should always give proper credit when they use the words or ideas of someone else, so I always tell you if I’m doing that. But it’s especially important to understand that today because there are parts of the message today that people could conclude I wrote to refer to a particular issue or group of people at Paris Presbyterian Church; that I was trying to influence our direction somehow. This introduction lets you know I didn’t do that; this is not directed at anyone or anything in particular, here. As far as I know, Rev. Willimon’s never even been to Paris Presbyterian Church, so he couldn’t possibly have been writing about us. No, his remarks reflect a situation found in many, many churches, of many different denominations, all over the country. This isn’t personal.  […]

June 2018

“Control Freaks, Relax”/Presented by Rev. Rodger (R) & Rev. Laurie (L) Mark 4:26-34; Psalm 89:5-18/6.10.18

By |June 13th, 2018|Sermons|

                R: “The Kingdom of God.” It is a phrase Jesus used often, especially when he was teaching the people in parables, those short stories or analogies he told in language and examples very familiar to his audience. “The kingdom of God is like . . .” he would begin. Like a banquet. Like a farmer who went to sow some seed. Like ten bridesmaids with lamps. The kingdom of God was an important theme for Jesus. So we, as followers of Jesus, should probably try to understand what he meant when he discussed it. What is this “kingdom of God”? […]