Pentecost

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May 2018

“Happy Anniversaries: Celebrating the Gifts of Women” Rev. Rodger Allen Acts 1:12-14, 9:36, 16: 14-15; Galatians 3:27-28; Luke 8:1-3; Rom. 16:1-6 5-13-18

By |May 15th, 2018|Sermons|

               The television miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth” depicts many scenes from Jesus’ life, as reported in the gospels . . . well embellished somewhat, Hollywood just can’t help itself, but mostly from the gospels – from Jesus’ birth to his resurrection. Among the scenes included is the one Luke 4 and Matthew 13 relate to us, where Jesus reads the Scriptures and preaches at his home synagogue, the church he grew up in, in Nazareth. And one thing I remember about that scene is how the synagogue was arranged: Jesus was up front, being a worship leader that day; the men of Nazareth were seated on benches in front of him; and then in the back of the synagogue, behind a screen, were the women and children, including his mother, Mary. The one person who knew most, at this point, about who Jesus was and what he meant; and the one who would feel most deeply his joys and sorrows the next years, along with her own; his mother: she could only look on from a distance, and only see dimly, through that screen. […]

June 2017

“Stewards of Pentecost” 6/4/17 Scripture: Acts 11:19-23, 29-30 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |June 12th, 2017|Sermons|

         I enjoy creating acrostic sentences out of one word.  I take the first letter of a particular word I have chosen and create words out of each letter of that word.  I’ve used this in my preaching over the last 13 years a time or two.  In writing this sermon, I found a website that helps to create what they call acrostic poems so that one types in the word one wants to turn into an acrostic poem and the site gives you a list of words for each of the letters of that word.  I decided not to subject you to a 9 line poem for our word but instead created two separate sentences using the same word to guide a brief message for today.  […]