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May 2019

“Growing in Faith”/Hebrews 5: 11-6:1Acts 16: 1-5/Rev. Rodger Allen/5-26-19

By |May 30th, 2019|Sermons|

Bible passages from the book of Acts are recommended for our consideration each year at this time. After Jesus’ resurrection on Easter and his ascension into heaven forty days later, his disciples started telling his story and sharing his teachings, to people in and beyond Jerusalem, eventually resulting in the formation of Christian churches. So on the Sundays following Easter, we often review the stories of their doing that – and those stories are found in the book of Acts. One thing the book of Acts emphasizes is that the early church grew, as the story of Jesus was told. It grew in numbers, and it grew in faith. “Growing in numbers” is a concept we pretty easily understand, though it’s not quite as easy a thing to actually do as we would like. “Growing in faith” is a little more ambiguous phrase: what all does it mean, to “grow in faith”? […]

“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. […]

“Some Good Old Reformed Theology”/I John 3:1-7 (John 21: 1-14)/Rev. Rodger Allen/5-5-19

By |May 8th, 2019|Sermons|

A common theme  for worship services on the Sundays after Easter is . . . well, now what? Where do we go from here? We’ve told our best story; we’ve celebrated our biggest event; we’ve talked about what it means. Now we turn around and look ahead and think about proceeding with everyday life as Christians and as churches, now that the big events are over. Where do we go from here, in light of the Easter message? Who are we, as a post-resurrection community? What do these events lead us to believe, and what do we do about it, now that we’ve seen again what God has done? […]

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. […]