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January 2019

“More Holidays?!?”/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-6-19/Matthew 2: 1-5, 9-11; Matthew 3:1-6, 13-17

By |January 7th, 2019|Sermons|

            Well, it’s been quite a month of celebrations, hasn’t it? We’ve had all the festivities leading up to Christmas: Advent, decorating, shopping for Christmas presents, wrapping all those presents; an Advent choral service, a puppet Christmas musical, our party in the Assembly Room, caroling, a variety of mission and giving projects. We went to malls, and rehearsals, and grocery stores, to get ready. Maybe you went to “Holiday in the Park” at Twin Lakes to see the displays, to help you get in the “Christmas Spirit” – did you see those wonderful red doors and stained glass windows right near the entrance? Or maybe you drove around to find houses with elaborate Christmas displays – or maybe put an elaborate display on your own house! […]

November 2018

“Where Is Your Treasure”/11/4/18/Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-7; Mt 6:1-6, 19-21, 24/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 6th, 2018|Sermons|

          Ahhh, another Fall Campaign: so exciting!  Actually, I really like the theme the Stewardship Committee has presented throughout 2018 at various times and in a variety of ways.  “Where Is Your Heart?” comes from our Matthew, chapter 6, passage and is focused on verse 21:  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Notice that it doesn’t say that the treasure follows the heart, but that the heart follows the treasure.  It points to what is central in our lives, whatever our most important treasure is:  is it money?; is it family?; is it cars?; is it God and the will of God?  […]

July 2018

“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.  […]

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. […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 10-15-17 Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 13: 24-30, 47-49 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |November 1st, 2017|Stewardship|

               We had a wedding here last weekend. And a lovely, happy wedding it was. But it was a little different from the wedding described by Jesus in this parable. If our wedding had been like Jesus’, this is what it would have looked like: At about 3:30, half an hour before the ceremony was to begin, picture the bride’s parents sending the ushers and bridesmaids out into the streets to start rounding up the people who had been invited. “OK, we’re ready—everyone’s here. Come on in for the wedding now.” But the guests, to their surprise, don’t want to come in. They ignore the ushers and bridesmaids, and turn away; or even hit them, saying “Leave me alone, you and your stupid wedding.” So the attendants, rather startled, return to the church, reporting that the guests . . . are refusing to come! […]