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July 2018

“Women of the Old Testament: Eve, the Easer of Loneliness”/7/22/18/Scripture: Genesis 1-2:2 selected verses/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |July 23rd, 2018|Sermons|

          Like Rodger, I too am doing a series.  For many of the weeks of the next few months, when I preach, I will talk about a different Old Testament woman based on the book by Lynn Japinga entitled “Preaching the Women of the Old Testament”. The following true story was in the newspaper, The Irish Times, from July 21, 2018.  The author of the story explains:  “I’m a 44-year-old professional woman, very happily married with two lovely children. Lucky, eh?  (Still) I never thought I would feel the kind of loneliness that makes my heart ache.  But I do.  I’m originally from Ireland.  I moved to Wales twenty years ago for work, met my husband (who is also Irish) and settled into life there. I had a large group of female friends acquired through baby play groups, school and work.  […]

May 2018

“Harmony: Clean and Good, Do Not Profane”/5/20/18/Scripture: Acts 11:1-9, 1-12, 15; Romans 12:16-21/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |May 24th, 2018|Sermons|

             Father Stephen Freeman of the Orthodox Church of America is Rector of a church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He had a good article about Pentecost and Creation and I will begin my sermon with his opening paragraph:  “Earth is a wondrous place – no matter where we go – how deep, how far, how high, how hot, how inhospitable – in this place we find life. Everywhere we look on our nearest neighbor to earth– Mars – we find – no life.  We want to find life. We hope to find life.  We theorize life.  But we have yet to find it in the universe.” There is something about life, at least in our earthly experience, that is “inevitable.”  Any individual case of life may be fragile, but life itself endures.  In the Genesis account we are told that “God blessed this planet and said:  Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”  […]

May 2016

“The Lord God Made Us All”/May 22 2016/ Ecclesiastes 3:16-22a, Psalm 104, Job 12:4,7-10,13/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |May 25th, 2016|Sermons|

            Some of you may own property that you rent to others.  Or, perhaps you can simply imagine owning property that you rent to others.  You want to be a good, helpful, conscientious landlord so you fix the home or apartment to be well-functioning and in good shape.  You rent out this space and expect the renters to take decent care of it, at the very least.  Yet, they trash the place, literally and figuratively.  You are understandably upset about this or maybe quite angry about it.  Why didn’t they take care of your property? […]