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September 2016

Haggai: Superordinate Goals By Reverend Rodger Allen 9-11-16 Joint Service with New Providence Haggai 1:1-9, 14; Psalm 137: 1-6

By |September 13th, 2016|Sermons|

  The setting for the beginning of the short book by the prophet Haggai is given rather succinctly in the final verses of the book of Chronicles. The story begins 66 years before Haggai: “The priests and the people of Israel were exceedingly unfaithful, following the abominations of the nations around them; and they polluted the house of the Lord that God had consecrated in Jerusalem. “The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word persistently to them by messengers, because God had compassion on the people and on God’s dwelling place; but they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising their words, and scoffing at the prophets, until the wrath of the Lord against the people became so great that there was no remedy. “Therefore God brought up against them the King of the Chaldeans, who killed their youths with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or young woman, the aged or the feeble; God gave them all into his hand. “All the vessels of the house of God, large and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his officials, all these he brought away to Babylon. They burned the house of the God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious vessels. He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons. And the land lay desolate.” End of quote […]

July 2016

Who Else Is My Neighbor? 7-3.16 Luke 10: 25-37; Deut. 6:1-7; Lev. 19:18 Rev. Rodger Allen & Rev. Laurie Williams

By |July 7th, 2016|Sermons|

{The following was presented as a dialogue sermon by Rev. Laurie (“L”) and Rev. Rodger (“R”). The “shift in direction” in the middle of the sermon was suggested by Arthur McGill in his book Suffering.} L: Our New Testament lesson . . . R: Excuse me! Do I understand correctly, that you’re planning to tell us that old Good Samaritan story again this morning? Because my impression of these folks, by now, is that they’re pretty good Christians—they go to church, they know their Bibles. So that’s one story they’ve already heard, and know all about! […]

June 2016

“Good Choices” 6/12/16 Scripture: 1 Kings 21:1-21a; Psalm 5:1-8 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |June 13th, 2016|Sermons|

The commentator Carolyn Sharp explains that “the irony of human power” is that “power weakens those who are most eager to exploit it. The powerful are vulnerable not only to those who would wrest power from them, but also to the corrosive force of their own greed.”           You may remember the ancient Greek story of King Midas who wanted everything he touched to turn to gold.  His greed knew no bounds until he started to starve to death because all the food he touched turned to gold too.  He loses his beloved daughter when he embraces her and she turns to gold.  King Midas didn’t make a very good choice for his life and suffered the consequences. […]

May 2016

“Do You Live In a Bubble?” 5/15/16/John 14:8-17; Romans 8:14-17/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |May 25th, 2016|Sermons|

         Do you live in a bubble?  It is quite likely that most of us here live in a bubble of our own making, one that very well suits us and others like us.  Yet, we have the kind of God who has a way of messing with us that may put [...]

September 2015

Some Difficult Teachings to Swallow–Rev. Laurie’s Sermon Sept. 20, 2015

By |September 28th, 2015|Sermons|

Some Difficult Teachings to Swallow by Rev. Laurie Williams Matthew 5, selected verses (Sermon on the Mount) September 20, 2015 Some Difficult Teachings to Swallow by Rev. Laurie Williams Matthew 5, selected verses (Sermon on the Mount) September 20, 2015 Rev. Laurie: Jesus was an amazing man, as I imagine you know. One of his [...]