Archive for 2014

Christmas 1B — December 28, 2014

The Real Wise Guys For audio, click this link: https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/december-28-2014-10-57-38-am Luke 2:22-40 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to…

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Love Came Down — Christmas Eve, 2014

You can hear the entire service by clicking this link: https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/december-24-2014-7-02-45-pm Christmas Eve 2014 Readings and Scripture            The Coming of God (Ann Weems) Our God is the One who comes to us in a burning bush in an angel’s song, in a newborn child. Our God is the One who cannot…

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Advent 4B — December 21, 2014

Interrupted By Blessing For audio, click here: https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/december-21-2014-11-20-40-am                                 Luke 1:39-56                                                                                                                                               39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child…

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Advent 3B — December 14, 2014

Like Those Who Dream For audio, click here:  https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/december-14-2014-11-22-03-amPsalm 126            1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3The Lord…

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Advent 2B — December 7, 2014

What Shall We Cry? For audio, click here: https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/december-7-2014-11-18-41-am/s-WMJmr (This is one of those sermons in which I was influenced by so many people thinking and writing and preaching and speaking, that it is difficult to know where all of the following words come from or to correctly attribute them.  I know I am in debt…

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The Advent Conspiracy Returns!!!

FIRST Click Here: http://youtu.be/adsEvrsU5W0 This is the third year that we’ve gathered together as a church in an “Advent Conspiracy” in which we commit to worshiping fully, spending less, giving more of ourselves, and loving all as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. Retailers and advertising tell us the best way to celebrate Christ’s birth…

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First Sunday of Advent — November 30, 2014

Call and Response https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/november-30-2014-11-22-43-am/s-W5HX1 Guest Preacher — Mark Shannon Mark 13:24-37 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man…

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Christ the King Sunday — November 23, 2014

Living Well. Loving Well. For audio, click here: https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/november-23-2014-11-20-08-am/s-z4S1V Matthew 25: 31-46 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd…

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Nobody asked my opinion, but…

This weekend, the eight churches participating in the Unglued Church project in Pittsburgh Presbytery gathered with our consultants from California to check in, review our impressions of the work done thus far, and begin the process of making a decision for adaptive change.  I am serving as an adaptive change apprentice for one of the…

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