Archive for 2014

Ordinary 33A — November 16, 2014

Merely Human Anton Schmid Matthew 25:14-30              14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the…

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Whichever Way You Turn

A few months ago, my dear friend Mary Louise invited me to attend the “Awakening Soul” conference held in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina near Asheville each year at Lutheridge Conference Center (http://www.awakeningsoulpresents.org). The featured presenters are John Philip Newell and Barbara Brown Taylor.  Those who know me even fairly well know that Barbara…

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UNgratitude

I am participating in the UncoSynchro blog, a writing collaborative effort from ‪#‎Unco14‬, focusing on subversive themes of faith and life. The theme for November is (Un)Gratitude. http://uncosynchro.wordpress.com The last few months have been pretty lousy because I miss my best friend. My friend had a mastectomy in August and is now undergoing radiation treatment which…

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All Saints Sunday A — November 2, 2014

Necessary Losses For audio, click this link: https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/november-2-2014-11-22-39-am/s-uK9MT                                     Revelation 7:9-17            9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They…

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All Saints Day — Sunday, November 2

Next Sunday, November 2nd, we will celebrate All Saints’ Day.  All Saints’ Day invites us to remember those whom we love that have gone on through the gates of larger life.  In some mysterious way we are gathered with all those who have gone before, with those we love who live in different parts of…

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Ordinary 30A — October 26, 2014

Who Do You Love? Guest Preacher:  Alan Olson For audio, click this link: https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/october-26-2014-11-21-25-am/s-DVG6B             So for the past couple weeks I’ve been hitting the books pretty hard. The other day I took the Worship & Sacraments exam for the PC (USA). This is one of the four ordination exams that Candidates for Ministry must take…

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Food Drive — North Hills Community Outreach

Let’s Fill These Empty Shelves As we were gathering for worship this morning, the shelves of the North Hills Community Outreach food bank, located in the old Suburban General Hospital, looked like this: And this: Let’s do something about all that empty space.  This week, fill your grocery cart with non-perishable foods for our hungry…

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Ordinary 29A — October 19, 2014

God With Skin On For audio, click this link:  https://soundcloud.com/emsworthup/october-19-2014-11-16-37-am/s-uY5B7 Exodus 33:12-23                  Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor…

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Adaptive Change Conversations Begin at Emsworth U.P.

On Monday night, about half of our active members/friends gathered for a pot luck supper and conversation as we continue to move through the Unglued Church process at Emsworth U.P. Church. Using the information gathered through the New Beginnings report and the results of the six-week “house meetings”process, the folks who gathered considered three “future…

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Ebola Crisis in West Africa

As the Ebola crisis continues to escalate, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) programs are working with its partners, the West Africa Initiative (WAI) and Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance, on the immediate medical crisis as well as the secondary impacts on communities in the region. The response has focused on: Supplying essential protective gear…

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