Archive for 2015

A Revolution of Tenderness

(Preached at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, December 6, 2015) Luke 3:1-18 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the…

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Leftovers

I recently ran across an article describing a sermon by Dr. Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury. This bit caught my attention: “In his sermon for Christmas Day, Dr Williams tells how, whilst visiting a crèche attached to Bethlehem’s Holy Family Hospital funded by international donations, he cradled an abandoned new born child in his…

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Unseen Things

46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 48Many sternly ordered…

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Fasting from Complacency — A Rant For World Food Day

First, watch this. https://youtu.be/ue8_doQgSW8 This is a rant I’ve been sitting on for a while. It is a rant I’ve been sitting on, and yet its essence continues to creep into my sermons and conversations, bubbling up in my dreams, and sometimes hitting me on the head when I least expect it. Today is World…

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All The Things

Mark 10:17-31 17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not…

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“Proclamation, Persistance and Patience”

Alan Olson’s Ordination to Minister of Word and Sacrament 2 Timothy 3:14-17, 4:1-5 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.…

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Downsized

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Mark 9:38-50 38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon…

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Closing Litany and Prayer Warming — June 21, 2015

Video used in worship service on June 21, 2015 LITANY FOR ENDING A MINISTRY (adopted from a litany shared by Rev. Deb Avery, Oakland, California. The prayer warming of the crosses is an idea from Rev. Dave Carver who led our group from Pittsburgh Presbytery to South Sudan in January, 2015) L: The church of Jesus Christ is constantly…

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Ordinary 12B — June 21, 2015

Who’s In Charge Here? NOTE: Sermons are aural events; they are meant to be heard, not read. The text below — which was not delivered exactly as written — may include errors not limited to spelling, grammar and punctuation of which the listener might be unaware and with which the preacher is unconcerned. There is no audio this…

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Goodbye and Thank You — From Pastor Susan

The past four years of ministry here with you have been an amazing journey. You have extended unfailing generosity, tenderness, and grace to me and I am grateful. I could not have imagined a more loving church for my first call as a teaching elder. It has been a blessing to serve as your pastor.…

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