Sermons

    • Please press the “play” button on the far left of the bar below to listen to the service today:     Please press the “play” button on the far left of the bar below to hear “Now the Green Blade Riseth”    
    • Please press the “play” button on the far left of the bar below to listen to the service today: Please press the “play” button on the far left of the bar below to hear "Sweet Hour of  Prayer" played beautifully by our Music Director, Joyce Carpenter-Henderson. 
    • With services at the Church temporarily on hold, we invite you to please enjoy this recording of our "virtual" service Sunday March 22, 2020.  Please stay safe and God Bless. Please press the "play" button on the far left of the bar below:  
    •  In our gospel passage for today, from John’s gospel, a man named Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night.  Nicodemus is a leader of the Pharisees, a religious group within Judaism.  He comes with questions, very specific questions.  He’s looking for explanations.  The word has gotten around about Jesus and his miraculous deeds.  After Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in the village of Cana, news traveled fast.  Questions arose in the marketplace, in the synagogue, around the dinner table: wh... [read more]
    • Tempted Matthew 4: 1 – 11   (preached on March 1, 2020)   A few little words can make a big difference in your life.  A few little words can move you to a whole new place.  After those few little words are spoken, you can never go back to the place you were before.  Your life has changed, forever.   The little words, “I now pronounce you husband and wife” make a big change in your life.  One life, the life you knew as a single person, ends.  A new life, married life, begin... [read more]
    • Fishing for People Matthew 4: 13 – 23   (preached on January 29, 2020)   “Immediately, they left their nets and followed him.  Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”  In our gospel passage for today, from the gospel of Matthew, Jesus comes to Peter and Andrew, to James and John, in the middle of their workday.  There are fish to be caught.  There are nets to be mended, but Jesus disrupts all that work.  “Come, follow me, and I will make you fish for people… Immediately, they ... [read more]
    • He Went Down to Lift Us Up Matthew 3: 13 – 17   (preached January 12, 2020)   In these days of the twenty-first century, we have more creature comforts than ever before in history.  We have machines to open our garage doors, machines to wash our dishes, devices that help us stay in touch across thousands of miles.  But, in spite of all these creature comforts, many people feel a great a spiritual emptiness.  Because our society is so consumer-driven and so individualistic, m... [read more]
    • Consequential Strangers Matthew 2: 1 – 12 (preached on January 5, 2020)   When I was thirteen years old, my parents decided it was time for me to get to know some of my more distant relatives.  They wanted me to get to know the Southern side of the family, my mother’s side.  They lived in Mobile, Alabama.  So my folks  put me on a plane in Pittsburgh, headed for Mobile.  After boarding the plane, I was happy to find a seat by the window.  As I was settling in, a man dressed in a busi... [read more]
    • The Meaning of Emmanuel Matthew 2: 13 – 23   (preached on December 29, 2019)   Every Christmas season, one of the churches I served held a pageant, performed on Christmas Eve.  One year, on the day of the pageant, I had a moment of sheer panic.  I had arrived at the church at 4:30 that day, to get ready for the pageant at 5:30.   The first thing I did was go to the sanctuary and check the manger scene.  I wanted to be sure there was plenty of space, since the children were going to put th... [read more]
    • Everywhere Emmanuel December 24, 2019 It’s here at last.  The wondrous, holy night has finally come.  The night we’ve been looking forward to and preparing for and dreaming about is upon us.  All over the world tonight, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus.  The poet Phillips Brooks describes it this way: Everywhere, everywhere Christmas tonight! Christmas in lands of the fir tree and pine, Christmas in lands of the palm tree and vine, Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and... [read more]
    • Being a Pink Candle Person Isaiah 35: 1 – 10; Matthew 1: 18 – 25   (preached on December 15, 2019)                 Every Sunday during the season of Advent, here at the front of the church, we light candles on our Advent wreath. Three of the candles on the wreath are purple.  Traditionally, purple has been the color of royalty.  In ancient times, only kings and queens were allowed to wear it.  That’s because the dye that was needed to make purple cloth was very expensive.   Purpl... [read more]
    • The Call to Repentance Matthew 3: 1 – 12   (preached on December 8, 2019)   Like most pastors, I spend a lot of time every week preparing my sermon.  I study the Bible passages assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary for that day.  I read commentaries by Bible scholars to learn about when and where the passage was written.  And I poke around on line, looking for illustrations to help relate the passage to our lives today.   For the most part, I enjoy that preparation.  But ev... [read more]