“You Don’t Need to Have It All Figured Out or Why We Need the Trinity” June 7, 2020

“You Don’t Need to Have It All Figured Out, and Why We Need the Trinity”   “You don’t need to have it all figured out. Just be with me.” ~ ‘Jesus’ from ‘The Shack’ by Wm. Paul Young   A bishop was at a church for a Confirmation ceremony. In front of the congregation, 9 young people from the ages of 13 to 16 were lined up waiting to be confirmed. This was a big event; a solemn occasion. Now, the Bishop had decided that in his homily he would quiz the teenagers he...

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“To Do What We Cannot Do” May 31, 2020

“To Do What We Cannot Do” A sermon based on the writings of Luke the Apostle from the 2nd chapter of Acts Wow – Pentecost Sunday. To some, it’s just another religious holiday where everyone brings out their red clothes. But to others the season of Pentecost marks a turning point in the Christian calendar. It is a change; a change much in the same way that the moment the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, something happened. Something happened that we are still a...

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“The Gospel Is All About Jesus” May 24, 2020 with Jonathan Booth

“The Gospel Is All About Jesus” A sermon on John 17 by Jonathan Booth Friends from McCabe, Sheridan, and Amity – greetings. It is so good to be “with you”. It is a privilege to preach in the Easter season because much of what we hold dear and foundational to our faith is contained within the Easter narrative. Our lectionary reading gives us just the first eleven verses of John 17, but I would encourage you to read all 26. The whole chapter is precious. There are parts...

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“You’re Gonna Get It!” May 17, 2020

“You’re Gonna Get It!” John 14:15-21   “Oh, you’re gonna get it! You’re in so much trouble right now!” How many of us can remember hearing words like these from adults when we were kids? It’s part of growing up; if you mess up, there will be consequences. We even used these treats of pain and suffering ourselves as kids. “You’re gonna get it,” seemed to be the all time favorite on the playground or in the backyard. It was even fun to say. The words seemed to fly off...

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“Love Without Conditions” May 10, 2020

“Love Without Conditions” “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” ~ G. K. Chesterton “The difference between the poet and the mathematician is that the poet tries to get his head into heaven, while the mathematician tries to get the heavens into his head.” ~ K. Chesterton [John 14:1-14] I found a little chuckle that, in a roundabout way, really hits home to those of us who are getting tired of being at home. It seems that the visiting pastor was...

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“When Jesus Speaks” May 3, 2020

“When Jesus Speaks” John 10:1-10 Some years ago, the question was posed to a small group that I was leading: “What is Jesus to you?” In other words, “How would you describe your personal understanding of Jesus Christ to someone who doesn’t have a clue?” Well, there was some initial chin scratching and nail biting, but eventually folks opened up. Now, “What is Jesus to you” is a pretty broad question – I have to admit that. But it’s surprising, once you put your head to it,...

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“But We Had Hoped” April 26, 2020

“But We Had Hoped” Luke 24:13-35 Today’s gospel reading for this, the 3rd Sunday of Easter, comes from the gospel of Luke. The story of the Road to Emmaus is unique. It is found only in the gospel of Luke, but here’s the thing – it is first and foremost a resurrection story. So, we’re going to take a little break. We’re going to take a break from images of the empty tomb and of the disciples holed up, locked in a dark room afraid for their lives. Today we find ourselves...

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EASTER LETTER April 19, 2020 “Seeing Isn’t Always Believing”

Notes from the pastor ~ “Spring has sprung, the grass is ris – I wonder where the flowers is?” I had a neighbor when I was growing up that was infatuated with Spring. Starting mid-February, you could rely on Chet to step out his front door whenever the mood hit him and holler, “C’mon Spring!” He even put signs in the front yard counting down the days: “18 days until Spring!” “17 days until Spring!”  Well, wouldn’t you know it but all that hollering paid off because every...

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EASTER MESSAGE April 12, 2020 “God Bless the Amateurs”

Notes from the pastor ~ Have you ever found something amongst all your “stuff” and was thoroughly frustrated because you had no idea where it came from? Like so many of us, I have collected a lot of music in my day. I have boxes of vinyl, tons of tapes, and enough CD’s to repave Main Street. They all have a story – there is a reason why I have these in my possession, even if it’s because the kids left them behind. But a few years ago, I ran across a CD that still has me...

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LENT LETTER April 5, 2020 “The Beauty of Christ, the Glory of Christ”

Notes from the Pastor ~ We’ve certainly learned a lot in the past week or so. “How big is a virus,” the 5 year old asked. The teacher replied, “Well, do you know what a cell is? We are made up of zillions of little teeny cells that you can only see with a microscope. They are like Legos, all hooked together to make us who we are. But they are really, really teeny. A virus is even teenier than a cell. Here’s a way to look at it: if a cell is as big as a 3-story building,...

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