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Sermons from 2011

Christmas Day Reading

Pastors and Worship Leaders

December 25, 2011
John 1:1-14

12-25-2011 Sermon On Christmas Day the Scripture Reading from John 1:1-14 was read by Kathy Escandell, San Williams, Kaci Porter and John Leedy.

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Looking for a New Way of Being Religious

San Williams

December 18, 2011
Luke 1:26-38

12-18-2011 Sermon Last Sunday in the Faith and Life Class, Cindy Rigby mentioned an article that appeared on the front page of the New York Times.  I read the article, by Eric Weiner, in which he expresses dismay at the …

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Festival of Lessons and Carols

Chancel Choir and Congregation

December 11, 2011

Our Chancel Choir brought us its annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols.  In music and Holy Scripture, it reveals anew each year the “tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our sin until the …

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The Strangeness of the Gospel

San Williams

December 4, 2011
Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

Angels Rushing in Where Others Fear to Tread. That was a headline in the Cuidad Juarez Journal last month.  The angels are actually teenagers from a tiny evangelical church located on a dirt road in Ciudad Juarez. Oddly enough, the …

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Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

San Williams

November 27, 2011
Isa. 64:1-9, I Cor. 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37

11-27-2011 Sermon Advent brings to mind the 1980 hit song by Johnny Lee, “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.”  Perhaps more than at any other time of year, this is the season during which we are most intent …

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The Sovereign with the Surprise of Mysterious Reciprocity

Tom Foote, Jr.

November 20, 2011
Matthew 25:31-46

11-20-2011 Sermon Preached at University Presbyterian Church, Austin,Texas                          Ted V. Foote, Jr. I bring you greetings in the Spirit of Jesus Christ from First Presbyterian Church, Bryan, and the Bryan-College Station/Brazos Valley area, a member church of New Covenant Presbytery.  …

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To Love Is to Live

San Williams at First PC, Bryan

November 20, 2011
Matthew 25:31-46

(Preached at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas) Today we come to the end of the church year.  We come also to the end of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew’s Gospel. In this teaching, Jesus tells a story, an eschatological vision. …

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Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden

Roland P. Perdue, III

November 13, 2011
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:6-7, 20-24; Romans 5:18-21; 6:23

11-13-2011 Sermon  NOTE: I preach without the manuscript or notes (with the exception of poems or songs). Therefore things get added or left out during the actual sermonic event. In other words, what you read is not exactly what you …

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The Well-Oiled Church

San Williams

November 6, 2011
Matthew 25:1-13

11-06-2011 Sermon Of all the parables of Jesus about the kingdom of Heaven, this may be the one we’d most like to rewrite.  There are parts of this parable that we’d change or at least question.  So let’s take out …

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The Saint in the Mirror

San Williams

October 30, 2011
I John 3:1-3

10-30-2011 Sermon Most, if not all, of us shared a certain common experience this morning. We looked at a reflection of ourselves in a mirror.  What we saw will vary widely—fresh faces and faces wrinkled with age, some countenances bright …

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