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Sermons from 2012

Words Make Worlds

John Leedy

December 30, 2012
John 1:1-18

John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came …

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The Power of Song

San Williams

December 23, 2012
Luke 1:46-55

Of all the liturgical seasons of the church year, the Advent/Christmas season is the most closely associated with songs.  In fact, it’s almost impossible to celebrate Christmas without music. The message of God’s coming among us in Christ Jesus can’t …

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The Power of Insignificance

San Williams

December 9, 2012
Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6

If you wanted to introduce the major players in the historical drama that is unfolding in the 21st century, you might begin something like this:  In the days of the American Empire, when President Barak Obama was beginning his second …

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Apocalypse Revisited

San Williams

December 2, 2012
Jer. 33:14-16, I Thess. 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36

12-02-2012 Sermon This is the third Sunday in a row that our scripture reading has hurled an apocalyptic fast ball at us.  Two weeks ago, we were stung by Mark’s apocalyptic warnings about wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines and …

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The Great Benediction

John Leedy

November 25, 2012
Revelation 1:4b-8

11-25-2012 Sermon A reading from Revelation… Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, …

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Good News for Bad Times

San Williams

November 18, 2012
Mark 13:1-8

11-18-2012 Sermon We’re in that time of year when the lectionary draws our attention to what’s known as the apocalyptic portions of scripture. Today’s reading is taken from the thirteenth chapter of Mark, a chapter sometimes called the “Little Apocalypse.” …

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The Only Reason to Give

K.C. Ptomey Jr.

November 11, 2012
Exodus 35:4-9, 20-24; 36:2-7; II Corinthians 8:1-9

11-11-2012 Sermon My alma mater, like so many small, private, liberal arts colleges, is under constant pressure to raise money. One of the tools the school uses in fund raising is a publication that lists all the gifts to the …

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How Much Should I Give to the Church?

San Williams

November 4, 2012
2 Corinthians 8:7-15

11-04-2012 Sermon After our luncheon following worship this morning, most of you will pick up an envelope that contains your pledge card.  At some point over the next few days, all of you who are making a financial commitment to …

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Excel in Generosity

San Williams

October 28, 2012
2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Our reading this morning is one of the Bible’s most edifying passages on the subject of Christian giving. In fact, it’s so replete with useful instruction that I’m devoting two sermons to it.  Today we raise a why question, and …

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Jesus’ Glory

Kathy Escandell

October 21, 2012
Mark 10:35-45

10-21-2012 Sermon In his book, The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus, Peter Gomes writes of an occasion when he attended worship in the parish church of Windsor Great Park, a service also attended by Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth, the Queen …

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