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Sermons from 2013

Comings and Goings

Krystal Leedy

December 29, 2013
Matthew 2:13-23

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is …

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It Happened in This Way

San Williams

December 22, 2013
Isaiah 7:10-16, Matt. 1:1-25

Last week I watched a rerun of The Griswold Family Christmas.  Many of you have seen this hilarious movie.  It’s pure slapstick, in which one comic mishap is followed by another. Clark Griswold, who is played by Chevy Chase, wants …

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Festival of Lessons & Carols

Chancel Choir

December 15, 2013

The UPC Chancel Choir presented the Festival of Lessons and Carols.

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The Prophet of Descent

San Williams

December 8, 2013
Isaiah 11:1-9, Matthew 3:1-12

You may be asking yourself the question:  Why John the Baptist in Advent?  Every year during Advent our lectionary includes a reading that focuses on John the Baptist.  Here we are, doing our best to ring out a message of …

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A Ringing in Our Ears

John Leedy

December 1, 2013
Isa. 2:1-5; Matt 24:36-44

There is a ringing in our ears.  Across the country, the bells of Christmas have already begun to ring.  Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bell outside the grocery store.  Sleigh bells ringing merrily from our television screens advertising holiday sales.  …

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Through the Eyes of A Thief

San Williams

November 24, 2013
Luke 23:33-43

Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday of the church’s liturgical year.  It may also be the most problematic Sunday of the church year.  For one thing, we Americans don’t resonate with kings.  In fact, our country was founded …

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Congregations That Work

San Williams

November 17, 2013
Isaiah, 65:17-25, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Let’s begin today where our text ends:  “Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.” That statement is sure to ring bells in the minds of many of you.  Consider our deacons.  They did a beautiful …

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Living and Giving in the Fullness of Time

Theodore J. Wardlaw

November 10, 2013
Mark 13:32-14:10

Last night, I was in an airport gate in Atlanta, waiting to board the plane to Austin, and the gate agent grabbed her microphone and told us that this particular Delta flight was going to be completely full.  She was …

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All the Saints From A to Z(acchaeus)

San Williams

November 3, 2013
Luke 19:1-10

On my library shelf is a delightful book by Frederick Buechner, titled Peculiar Treasures.  It’s a collection of short essays about biblical saints. Arranged alphabetically, it begins with Aaron and ends with Zacchaeus.  Each of these saints, Buechner contends, is …

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Peace at Last

San Williams

October 27, 2013
2 Timothy 4:6-18

As we near the end of our days—and obviously some of us here are nearer the end than others– it’s common for us to want to draw some lessons from our life.  We wonder what our legacy will be.  What …

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