Monday, December 4, 2017

Keep Awake (12/3/17)

Keep Awake (12/3/17)
From left: me, Elizabeth Shannon King, Hayley and Tyler King (parents), and Nikki Smoda (grandmother)

On Sunday, December 3rd, we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent and the sacrament of baptism, as we welcomed Elizabeth Shannon King into the beloved family of God. We also heard an apocalyptic story from the Gospel of Mark. On the surface, that seems like an odd combination, but it isn't.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The One About the Talents (11/19/17)

Jesus MAFA, Parable of the Three Servants, or, The Talents

On Sunday, November 19th, we considered the parable of the talents. This is a challenging story. I don't particularly like this story, because it seems so very unfair. It also makes God's judgment seem unfair. What do we do with stories like this?

Why do you want the day of the Lord? (11/12/17)

Jesus MAFA, The Ten Young Women

Last week was very busy, so I'm a little bit behind on posting my sermons. This is from Sunday, November 12th. On that morning, we examined the parable of the foolish bridesmaids. This is one of a series of uncomfortable parables in Matthew's Gospel.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Saints, Revisited (11/5/17)

Jesus MAFA, The Sermon on the Mount

On Sunday, November 5th, we celebrated All Saints' Day. This has always been one of my favorite events on the liturgical calendar, but in recent years, this time of the year has become less joyful for me. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A New Reformation (10/29/17)

These reconstructed doors commemorate Martin Luther's 95 Theses.
Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany

On Sunday, I called for a new Reformation. There's a lot of hubris in that call. I admit it. Who an I to call for a new Reformation? Then again, who was Martin Luther? Read on to learn more about this new Reformation.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Greenfield Presbyterian Church: Give Therefore to God (10/22/17)

Greenfield Presbyterian Church

For the last two years I have moderated the Session of Greenfield Presbyterian Church. They worshiped at 4:30 on Sunday afternoons, so I was able to serve as pulpit supply for them, while also serving as the Interim Pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Houston, PA (from September 2015 through August 2016) and Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Belle Vernon (beginning in October 2016). On Sunday, October 22nd, Greenfield Presbyterian held its final service of worship; the congregation has been dissolved. It was a bittersweet day.

Give Therefore to God (10/22/17)

Jacek Malczewski, The Tribute Money

On Sunday, October 22nd, we talked about stewardship, and some of the ways that we come up short. I had trouble picking out a title for this sermon. "Render unto Caesar" was my working title, but that didn't fit with where the message was going.