Monday, January 15, 2018

Follow Me (1/14/18)

On Sunday, January 14th, we heard call stories from 1 Samuel and the Gospel of John. We considered these stories as they related to the call to ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and also in light of some highly inflammatory comments by the president.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Baptized with the Spirit (1/7/18)

Baptism of Christ, detail

On Sunday, January 7th, we ordained and installed new Ruling Elders and Deacons. We also celebrated the Lord's Supper, the Epiphany, and the Baptism of the Lord; that's a lot for one Sunday! 

The Greatest Gift (12/24/17)

He Qi, Glory to God in the Highest
This was my sermon on Christmas Eve. Instead of the familiar birth story in the Gospel of Luke, I decided that we would hear this selection from the prologue to the Gospel of John. I believe that this story invites us to consider where we fit into the Christmas story.

Here I Am (12/24/17)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ecce Ancilla Domini! (Behold the Lord's Servant)

It seems that I've gotten a little behind in posting my sermons. Sunday, December 24th was a busy day; it was the fourth Sunday of Advent and it was Christmas Eve. This is my sermon from the morning service.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (12/17/17)

My dad, as everyone remembers him.

This Sunday we examined a passage from Isaiah, in the light of grief and loss around the holidays, and how we are called to respond to the darkness around us.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Voice Cries Out! (12/10/17)

Maverick is the son of Chris and Becca Reeb.
On Sunday, December 10th, we welcomed Maverick Aiden Reeb into his new family at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church. Our lesson came from the beginning of the Gospel of Mark: John the Baptist announcing the coming of the Christ. This was also a perfect text for a baptism.

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.