Starstruck! Sermon for Epiphany

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FPC Sermon January 8, 2017      Matthew 2: 1-12 Stars!   Stars!   Get knocked out, and you’ll see stars, right! Or maybe it’s a signal. Why else does Matthew give this star so much attention? We can focus on so many aspects of this scripture.  At the outset is the star itself.  What kind of star was… Read more »

Remembering our Baptism

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FPC Sermon January 15, 2017   for the Baptism of the Lord Today, we’ve installed new elders and deacons. We’ve given them a charge and we’ve elicited promises from them.  We’ve also promised to support them, as they seek to live out their baptisms in service to our congregation. Since we celebrated Epiphany and not the… Read more »

Revenge and Redemption

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FPC Sermon January 1, 2017 On this first day of 2017, we look around us, and we see trouble. Some of us may see it abroad, while others see it right here.   Often, we fear people and issues because we don’t understand them at all. Think, for example, about those people camping on the plains… Read more »

Listening for the Good News

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FPC Sermon December 11, 2016                                            Matthew 11: 2-11 This morning we lit the candle for the third Sunday of Advent. This day of joy comes from the Catholic Church and is known as Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete in Latin means “Rejoice.”  Gaudete is the first word of Philippians 4:4, which is on page 1830 in your… Read more »

Christmas Eve Sermon

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The four fumbly, bumbly angels jumped from clouds to earth to witness the Christ child’s birth. And by succeeding in their mission, they were welcomed into the heavenly choir. That’s what we heard last week!  Perhaps a somewhat different version of tonight’s good news but actually, the very same news. A surprising baby born in… Read more »

Seeking Peace in our Relationships

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FPC Sermon December 4, 2016  Romans 15: 4-13 Our Christmas Season is well-underway. Here in the U.S., a stranger might have the impression that Christmas is all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, about buying and selling, about decorations and food.    As we learned in our Hanging of the Greens service last week, many of… Read more »

While We’re Waiting

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FPC Sermon November 13, 2016 We all love the words of Isaiah that speak of the new heaven and the new earth, don’t we?   They are so full of hope. They preach the gospel of peace. After all we’ve been through these last months, we’ve finally elected a new president, and most of us hope… Read more »

The Messenger November-January Newsletter

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 Thoughts & Inspiration By: Charles Swindoll The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than money, than failures, than successes, than circumstances, than what other people think or say, or do.  It is more important than… Read more »

Always Reforming for Reformation Sunday

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Here we are in 2016, focusing on a special event, the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Next year, we’ll celebrate its 500th anniversary. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sent a letter to Albert of Brandenberg, Archbishop of the city of Mainz, present-day Germany. His letter disputed the selling of indulgences for the forgiveness of… Read more »