SERMON SHORT FOR November 17th, 2019

SERMON SHORT FOR NOVEMBER 17th THREE CHURCHES TOGETHER              We really enjoyed the summer services in combined worship with St. James Lutheran and Trinity United churches. We are going to repeat the idea a few times throughout the year. This Sunday, November 17th, we meet at St. James Lutheran Church at 60 Arthur Street. The…

Sermon Short for November 10th, 2019

Sermon Short for November 10th, 2019 – Remembrance Day Am I a true child of God? Psalm 85, Matthew 5:9, Matthew 5:38-48 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” What do I make of this? Does it really apply to me? Does it really apply to my nation? My…

SERMON SHORT for November 3rd, 2019

SERMON SHORT for November 3rd, 2019 Mourning into Dancing Romans 8:28-39, Matthew 5:4, 6:25-34 All Saints Day is a tradition to be celebrated on the day after Halloween. Although the Halloween circus has long ago left behind any religious significance in our culture, All Saints and All Souls day can still be a moment for…

Sermon Short for October 27th, 2019

Sermon Short for October 27th, 2019 Clean up our act Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Matthew 5:8, Matthew 5:43-48 Our next beatitude is “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” C.S. Lewis said, “It is safe to tell the pure in heart they will see God for only the pure in heart want to.”…

Sermon Short for October 13th, 2019 – Thanksgiving

Sermon Short for October 13th, 2019 – Thanksgiving Matthew 5:3, Luke 6:20, Deuteronomy 8:7-18 For Thanksgiving Sunday we make a big hullabaloo about our harvest, our abundance, our blessings. That’s a good thing. Let’s give thanks with a huge THANKS! Then let us also consider our embarrassment of riches. Christ has the audacity to say…

SERMON SHORT October 6th, 2019

SERMON SHORT FOR October 6th Blessed is Self-Control Matthew.5.5, Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.              Although some may wonder if they want to inherit the earth in its current state.             But, of course, Jesus was using these words in a creative sense. “Meek” is not that push-over wussy characteristic…

SERMON SHORT for 22nd, 2019

SERMON SHORT for 22nd, 2019 A hunger for righteousness Matthew 5:6, Isaiah 58:6-9, Matthew 25:31-40 Jesus’ choice of words here are important. Hunger and thirst – two crucial needs of humans that must be met for our survival. Another word – righteousness- can take on different meanings. It can be about doing everything right to…

Sermon Short for September 15th, 2019

Sermon Short for September 15th, 2019 Be-attitudes Matthew 5:1–12, Exodus 20 For this season we will explore the Beatitudes, Jesus’ inaugural address. This series of sermons will lead us up to the Christmas season. This Sunday we’ll get a brief overview before delving into the individual blessings over the next weeks. The beatitudes, or blessings,…

SERMON SHORT for September 8th

SERMON SHORT for September 8th HERE WE GO AGAIN – RALLY DAY Isaiah 42:5-10, 2nd Corinthians 5:16-21 Yes! Here we go again. Rally Day rolls around again and another year of Gale activities and ministries takes off. But will it be the same again, as it was the same so many times before? A lot…

GALE is looking to hire someone to help

FAITH DEVELOPMENT FACILITATOR Gale Presbyterian Church, Elmira, is looking for a vibrant and committed individual to fill the role of Faith Development Facilitator. This position supports the ministry of the church through envisioning and providing programs to whole families for example Sunday School, mid-week events and retreats. The position requires 20 hours/week and pays above…