Sermon Short for March 3rd, 2019

Sermon Short for March 3rd, 2019 Reclaiming “OMG” Exodus 34:29–35, Luke 9:28–36 Churchiness tends to make us use words and images that just don’t show up much anywhere else. Conversely, we tend to keep modern slang and vernacular speech out of our church lingo. But an expression that shows up across the culture divide between…

Sermon Short for February 17th, 2019

Sermon Short for February 17th, 2019 Shattered World View Isaiah 6:1-8, Luke 5:1–11 Can you imagine a scene in your life as described in Isaiah’s vision? Can you imagine a scene in your life like Peter encountering Jesus on the beach? Both of these men kept usual mundane lives up until they get called. And…

Sermon Short for February 10th, 2019

Sermon Short for February 10th, 2019 Music Makes Us Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 13:44-53 Music is an integral part of our worship experience. It has always been this way. Music permeates our scriptures from the earliest stories through to the final book of Revelation. Music makes us. This Sunday will be a special service of music…

GALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH RESPONDS

GALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH RESPONDS In June of 2018 the General Assembly referred the document On the Question of Unity and Diversity to the church. It deals with the issue of inclusion of the LGBTQI community in the Presbyterian Church. The referral asked for a response from our Session by January 31st, 2019.  Gale Session considered…

Sermon Short for January 27th, 2019

Sermon Short for January 27th, 2019 Jesus Manifesto 1st Corinthians 12:12–31a, Luke 4:14–21 Jesus appears in his home town and is asked to read in the synagogue. What he chooses to read, and what he says as a follow up sermon speak loads. This is his inauguration speech – his manifesto. He is here, he’s…

Sermon Short for January 20th, 2019

Sermon Short for January 20th, 2019 Partial to the Low Luke 6:17-26, Proverbs 31:1-9 We say the history books are written by those who won the wars. The things that run our world have always been controlled by the minuscule minority of those at the top. But the huge majority of humanity is at the…

Sermon Short for January 13th, 2019

Sermon Short for January 13th, 2019 Why Baptism? Luke 3:15–22, Acts 8:14-17 An important part of our story is this scene where Jesus is baptized. While the story raises all sorts of questions in me, the Luke version takes it to another level in its simplicity. Not only do I ask why Jesus needed to…

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 23rd, 2018

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 23rd, 2018 Not the king we’re looking for Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:46-55 Micah offers us popular prophecy that comes up in the Christmas tradition. The time is coming when Bethlehem will be the source of someone who is going to be the king in Israel. It’s encouraging. The Israelites’ oppression will…