SERMON SHORT FOR June 7th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR June 7th, 2020 Communion In A Dangerous Time Matthew 28:16-20, 2nd Corinthians 13:5-13 We’re going to relive an ancient tradition of our ancestors – the sacrament of holy communion. It will not be the same as usual. That’s OK. It is the sacrament in which Jesus becomes so intimately a part of…

Sermon Short for May 31st – Pentecost

Sermon Short for May 31st – Pentecost Trudging the truth Acts 2:1–21, John 20:19-23             On Pentecost, we celebrate the triumph of the Spirit. Over all our differences, even the differences of our nationalities and our languages, of class, of race, of gender, over all these differences, the Spirit has triumphed. It should not have worked,…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 24th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 24th, 2020 What, me worry? Acts 1:6-14, 1st Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 The disciples are gathered with the risen Christ. At the end of this gathering Jesus leaves in clouds. Now what? What are they going to do in response to this amazing vision? There is a moment of amazement as they…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 17th, 2020

  SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 17th, 2020 Exile: yeah, we wept Psalm 80: Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. The world of Covid19 is different than the world we enjoyed and celebrated just a few months ago. We are in the midst of a pandemic…

Sermon Short for May 10th, 2020

Sermon Short for May 10th, 2020 Luke 10:25-37, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Mother’s Day or Christian Family Sunday. They come together in my mind. It’s all about relationship – like God. We are created to be in relationship with God and with each other. For many people, the relationship with mother is the most powerful connection they…

Sermon Short for May 3rd, 2020

Sermon Short for May 3rd, 2020 How long, O Lord, how long? Psalm 13, Isaiah 38:9-16 We have our limits, don’t we? We all get to points where everything has built up and we just can’t take any more. We get tired, worn down, depleted.  If it’s our bodies that are tired, our emotions and our…

Sermon Short for April 26th, 2020

Sermon Short for April 26th, 2020 And our eyes were opened Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 116; 1-4, 19-19             The Gospel of Luke is unique in giving us this story that takes place shortly after the events of Easter. Two people are on their way to Emmaus. Something cataclysmic had rocked their world and they were…

Sermon Short for April 19th, 2020

Sermon Short for April 19th, 2020 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF EASTER John 20:19-31, Acts 4:32-35             Easter was an event that changed so much. The disciples’ lives were turned upside down. The outcome, although many years in the making, has had an impact upon the world and guided events for two millennia. On the…

SUNDAY APRIL 12th, 2020, 10:30 a.m. EASTER

SUNDAY APRIL 12th, 2020, 10:30 a.m. EASTER God is a surprise! Death is natural. It’s what we expect – perhaps not in a time and fashion that we expect but we know it is the reality of all life. Imagine, then, the surprise of God turning the most natural of all realities on its head…

FRIDAY APRIL 10th, 2020, 10:00 a.m. GOOD FRIDAY

FRIDAY APRIL 10th, 2020, 10:00 a.m. GOOD FRIDAY Ragman Isaiah 53:1-12, John 19:16-30 The worries, sins and injuries we suffer by living our lives hang upon us like torn, tattered rags. Do these rags we wear define us? Is this all anyone sees of us? On Good Friday Christ takes those rags for himself in…

TUESDAY TABLE APRIL 7th, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY APRIL 7th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. TUESDAY TABLE Join us for an online Lenten communion service via Zoom. Here is a link to the liturgy for you to download. 04-07-20 – Communion over Zoom WE WILL NOT MEET AT THE CHURCH BUILDING To join by Zoom on your computer: click on this link (or copy…

Sermon Short for April 5th, 2020 – Palm Sunday

Sermon Short for April 5th, 2020 – Palm Sunday Everybody loves a parade! Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21: 1-11 The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem was a parade – a crowd of people acclaiming an unlikely celebrity with fanfare. People joined in, swept up in the emotion and hysteria. Palm Sunday is a time where we join…

Messiah in the Passover (online)

Messiah in the Passover (online) On Tuesday, March 31st, we had planned to have a special presentation lead by Rev. Jorge Sedaca of Chosen People’s Ministries. He was going to lead us through The Messiah in the Passover. We have suspended all services but Mr. Sedaca has prepared a YouTube video of the presentation that…

Sermon Short for March 29th, 2020

Sermon Short for March 29th, 2020 Interesting times Isaiah 43:1-3a, Matthew 10:28-33               Many pithy sayings can have dual, and contradictory interpretations. A co-worker of mine from a few years ago would often say “May you live in interesting times.? I always took it to be a positive wish – a blessing. But my recent…

Something for the young

SOMETHING FOR THE YOUNG During these times of social isolation we will discover anew the wonders of the internet. I provide this link to a prayer resource for children. You can download it, print it, and make it an interactive prayer with your family. MAY GOD BLESS YOU DURING THIS TIME http://www.cnob.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WhenYouFeelAnxious-1.pdf

Sermon Short for March 22nd, 2020

Sermon Short for March 22nd, 2020 Through the Crisis Psalm 23             This Sunday we will break away from our Lenten series on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Instead, looking at the Revised Common Lectionary we find The 23rd Psalm is supposed to be read. The Shepherd, the sheep, the still waters, the anointing…

Gale COVID-19 Statement 03-17-20 b

COVID-19 Statement March 17th Gale Presbyterian Church is watching closely as the situation develops regarding the COVID-19 virus pandemic.    We will make all reasonable precautions to minimize risk of exposure to people who attend events in our facility. On Monday, March 16th the Session at Gale Church agreed to “suspend all public gatherings, meetings…

Sermon Short for March 15th, 2020

Sermon Short for March 15th, 2020 We are family John 19:25 –27, Psalm 127             Among the seven last words of Jesus on the cross there are these sayings, “Woman, here is your son” and, “Here is your mother.” It is clear the first phrase is directed at Mary, the mother of Jesus. But the…

Sermon Short for March 8th, 2020

Sermon Short for March 8th, 2020 THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD Romans 8:31-39, Luke 23:39–43             There are a host of memes about “two types” of people. I have a plaque on my desk that quotes, “Some people take a walk in the rain. Others just get wet.” I’m sure you’ve…

Sermon Short for March 1st, 2020

Sermon Short for March 1st, 2020 I THINK IT’S ABOUT FORGIVENESS Micah 7:18-19, Luke 23:33 –38             This week is the beginning of Lent. We do lots of different and special things to mark this season in our church. Tuesday Table, Wednesday Ministerial Services, Candle extinguishing. And a new thing this year – a prayer…