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…

Sermon Short for February 23rd, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR FEBRUARY 23rd WHAT ONE CAN DO Philippians 4:1-14, John 15:1-11 The Christian church is littered with many missteps in its history of proclaiming “The Good News.” And equally prevalent are the shining of examples of saints who have truly grasped the love of God and expressed that love in tangible, courageous ways.…

Sermon Short for February 9th, 2020

Sermon Short for February 9th, 2020 WHEN THE GOOD BOOK WAS NOT SO GOOD Exodus 3:7-12, The Revelation 22:14-20 How far will Christians sometimes go to make a point? Even if the point is so opposite to the Good News that Jesus Christ proclaimed? This Sunday we will be considering a very peculiar version of…

Sermon Short for January 19th, 2020

Sermon Short for January 19th, 2020 Can I be a prophet? 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31 The Luke story about the rich man and Lazarus is very odd. In the Revised Common Lectionary it shows up in the fall and is paired with the passage from 1st Timothy exhorting Christians to be very free with…

Sermon Short for January 12th, 2020

Sermon Short for January 12th, 2020 Who is Jesus? Matthew 3:13-17, Isaiah 42:1-9 The Lectionary wants us to consider Christ’s baptism this Sunday. It gets me to thinking – Why does Jesus need baptizing? Who is this guy, anyway? Over the two millennia since then countless wise people have offered their answers to that question.…

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 22nd, 2019

SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 22nd, 2019 Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 He is born This is the Sunday just before Christmas. Lots of visitors in our homes and in our churches. Love is all around. This week we will reflect more on the hymns we sing and the message they bring. Two carols are specifically interesting…

SERMON SHORT FOR December 15th

SERMON SHORT FOR December 15th My Soul Magnifies The Lord Children’s Christmas Sunday Luke 1:46b-55 This is the Sunday for the candle of Joy. Our children and youth have a major portion of our worship to show us their joy in retelling the Christmas story. It is a really fun service. The junior bell choir…

Sermon Short for December 8th, 2019

Sermon Short for December 8th, 2019 Peace in a dangerous time Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10 The Candle of Peace is lit this week. And John in the wilderness is screaming that we all have to repent or burn. “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Doesn’t sound like…

SERMON SHORT FOR December 1st, 2019

SERMON SHORT FOR December 1st, 2019 HOPE IN A CHILD Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24: 36-44 We enter into Advent – the season leading up to celebrating God coming to us in the form of a baby. Just as God declared his hope for humanity by becoming a human baby, we continue to express our hope…

A CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION MEETING

A CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION MEETING The year is fast closing and the Advent season is just around the corner. We have many special Christmas things happening at Gale in around Elmira. This coming Sunday we will hold worship in Café Church style in the Fellowship Hall. Following worship there will be a short information meeting for…

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…