“Oh Hello August”

It has been a great summer with Vacation Bible School and youth camp and mission experiences. At the church there have been special projects: tree trimming, lighting work, cleaning the kitchen and closets, preparing rooms for youth programs, putting new cushions in the Chapel, setting up audio live streaming of worship.  Meanwhile the regular missions and ministries have continued: meals … Read More

“Keeping Promises”

2 Samuel 9:1-13 “Keeping Promises” Introduction From the time of David’s defeat of the giant Philistine Goliath, Saul, the first king of Israel, felt threatened by David’s abilities in leadership and his accomplishments in battle. In fact Saul’s jealousy and paranoia grew such that he determined to kill David But David was befriended by Saul’s son Jonathan. Indeed David and … Read More

“That Was Enough”

In the field behind the house where I lived in upstate South Carolina was a landing pad for emergency helicopters that came to our little town from big, busy Carolinas Medical Center of Charlotte, NC. The landing pad was just a simple concrete slab. Whenever a helicopter was coming, the town’s three EMS trucks, a couple of police cars and … Read More

“Building God’s House”

2 Samuel 7:1-14a “Building God’s House” Introduction David, King of Israel, was a strong military leader, and by the time we get to this point in the narrative of his reign, he has pretty much put to rest any threats to Israel. Now he is resting in peace in a great palace, a house made of cedar. And this is … Read More

Paraders of the Lost Ark

2 Samuel 6:1-19 “Paraders of the Lost Ark” Introduction The first time I met the man who would become my husband, Bill Neely, was at a college Bible study. I was a first year student; he was 2nd year. We were discussing how people understand God, and Bill told a story about a little boy. It seems a little boy … Read More

“The Lord the God of Hosts”

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 “The Lord the God of Hosts” Introduction This summer in worship we are looking at the stories of the kings of Israel. We are looking at their stories and then looking at ourselves and asking who or what reigns in our lives? In our narrative to this point, Saul was anointed and appointed as the first … Read More