“Hallelujah . . . It’s back!”

One dark night, in 1741, George Frederick Handel stumbled down a back street in London to his residence.  Partially paralyzed and partially blinded from a cerebral hemorrhage, Handel was in deep depression and despair.  He was almost sixty years old, his income was gone, his health impaired, and he felt his life was over. Arriving at his residence, Handel found … Read More

“Well Done”

Back in the fall of 2011, I asked Wayne Grizzard if he would be willing to serve on the church Stewardship and Commitment Committee.  Wayne had not listed that as a committee choice for while serving on the Session, but then no one else had either, and I was desperate to get someone for that committee.  “I do not know … Read More

“Prosperity Gospel”

Mark 10:17-31 “Prosperity Gospel” Introduction The Time for Young Disciples has ended; the kids have left for Children’s Church.  I have just read a perplexing, if not disturbing, text.  And now you are wondering what’s next. And since the bulletin says, Season of Consecration, you figure it is going to get serious.  So maybe you are settling down in the … Read More

“Not to Be Served, But to Serve”

Sermon by Rev. Lisa Hermann Mark 10:42-46 – New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become … Read More

“The Best of the Stories”

Mark 8:27-38 “The Best of the Stories” Introduction It used to be that when public radio held their fall fundraising season, I would turn the dial and listen to other radio stations.  But then I realized that pledge time is the best time of the year to listen to public radio.  It is when they play the favorite, best shows … Read More

“To Such As These”

Mark 10:13-16 Our friend Don took his 3-year-old granddaughter Izzie to church with him.  He was excited to show her off; she was excited to sit up front with her Granddad.  Only no one explained to Izzie that in a Presbyterian church when the leader gets up and speaks in the service, you often respond with words that are printed … Read More