“Getting Ready for the Messiah”

Luke 3:1-6 “Getting Ready for the Messiah” Introduction           As I watched the stack of items grow up here for today’s service, I wondered what you would think when you came into worship today.            I recalled a Christmas season years ago, when our family was living in a church-owned house, a magnificent 5 bedroom 4.000 square foot manse built … Read More

Our Advent Message

Halford Luccock once told of an error that appeared in the printed program for a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  The line that was supposed to read “The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth” read instead “The Lord God Omnipotent resigneth.”  Ron Lavin says, “Apparently it was a mistake, though it might been the work of a cynical printer who was convinced that … Read More

“For Now We Live”

I Thessalonians 3:6-13 “For Now We Live” Introduction Last week after remaining undefeated and number 1 in the rankings, Dabo Swinney, the head coach of the Clemson Tigers, was asked by a reporter, “Do you or your team feel pressure?” “I just laugh at that stuff,” Swinney said. “I understand the question. I’m not being rude. My best friend is … Read More

“Jesus Reigns”

John 18:33-38a “Jesus Reigns” Our gospel lesson today comes from John’s gospel, chapter 18.  Look at the section headings and you see that chapter 18 covers the betrayal, arrest and trial of Jesus. Where we pick up the account today, Jesus has been taken from Caiaphas, high priest for the Jews, to Pilate, the procurator or governor of the region, … Read More

“A Living Sacrifice”

Romans 12:1-2, Mark 12:41-44 “A Living Sacrifice” Introduction There is a story about two men who were walking down a street one day, and they came to a church with a sign out front that said, “Convert today.  Receive $20.”  The men were both down on their luck, so one said to the other, “I think I am going to … Read More

“For All the Saints”

Mark 12:28-34 “For All the Saints” Introduction In this church the first Sunday in November is celebrated as All Saints Sunday, but it is the beginning of Consecration Week.  So it is a looking backward/looking forward kind of day, looking back at the saints in the life of the church, looking forward to our calling to be the saints. At … Read More