Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Living Inside the Easter Story 

Westport Presbyterian Church Livestream Order of Worship—Easter April 12, 11am WELCOMING STATEMENT OPENING HYMN:   Glory to God Hymnal #243  Be Not Afraid (sing twice) PRELUDE: That Easter Day with Joy was Bright, by Rudy Davenport RESPONSIVE EASTER CALL TO WORSHIP: Pastor:     Another Easter is here. Imagine – another Easter beginning now, within us! I will let faith…

Hope: The Light You Keep Lit Within

Video of Live Service above.  Sermon text is below. COVID Message #5- Hope: The Light You Keep Lit Within Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 Matthew 21:1-11  Romans 5:1-5 Because this feels like a completely implausible time to talk about hope—with mounting infections and deaths!—escalating global pandemic!—local epidemic!—and unraveling economic disintegration!—that is precisely what…

On Sabotaging Fear

Message #4 During Covid-19 Pandemic: On Sabotaging Fear Psalm 121; Matthew 6:25-34; Mark 6:46-51; 1 John 4:18   In last Sunday’s message, I challenged you to engage yourself bravely and wisely in a struggle to save the world—including your world—from what  the peerless Chronicles of Narnia author C. S. Lewis called “enemy occupied territory”— in our case—territory  that…

Woman At the Well

John 4:5-42 (And link for Neil’s Offeratory solo)   People everywhere today need to be filled. At the same time people everywhere need to be emptied. We live in an uncertain moment of paradox— In which we require a spiritual process of deep filling— And intentional emptying— In the same moment!—an inner movement in seeming opposite directions. The process of…

 Transluce>Transform>Transcend!

Transluce>Transform>Transcend! John 3:1-17, Romans 2:2   (6 helium balloons—2 purple(Lent), 2 green(life), 2 white(hope), are floating above a nearby pedestal. They are secured by a weight) Although there are multiple threats to a renewal of hope in humanity’s fortunes today, I believe that millions of people around the earth are seeking renewal—and even spiritual…

More Ordinary Temptations

More Ordinary Temptations—Matthew 4:1-11 So many temptations are so ordinary that we hardly recognize them as temptations. We don’t even see them in the first place. Today, I want to share a few with you. They may resonate with you, but if not, you can just walk along with me and reflect on your own ordinary temptations, whatever they may be, and how you might cope with…

What is Your Be—Attitude?

What is Your Be—Attitude? Isaiah 58: 1-9a    Matthew 5:13-20 Is a rich inner life even possible today? You have to wonder sometimes. Many people today are desperate for a quiet interior in our lives! A calm inner refuge from the outer chaos and noise which we experience daily? How do we travel the rough terrain into that spiritual dimension? In a world which, what the…

Salt and Light 2020

How is an Inner Life Possible Today? Isaiah 58: 1-9a    Matthew 5:13-20 Is a rich inner life even possible today? You have to wonder sometimes. Many people today are desperate for a quiet interior in our lives! A calm inner refuge from the outer chaos and noise which we experience daily? How do we travel the rough terrain into that spiritual dimension? In a world which,…