Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

Take A Chance Before You Miss Your Chance—to Dance!

Order of Worship Service—Pentecost Sunday#5—June 28, 11am   (Printable PDF link) (Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am.  Livestream will be cross-posted here ASAP once the livestream starts) PRELUDE: Variations on “Dona Nobis Pacem” (grant us peace)—David Evan Thomas CALL TO…

A Mother’s Day

Order of Worship Service—Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10, 11am (printable PDF link) (Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am.  Livestream will be cross-posted here ASAP once the livestream starts) PRELUDE: Andante Cantabile in B Major  Felix Mendelssohn WELCOMING and CALL TO WORSHIP HYMN: Hymn for Mothers Day – MELITA TIME OF SILENCE: for COVID-19 dead…

Being Loved By Mother Earth

Order of Worship Service—Easter 2, April 26, 11am Gathering Music: Promises of a New Day (Debbie Center)      (Video will be posted on FB Live on the church’s FB page.  Livestream will be cross-posted here between 11 and 11:10am, depending on how cooperative facebook and my computer are) WELCOME Welcome response:  Leader:        We are instructed to make every…

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…

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…

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,…
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