Such As I Have

Isaiah 58:10-11; Psalm 5:1-3; Acts 3:1-10Reverend Dr. Louise BargerJune 26, 2022 The account that was read from the Acts of the Apostles this morning is an account of commitment and prayer and compassion. All of those things resulted in the miraculous healing of a man who had never walked for 40 years, not since the … More Such As I Have

Beginnings

Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 8; Acts 2:42-47Reverend Dr. Louise BargerJune 12, 2022 How do you make decisions? Are you a person who usually intuits how things are going to work out and you make a plan for action? Maybe you are a person who has a difficult time making a decision because you feel that you … More Beginnings

The Birth of the Church

Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 28:16-20Reverend Dr. Louise BargerJune 5, 2022 It was the Festival of Shavuot, the Festival of First Fruits, an agricultural celebration on the Jewish calendar. It marked the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. It was a celebration that was commanded by God. Turn in your pew … More The Birth of the Church

A Commissioning Event

Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 28:16-20Reverend Dr. Louise BargerMay 29, 2022 Today we heard read from the Gospel of Matthew the account of the ascension of Jesus into heaven. All of the Gospels either describe the event or refer to it. Throughout the Epistles we can read references to the ascension of Jesus. Jesus made arrangements to … More A Commissioning Event

Keeping a Holy Day

Leviticus 19:1-2; Psalm 66:1-4; Luke 13:10-16Reverend Dr. Louise Barger A Sabbath, a day called Holy, a weekly day of rest had no parallel in any ancient civilization except among the Jews. In ancient times leisure was for the wealthy and the ruling classes only; never for the serving or laboring classes. The very idea of … More Keeping a Holy Day

Sisters of the Faith

Judges 4:1-5; Psalm 31:1-3; Romans 16:1-5Reverend Dr. Louise Barger Recently there has been a series of commercials built around the heritage that we have from our mothers and grandmothers. The commercials end by asking, “Who are the strong women in your life?” Today we salute the mothers of our nation, and I want to add … More Sisters of the Faith

In Remembrance of Me

Exodus 13:1-8; Psalm 136:1-4; Luke 22:14-20Reverend Dr. Louise Barger Grace Greater Than Our Sin is the hymn written by Julia H. Johnston in 1911. Listen to some of the words: Marvelous, infinite, matchless graceFreely bestowed on all who believe!You that are longing to see His faceWill you this moment His grace receive?Grace, grace, God’s graceGrace … More In Remembrance of Me

More Than a Meal

Micah 6:8; Psalm 130:1-4; John 21:1-14Rev. Dr. Louise Barger Having a meal has always been intended to be more than just eating food. In many eastern countries there is a very large dish of food prepared and set in the middle of the family group. All the members of the family and their guests use … More More Than a Meal