Sermons & Worship from September 2021

Eat Your Vegetables

Daniel 1; Zechariah 7:4-10 Introduction I have been preaching through the historical periods of the Hebrew scriptures discussing the lessons that we can learn from each of them.  To review: we heard about the call of Abraham and Sarah to follow a God who can accomplish what seems to our human minds to be impossible.  We listened to the story of the Exodus and God’s assurance that God knows our suffering.  Through the period of the Judges, and the story…

The Flaming Fiery Furnace

Daniel 3:1-30 A couple of weeks ago, I gave the ceremonial prayers at Alfred University’s convocation.  As the platform party waited to process, I watched the flock of incoming students shuffle by us to take their seats and noted, as I do every year, how awkward and self-conscious they all seemed.  There wasn’t much chatter in their straggled lines and many faces were strained with anxiety, their postures tight and insecure. Most of them had only bid their parents goodbye…

A Short Reflection on Rally Day

Jeremiah 31:2-9, 33-34 Traditionally Rally Day has been the start of our Sunday School year when we not only launch our program year but dedicate our Sunday School teachers.  Because of Covid, we were unable to have Sunday School last year and this year is still undecided but just because we haven’t had a formal Sunday School program in a while doesn’t mean that no teaching has been going on.  In fact, I believe that when a congregation is serving…

David and Goliath

I Samuel 17 I am preaching through the historical periods of the Hebrew scriptures and the lessons we are supposed to draw from each of them.  In the stories of the father and mother of our faith — Abraham and Sarah — we learn that what seems impossible to people is possible with God.  In the story of the Exodus, the Bible tells us that God hears and knows our suffering and will be with us until we are free. …