Delighting in God’s Commandments

Posted on 05 Feb 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Our focus on the psalms in worship over the past weeks has been invigorating. The psalms have a way of getting us back to what is most important about living a life of faith. Today’s psalm reminds us of the benefits of delighting in the commandments of God. Before I read the psalm, it should be
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Are You In?

Posted on 30 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
Prayer for Illumination Dear God, the journey is long. We are tired and we are hopeful. Send your Spirit to be a light to our path, that by illuminating the way for us we might walk hand in hand with you and our brothers and sisters towards your vision of grace and truth. Amen. Introduction to
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Seek the Lord

Posted on 26 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Before we sing together our psalm for the day, consider the story behind the words. This psalm, attributed to David, speaks of vulnerability and fear. Powerful enemies are at hand and the songwriter feels abandoned, alone, in need of refuge. Trembling and afraid, he claims that false witnesses
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Trust in the Lord!

Posted on 15 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Psalm 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in
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Worship the Lord!

Posted on 10 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Psalm 29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is
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Praise the Lord!

Posted on 02 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord all the creatures! Praise the Lord all the creation! Praise the Lord all the peoples! Praise the Lord all the nations! Let everything that lives and breathes praise the Lord! “The shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard.”
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Unto Us a Sign is Born

Posted on 26 Dec 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
I’d like to read to you a story. It’s a story of God’s great love for us. It’s a story of new life and salvation. [Luke 2] A few weeks ago, one of our elders said to me, “I just want a sign that everything is going to be alright.” It’s been a tough year, you see. There is so much violence and
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From Weariness to Immanuel

Posted on 20 Dec 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
What is the world waiting for? For what or for whom does the world wait? This is one of the primary questions that we have been asking at church during this Advent 2016. We have been wondering out loud and sometimes to ourselves what is it, exactly, that the world is waiting for this Advent
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From Thirsty Ground to Desert Streams

Posted on 13 Dec 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Our text for this third Sunday in Advent is Isaiah 35, a message of hope and comfort. Isaiah offers a promise of the assurance of God’s divine care, even in the midst of strong words of warning and judgment. When we study the psalms, we often categorize them as psalms of orientation,
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From Inequity to Understanding

Posted on 06 Dec 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Perhaps like me, you have experienced a mix of emotions this week. Amidst the joy of decorating this sanctuary, putting lights on our Christmas tree at home, and enjoying the simple pleasure of another exciting sports game on TV, we are also keenly aware of killer forest fires and threatening
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“You Taught Me Everything I Know About Exterior Illumination”

Posted on 27 Nov 2016, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
As the family gathers on the snow-covered lawn, the extension cord is plugged in and the every-one stands in awe of the 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights that are now lit up and covering every square inch of the house. Clark Griswold goes around and hugs each family member and
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The Kingdom of Giving

Posted on 20 Nov 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Did you know that today is the last Sunday of the year? not in the secular calendar, of course, but in the Church’s liturgical calendar. In the church’s calendar, shared across many denominations, the new year begins next week, not with a big party and fireworks, but with the season of advent,
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Witness

Posted on 14 Nov 2016, Pastor: Rev. Jamie Butcher
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you
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On Level Ground

Posted on 07 Nov 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
On this All Saints’ Sunday, and what happens to be the Sunday before our national election, our text is a portion of the Sermon on the Plain from the gospel of Luke. Along with the Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ words to the first century Galileans still stands at the very
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Saved by Grace

Posted on 01 Nov 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Before we read our text for today, it will be help to remember the role of the tax collector in first century Palestine. Tax collectors were charged by the Roman government to collect taxes from their neighboring villagers by whatever means they deemed necessary. The Romans did not care how
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Passing the Torch

Posted on 24 Oct 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Joel 2:23-29 O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain* for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. The threshing-floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and
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The Olympic Trials of Faith (Youth Sunday)

Posted on 21 Oct 2016, Pastor: DPC Middle School Youth
[SCENE] (Organ plays Olympic Theme Music as announcers walk up and sit on their stools, grab their fake mics) Announcer 1: Good morning and welcome back to the latest edition of the Olympic Trials of Faith! We’ve been here for the last couple billion years recounting some of the greatest
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The Long and the Short of It

Posted on 10 Oct 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Someone asked me once why I wear a clergy collar sometimes. My simplest answer is that it reminds me of my call. It reminds me that I am called to this preaching, teaching, serving, sharing, life. It gives me an identity. Put another way, it reminds me of who I am. I haven’t always worn i
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For the Sake of the World

Posted on 03 Oct 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
We continue this morning our series from the letters to Timothy – Paul’s letters from prison to his young colleague. Today, we turn to II Timothy 1:1-14. In this personal and encouraging letter, Paul reveals concern about the ministry of his beloved co-worker, Timothy. At the writing of this
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Craving Contentment

Posted on 01 Oct 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
The book of Proverbs is undoubtedly a book for our time. Proverbs is full of wisdom and practical guidance so often lost in the midst of our society’s cravings. Our Old Testament reading for today comes from Chapter 30:5-9: “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take
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Lost & Found – Agnes Scott Sunday

Posted on 25 Sep 2016, Pastor: Rev. Kate Colussy-Estes
Scriptures: Joshua 5:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:11-32 It is a joy to be here with you all today. This Sunday is a wonderful celebration of the long relationship between the church and the college, and what is yet to come. When I was invited to preach today I began thinking about what
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Joyfully Together – Being Content in All Circumstances

Posted on 22 Sep 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
We can do all things, bear all things, persevere in all things, through Christ who strengthens us. Do you remember where you were when the second twin tower was struck by a plane on 9-11? Do you remember who was with you at the time? I distinctly remember standing with coworkers in the parlor
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A Wagon Full of Worries

Posted on 05 Sep 2016, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
As we began the Fall church season together with our theme, “Joyfully together” we have been walking through what is often called one of the apostle Paul’s most joyful letters. We can especially hear that in this passage, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!” But if there is
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Joyfully Together – Knowing Christ

Posted on 28 Aug 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
In order to gain Christ and be found in Him, we must regard what we may have thought “made us righteous” as “rubbish,” and not look upon it any longer. If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the
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Joyfully Together – Humbly Serving

Posted on 24 Aug 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
I love watching the Olympics. Numerous times over the last two weeks, I found myself staying up later than normal, nodding off in my chair, and waking up to enjoy once again the thrill and drama of the world’s greatest sports spectacle. The Olympics were probably my first introduction as a
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Joyfully Together – Sharing the Gospel

Posted on 14 Aug 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
We begin our theme year “Joyfully Together” with a study of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. This church in Philippi was near and dear to Paul’s heart. His letter to them has been called the most positive of all of the New Testament epistles. The Philippians were a faithful,
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Summer with the Beatitudes – Blessed are You

Posted on 09 Aug 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
You’re Blessed. “When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: ‘You’re blessed when you’re
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Summer with the Beatitudes – Persecuted for Righteousness Sake

Posted on 02 Aug 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Traci Smith, a pastor who shares a monthly blog post, wrote this past week, “Is it just me, or are we all on edge lately? We have a lot to be overwhelmed about. This is a very tense election season. The stakes are high. Everyone has an opinion they’re trying to boil down to 140 characters and a
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Summer with the Beatitudes – The Peacemakers

Posted on 29 Jul 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
I have not participated in corporate worship for the past three weeks. This is very unusual for me. I miss one or occasionally even two Sundays in a row every now and then, but it has literally been years since I was not in corporate worship for three Sundays in a row. Now, on one hand, I
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Summer with the Beatitudes – the Pure in Heart

Posted on 17 Jul 2016, Pastor: Rev. Jamie Butcher
Once there was someone who said such amazing things and did such wonderful things that people began to follow him. “Well, do you follow him?” a little boy interrupted me. It was the opening lines of our Children’s Chapel where we are using Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play approach. The scene is
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Summer with the Beatitudes – The Merciful

Posted on 10 Jul 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Grief is heavy this week. So is anger. It’s difficult to find words. Mercy is our topic for the day and it’s hard to talk about mercy unless we’re talking about God’s mercy and even then it’s hard to talk about mercy this week. Somehow our idea of mercy seems to challenge our sense of justice.
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Summer with the Beatitudes – Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness

Posted on 05 Jul 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for right-ness, for they will be satisfied. Wait, that’s not how it goes, is it? Blessed are those who yearn for right-ness? It certainly seems to fit our culture which means it can’t be right. I’ve noticed this climate lately. I’m guessing you’ve noticed
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Summer with the Beatitudes – The Meek

Posted on 30 Jun 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Scriptures for reflection: Psalm 37:1-11; 1 Peter 5:1-11 Some of you have discovered the television show “Blue Bloods”. Included in the cast is Jamie Reagan, a young policeman on the streets of New York City. Jamie happens to be the son of the current police commissioner of New York City,
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Summer with the Beatitudes – Those Who Mourn

Posted on 23 Jun 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
After the horror of the Orlando shootings last week and the anniversary of the Charleston killings, how appropriate that we come today to the second Beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” How many of us can recite all eight beatitudes? The Beatitudes begin Jesus’
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Summer with the Beatitudes – Poor in Spirit

Posted on 12 Jun 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
“Happy are they who are empty of self, because God rules with full power in their lives.” (this paraphrase as well as several points in the following sermon are attributed to Finding Meaning in the Beatitudes, written by Jack Redhead, former pastor of First Presbyterian Church,
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Bless Your Heart!

Posted on 05 Jun 2016, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
Bible verses for reflection: Matthew 5:1-11 Pre-scripture: Today we are beginning our summer sermon series on the Beatitudes which are the beginning of Jesus’ first discourse in the Gospel of Matthew called the Sermon on the Mount. From the mountain top the Beatitudes give us a bird’s eye view
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So Much Yet to Learn

Posted on 22 May 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me,
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The Days of Miracle and Wonder

Posted on 15 May 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Bible verses for reflection: John 14:8-17 (25-27) I’m no fan of goodbyes. I’m an airport crier. Even when I’m prepared, saying goodbye is incredibly difficult for me. I get attached to people and places and leaving is always hard. So, I’ve often wondered what it was like for the disciples as
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A Prayer for Unity

Posted on 08 May 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: John 17:20-26 The entire chapter 17 in the gospel of John is a prayer. The context of this prayer is the last night that Jesus was with his disciples. They were sitting together at table for the Passover meal. Jesus has offered a long farewell discourse before their
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Apart from Me You Can Do Nothing?

Posted on 01 May 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: John 15:1-12 Apart from me you can do nothing? Certainly we can do something? Right? Can I not make a good grade or score a goal or close the deal or build a table apart from the God we know in Jesus? If we were speaking solely about the sovereignty of God today, we
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As I Have Loved You

Posted on 24 Apr 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: John 13:31-35 As the gospel of John proclaims, Jesus loved his disciples and he loved them to the end. Our text for today comes soon after Jesus has washed the feet of his disciples, setting forever an example before them of self-giving, sacrificial love. Then,
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Of Sheep and Shepherds

Posted on 17 Apr 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: Psalm 23; John 10:11-18 Installation of the Rev. Alex Rodgers I have done a little reading about sheep, and I have even witnessed firsthand   modern day shepherds and their sheep walking among the rocky hills near Bethlehem. Sheep are nervous, anxiou
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Jesus Is the Way, Truth and the Life…of the Party

Posted on 03 Apr 2016, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
Bible verses for reflection:  Psalm 146, John 20:19-31 What is the most memorable party you’ve attended? Maybe you had a party with family for Easter? Maybe you can remember a fun birthday or wedding celebration? One of the first birthday parties I can remember was a birthday party my parents
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A Gift Differently Received

Posted on 27 Mar 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: John 20:1-18 In the gospel of John, there are at least three witnesses to the empty tomb that first Easter morning. These three, Peter, John, and Mary, each experienced a very different journey to faith,  which, perhaps, may allow us to reflect on our own journey
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Getting on the Donkey

Posted on 20 Mar 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Bible verses for reflection: Luke 19:28-40 Today’s text from Luke is a familiar one to many of us. Many of us know the story of Palm Sunday but the story we know is usually a combination of the four different triumphal entry stories told by each of the four gospel writers. Matthew, Mark, Luke,
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Extravagant

Posted on 13 Mar 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: John 12:1-12 Our text for today comes from chapter 12 of the gospel of John. In chapter 10 of the gospel of John, Jesus had attended the festival of Dedication in Jerusalem. At the festival, the Jewish authorities were pressing him on whether he was claiming to be
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Ambassadors for Christ

Posted on 06 Mar 2016, Pastor: DPC High School Youth
In Psalm 32, the line, “You preserve me from Trouble” resonates with me, but I don’t relate to most of the typical “Troubles” that my friends face at high school. I don’t drink, and I don’t really go to parties. I’ve never been one to cave to this kind of peer pressure. So, for me, God
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Undeserving

Posted on 28 Feb 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: Ezekiel 36:8-11,25-28; Luke 13:1-9 As many of you have heard over the years, one of the touchstones of the Presbyterian faith is “total depravity”. Total depravity means that all human beings are sinners in the sight of God. All human beings are justly deserving of
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Unwilling

Posted on 21 Feb 2016, Pastor: David Randolph, Seminary Intern
As we continue our Lenten series by exploring different encounters of Jesus on his way to Jerusalem and the cross, we encounter one episode of Jesus’s journey in Luke 13:31-35. Jesus, who has been preaching and teaching throughout different villages along his way encounters a group of Pharisees
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Tempted

Posted on 14 Feb 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: Luke 4:1-13 On this first Sunday of Lent, we begin a series in which we will explore encounters of Jesus on the way to the cross. Jesus encountered all sorts of people and situations during his earthly ministry. Today, we explore his encounter with the Tempter, t
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