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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Being Transformed

Posted on 07 Feb 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: Romans 12:1-13  Our congregation has felt birth pangs over last year. Paul writes in Romans 8: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan
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Engaging in Christ’s Love

Posted on 31 Jan 2016, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Bible verses for reflection: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 I’m not sure I can put into words how excited I am to be a part of this community of faith. In many ways, I’m still trying to convince myself that it’s real. I am grateful to the APNC, for their faithfulness and to all of you for calling me as
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Belonging as One Body

Posted on 24 Jan 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: I Corinthians 12:12-31 Paul was addressing a particular problem in the church in Corinth. The problem their young church was facing was division based upon social status. We human beings tend to divide ourselves for all sorts of reasons, like social status or the
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Every Child of God…

Posted on 17 Jan 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: I Cor 12:4-11 Our reading for today comes from I Corinthians 12, regarding spiritual gifts. In the previous chapter 11, Paul has given an excursus on overcoming divisions and factions within the church by being more intentional in their sharing of the Lord’s supper.
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The Beloved

Posted on 10 Jan 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: Luke 3:15-22 In the context of John the Baptizer’s ministry, and surrounded by the dark shroud of Herod’s evil deeds, Jesus presented himself for baptism by John in the river Jordan. At his baptism, we witness Jesus receiving a two-fold blessing from God. Firs
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Live to the Praise of God’s Glory

Posted on 03 Jan 2016, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Bible verses for reflection: Ephesians 1:1-14 You have probably heard the phrase: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The pace of change in the world is staggering. Family life is changing, entertainment options are changing, methods of communication are changing. Our
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