Recent Sermons


Nurtured in Prayer

March 10, 2019 Luke 4: 1-13 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley In Luke, Jesus was baptized just before his time in the wilderness. After his baptism, Jesus was praying and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, and a voice from Heaven came saying, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3: 21-22). And then Luke inserted for us Jesus’ genealogy, starting with Joseph, going back to Boaz, Jesse, and David, and back to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the way to Adam.  We hear these names and remember God’s activity in their lives.  These are ...

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On Higher Ground

Transfiguration Luke 9:28-36 Rev. Dr. Robert T. Carlson, Jr. March 3, 2019 When my children were young, we loved the books written by David McCauley which he called, The Way Things Work. Maybe I liked them more than my kids, but it seemed to me as though he explained the inner workings of everything. You could find out what the space shuttle looks like on the inside, how CD disks work, how you make a ball point pen, and how woolly mammoths might have become extinct. Jesus is doing the same thing this morning in Scripture—inviting Peter, James, and John for a ...

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Sent with Holy Fire

February 10, 2019 Isaiah 6:1-8 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley No one knew how carefully I was listening.  I was a little girl in a wet bathing suit a summer picnic with church families.  My ears perked up when one of the men at the table asked another, “Have you heard the news?  Our new Bishop is a woman.   Can she do it?”   Bishop Judy Craig been a Christian Educator for 20 years before her ordination; and after many failed ballots, she arose from ‘nowhere’ to be elected Bishop.   And then the conversation continued, some wondering if women could even be ...

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Blessed Are Those Who Hunger And Thirst For What Is Right

Annual Meeting I Corinthians 13 Rev. Dr. Robert T. Carlson, Jr. February 3, 2019 Davidson College is a small liberal arts college located outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. If you are a basketball fan, you will recognize the name. Davidson went to the Final Four in 2008, led by a small point guard named Steph Curry, who is now one of the most famous professional basketball players in the land. Basketball fans will know the name of Davidson College, but surprisingly, only a few died-in-the-wool Presbyterians will recognize that Davidson is affiliated with the ...

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True Body

Luke 4:16-30 Rev. Dr. Robert T. Carlson, Jr. January 27, 2019 At an international conference of comparative religions, experts from around the world debated which belief, if any, was unique to the Christian faith. C. S. Lewis entered the room in the middle of this debate, and when he was asked to name Christianity’s unique contribution among the world’s religions, Lewis responded: “That’s easy. It’s grace.” I don’t know that grace is a uniquely Christian idea, but I do believe it is a theological concept that goes against the grain of much human ...

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The Call of the Beloved Community

January 20, 2019 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Rev. Alice Fleming Townley Living in a dormitory, you meet people you might never cross paths with otherwise.  Such was the case for Matthew Stevenson and Derek Black at New College in Sarasota, Florida.  In the evenings, Derek would play his guitar and Matthew would hear him from his room above and join to listen and sing along.  So, they had developed a friendship, when an upperclassman was doing research and uncovered Derek Black’s identity.  Derek’s father started what is known as the first internet hate site, and his ...

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