Identity and Acceptance

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:7-13 Meditation:  Identity and Acceptance By Bob Bond Our Gospel Reading starts with verses we heard back on the second Sunday of Advent … the last time I preached here:  We find ourselves standing on the bank of the Jordan River, facing John the Baptizer.  I’ll remind you that the author of this work, Mark, is writing in Rome, to Gentile Christians facing sporadic arrests and violent martyrdom, having been blamed as a group (wrongly blamed!) for the fire that had destroyed much of the city.  He is writing out of the...

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Sermon for Advent 2

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

By Bob Bond Children’s Time – on this Advent Sunday of Peace What is required for a person to have peace?, to feel peace?  [safety, satisfied needs, fulfilled relationships, ‘meaningfulness’] I have said before, but it bears repeating, that it is quite easy for you or I to be with people in ways that destroy peace … to act out on the basis that “I am powerful because I can disturb the peace” or “because I can do harm”.  What is truly impressive, and powerful is when someone or some group works to build peace, and sustain peace.  It takes...

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Communion Meditation

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

By Bob Bond The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew presents Jesus-as-Teacher delivering five large sermons (the Sermon on the Mount is the first and most famously recognized of these), which five sermons are supposed to sound an echo in our minds and hearts, because they parallel Moses and the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), and – for Matthew – Jesus is to be understood as the new, ultimate Moses.  Today’s Gospel reading is at the opening of the fifth of Jesus’ sermons.  It takes place in Jerusalem just...

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Faith Gratitude & Service

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Thanksgiving Sunday October 8 2017 by Garry Blinch Luke 17:11-19 11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated...

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Communion Meditation

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Sept 10 2017 by Bob Bond Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 18:15-20 The continuing news from Texas post-Harvey; then the devastation of Irma in the Caribbean and its arrival now in Florida; Mexico double-hit by earthquake and hurricane Katia; Jose, the fourth massive Atlantic storm following in rapid succession; the hydrogen bomb and long-range-missile testing by North Korea overwritten by the chest-beating and the chilling threats of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump; the desperate exodus of Rohingya Muslims out of Myanmar; the ongoing...

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Hard Choices

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Sept 3 2017 by Garry Blinch Romans 12:9-21 12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 12:17 Do not repay anyone...

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The Superior and the Wearier

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for July 9 2017 by Garry Blinch The context of this passage, the beginning of Matthew 11, we hear John the Baptist reaching out from his prison cell to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” It has been suggested that John was discouraged, in distress as one would be in such a situation, and so had some temporary doubts. But I read something that made more sense: John, like many Judeans, was expecting a Messiah who would bring judgment. There were those who expected the Messiah to slay the Roman...

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Do unto others as I have done….

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for June 11 2017 by Garry Blinch Matthew 9:35-10:8 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 9:38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”...

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Wind and Fire

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Pentecost, June 4, 2017 Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Selected O. T. texts; Numbers 22:24-30; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Acts 2:1-21 Some Bible stories are famous even among people who didn’t go to church very often as children and don’t go now. The Noah story is one. Remember Raffi’s song about it? “Who built the ark? Noah, Noah. Who built the ark? Brother Noah built the ark. In came the animals, two by two, hippopotamus and kangaroo.” You get the idea. And what the Tower of Babel that explains how all earth’s languages came...

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Looking up, down, and all around

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

Worship for Ascension Sunday with Bob Bond On the final Sunday of Lent, in which season we focussed together on practices of prayer, Bob Tees spoke about the Ignatian practice of putting oneself into the story, into the text, of Scripture, in the place of the various characters and participants there.  This practice is classically known as meditatio – meditation.  I remind you of it because it is one of the most universally accessible ways to discover that the most fundamental truth of Scripture is that it is true to human experience – it...

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