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Resolve: Renew Your Mind

First United Presbyterian Church “Resolve: Renew Your Mind” Rev. Amy Morgan January 14, 2018
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Proverbs 8:1-11 Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?  2 On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;  3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:  4 "To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.  5 O simple ones, learn prudence; acquire intelligence, you who lack it.  6 Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right;  7 for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.  8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.  9 They are all straight to one who understands and right to those who find knowledge.  10 Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold;  11 for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Romans 11:33-12:…

After a Lifetime of Waiting

First Sunday After Christmas, B After a Lifetime of Waiting 31 December 2017
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Revs. Samuel B. and Janice M. Lamott Adams
Isaiah 61:10-62:1-3, Luke 1:25-38

Samuel: A week ago many of you gathered here to celebrate the long awaited birth. You heard
again the familiar lessons and sang the carols that many of us know by heart. And many of you
went out to celebrate with families and friends. Now the ruined Christmas paper is in the trash,
most of the leftovers are gone, and I’ll lay odds that a fair number of us are wearing what was
still wrapped and under the tree last Sunday.
And here we are back, but the celebration is not over. Today is the seventh of twelve
days in the season of Christmastide. The Christ candle is still lighted, but the church is a much
quieter place. The angels have gone away to wherever God’s terrifying messengers go. The
skies are quiet. The shepherds are back in their fields. But the star is not gone. Epiphany is still
ahead. January 6 celebrates th…

Resolve: Glorify God in Your Body

First United Presbyterian Church “Resolve: Glorify God in Your Body” Rev. Amy Morgan January 7, 2018
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Genesis 1:26-31 26 Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."  27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  28 God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."  29 God said, "See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.  30 And to every beast of the earth, and t…

The Place Called Christmas

First United Presbyterian Church “The Place Called Christmas” Rev. Amy Morgan December 24, 2017, 7PM
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There’s this place called Christmas where life is peaceful, merry, bright. A mantra of season’s greetings, familiar scriptures and carols fill the air. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. No one fights about it. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Even Linus knows it by heart. “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright.” Calm and bright it is in this place called Christmas, where candles flicker to warm the darkness and soft blankets enfold us as hot cocoa steams from sturdy mugs in our hands. Halls are decked and logs crackle on the fire. Brightly wrapped packages rest on a blanket of pine needles falling like snow onto the carpet. Family recipes, passed down through generations, are lovingly prepared and fill us with joy and gratitude. We live in this place called Christmas for different periods of time. The gat…

"Expectations"

First United Presbyterian Church “Expectations” Rev. Amy Morgan December 24, 2017, 9:30AM
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Isaiah 9:2-7 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-- on them light has shined.  3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.  4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.  5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.  6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with…

Getting Away From it All

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First United Presbyterian Church “Getting Away From It All” Rev. Amy Morgan December 10, 2017
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Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.  2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.  3 A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  5 Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."  6 A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.  7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass.  8…