Questions From Jesus: Who Do You Say That I Am?

The First United Presbyterian Church “Questions from Jesus: Who Do You Say That I Am?” Rev. Amy Morgan August 11, 2019
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Psalm 63:1-8 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. 5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips 6 when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Luke 9:18-22 18 Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" 19 They answered, "John the Baptist; bu…

Questions From Jesus: What Are You Looking For?

The First United Presbyterian Church “Questions from Jesus: What are You Looking For?” Rev. Amy Morgan August 11, 2019
Listen to audio Isaiah 49:1-7 Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. 3 And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." 4 But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God." 5 And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength-- 6 he says, "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of…

Find X

The First United Presbyterian Church “Find X” Rev. Amy Morgan July 14, 2019
Listen to audio Psalm 82 God stands in the divine council; God judges in the midst of them. “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge or understanding, they walk around in the gloom of night; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I say, “You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any ruler.” Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you.

Luke 10:25-37 25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" 27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God w…

Citizenship in the Kin-dom of God

The First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland
"Citizenship in the Kin-dom of God" Rev. Amy Morgan July 7, 2019
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Introduction This past week, we had the opportunity as a nation to celebrate and reflect upon our citizenship in the United States of America. We celebrated values like liberty, independence, and unity. Today, we’ll reflect upon and celebrate our citizenship in the Kin-dom of God. In the time of Jesus, and throughout the history of Christianity, those striving for the fulfillment of God’s reign on earth have often found themselves at odds with worldly powers and governments, even and especially the nations in which they hold earthly citizenship. Today, we will hear from Christians whose voices have spoken truth to power, who have proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and revealed where their citizenship in God’s kin-dom is in conflict with the values of their nation. We will hear from theologians of color, including Jesus himself. The readings I’ve chos…