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Sunday, October 23rd: "Holding Our Neighbors"

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  Watch the Sermon here First United Presbyterian Church “Holding Our Neighbors” Rev. Amy Morgan October 23, 2022 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.   15 If the foot would say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?   18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.   19 If all were

Sunday, October 9th: "Held By God"

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Watch the sermon here First United Presbyterian Church “Held By God” Rev. Amy Morgan October 9, 2022 Isaiah 40:28-31   Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,    the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;    his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint,    and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary,    and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,    they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,    they shall walk and not faint. “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold,” wrote William Butler Yeats. That is how it felt for the Israelites at the time this section of Isaiah’s prophesy was written. Living in exile in Babylon, stripped of their cultural, religious, and national identity, the Book of Lamentations describes them this way: Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives no

October 2nd: "Down and Out"

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Watch the Sermon here First United Presbyterian Church “Down and Out” Rev. Amy Morgan October 2, 2022 2 Timothy 1:3-14     3 I am grateful to God-- whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did-- when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.  5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.  6 For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;  7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.  8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,  9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grac

September 25th: “I’m Not So Sure About…God and Government”

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Watch the Sermon here First United Presbyterian Church “I’m Not So Sure About…God and Government” Rev. Amy Morgan September 25, 2022 Romans 13:1-7 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; 4 for it is God's servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. 6 For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, busy with this very thing. 7 Pay