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"Entrusted With Riches"

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Photo by Mohamed Nohassi on Unsplash The First United Presbyterian Church “Entrusted With Riches” Rev. Amy Morgan November 8, 2020 Isaiah 40:9-11 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"   10 See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.   11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep. Matthew 25:14-30 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.   16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to wo

"The Long Wait"

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Photo by  Tengyart  on  Unsplash The First United Presbyterian Church “The Long Wait” Rev. Amy Morgan November 8, 2020 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors-- Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor-- lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. 14 "Now therefore revere the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the A

"Our Money Story: Restore"

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The First United Presbyterian Church “Our Money Story: Restore” Rev. Amy Morgan November 1, 2020 Genesis 33:1-17 Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. 2 He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 3 He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother.   4 But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he said, "Who are these with you?" Jacob said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."   6 Then the maids drew near, they and their children, and bowed down; 7 Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down; and finally Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. 8 Esau said, "What do you mean by all this comp

"Our Money Story: Reimagine"

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The First United Presbyterian Church “Our Money Story: Reimagine” Rev. Amy Morgan October 25, 2020 Leviticus 19:9-10; 25:8-12 9 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  10 You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God. 8 You shall count off seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the period of seven weeks of years gives forty-nine years.  9 Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud; on the tenth day of the seventh month-- on the day of atonement-- you shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land.  10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family.  11 That fiftieth year sh