Showing posts from 2017

Getting Away From it All

First United Presbyterian Church “Getting Away From It All” Rev. Amy Morgan December 10, 2017 Listen to audio 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 blo

Recycled Apocalypse

First United Presbyterian Church “Recycled Apocalypse” Rev. Amy Morgan December 3, 2017 Listen to audio Isaiah 64:1-9 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence--  2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!  3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.  4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.  5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.  6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.  7 There

The Fine Country

First United Presbyterian Church “The Fine Country” Rev. Amy Morgan November 26, 2017 Listen to audio Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 11 For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.  12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.  13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land.  14 I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.  15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lo

Return on Investment

Listen to audio First United Presbyterian Church “Return on Investment” Rev. Amy Morgan November 19, 2017 Psalm 90:1-12 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  3 You turn us back to dust, and say, "Turn back, you mortals."  4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.  5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;  6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.  7 For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.  8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.  9 For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh.  10 The days of our life are seventy year