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Secret Identities

First United Presbyterian Church “Secret Identity” Rev. Amy Morgan August 27, 2017
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Isaiah 51:1-6 Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,    you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn,    and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father    and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him,    but I blessed him and made him many. For the Lord will comfort Zion;    he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden,    her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her,    thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Listen to me, my people,    and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me,    and my justice for a light to the peoples. I will bring near my deliverance swiftly,    my salvation has gone out    and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me,    and for my arm they hope. Lift up your eyes to the heavens,    and look at the earth beneat…

Two Sides to Every Story

First United Presbyterian Church “Two Sides to Every Story” Rev. Amy Morgan August 20, 2017
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Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Thus says the Lord:    Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come,    and my deliverance be revealed. And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,    to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,    and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,    and hold fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain,    and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices    will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer    for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God,    who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them    besides those already gathered.



Intro: In last week’s episode from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus and his disciples crossed over the sea of Galilee to the town of Gennesaret. This week, they take a strange side trip to the …