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A Future with Hope: Faith

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First United Presbyterian Church “A Future with Hope: Faith” Rev. Amy Morgan October 22, 2017 Listen to sermon audio

Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
Matthew 13:31-35, 44-46 31 He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;  32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."  33 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."  34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.  35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has…

Service of Installation of Rev. Amy Morgan

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This post contains the text of the sermon, charge to the pastor, and charge to the congregation from the  Service of Installation for Rev. Amy Morgan  on Sunday, October 15 at 4p.m. Meditation Upon the Installation
of the Rev. Amy Morgan
Loveland, Colorado
October 15, 2017

Ernest F. Krug, III
Luke 10: 38-42

       It is a great honor to have been asked by Amy to preach her installation sermon.  I first came to know Amy, her husband Jason, and son Dean when she came to the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan as Associate Pastor some ten or eleven years ago.  I was serving there as Parish Associate.  In fact, during my 46 years of ordained ministry I have always served as Parish Associate at a variety of churches and have never been an installed pastor—making me obviously the best person to preach an installation sermon!  There is more to the story, but suffice it to say that I am also a pediatrician, now retired from medical practice, and had a unique ministry.  I tell you…

A Future With Hope: Service

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First United Presbyterian Church “A Future with Hope: Service” Rev. Amy Morgan October 15, 2017
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Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Matthew 20:25-34 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  26 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant,  27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave;  28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."  29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.  30 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"  31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, &q…

A Future with Hope: Community

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First United Presbyterian Church “A Future with Hope: Community” Rev. Amy Morgan October 8, 2017
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Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
Ephesians 4:1-16 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,  2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling,  5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift.  8 Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people."  9 (When it says, "He ascended…