Showing posts from March, 2019

Proclamation in Conversation

The First United Presbyterian Church “Proclamation in Conversation” Ron Blackmer, Rev. Amy Morgan, and Rev. Judy Wrought March 24, 2019 This Sunday, we explored the texts in conversation. There is no written transcript, but you can listen to the audio here .  Psalm 63 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.   2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.   3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.   4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.   5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips   6 when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;   7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.   8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me

Tidying Up

The First United Presbyterian Church “Tidying Up” Rev. Amy Morgan March 17, 2019 Listen to audio Psalm 32 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  2 Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.  3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.  4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah  5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah  6 Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.  7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah  8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you w

Hushing the Devil to Hear the Desperate

The First United Presbyterian Church “Hushing the Devil to Hear the Desperate” Rev. Amy Morgan March 10, 2019 Listen to audio Exodus 1:8-14; 2:23-25 8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.  9 He said to his people, "Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we.  10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land."  11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh.  12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.  13 The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites,  14 and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed o

Transformed by Transfiguration

The First United Presbyterian Church “Transformed By Transfiguration” Rev. Amy Morgan March 3, 2019 Listen to audio Exodus 34:29-35 29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.  30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.  31 But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them.  32 Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.  33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face;  34 but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been