Showing posts from October, 2022

Sunday, October 23rd: "Holding Our Neighbors"

  Watch the Sermon here First United Presbyterian Church “Holding Our Neighbors” Rev. Amy Morgan October 23, 2022 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.   15 If the foot would say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?   18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.   19 If all were

Sunday, October 9th: "Held By God"

Watch the sermon here First United Presbyterian Church “Held By God” Rev. Amy Morgan October 9, 2022 Isaiah 40:28-31   Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,    the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;    his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint,    and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary,    and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,    they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,    they shall walk and not faint. “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold,” wrote William Butler Yeats. That is how it felt for the Israelites at the time this section of Isaiah’s prophesy was written. Living in exile in Babylon, stripped of their cultural, religious, and national identity, the Book of Lamentations describes them this way: Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives no

October 2nd: "Down and Out"

Watch the Sermon here First United Presbyterian Church “Down and Out” Rev. Amy Morgan October 2, 2022 2 Timothy 1:3-14     3 I am grateful to God-- whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did-- when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.  5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.  6 For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;  7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.  8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,  9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grac