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First Sunday after Epiphany (a)
Baptism of the Lord


Texts & Discussion:
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17



This Week's Themes:
Meaning of Baptism
Revelation of Christ

Empowerment for Ministry



Children's Messages:


Sermon Excerpt #1:

Fulfilling Righteousness
Matthew 3:13-17
Rev. Randy Quinn

On Christmas Eve, when the church was as full as it has ever been, the pastor of a nearby church reportedly made this comment:

It is nice to see everyone here tonight. Some of you I have not seen since last Christmas. Some of you will not be back until Easter. We welcome you tonight and hope that you will not be frightened away by the large crowd -- it is not normally this crowded.

When I heard about it, I wondered if it was true. Did he REALLY say that? I know I have thought it before. I suspect that most of the people there had thought it before. But it somehow sounds so wrong to articulate those inner thoughts, doesn't it?

What the pastor was naming is the tendency in our society to see Religion as a private matter. Faith is an individual choice, so we do not impose it upon another individual, nor do we object to other individuals believing and worshipping differently than we worship and believe. That is what most of us think the 1st Amendment guarantees us -- the individual choice about faith and its expression. That is what it means to live in here for full manuscript and all other sermons and resources


Sermon Excerpt #2

January 12th: You Are Lovable
Luke 4:18-19

  PowerPoint: Loveable


Excerpt: You Are Loveable! Have you ever been told you are lovable? If you have, what did that mean to you? Did you believe it and take it seriously or discount it altogether? Your reaction might depend on who said it and the nature of your relationship with that person. If you have a pattern of doubting your lovability, it may be due to painful childhood experiences that left you with insecurities and self doubt.
But the fact is that, we are forever and always lovable. Even if a bad childhood led you to feel unloved and unworthy, you are still lovable. Even if you feel ashamed due to past failures and mistakes, you are still lovable. Even if ...

Sermon Excerpt #3:

Matthew 3:13-17
Rev. Thomas Hall

Being a PK-preacher's kid-took a long time for my son to get the hang of. At the time, his sixth grade mind formed this peculiar moral code on how his father, the minister, should behave. No ribald jokes. No walking down the parsonage hallway in skivvies. Ministers must cover all human flesh. And ministers aren't mushy either. No tears in the pulpit. So on those occasions when I slip out of my halo and into more earthly, concerns, Ben comes to my rescue warning me, “what would the church members think if they saw you now?” Good point. Ben makes sure that I remember who I am lest any unwholesome behavior come from me that would not meet his high expectations of the office of minister.

I guess I should thank my son for reminding me of who I am because it's difficult in modern life, with its conflicting claims and confusion of names, to remember who we really are. Many of us go through life changing from name to name in an attempt to define us, to name who we are.

William Willimon tells us that this question, “Who am I?” is the question that forms a life-long crisis of identity. Whether in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or well into retirement, the question still stands on our doorstep to haunt us. Who am I? Culture is all too obliging to answer our question.

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