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The Rhythms of Easter

The Rhythms of Easter Margaret LaMotte Torrence Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 Matthew 28:1-10   After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance

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The Road to Glory

March 25, 2018 Palm/Passion Sunday Mark 11:1-11 “The Road to Glory” Reverend Elizabeth Michael   In my biblical studies classes, we were taught to pay attention when the pace of scripture slowed way down.  Especially in Mark…Mark who moves the quickest of the gospel writers, whose favorite word is “immediately” and who rushes Jesus on from scene to scene with hardly a breath or extra

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Youth Sunday

  Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-2, 6-12 John 12: 20-33   Katie Billings – Jeremiah 31:31-34 It was January 28th, a Friday afternoon, and I anxiously sat in AP Biology, my last class of the week. With each passing minute, I could feel my heart rate accelerate, then finally, the bell rang. I rushed out to my 97 honda accord, Wanda the Honda, sat through the

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Snake Stories

March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Lent Numbers 21:4-9/ John 3:14-21 “Snake Stories” Margaret LaMotte Torrence When I am in my office during the week, I can always hear Kate Rogers coming, and it always makes me smile. Kate likes to make the rounds when her morning at preschool is over. She dispenses hugs, gathers various snacks, and generally spreads cheer wherever she goes. Sometimes

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Turning the Tables

“Turning the Tables” Margaret LaMotte Torrence March 4, 2018 Third Sunday in Lent I Corinthians 1:18-25/ John 2:13-22   I decided to work from home on Friday; I needed to make a start on this sermon. It had been a busy week, and all I had on paper was the title I’d submitted on Tuesday. “Turning the Tables” had been on the signboard on Franklin

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PCM Sunday

Presbyterian Campus Ministry Sunday No text available.

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A Good Day

This week, in preparation for this Sunday, I wrote out a list of all the saints who have influenced me over the course of my life:  teachers, coaches, writers, roommates, rock stars, friends, neighbors, poets, babysitters, the girl who stood up to a bully on my behalf on the school bus when I was in first grade, cousins, aunts, uncles, and of course all four

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Hosannas Betrayed

Mark 11:1-11 A Sermon by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Palm/Passion Sunday                April 9, 2017             Palm Sunday is such an enigmatic day.  It feels, on the one hand, like a festival.  There is mirth and jubilation, the waving of palm fronds.  The crowds greeting Jesus are hopeful, expectant. “Hosanna!” they shout.  They remember the 118th Psalm: they cry, “Blessed

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Saints Together

SAINTS TOGETHER Matthew 5:1-12 A Communion Meditation by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina All Saints’ Sunday                  November 6, 2016             Tuesday looms large in everyone’s hearts and minds, as we try to find our way through in such an unsettled time in our land. Somewhere this week I read someone’s comment that it feels like we are watching a

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North Star

2 Timothy 1:1-14 A Communion Meditation by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost October 2, 2016 At the beginning of Ron Rash’s novel, Above the Waterfall, the county sheriff, Les, is just three weeks from retirement. Les might have hoped his last weeks would be straightforward and simple, but he finds himself dealing with an escalating conflict

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