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Matthew 5: 1-12

Meg Peery McLaughlin June 27, 2021 Matthew 5: 1-12     When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek,


1 Kings 18

Jarrett McLaughlin Sermon – 1 Kings 18 June 20, 2021 Pre-Scripture:   Today’s story is a bit on the long side.  Fear not, though…I learned a trick once from Rodger Nishioka, a fine preacher and teacher in our denomination.  He said “when you’re reading a long Bible story – give the people something to do.  Give them something like a sound or motion to make


Isaiah 6: 1-8

Meg Peery McLaughlin June 13, 2021 Isaiah 6: 1-8     Prayer for Illumination Almighty God, by the power of your Holy Spirit speak to us in the language of our hearts that we may hear your Word with understanding and answer your call with confidence. Amen.     In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high


Just Do It

Jarrett McLaughlin June 6, 2021 “Just Do It” I Corinthians 7: 1-4, 7-13 Pre-Scripture: By now, some of you have hopefully seen our latest edition of the Chimes newsletter in which we laid out the phases for our re-opening later this summer. Our Together in Person Team decided to start up in-person worship services on August 1st. That may seem unnecessarily late to many of


Isaiah 49:8-16

Meg Peery McLaughlin May 30, 2021 Isaiah 49:8-16 Scripture: Thus says the Lord: In a time of favor I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you; I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,[a] to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages; 9 saying to the prisoners, “Come out,” to those who are in darkness, “Show


The Will to Tower

Jarrett McLaughlin “The Will to Tower” May 23, 2021, Pentecost Sunday Genesis 11:1-9 Pre-Sermon Having visited Haiti twice on Campus Ministry trips, I decided to live there for a few months after college.  I worked at Wings of Hope, a home for disabled children that is well known to a number of folks here at UPC.  It was during this time that I met Sam


John 17: 6-19

Meg Peery McLaughlin May 16, 2021 John 17: 6-19 Scripture: “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they


Exodus 1:8-22

Jarrett McLaughlin May 9, 2021 Exodus 1:8-22 Introduction: On June 11th, 2011 – nearly ten years ago – I became a father. But – let’s be honest – the more important happening that day was that Meg became a Mother. OR Given the day, perhaps I should reframe that – give credit where credit is due – that was the day that Meg became a


Colossians 3:12-17

Kim Rubish May 2, 2021 Colossians 3:12-17 Scripture: 12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in


To see another person is to love the face of God

To see another person is to love the face of God August 25, 2019 Luke 13: 10-17 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her