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Weak Sauce

“Weak Sauce” Jarrett McLaughlin 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 November 10, 2019   Pre-Scripture:   In a few weeks time, after we’ve awakened from our Thanksgiving tryptophan coma, we’ll likely load the family up in the van to go pick out a Christmas tree.  We’ll take the tree home and put it in the stand and string the lights up.   Then our daughters will put ornaments

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#blessed

All Saints/November 3 2019 Communion Sunday Matthew 5: 1-12 Meg Peery McLaughlin #blessed   Prayer for Illumination God of generations past and generations to come, great is your faithfulness. You do not fail to make yourself known to us time and time again. As we turn now to your Word, draw us together, and draw us to you. In Christ we pray, Amen.   When

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Today is Enough

Matthew 6:25-34 “Today Is Enough” Kate Fiedler October 27, 2019   Prayer of Illumination Loving God, you know us through and through. Hold our attention to hear your word. Let your ancient story of love live in us today. As the Holy Spirit inspires our hearts, lead us to create your beloved community, where all thrive without fear. Amen.     Jesus is talking to

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Installation Sermon and Charge

    Two By Two Mark 6:6b-13 Brian K. Blount Union Presbyterian Seminary   Charge to the Congregation On the Occasion of the Installation of Jarrett and Meg Peery McLaughlin as Pastors of University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC 20 October 2019 Jessica Tate   It is an honor to be with you this afternoon for this service of worship and the marking of this

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An Intolerance of Smallness

An Intolerance of Smallness Meg Peery McLaughlin October 20, 2019 Children’s Sabbath/Dedication Sunday Ephesians 3: 14-21     Prayer for Illumination Like little children who sit criss cross applesauce to hear a story, who put their listening ears on to really pay attention, make us ready to encounter a word that helps us all grow up– grow up into your expansive love. We pray in

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Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers John 2: 1-11 October 13, 2019 Jarrett McLaughlin Pre-Scripture:   Frances Taylor-Gench was my New Testament professor.  She advised us to pay close attention to the first thing Jesus does in public in each of the Gospels.  It will tell you something of who Jesus is in the eyes of that Gospel writer. In Matthew – he pulls up a stool and teaches

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Where the Green Grass Grows

Meg Peery McLaughlin Where the Green Grass Grows World Communion Sunday October 6, 2019 Mark 6: 30-44   30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And

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A Holy Waste

September 29, 2019 A Holy Waste Meg Peery McLaughlin John 12:1-8   Prayer of Illumination   We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth, O God. Make us hungry for your word that it may nourish us today in the ways of love through Jesus Christ, Amen.   Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany,

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Enough is Enough

Jarrett McLaughlin “Enough is Enough” Exodus 16 September 22, 2019 Pre-Scripture: This box of sand here typically lives in our Godly Playroom. During the 11:00 service, our 4, 5 and 6-year-olds gather in a circle and play within the stories of our faith. Whenever one of the biblical stories takes place in the wilderness, the storyteller puts this desert box in the middle of the

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Remember your Lines

Rev. Meg Peery McLaughlin September 15 Remember your Lines   Prayer of Illumination Jesus, you do love us. Help us hear it again. We are ready to be reminded. Amen.   Matthew 4: 1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterward, he was famished. 3The

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