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Luke 18: 9-14

Meg Peery McLaughlin Luke 18: 9-14 June 21, 2020 The Journal for Preachers had a zoom presentation this week and on it a black pastor, Adam Mixon, said something that struck me. He said, the preaching is happening all around us. Our job is to point to it. Protesters in every state of our union have been taking to the streets crying for justice[i]. Ibram


Blessed and Brokenhearted

Kate Fiedler “Blessed and Brokenhearted” June 14, 2020 Matthew 5:1-10 (The Message) Scripture: When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: 3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With


Free For What?

Jarrett McLaughlin “Free for What?” June 7, 2020 Galatians 5          My Chimes letter indicated that I would expand on the topic of freedom in today’s sermon.  Under normal circumstances it might make more sense to do so around July 4th weekend but current events have conspired to make it most relevant right now. And yet still, I’ll ask you to turn the calendar forward



Meg Peery McLaughlin Pentecost May 31, 2020 Acts 2 Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All


Psalm 46

Jarrett McLaughlin May 24, 2020 Psalm 46 Pre-Scripture: This week I’m filming the sermon from another space that some of you may hold as sacred.  Our family is here at Montreat in the mountains of North Carolina.  I know that there are a good many in the congregation grieving that there won’t be any trips to Montreat this summer – for the youth conference or


John 14:15-21

Meg Peery McLaughlin May 17, 2020 John 14:15-21  Though it will be a long while before we are back together in person, your staff has been about some preparations. We’ve removed the hymnals and bibles and friendship pads, anything that can be touched in the pews. We’re ordering hand sanitation stations and offering boxes for the narthex. To gather, we are considering which bathrooms will


Luke 24: 13-35

Jarrett McLaughlin May 10, 2020 Luke 24: 13-35 Pre-Scripture: Last week it was sentence starters.  This week our Kindergarten homeschool students are learning to identify the beginning, middle and end of a story.  They’re writing very short paragraphs about Pete the Cat, Amelia Bedelia or Rickytickytimbonosarimbosorryborryruchipipberrypimbo.  That last one’s not true – nobody wants to write that name out.  Even by the tender age of


John 21: 1-19

Meg Peery McLaughlin May 3, 2020 John 21: 1-19 Scripture: After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.3Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said


Good Marks

Kate Fiedler “Good Marks” April 19, 2020 John 20:19-21, 24-29 Scripture: When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.


Easter Sunday

Jarrett McLaughlin Easter Sunday April 12, 2020 Luke 24:1-12 Pre-Scripture – Shot in the pews? I’m going to come right out and name it.  This is odd. I have this expectation for today.  It’s Easter Sunday so I expect to see this place full of people.  A sea of pastel clad worshippers.  Tons of familiar faces, and some unfamiliar faces, restless seekers in search of