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“Leftovers”

“Leftovers”                                                                                                                                 

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“The Choice Before Us”

John 11:17-27 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been

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Seeds and Shade

“Seeds and Shade” Kate Fiedler June 17, 2018 Ezekiel 17:22-24 & Mark 4:26-34 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   Ezekiel 17:22-24    Israel Exalted at Last 22 Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it

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The People’s Choice

(Audio and Video Unavailable) Those of you who were here last week may remember that we heard the story of the child Samuel, who heard God’s voice in the night, as he served in the temple with the priest Eli. As we pick up today’s passage, many years have passed. Samuel has been a trustworthy prophet of the Lord, but he has grown old, and—as

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Children of God

Hillary Bergman Cheek Children of God May 27, 2018 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   John 3:1-17: 1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3 Jesus

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“The Spirit’s Power”

(Audio and Video Unavailable) Prefatory note: Scholars concluded long ago that the author of Acts was also the author of the Gospel of Luke. Together, these two books comprise almost a quarter of the New Testament. Acts 2:1-21 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent

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Love that Abides

(Audio and Video Unavailable) John 15:9-17 Rev. Elizabeth Michael Preached at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC New Testament scholar Frances Taylor Gench offers this short description of Jesus in the gospel of John: “Wordy is the Lamb.”[1]  Indeed Jesus is a little loquacious in the fourth gospel.  We read today from chapter fifteen, the second of four consecutive chapters that together form Jesus’ “Farewell

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The Making of Witnesses

The Making of Witnesses Margaret LaMotte Torrence Sixth Sunday after Easter May 6, 2016 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   Today, we hear the final words of the gospel of Luke. Jesus’ disciples are gathered together, and have just heard a report that Jesus is alive.   Luke 24:36-53 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be

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What is Good About this News?

Matt Moorman Isaiah 53.7-12 Acts 8.26-40 April 29, 2018 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   Why does this story matter?  Is it simply an account of how the church’s membership and mission initially opened to Gentiles, or to people, like the eunuch, who were considered ritually unclean?  If that’s all it is, then the writer of Luke-Acts would’ve spent far less time filling the story with

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The Shepherding God

Psalm 23 Preached by Rev. Elizabeth Michael University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC April 22, 2018   The Reverend Doctor Sam Wells begins his book, The Nazareth Manifesto[1], with three scenarios, each of them quickly familiar to most people of a certain class who have attempted to celebrate Christmas in our modern world. First, he invites you to imagine shopping for a gift for the

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