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“The Heart of It All”

Hillary Bergman Cheek September 2, 2018 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23   It was the summer before my final year of high school; I was surrounded by friends from my youth group, the soft glow of the lanterns floating above us created a feeling of warmth and comfort as a light summer rain softly tapped on the windows that surrounded us. We had just finished affirming


“The Prison and the Palace”

Introductory Note There are times when our lectionary asks us to skip through books of the Bible, resulting in significant gaps between the texts we hear from Sunday to Sunday. But for the last three weeks, we have not skipped a verse between our gospel readings. They have followed in perfect sequence, in their entirety. Two weeks ago, this congregation heard about Jesus’ experiences near


“The Servant’s Prayer”

“The Servant’s Prayer” Margaret LaMotte Torrence July 8, 2018   Mark 6:1-13 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power


Two Women, Two Stories, Two Healings

“Two Women, Two Stories, Two Healings” Allen Brimer July 1, 2018 Lamentations 3:22-33 Mark 5:21-43   Focus: Jesus heals two women in two opposite sets of circumstances and remains the consistent, indiscriminate Christ in both.   Function: The same, consistent Christ comes again and again into our brokenness and offers healing that grants new life.   Introduction   Before I begin, I would like to


Facing Storms

“Facing Storms” Hillary Bergman Cheek June 24, 2018 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 Mark 4:35-41 (Audio and Video Unavailable)   Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV) 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and


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


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


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


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