Jeremiah 31:1-6 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 28:1-10 Early in the morning, at the tomb of Jesus, an angel said to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, “Do not be afraid. Jesus is not here. He has been raised.” All these years later, there continues to be various ideas and thoughts, theories and speculations about that first […]
Jesus was trying to show the people that love, mercy, and peace were his ways – were God’s ways. Love, mercy, and peace were so central to who he was that they were like elements of his DNA. To change them would make him something different than God, and, thank God, that was a compromise he would not make.
Patient Faith John 11:1-45 April 2, 2017 Charles F. Kalmbach I will admit at the very beginning that I am sorry that the story of Lazarus we just heard only comes around once every three years in the lectionary cycle. Although we will find the story only in this Gospel, it assumes a vital part […]
When the Wind Blows John 3:1-17 A composer living in Singapore developed and shared a tune with an author and friend in New Zealand to see what text it might inspire. This is what the author wrote, “As the wind song through the trees, as the stirring of the breeze, so it is with the […]
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Matthew 5:38-48 You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy… Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Be holy. Be perfect. Yeah, right. A funny thing happened on the way to holy perfection. We started to believe it was not possible to get there. We believe […]
Matthew 5:1-12 Jesus must have been an artist, because the Beatitudes are beautiful and poetic sentiments. What a glorious picture Jesus is painting, mixing vibrant colors and bold promises on his divine palette, and brushing the resulting pigments onto a canvas as broad and grand as heaven itself! Jesus creates a masterpiece with his words. […]
A Sermon Delivered by The Rev. Dr. Andrew Purves Sea Island Presbyterian Church Beaufort, South Carolina November 20, 2016 2 Corinthians 3:3 Inscribed in Latin on the tomb of Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London are the words, “If you would see his memorial, look around you.” One could say the same […]
“God is Great; Beer is Good; and People are Crazy” Matthew 2:13-23 Once upon a time, a certain church had just completed their annual Christmas pageant. There had been Scripture readings and hymns, communion and candle light. It was beautiful, reverent and joyful. Everyone was enjoying the warm and worshipful Christmas spirit when the pastor […]