Sermons

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BUILDING A HOUSE
Randall Tremba
August 26, 2012
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

1 Kings 8:1- 43
And Solomon said: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!

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GETTING TO FORGIVENESS
Randall Tremba
August 19, 2012
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Ephesians 4:25-32
Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

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FACING OUR DARKNESS
Randall Tremba
August 12, 2012
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

2 Samuel 18:5-33
The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept, "O my son Absalom, my son, my son! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

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WHAT GOOD IS GUILT?
Randall Tremba
August 5, 2012
18th Sunday Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a
David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD."

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ACT WITH WISDOM
Randall Tremba
July 29, 2012
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

2 Samuel 11:1-15
In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

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CULTIVATING COMPASSION
Ethel Hornbeck
July 22, 2012
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
Mark 6:30-34

The Gospel lesson for today, comes to us from the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 6:

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Reflecton
Joshua Nolen
July 15, 2012

When Randy asked if I would do a reflection on the lectionary while he was away, I took at look at the Gospel lesson and found this story about the death of John the Baptist:

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Reflection
Kari Edge
July 15, 2012

2 Samuel 6:1-5 and 12b-19

A wise preacher once told me, “if you want to have a successful sermon, you better start with a joke or a story.”  Well, this is NO sermon but I do have a joke:

The Earth without ART is just EH…

You may be wondering how this joke connects to the lesson of Samuel before us today, and I’m just hoping we’re not both still wondering that by the end of this reflection.

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“LACUNAS”
Rev. Patricia A. Donohoe
July 8, 2012
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Sermon Texts: Mark 6:3 and 2 Corinthians 5:9b-10

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GET UP
Randall Tremba
July 1, 2012
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 5:21-43
Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!"

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This morning I want to commend the youth of two churches—the youth of our church and the youth of the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

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WAKE UP
Randall Tremba
June 24, 2012
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 4:35-41
"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!"

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LIGHT FOR THE KINGDOM
Randall Tremba
June 17, 2012
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 4:26-34
With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed.

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REBUILDING COMMON LIFE
Randall Tremba
June 10, 2012
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

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1 Samuel 8:4-20; 11:14-15
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said: "You are old and your sons are corrupt and take bribes; appoint for us a king to govern us, like other nations.

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THE WAY OF COMPASSION
Randall Tremba
June 3, 2012
Trinity Sunday
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

John 3:1-17
“Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

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THE SPIRIT OF PEACE
Randall Tremba
May 27, 2012
Pentecost Sunday
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Acts 2:1-21
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.

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SENT
Randall Tremba
May 20, 2012
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

John 17:6-19
As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich.Paul Hawkens, University of Portland Commencement Address, May 3, 2009.

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FIRE OF LOVE
Randall Tremba
May 13, 2012
6th Sunday of Easter
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

John 15:9-17
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

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Last Sunday afternoon at 4:30, seven ninth graders stood here to make their Public Profession of Faith as part of a confirmation ceremony. They stood before family, friends, neighbors and members of this congregation.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP
Randall Tremba
May 6, 2012
5th Sunday of Easter
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

1 John 4:7-21
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

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LETTING GO
Ethel Hornbeck
April 29, 2012
“Good Shepherd Sunday”
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Our reading today comes from the Gospel of John, chapter 10 (11-18), and features Jesus, as he addresses a not entirely friendly audience.

AMAZING SURPRISES
Randall Tremba
April 22, 2012
3rd Sunday of Easter
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

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Today is the third Sunday of Easter and by happy coincidence it is also Earth Day. Let’s put them together and see what happens.

For the Earth Day side here’s a few lines from Greg Brown’s song “Spring Wind” quoted by Bill Howard at Earthfest last Sunday evening.

In a mucked up lovely river,

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