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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,

THIS IS MY BODY
Randall Tremba
April 15, 2012
Second Sunday of Easter
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

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We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security

We have exploited simply for our own ends

We have distorted our knowledge

We have abused our power.

ROLL AWAY THE STONE
Randall Tremba
April 8, 2012
Easter Sunday
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 16:1-8
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?"

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WALKING TO JERUSALEM
Randall Tremba
April 1, 2012
Palm/Passion Sunday
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 15:1-39
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

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CALL FROM TOMORROW
Randall Tremba
March 25, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

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I
have
learned
so much from God
that I can no longer
call
myself
a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim
a Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself
With me
That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
Or even pure
Soul.

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PEOPLE SO TRUE TO LOVE
Randall Tremba
March 18, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

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THE GRACE OF THE WORLD
Randall Tremba
March 11, 2012
Third Sunday of Lent
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Psalm 19
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. In the heavens God has set the sun. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; nothing is hid from its warmth.

HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS
Randall Tremba
March 4, 2012
Second Sunday in Lent
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be faithful. I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous."

WILDERNESS WAY
Ethel Hornbeck
February 26, 2012
First Sunday of Lent
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 1:9-15
Given the news these days—political, economic, religious -- to talk about wilderness seems kind of redundant. But wilderness is before us this morning, so let us enter the wilderness, together, starting with this, from the gospel of Mark, chapter 1. Let us listen to what the Spirit may be saying to us today.

LIVE IN THE LIGHT
Randall Tremba
February 19, 2012
Transfiguration of Our Lord Sunday
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 9:2-9
Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

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HEALING PRAYER
Randall Tremba
February 12, 2012
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 1:40-45
A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you can make me clean." 

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Presbyterian ministers don’t do “Last Rites.” That’s pretty much a Catholic thing. But many Presbyterians don’t know better. So when I am called to perform “Last Rites,” I go.

PRAYERFUL SERVICE
Randall Tremba
February 5, 2012
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Mark 1:29-39
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.

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