Welcome, Stephanie Sorge Wing!
2010-09-07 by Stephanie Sorge Wing

My husband and I serve as Co-Pastors together at United Presbyterian Church in Harrodsburg, KY.  It is our first call, and we have been here for 21 months.  As Co-Pastors, we usually alternate preaching weekly, though August was a bit unusual for us.  Andy preached on the 1st, we were on vacation the 8th, I preached the 15th, we had a guest preacher the 22nd, and Youth Sunday on the 29th, so it has now been a month since I have preached and prepared a sermon.  I find that sermon writing is more fluid and a bit easier when I am preaching more regularly.  Every other week is manageable, but it usually takes me a bit longer to formulate everything if it has been any longer.  I hope that writing this blog helps me and others in the process!



Jennie Gordon's Poem
2010-09-04 by David von Schlichten

This poem ponders the kenosis of self to the cross and what that would mean for the speaker. The verses hold before each of us a great, intimidating, exciting challenge.

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





a poem by Jennie Gordon
2010-09-04 by Laurie McKnight

give up           

          Luke 14:25-33 

my arms embrace

a lifetime collection

of necessary nothings

but each thing connects

and recollects the other

recounting who I am as daughter

sister, friend and wife and mother

while

each day adds another

vital verse to the anthology

of completed works - by me

that no one else

will ever read, while I persist

denying or defying dying

maybe

and then there’s all that substance

I’ve hoarded for tomorrow

the ‘one day’ that I know will come

it fills my head, my dreams,

my home 

what would it mean

to loose the hold

let go, put down, give up

and walk with empty arms

save for the cross of life-affirming death

that has been ours

since first baptismal breath

© Jennie Gordon 2010





Two Sermons in Cafe
2010-09-03 by David Howell

Text: Jeremiah 18:1-11

 

LIKE A LUMP OF CLAY

September 5, 2010

Young Memorial and Brookston Presbyterian Churches, Vance County

Rick Brand, Supply

 

and

 

Sermon on Philemon

At St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Youngstown, PA

On Sunday, September 5, 2010,

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C,

The Reverend Dr. David von Schlichten

 

Your Onesimus

 

Sermon Feedback Cafe

 





Laurie McKnight; Preaching on Philemon
2010-09-03 by David von Schlichten

Our guest blogger has done a smart job of providing extensive reflections on each pericope for this week. Scroll down to enjoy.

I am focusing on Philemon. Laurie writes about the letter dealing with letting go and restored relationships. That's a salient theme, to be sure, and one people need to hear.

On a related note, I will be preaching on the idea of Christ making us into brothers and sisters and the implications of this new relationship. My sermon is up at the cafe. I welcome feedback, ever

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten





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