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Sermon, Connecting with Bible Literacy - March 21, 2021 , United Ministry of Aurora Our carefully selected lectionary readings are helpful, they are connected. Asking each of the four readings to shed light on the others, we see more than the plotline and message of the individual readings. This is reading beyond the “letter” of the Bible. Jesus in his life, so often taught about scripture by making connections. This is another way we Christians can follow in his footsteps.

Sermon, Lenten Rainbow - February 21, 2021 , United Ministry of AuroraYouTube Video — First Sunday of Lent - God is pleased with Noah, and only Noah. Everything else that breathes air, God is done with. The humans were so corrupt, they corrupted everything alive - except for the fish. Restart. We're the new kids. How are we doing in our turn?

Sermon, Intimacy With God - January 17, 2021 , United Ministry of AuroraYouTube Video — In recent years many mainline Protestant churches no longer proclaim the full lectionary each Sunday. The lectionary includes an Old Testament reading, a responsorial Psalm, a reading from the New Testament Letters or Acts, and the Gospel. These four readings have been selected under the guidance of the Spirit. Hearing and reflecting on the four readings can be a powerful teaching method, since each reading amplifies and comments on the other readings. If we permit our full lectionary to speak to us every Lord's Day, the Bible itself can teach us with connections, hints and glimpses of truths for which there are no adequate words.

Sermon, Vast Resources of Power - November 15, 2020 , United Ministry of Aurora The LORD has assignments for each one of us. By mid-life most of us have some sense of what we’re called to do. Maybe it's teaching, maybe building a family life, maybe giving joy as a performer, maybe being the squeaky wheel. We don't need to understand how our job fits in the divine plan; that's beyond humans' pay grade. But, the Lord provides vast resources of power to those with the faith to accept their assignment wholeheartedly.

Sermon, Voice In The Cloud - October 18, 2020 , United Ministry of Aurora
Our faith tradition stops educating us too soon. What’s missing? We’re solid with the ABCs, yet the Letter to Hebrews exhorts us to move beyond elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity. God may speak with us in a voice undetectable by eardrum, but heard in our understanding. God may attract our attention in various ways. But we have to cooperate. We have to agree to listen.

Sermon, Music and Me'odechoh - September 20, 2020 , First Presbyterian Church, SkaneatelesYouTube Video — This is a reminder of the powerful role of music in worship. Me'odechoh means, "With all your might!" Music played, sung and listened to "with all our might," can help us open up, unwrap our tightly bound selves to experience the full power of faith.

Sermon, Jesus On Opposition - September 13, 2020 , First Presbyterian Church, SkaneatelesYouTube Video Every human being deep down wants to be at peace, the peace of wholeness and happiness. Yet we see contention everywhere around us. The Bible teaches us the natural state of the world, perhaps of life itself, is contention and opposition. In a way, we can look at the Bible as a textbook teaching us how to deal with contention and opposition.

Sermon, No Argument - August 30, 2020 , United Ministry of Aurora Few places on earth have had more argument per square foot of land than Israel. This was true in Abraham’s time, true in David’s time and true in Jesus’ time. Religious orthodoxy opposing apathy, pagan Roman troops opposing civilians, prophets opposing apostates, Sadducees opposing Pharisees, extremist assassins opposing those who just wanted to get along, and, of course, political factions all opposing each other. There is nothing new under the sun. Jesus acknowledged opposition. And Jesus' teaching method is a graduate text on how to overcome opposition.

Sermon, Let It Go - August 16, 2020 , First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles These are not only unusual times, they are difficult times. Things had been going so well for us for so long, we kind of forgot that life is generally full of problems. Scripture tells us that life here outside the Garden of Eden will be troubled. Both Old Testament and New Testament are filled with lessons on how to navigate the expected injustices, stresses and difficulties of life.

Sermon, We are Here - July 19, 2020 , United Ministry of AuroraVideo of outdoor service

Sermon, Family Feuds - June 21, 2020 , United Ministry of Aurora

Sermon, Welcoming Angels - June 14, 2020 Welcoming Barbara Blom as Minister, United Ministry of Aurora

Sermon, Paul Preaches at Athens - May 17, 2020 Sixth Sunday of Easter, United Ministry of AuroraVideo

Sermon, April 19, 2020 - Second Sunday of Easter, United Ministry of AuroraVideo of Service

Sermon, Soft Center, United Ministry of Aurora, March 22, 2020VideoVideo of Service

Sermon, Transfiguration 2.0, United Ministry of Aurora, Feb 23, 2020

Sermon, Come and See, and Stay Awhile, United Ministry of Aurora, Jan. 19, 2020

Sermon, Rejoice and be Thankful, United Ministry of Aurora, Dec 29, 2019

Sermon, Trajectory, United Ministry of Aurora, Aug 25, 2019

Sermon, Shalom, Not Pax Romana, United Ministry of Aurora, Aug 18, 2019

Sermon, The Double-Edged Sword, United Ministry of Aurora, July 21, 2019

Sermon, The Parable of the Ignorant Lawyer, United Ministry of Aurora, July 14, 2019

Sermon, Good, Better, Best, United Ministry of Aurora, NY June 16, 2019

Sermon, Our Lord's Prayer 2, United Ministry of Aurora, NY June 2, 2019

Sermon, Lord's Prayer 1, First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, NY May 26, 2019

Sermon, Spring Training, First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, NY March 24, 2019

Sermon, Unbounded Kingdom, United Ministry of Aurora, NY November 25, 2018

Sermon, God In The Box , First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, NY Sept. 9, 2018

Sermon, The Missing Link, United Ministry of Aurora, NY August 5, 2018

Sermon, Science And Sin, First Presbyterian Church of Scipioville, NY July 29, 2018

Sermon, Little Boxes, First Presbyterian Church of Scipioville, NY July 22, 2018

Sermon, He Is Out Of His Mind, First Presbyterian Church of Scipioville, NY June 10, 2018

Talk, Gods, Goddesses and Monotheism , First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, NY April 15, 2018

Sermon, Easter Feast, United Ministry of Aurora, NY April 1, 2018

Sermon, Use It, Don't Lose It, First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, NY Feb. 25, 2018

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