A Good Conscience

A Good Conscience Psalm 25:1-10 and 1 Peter 3:18-22 1st Sunday of Lent Jane Shelton, CRE             It is very appropriate indeed that as we begin our Season of Lent, that we are reminded by Peter of our baptism, by which we are saved.  Peter reminds us that baptism...

The Conversation

The Conversation 2 Cor 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9 Transfiguration Sunday Jane Shelton, CRE               After reading the scripture to prepare for this Sunday’s Transfiguration sermon, I realized how many sermons I had previously preached, and the topics that I had...

Neighbors

Neighbors Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Psalm 147:1-11 and Mark 1:29-39 Jane Shelton, CRE I’ve always been fascinated by windows and doors.  Really any opening with light beaming through.  Often, I take photos of these when I see them because I’m drawn to what is on the...

“When It’s Guessing Time” January 28th, 2024 Rev. Sid Leak In one of the Peanuts cartoons that appeared in 1973 Peppermint Patty is seated at her desk at school. She’s obviously taking a test because she picks her paper up and says: “This is some test! Who was...

Net of Refuge and Strength

Net of Refuge and Strength Psalm 62:5-12 and Mark 1:14-20 January 21, 2024   I’m sure like me, you have begun something new at some point in your life that you were a bit nervous about beginning.  Maybe it was a new job, or moving to a new location, or beginning...

Your Servant is Listening

Your Servant is Listening Second Sunday after Epiphany January 14, 2024 Have you ever thought you heard someone calling your name, but no one heard it but you?  Did you think it was God calling out to you?  Or did you just think you were losing your mind?! In our...

Holy Spirit Baptism

Holy Spirit Baptism Baptism of the Lord January 7, 2023 I don’t know about you, but I have a vivid memory of my baptism.  As I have shared with many of you, I was baptized in the Alapaha River when I was about 12 years old. It was a place I grew up fishing and...

The Christmas Blessing

December 24, 2023 Christmas Eve 5:30 p.m. Service Luke 2:1-14 and Luke 2:15-20 The Christmas Blessing (MILLER/ROUTSONG FAMILIES)                         It is such a joy that all of you celebrate with each other and your families and friends at this special time of...

Love: The Greatest Gift

December 24, 2023 / Fourth Sunday of Advent 11:00 a.m. Worship Love:  The Greatest Gift Luke 1:26-38 / Romans 16:25-27 (ELLIOTT FAMILY) Today is Christmas Eve!  The celebration of the birth of the Christ child inches ever closer, and we anxiously await the sound of...

Sounding Joy

Sounding Joy Third Sunday of Advent Psalm 126 / 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28 Today we celebrate the joy that came with the birth of Jesus, the birth we await to celebrate in the season of Advent.  Our Psalmist writes of a harvest of joy that includes laughter, shouts of...

Hope: Connections Through Giving

Hope:  Connections Through Giving 12.3.23 First Sunday of Advent 50th Anniversary Break Bread Together Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10-11 and Matt 25:31-40   Today is a very special day in that we are celebrating 50 years of the Break Bread Together mission, AND we are...

Investments

Investments November 19, 2023 Psalm 90:1-6, 12-17 Matthew 25:14-30 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word “investment?” Generally, we probably think of growing our money, and recognize that investments do not...

Pathways to Prayer

Pathways to Prayer Psalm 78:1-7 & Matt 25:1-13 November 12, 2023 November is our special time to remember Thornwell, and a time to take up a special offering this month.  You will find envelopes in the pews provided for your special offering. For those not...

God’s Word at Work

God’s Word at Work All Saints Day November 5, 2023 Psalm 43 and 1 Thessalonians 2-9-13 We have just spent a month on stewardship, and now we can breathe easy, right?  Well, not exactly. Studying, contemplating and planning for stewardship dedication is just the...

Work So God Can Use Me

Work so God Can Use Me Philippians 4:1-9 / Matthew 21:33-43 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost In our gospel today, we are reminded that while the earthly landlord is away, God’s abundance is still present because God is the true landlord of all creation. While the...

Live Like God Can Use Me

Live Like God Can Use Me Luke 7:1-10 and Luke 8:16-18 October 8, 2023 Last week in giving examples of Lectio Divina, and how we look at scripture on First Fridays during our Contemplative service, we read and considered a portion of the Philippians scripture, and I...

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger Psalm 25:1-9 and Philippians 2:1-13 October 1, 2023   Today we have read two beautiful scriptures.  Psalm 25 could be read as a daily prayer, in fact.  In Lectio Divina at our First Friday Contemplative service, we read scripture, sit with it...

Refrain from Judgement

Refrain from Judgement September 17, 2023 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 103:1-12 and Romans 14:1-12 Did you see what he was wearing?  Did you see what she was eating?  Why are they not bringing their children to Sunday School?  Why do they seldom come to...

It Depends On You

It Depends on You Romans 12:9-12, Matthew 16:21-28 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sept 10, 2023   A few days ago, we heard a lot about hurricane preparedness, and all the steps and phone numbers, and emergency aid available to us.  The importance of watching the...