Come with Joy

November 8, 2020/2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5 In a country that prides itself on its democratic government, we would do well to recognize that even the best governments – and leaders – are often quirky and difficult and downright messy.  If we had any doubts, if we were under the illusion that the “perfect” candidate was… Read More Come with Joy

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Giving Thanks

Luke 17:11-19 Preached October 16, 2022, at Westminster Presbyterian, Westminster, SC Back in the spring of 2018 a group of sociologists reported the results of a study they had conducted on gratitude.  The authors of the study were curious about how often people expressed gratitude when someone provided them with a product or service.  What… Read More Giving Thanks

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June 19, 2022/Ephesians 4:1-16 In early May, Presbyterian Outlook published an article titled “Small but steady witness: Big lessons from little churches.”  The writer, a Presbyterian minister who had served for five years in a small, rural congregation, noted that small churches are often dismissed as inconsequential because they are small – “When churches are… Read More One

Hearing the Familiar for the First Time

May 8, 2022/Psalm 23 On any given Sunday during the course of worship, we find ourselves repeating ancient words that have been inscribed on our hearts through years of church-going, study, and prayer.  The Apostles’ Creed.  The Lord’s Prayer.  The laudatory, thanks-filled words of the Doxology and the Gloria Patri.  Providence Presbyterian’s own covenants.  We… Read More Hearing the Familiar for the First Time

Ugly Feet

April 15, 2022/Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 It was the normal chit-chat between people who don’t know each other beyond offering a non-personal greeting or comment on the weather.  We were waiting outside the group exercise studio for the earlier class to end.  I don’t think she would have asked the question she did if… Read More Ugly Feet