Sermons

Sermon Date: Sun, 02/10/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 5:1-11

 

 

What is a long day like for you? Is part of the day spent asking yourself if you’ll have enough? Will you make enough to cover your family’s needs?

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 02/03/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: I Corinthians 13:1-13

 

OK, more wedding talk. How can I not with this text?

Sermon Date: Sun, 01/27/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 4:14-21

 

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 01/20/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 2:1-11

 

Second Sunday after Epiphany 2019

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 01/13/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

 

Baptism of the Lord, 2019

Sermon Date: Sun, 01/06/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Matthew 2:1-12

 

Epiphany 2019

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 12/23/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Matthew 2:1-12

 

Advent IV, 2018

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 12/16/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 1:1-18

 

Advent III, 2018

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 12/09/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 2:8-20

 

Advent II, 2018

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 12/02/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

 

Advent I, 2018

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 11/25/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 18:33-37

Reign of Christ

Sermon Date: Sun, 11/18/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Matthew 6:25-33

 

OK, Confession time. Who is a worrywart?  I’m a worrywart. That’s right, I fret over stuff, lots of stuff. Ask me about the church budget. OK, don’t ask me…

Sermon Date: Sun, 11/11/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Romans 12:9-21

 

Commitment Sunday 2018

Congratulations to Linn Coghill and Tom Vaughn for completing the half marathon yesterday. I don’t know about Tom, but I do know Linn ran a personal best!

Sermon Date: Sun, 11/04/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 12:28-34

 

So, how to cover all that is going on: Liam’s Baptism, Stewardship, the election, Pittsburgh, vandalism? We start with a story:

Sermon Date: Sun, 10/28/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 10:35-45

 

Reformation Sunday 2018

How many have heard a joke about how we Presbyterians practice baptism? Sprinkling, dry-cleaning, finger-dipping, you name it, it’s out there. Of course most of these come from folks with a tradition that does not baptize children and only baptizes by immersion.

Sermon Date: Sun, 10/21/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 10:46-52

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 10/14/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 10:17-31

 

Have you ever tried to get ready for a trip, only to be interrupted over and over? It is frustrating as a deadline approaches and some pressing need or another grabs your attention. It always seems there are about a hundred things to do when we are about to leave.

Sermon Date: Sun, 10/07/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 10:2-16

 

World Communion 2018

Sermon Date: Sun, 09/30/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 9:38-50

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 09/23/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 9:30-37

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 09/16/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 8:27-38

 

Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist, some say Elijah, still others, one of the prophets.”

Jesus asks them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Sermon Date: Sun, 09/09/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 7:24-37

 

 

Wow! Now here’s a food story to grab your attention. Jesus checks out of the crowd and the hectic pace of “healer-of-the-moment” celebrity and has the most politically incorrect encounter of his ministry. A poor woman pleads for help for her daughter and he calls her a dog. What is going on here?

Sermon Date: Sun, 09/02/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Song of Solomon 2:8-17

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 08/26/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 6:56-69

 

 

Wow! What a day. A baptism, a new family, new officers to be ordained and installed. It is a full liturgy day. It seems the only thing missing is communion. So let’s talk about that.

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 08/19/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Joshua 24:1-2a; 14-25

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 08/12/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: I Kings 19:4-8

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/29/2018 Speaker: Rev Mike Clang Bible Text: John 6:1-21; Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/22/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: I John 4:7-16

 

An old Zen parable:

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/15/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 2:39-52

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/08/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 6:7-13

 

Camp Cuyamaca is owned by San Diego Schools. Every spring, sixth graders would descend on the camp for a full week. Sixth grade camp was a rite of passage for a generation of school children. Since 1946 over a million students have taken part in that adventure.

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/01/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Romans 13

 

Legend has it that when he emerged from Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman, “What kind of government are you giving us?” “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/24/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 4: 35-41; Job 38:1-11

 

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/17/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Mark 4:26-34

 

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/10/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Acts 4:13-21

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 05/27/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: II Corinthians 8:1-15

 

Trinity Sunday, 2018

Sermon Date: Sun, 05/20/2018 Speaker: Rev H Carson Rhyne, Jr Bible Text: Ezekiel 37: 1-14; Romans 8: 22-27

 

Penecost Sunday

 

Today is Pentecost.  50 days after Easter.  The day of the Holy Spirit.  The day that makes Presbyterians a little nervous.

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 05/13/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Matthew 25:14-30

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 05/06/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Proverbs 3:1-8; James 1:1-4

 

This week's meditation is The Letter of James from The Message.

Sermon Date: Sun, 04/29/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: I Corinthians 12:1-13

Easter V, 2018

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 04/22/2018 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Colossians 3:12-17

Fourth Sunday after Easter, 2018

The second of our seven discipleship covenants is “Worship Weekly.” As you might imagine, I have been preaching on and encouraging folks coming to worship for over 30 years.

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