Sermons

Sermon Date: Sun, 08/18/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 12:49-56

 

Cantor Jennifer Rueben was recently in El Paso. On the trip she used $2,000 from her Norfolk, VA Synagogue to purchase $50 gift cards for Walmart. She donated them to an El Paso shelter that serves immigrant families. Her congregation wanted them to know they were glad they were here and that they were cared for from afar.

Sermon Date: Sun, 08/11/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 12:32-40

The flight was delayed because another flight had been canceled. The passengers at the gate became increasingly impatient as the wait dragged through the afternoon.

Sermon Date: Sun, 08/04/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 12:13-21

Well, we got back from vacation yesterday. We rented a small place down in Nags Head. It was a great week, good weather, a few adventures and time to relax, read and reconnect.

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/21/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 10:38-42

 

This story of Mary & Martha’s dinner party is guaranteed to stir up an argument. The story itself contains an argument. On top of that, down through the centuries, there have been countless arguments about the story.

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/14/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 10:25-37

 

We come to one of Jesus’ most famous parables, the good Samaritan. So familiar is the story, even non-Christians are likely to know this tale. Yet familiarity can also make it easy to lose sight of the message.

Sermon Date: Sun, 07/07/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/30/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Galatians 5:1, 13-25

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/23/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: I Kings 19:1-15a; Luke 8:26-39

 

He is afraid. He is exhausted. He has done all he can, so he throws in the towel, prays to God for death then does the one thing that gives him peace, he takes a nap.

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/16/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Romans 5:1-5

 

Trinity Sunday 2019

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/09/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 14: 8-17, 25-27

 

Pentecost 2019

Sermon Date: Sun, 06/02/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Revelation 22:12-21

 

Easter VII, 2019

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 05/26/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Revelation 21:10; 21:22-22:5

 

Easter VI, 2019

Sermon Date: Sun, 05/19/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 13:31-35

 

Confirmation 2019

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 05/05/2019 Bible Text: Hebrews 11:1-3; 12:1-2 Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21

 

Easter III, 2019

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 04/28/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 20:19-31

 

Easter II, 2019

Sermon Date: Sun, 04/21/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 20:1-18

 

Easter 2019

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Sermon Date: Thu, 04/18/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 13:1-2, 20-32

 

Maundy Thursday, 2019

Sermon Date: Sun, 04/14/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 13:1-17, 34-35

 

Palm Sunday 2019

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 04/07/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Genesis 21:18-20

 

Lent V, 2019

Self-Development of People

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 03/24/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 9:1-41

 

Lent III, 2019

He was born for the sea. His father was a captain. He went to sea at age eleven. He learned the trade on voyages in the Mediterranean and the West indies. He served in the navy and was abandoned by a crew. Eventually rescued, the ship that saved him was nearly lost in a storm.

Sermon Date: Sun, 03/17/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 4:5-42

 

Lent II, 2019

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 03/10/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: John 3:1-21

 

Lent I 2019

I sure would love to win the lottery. Oh, what I could do with a great big winning pot. Pay off the kid’s education, give to the church so we could close the struggle we have every year and invest in an education director, oh the things I could do…

Sermon Date: Sun, 03/03/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Acts 15:1-11

 

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 02/24/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 6:27-38

 

 

At the end of last week’s gospel message, Jesus seemed to be on the verge of a social revolution. He said blessed are you who are poor, hungry, suffering and despised and woe to you who are rich, fat, happy and popular.

 

Sermon Date: Sun, 02/17/2019 Speaker: Dr. Gordon Mapes III Bible Text: Luke 6:17-26

 

 

Read Luke 6:17-19

 

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.

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