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“A Very Uncomfortable Place”

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Pastor Russell Edwards February 18th 2018 Psalm 25:1-5a    Mark 1: 9-13   Our scripture this morning should sound familiar to you; we read Mark’s rendition of Jesus’ baptism (verses 4-11) only six weeks.  It is rather unusual that the lectionary … Continue reading

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“Unclean! Unclean!”

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February 11th 2018 Psalm 30:2-4, 8-12      Mark 1: 40-42 Our Gospel scripture this morning talks about a man afflicted with leprosy, who approaches Jesus and challenges him by saying, “you have the power to cure me, if you want to.”   … Continue reading

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“What Is Your Pain Level?”

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Pastor Russell Edwards February 4th  2018 Isaiah 40:25,28-31      Mark 1: 29-34 Every day, every week, every month has some ‘special’ designation, for instance February is Black History Month.  There is a website called “Days of the Year” which keeps track … Continue reading

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“Our Roots Run Deep”

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Pastor Russell Edwards January 28th  2018 Psalm 111:1a,4-9a              Mark 1:21-28 I fully realize that when I say, “I don’t often include the ‘section headings’ in our scripture readings… but when I do, I generally point out why I am … Continue reading

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“Vacuum of Silence”

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Pastor Russell Edwards January 21st  2018 Malachi 4:1-2a            Luke 21: 9-15 This past Monday morning I attended a truly moving worship service at the Union AME Church in the Village of Warwick, NY, to celebrate the life and work … Continue reading

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“Called To Do What?”

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Pastor Russell Edwards January 14th 2018 Micah 6:8           John 1:43-51 As I mentioned last week Epiphany is not just a day but a season and on this second Sunday of the season we continue trying to understand how Jesus’ … Continue reading

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“When is Epiphany?”

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Pastor Russell Edwards January 7th 2018 Psalm 29    Mark 1:4-11  It might seem odd to talk about Epiphany on the Sunday we remember Jesus baptism, but when is Epiphany? The simple answer is January 6th, yesterday, when Christians around the … Continue reading

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“What Is Normal?”

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Pastor Russell Edwards December 31st 2017  Luke 2:21-38   Matthew 2:13-18     The story of the birth of Jesus, which we celebrate each year is touched upon by Matthew but only truly told by one Gospel writer – Luke.  They approach it … Continue reading

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“All I Really Want for Christmas”

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Pastor Russell Edwards 2017 Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Psalm 96:1,10-13   Isaiah 9:2-3a,6-7     Luke 2:8-17  This year our adult Bible Study has been using an Advent resource called, Under Wraps: The Gift We Never Expected.  Each week’s lesson includes a 15-20 … Continue reading

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“The Myths of Christmas Debunked”

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Pastor Russell Edwards December 24th 2017 Micah 5:2-5a      Isaiah 61:1-3a, 8-9      Luke 1:46-55  Do you know where the tradition of putting tinsel on our Christmas trees began?  There is an old legend told about the time when Joseph and … Continue reading

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