Sermon Transcripts


Posted By on Aug 7, 2022

August 7, 2022 ~ Ninth Sunday after Pentecost “Discipleship by the Sea” ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   A friend and colleague, Deacon Bonnie LeValley when preaching on this passage a couple of years ago, began by asking the question: “Have you ever had experiences in life that took you to the very edge of your ability to cope?”  She went on to give some examples: Perhaps you lost your job, went months without any income, the...

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Posted By on Jul 31, 2022

July 31, 2022 ~ Eighth Sunday after Pentecost “Discipleship by the Sea” ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   It was evening, after what had been a long day of ministry for Jesus and the disciples.  According to Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ teaching ministry was peaking, so-much-so that he was attracting crowds, making waves among the religious establishment, training disciples, and charting a course for the ministry that lie ahead of him. ...

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Posted By on Jul 24, 2022

July 24, 2022 ~ 7th Sunday after Pentecost “Discipleship by the Sea” ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   A middle-aged man was distraught over his wife’s stubborn refusal to admit she had a hearing problem.  So he asked his family doctor for advice on how to bring this to his wife’s attention.  The doctor promptly told him that when he got home, he could confirm the hearing problem by opening the front door, and from there asking...

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Posted By on Jul 18, 2022

July 17, 2022 ~ 6th Sunday after Pentecost Discipleship by the Sea ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   In my family, going to the Great New York State Fair is a cherished family tradition.  One of the curiosities we usually need to satisfy is going through the Center of Progress building to see what new products will be for sale and how vendors will be trying to sell them.  One year, a salesperson was demonstrating unbreakable combs!  As these...

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Posted By on Jul 10, 2022

July 10, 2022 ~ 5th Sunday after Pentecost Discipleship by the Sea ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet Since we started “Social Distancing” in March of 2020, I have not received a single written party invitation!  ‘Not a one for a birthday party, a family reunion, graduation party, a friends’ barbeque….nothing.  In fact, the parties I had been invited to attend early in the pandemic were all cancelled.  For some who are still cautious or anxious in...

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Posted By on Jul 3, 2022

July 3, 2022 ~ Fourth Sunday after Pentecost “Discipleship by the Sea” Summer Worship Series Rev. Beckie Sweet   Simon and Andrew were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers.  Day after day, it was the same thing; the same sea, the same net, the same boat.  Day after day it was wind, water, fish, sore muscles, tired bodies.  They probably grew up watching their dad and granddad fishing, watching their...

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