Sermon Archive

Moses, Midwives, & the Master's House

Sermon prepared by the Rev. Douglas Clark for August 24, 2014 – Ordinary 21

As you can readily imagine, today's story of Moses in the bulrushes, or the baby in the "basket-boat" (The Message), has been a source of fascination and inspiration for people of faith through the centuries. [ more ]


Jacob and Esau Reconciled

August 3, 2014 - Rev. Doug Clark  -  I invite us as Christians to hope and pray that Israelis and Palestinians find a way to bring an end to the current violence. I invite us as Christians to hope and pray that these bitter adversaries find a way to start down this "long and arduous path" of "dialogue and negotiation." I invite us as Christians to hope and pray that the ancient sacred story of reconciliation between Jacob and Esau might someday be heard as the harbinger of a lasting peace in the strife-torn Middle East. [ more ]


Who Is My Neighbor?

September 22, 2013 - Rev. Doug Clark - One of the ways in which you recognize a good story is how it has an impact on you ... [ more ]


Change (Psalm 78:5-7)

August 25, 2013 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart  Change can be both scary and exciting. We, for instance are heading into the second half of the wedding season here in Milford ... [ more ]


Perseverance

August 18, 2013 - Rev. Doug Clark - The Letter to the Hebrews, according to Thomas G. Long, was written to first-century Christians who were suffering from a kind of religious fatigue, brought on in part by their experiences of abuse and persecution. Twenty-first-century Christians in our culture haven't experienced abuse and persecution for our religious involvement, but we nonetheless sometimes suffer from our own kind of religious fatigue. How can the metaphor of "runn[ing] with perseverance the race that is set before us" help to encourage us in our own days of faith fatigue?


The Last Laugh

August 11, 2013 - Rev. Doug Clark - According to the book of Genesis, when Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah was 90 years old, God promised them that in due season, they would have a child of their own, their first and only child, whom they would name "Isaac," which means "laughter." Both Abraham and Sarah laughed in disbelief when they heard this promise. But who got the last laugh in this story?


Abundance (Luke 12:13-21)

August 4, 2013 - Rev. Doug Clark - In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells a parable about a "rich fool" who had such an overabundant harvest that he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones in which to store "all [his] grain and [his] goods." No sooner had he put all his stuff in storage when his life came to a sudden end. What's the moral of this story? Is it "Whoever has the most toys at the end wins"? Or is it "Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions"? [ more ]


Fifty Years Ago (Luke 11:42)

July 21, 2013 - Rev. Doug Clark - Some of you here this morning may remember the delightful comedy duo of George Burns and Gracie Allen, whose TV show entertained many Americans in the 1950's. “Gracie Allen died decades before her husband, and the story is told that after her death, when [George] went to sort through her papers and things, on top of everything in her desk he found an envelope addressed to him. When he opened it, the note inside said, "George, never place a period where God places a comma." ... [ more ]


Worth It (Colossians 1:1-14)

July 14, 2013 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart -  In the midst of suffering and discouragement, what makes life worth it?  Rev. Adam reflects on the first verses of Colossians to consider where our worth comes from and what that means for our collective ministry. [ more ]


Father Figures (Exodus 18:13-27)

June 16, 2013 - First Church Men's Ministry -  Members of our the Men's Ministry Group at First Church reflect on the Father Figures in their lives ... [ more ]


Flyover State (Acts 16:9-15)

May 5, 2013 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart -  Rev. Adam preaches a moving Confirmation Sunday sermon ... [ more ]


Being Faithful (VIDEO: Rev Jim's Farewell Sermon)

April 28, 2013 - Rev. Dr. James P. Tudesco -  (1 Corinthians 4:1) -  I want to begin this morning be retelling the story that I told to you the first time that you offered me an opportunity to preach in this sanctuary. It comes from the the life of Clarence Jordan, who provided the inspiration for the establishment of Habitat for Humanity ... [ more ]


A Short History of Working Together (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)

April 21, 2013 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart -  Rev. Adam gets the farewells for Rev. Jim started with a reflection on the church's 374 years of history--the 360 before Jim and the 14 years that Jim has served as Senior Pastor.  Adam uses Paul's analogy of plants to describe Jim's leadershp and God's constant presence at First Church. [ Read ] [ Listen ]


Recognizing Jesus (VIDEO: Bryan Niebanck)

Easter Sunrise - March 31, 2013 - Bryan Niebanck - (Luke 24:13-35) - If Jesus were to appear to you as an ordinary man walking down the street, would you recognize Him?  If your mind was filled with all the distractions of your life, including  ... [ more ]


Unbroken

March 10, 2013 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart - The sermon focuses on the frustration of the "good" son in the wake of his brother's dissolute living and the forgiveness his father offers that brother; Adam declares that it's the father's unrelenting love for both his sons that makes him the prodigal father and a portrait of how God's love seeks to keep the circle of the human family unbroken. [ more ]


Who is Going to Know? (Luke 4:1-13)

March 3, 2013 - Rev. Dr. James P. Tudesco - In an article about temptation, David Brookes described what he called the 19th century hydrolic model of how to be a good person and how to resist temptation... [ more ]


My So-Called Christ

February 17, 2013 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart -  Rev. Adam uses the angst of modern teenage life (and baseball caps) to reflect on the human desire both to be seen and not seen and to interpret Luke's version of the Transfiguration story.  The semon lifts up how God transfigures us in the likeness of Christ and points us toward Christian ministry. [ more ]


The Book of Eli

January 27, 2013 - Rev. Dr. James P. Tudesco - In the movie, The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington portrays a traveler named Eli. Eli is on a journey west in post apocalyptic America, an imagined time after the great wars have leveled the cities. ... [ more ]


Going Public

January 20, 2013 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart - On this weekend when our nation's President will be reinaugurated we hear from John's Gospel about the inauguration, the bringing about of, the beginning of, Jesus' public ministry. You see, before today's story Jesus had already spent a couple of days organizing his Cabinet, collecting his inner circle ... [ more ]


Waiting

December 2, 2012 - Rev. Dr. James P. Tudesco -  A number of years ago, executives at a Texas airport faced a troubling customer relations issue. Passengers were lodging an inordinate number of complaints about the long waits at baggage claims. So in order to respond to these complaints executives increased the number of baggage handlers ... but, the complaints continued ... [ more ]


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