Sermons by Rev. Dr. James Skimins

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Recognition Sunday: Alone on the Bus — Upper Room

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This was a special Sunday, marking our recognition of Rev. Dr. James Skimins as Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.  This title was bestowed upon him in honor of his 22 years of leadership and service to FPCP and its members.  In addition to this special event, Dr. Skimins shared a message with us […]

Recognition Sunday: Alone on the Bus — Sanctuary

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This was a special Sunday, marking our recognition of Rev. Dr. James Skimins as Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.  This title was bestowed upon him in honor of his 22 years of leadership and service to FPCP and its members.  In addition to this special event, Dr. Skimins shared a message with […]

Sanctuary: New Life, New Hope

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In contrasting the story of the valley of dry bones with the story of Jesus’ testing in the desert, Dr. Skimins shared with us an interesting comparison.  The despair of the Israelites of Ezekiel’s time is very different from the success of Jesus’ ministry at that point, but the message for them, and for us, […]

Upper Room: Caught by Surprise

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The story of Jarius’ daughter and the unclean woman were both examples of people who were caught by surprise at Jesus’ caring – at the power of his healing touch.  The panic of hopelessness gave way to the joy of compassion.  The example of Jesus and freely given, brave compassion is what sets the Christian […]

Sanctuary: The Door of Fellowship

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The final installment of our sermon series, ‘The Door of…”, focuses on the Door of Fellowship.  Fittingly set on World Communion Sunday, this door focuses on who comes to the table – to communion.  We each have a way that we identify ourselves – by political affiliation, by alma mater, by where we live, by […]

Sanctuary: The Door of Celebration

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Focusing on the next door, ‘The Door of Celebration,’ we looked at the many reasons to celebrate, including Rev. Campbell’s 10 years of ministry with FPCP.  As Christians, we can celebrate that we’re valuable and we’re protected by God, just as the shepherd values and protects his sheep. Today, we see fulfillment in worldly terms […]

Sanctuary: The Door of Prayer & Forgiveness

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Our third door is ‘The Door of Prayer and Forgiveness.’ Today, we are looking at this door in connection with the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is one that shares with us a sense of forgiveness and renewal, and gives us a glorious picture of who God is.  It assures us that God participates in […]