Sermons by Rev. Emily Riley Campbell

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Jonah: A Tale of Two Brothers – Upper Room

During our second of three Sundays on Jonah, Rev. Campbell set the story of Jonah beside the story of the Prodigal Son to discuss the subject of anger.  Both Jonah and the elder brother ended up being angry, even unreasonably angry, at the circumstances.  Jonah was blindly angry over the forgiveness of God toward the people […]

Jonah: A Tale of Two Brothers – Sanctuary

During our second of three Sundays on Jonah, Rev. Campbell set the story of Jonah beside the story of the Prodigal Son to discuss the subject of anger.  Both Jonah and the elder brother ended up being angry, even unreasonably angry, at the circumstances.  Jonah was blindly angry over the forgiveness of God toward the people […]

Confirmation Class Service – Upper Room

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Today’s service was the culmination of the 2018-19 Confirmation Class retreat.  The students in this class prepared and presented the service, including their own prayers, personally-selected Bible verses, and a sampling of the faith stories that were developed and written over the weekend spent at the Howell Nature Center. We would like to thank these […]

Jonah: A Whale of a Tale – Sanctuary

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Today we began a three-sermon series on Jonah.  Today’s focus is not on the famous whale, however, but on God’s grace, and on Jonah’s reluctance to share God’s grace with others.  Jonah spends much of his time at the beginning of this famous story running away from God’s task for him.  God actually spent quite a […]

Running After God – Upper Room

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Lots of people lately are looking for lost relatives.  In today’s Bible verse, Mary and Joseph were looking for their lost son, Jesus, who was 12-years-old, as they were returning home from Jerusalem.  After three days, they finally found him in the temple, talking with the religious teachers.  While his parents were running after him, looking for […]

Running After God – Sanctuary

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Lots of people lately are looking for lost relatives.  In today’s Bible verse, Mary and Joseph were looking for their lost son, Jesus, who was 12-years-old, as they were returning home from Jerusalem.  After three days, they finally found him in the temple, talking with the religious teachers.  While his parents were running after him, looking […]

Waiting to See – Upper Room

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What do YOU plan to do with your life?  You probably don’t plan to spend it waiting indefinitely.  But that’s what Simeon and Anna did with most of their adult lives.  Anna and Simeon were two people whom Mary and Joseph met in the temple when Jesus was just a tiny baby.  Simeon had actually […]

Waiting to See – Sanctuary

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What do YOU plan to do with your life?  You probably don’t plan to spend it waiting indefinitely.  But that’s what Simeon and Anna did with most of their adult lives.  Anna and Simeon were two people whom Mary and Joseph met in the temple when Jesus was just a tiny baby.  Simeon had actually […]

Where You Go, I’ll Go – Malawi Mission Sunday

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This is a special Sunday that included many stories from the members of the fall 2018 trip to Malawi.  The goal of the trip was three-fold: to discern the future of the FPCP/Mtenthera CCAP partnership; to visit the new girl’s hostel and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony; and to visit 3 of our 5 mission partners […]

Epiphany: The Fourth Wiseman – Upper Room

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Epiphany Sunday is also known as ‘Star Sunday.’ It is special with its connection to the story of the Wisemen, or Magi, who followed the star and  approached King Herod searching for the Christ Child, then who took gold, frankincense and myrrh to the stable to present to Mary and Joseph to honor the baby.  Today, […]