Sermons by Rev. Linda Cochran

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The Miracles of Jesus: Water into Wine — Sanctuary

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We are starting a new Lenten sermon series on the miracles of Jesus.  This first installment, Water into Wine, coincides with our annual Community Ash Wednesday Service that we share with the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth.  On this night, Rev. Linda Cochran shared with us that the Apostle John uses this first miracle to […]

New Years Eve: A Sign for the New Year — Sanctuary

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This fun family service focused on ‘A Sign for the New Year.’  Whether the sign comes from the angels to the shepherds on that hillside above Bethlehem long ago, or it comes from a GPS system today that shows us where to go, Emmanuel – God with us – is a sign for us all.

Christmas Eve: Family Service, 10:30am

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The Christmas Eve Family Service is a special tradition at the First Presbyterian Church.  Our children and youth presented an insightful message about the real meaning of Christmas, followed by a short sermon for children of all ages presented by Rev. Cochran.  Bet after listening to it, you won’t look at beef jerky the same […]

Advent: Herod — Upper Room

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During the early years of Jesus’ life, Herod was the appointed king of the Jewish people.  King Herod was a determined, evil ruler, very self-centered and self-focused.  He did whatever was necessary to make sure he got what he wanted, and no one got in his way, especially not a small baby, without suffering the […]

‘Chesed’ and Random Acts of Kindness — Sanctuary

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Christ the King Sunday is a day that comes periodically, but not regularly, in the Christian calendar.  It is the Sunday that occasionally falls between Thanksgiving and the 1st Sunday in Advent, so we only celebrate it once in awhile, but it’s intention is to focus on the King of Love, our Shepherd.  Rev. Chochran […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 86 – Upper Room

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Today we continued with our theme of ‘Falling Into the Psalms’ with a look at Psalm 86.  This psalm, as with many of the Psalms, was written by David.  David wrote Psalm 86 as a prayerful dialog with God, in which he named his own failing, and talked about how dependent he is on God and His […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 100 & 150 – Upper Room

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Our Psalms this week are Psalm 100 and 150 – Psalms of praise.  Rev. Chochran, as she discussed these, asked us – How do we prepare ourselves for worship with God?  There are, in fact, many ways we can prepare ourselves to talk to God.  These psalms of praise challenge us to praise God wherever […]

Falling into the Psalms: Psalm 23 — Sanctuary

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Continuing into our third week of our “Falling Into the Psalms” series, we are looking at Psalm 23, a song of comfort and encouragement.  Usually heard at funerals, it is also a powerful message to many people in their ‘green pasture’ times, as well as those ‘dark valley’ times.  It is the one psalm that […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 8 — Upper Room

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Continuing on with our “Falling Into the Psalms” series, we are looking at Psalm 8, written by King David to praise God for the majesty and glory of God and His works.  King David is responding to the trials he is facing, and to God’s blessing in his life.  David recognized that God sometimes uses the […]