Sermons from 2016

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A Word to Treasure

A WORD TO TREASURE Carl Wilton Christmas Eve; December 24, 2016 Luke 2:8-20 “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19   More than any other holiday, Christmas is a time of memory. There are things we do at Christmas-time exactly the same way, year after year. There […]

Awaken to Wonder!

AWAKEN TO WONDER! Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church December 18, 2016; 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25 “When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife…” Matthew 1:27 You could say Joseph was the original stand-up guy. Lots […]

The King We Need

THE KING WE NEED Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church December 2, 2016; 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A Psalm 72:1-19; Matthew 3:1-12 “Give the king your justice, O God… May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy and crush the oppressor. ” Psalm 72:1a,4 Well, the […]

Don’t Hold Your Breath

DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 20, 2016; Reign of Christ, Year C Psalm 150; Colossians 1:11-20 “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:6 In a few days, in dining rooms across America, families and circles of friends will gather for a Thanksgiving feast. Chances are pretty good, […]

A Willing Spirit

A WILLING SPIRIT Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 13, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Psalm 51:1-12; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 As most of you know, I’ve been doing a sermon series on 1 Corinthians chapter 13, “The Excellent Way” […]

The Excellent Way, 11: Love Freely Given

“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 11: LOVE FREELY GIVEN” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 6, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 17:11-19 “[Love] does not insist on its own way…” — 1 Cor. 13:5 This coming Tuesday’s a very big day: Election Day. And this is quite an election, to say the least. Never in […]

The Excellent Way, 10: Love Is Not Rude

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 10: LOVE IS NOT RUDE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 23, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Proverbs 11:5-13; Luke 19:1-10 “[Jesus] looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’” Luke 19:5 I ran across something weirdly fascinating in the newspaper this […]

The Excellent Way, 9: “Love Is Not Arrogant”

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 9: “LOVE IS NOT ARROGANT” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 16, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Isaiah 2:10-22; 1 Peter 5:1-7 “And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5b Have you […]

The Excellent Way, 8: Love Is Not Boastful

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 8: LOVE IS NOT BOASTFUL Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 8, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Jeremiah 9:12-16, 23-24; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17 Something preachers like me often do — especially if we preach most every Sunday — is to follow […]

The Excellent Way, 7: Love Is Not Envious

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 7: LOVE IS NOT ENVIOUS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 2, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Genesis 4:1-12; 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 “And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him” Genesis 4:8b If I were to ask you to name the oldest sin in […]