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It’s Personal

Fishers of Men

IT’S PERSONAL Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 25, 2015; 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Psalm 62:5-12; Mark 1:14-20 “And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’” Mark 1:17 This past week, I was away on study leave with a group of fellow pastors for […]

Blesssings First

Dessert First

BLESSINGS FIRST Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 11, 2015; Baptism of the Lord, Year B Genesis 1:1-5; Mark 1:4-11 “And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’” Mark 1:11 Have you ever been tempted to eat dessert first? It never happened in the […]

Let’s Keep Herod in Christmas

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LET’S KEEP HEROD IN CHRISTMAS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 4, 2015; 2nd Sunday of Christmas, Year B Psalm 2; Matthew 2:13-23 “Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and […]

A Word from the Wise

Simeon & Anna

A WORD FROM THE WISE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church December 28, 2014; 1st Sunday of Christmas, 2014, Year B Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Luke 2:22-40 “For my eyes have seen your salvation…a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” Luke 2:30,32 There’s always a bit of a letdown in […]

Christmas Unwrapped

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CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve, 2014 “This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 Here’s an experience any parent of a young child can tell you about. It’s Christmas morning (or maybe Christmas Eve): […]

The War on Advent

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THE WAR ON ADVENT 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B; December 7, 2014 Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a “Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” 2 […]

Plentiful

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PLENTIFUL Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 23, 2014; Non-Lectionary Sermon Leviticus 19:1-10; Matthew 9:35-38 “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…’” Matthew 9:37 “O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.” For many of us, those lines sum up the promise of America. […]

The Enemy of Generosity

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THE ENEMY OF GENEROSITY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 16, 2014; 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 35:20-29; Matthew 25:14-30 “…so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.” Matthew 25:25a This past week, I got an invitation in the mail. It came from my Ph.D. […]

The Wise Can Wait

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THE WISE CAN WAIT Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 9, 2014; 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Psalm 70; Matthew 25:1-13 “When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” Matthew 25:3-4 There are lots of things I love […]

Feast of the Future

In Remembrance

FEAST OF THE FUTURE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 2, 2014; 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 1 Samuel 28:3-25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34a “Then Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’” 1 Samuel 28:15 Who doesn’t like a good ghost story? They’re a staple around Scout […]