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Something to Hold Onto

Mary M

SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church April 16, 2017; Easter Day, Year A Exodus 19:9-23; John 20:1-18 “Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold onto me…’” John 20:17 It’s a glorious holiday, Easter. But it’s got built into it a certain difficulty: there’s nothing to hold onto. The tomb is empty, […]

Follow the Mercy

Palm Sunday

FOLLOW THE MERCY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church April 9, 2017; Palm Sunday, Year A Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 21:1-11 “…he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8 Anyone over a certain age — or under that age if they know their history — […]

A Tomb with a View

Raising of Lazarus

A TOMB WITH A VIEW Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church April 2, 2017; 5th Sunday in Lent, Year A Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-45 “Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live…” John 11:25 There’s an old story about Sister Mary Margaret, who worked as a visiting nurse. It was back in […]

New Eyes

New Eyes

NEW EYES Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church March 26, 2017; 4th Sunday in Lent, Year A Isaiah 42:5-12; John 9:1-41 “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25b If you see a word that begins with “presby,” chances are it has something to so with our Presbyterian […]

The Other Samaritan

Samaritan at Well

THE OTHER SAMARITAN Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church 3rd Sunday in Lent, Year A; Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-42 “Many Samaritans from that city believed in [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’” John 4:39 They say that “Seeing is believing.” If that’s the case, then we’re at […]

The Lure of Limitless Living

Temptation

THE LURE OF LIMITLESS LIVING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church March 5, 2017; 1ST Sunday in Lent, Year A Psalm 32; Matthew 4:1-11 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 I’ve never been to the Holy Land. Maybe I’ll get there someday. […]

The Excellent Way, 17: Love Hopes

There's some good in this world

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 17: LOVE HOPES Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church February 26, 2017; Transfiguration Sunday Romans 5:1-5; Matthew 17:1-9 “…we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” Romans 5:5 My wife, Claire, isn’t here with us in worship today. She’s gone to her hometown of Baltimore this weekend for a […]

The Excellent Way, 16: Love Believes

faith+and+love

“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 16: LOVE BELIEVES” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church February 19, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Isaiah 54:4-10; 1 John 4:7-16 “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” 1 John 4:16b One of the most beloved songs of my generation — maybe of all […]

The Excellent Way, 15: Love Stays the Course

Love Bears All Things

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 15: LOVE STAYS THE COURSE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church February 5, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Psalm 143:1-8; Galatians 6:2-10 “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 In just over a week, it’s going […]

The Excellent Way, 14: Love Rejoices in the Truth

Love Rejoices in the Truth

“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 14: LOVE REJOICES IN THE TRUTH” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 29, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Psalm 15; John 18:33-40 “Pilate asked [Jesus], ‘What is truth?’” John 18:38a It’s a contest of sorts. A war of words. Two powerful personalities, mano a mano. In this corner: Pontius Pilate. Roman government functionary […]