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Mini-Sermon #5

Sermon Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13Psalm Reading: Psalm 104:24-34 Before the Beginning… We, as Christians, tend to view the Holy Spirit as a “Christian innovation”. This, however, is hardly the case. The Holy Spirit has been around for a great deal longer. “To begin at the beginning,” God is eternal. God is everlasting. God existed before time and will exist after time itself has ended. There is no beginning and there is no end, and yet God is the beginning and…

The Love Map, Pt II (+ Give God a Hug)

Minister: Rev. Averill Elizabeth BlackburnOrganist: Kathy Marks Sermon Lesson: John 17:6-11Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10 For the first part of this sermon series: The Love Map, Pt. IRelated Textual Sermons: Mini-Sermon #4 This week we have a Kid’s Sermon. It’s a short little message about how we can “Give God a Hug.” It features Archdeacon the Cat, for all of his devoted fans out there (note: he is incredibly better behaved than normal). Please Remember To Give To Your Local Congregation Florence…

Mini Sermon #4

Sermon Lesson: 1 Peter 4:12-14Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10 Former/Future Messages Referenced:Youtube Video: The Love Map Pt. 1Youtube Video (coming THIS SUNDAY): The Love Map Pt. 2 Today we continue with 1 Peter. When Peter was writing, the Church (or the movement of Christ’s followers) were in a bit of an identity crisis. Jesus–the Messiah–had been executed, rose from the dead and actually remained on earth for 40 days. There were figures in Biblical history who rose from the dead, but all…

Announcement: Kid’s Sermon

I will be making a Kid’s Sermon youtube video this week that will accompany the regular sermon. Archdeacon (the cat) may or may not be making an appearance! Links will be sent out to the usual mailing list (please respond to this post if you would like to be added). It will also be posted in the main body of this week’s sermon as a separate video.

The Love Map

Title: The Love Map Minister: Rev. Averill Elizabeth BlackburnOrganist/Pianist: Kathy Marks Sermon Lesson: John 14:18-21Psalm: Psalm 66:8-20 Related Mini-Sermon: Mini-Sermon #3 (1 Peter 3:17-22) Please note:This is a sermon that was misfiled.For sermon index, please click here.

Testing the App

Hi all This is Reverend Averill! I’m testing the mobile application. It’s a bit surreal as I’m on a new mobile phone (may my old model RIP) …. But I wanted to test this ASAP and get the glitches out. For our regular readers, our YouTube sermon will be posted by 3pm tomorrow. Yours faithfully

Mini Sermon #3

Sermon Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13-16Psalm Reading: Psalm 66:8-20 Why Must We Talk About Suffering?? This afternoon I went and did what I always do before writing (or preaching) a sermon: I read through the text in full. Usually, I get an impression, an idea. Maybe even an image. Today’s image was not so great. There was a sense of dread in my stomach and–I’ll admit it, I thought, “Christ, this is depressing.” And, you know, at first glance it kind…

Mini-Sermon #2

Psalm: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16Sermon Lesson: 1 Peter 2:2-10 This morning I will focus specifically on 1 Peter 2:2-3. This is undoubtedly a spiritual passage and it is also meant to be an evocative one. It speaks, obviously, of a Christian’s desire for God, and the first two verses use a metaphor involving early childhood. When I was quite young, we played always a game to figure out who had the earliest memory. Who could remember what? How old? What did…

Mini-Sermon #1

A Quick Note Before I begin:I have had multiple requests since I started posting my youtube sermons to also distribute text sermons, as well. As my preaching style is completely extemporaneous, I’ve decided to create a parallel sermon series where I look at another reading from the lectionary each week that compliments the sermon but is not necessarily on the exact subject. I hope you enjoy! Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 23Sermon Lesson: Acts 2:42-47 This week is Communion Sunday. Instead…

May 2020 Parish Visitor

Our May 2020 is now available. It has been sent via email and in paper to everyone in our mailing list. It can also be viewed online here.