Sermon Topics

Sermon Topics March 2019

March 3 – Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Luke 6:27-38 – “Forgiveness” -  Sacrament of Holy Communion


This topic was to have been considered last Sunday, but due to the pastor’s absence, a different message was heard.  But given the gravity of this subject, and it’s important ‘place’ in our lives, these verses bore consideration… regardless of their ‘place’ in the lectionary.  From the example of Joseph to his brothers, to Jesus’ example to us, there may be no word more closely associated with relationships between God and man than that of “Forgiveness.” 



March 10 – Luke 4:1-13 – “On WHOSE Wings?” – PDA Blue Shirt Day


            Though perhaps more closely associated with our Roman Catholic brethren, the hymn “On Eagles’ Wings,” is one of the most well-known and beloved songs in our Christian traditions… even for Presbyterians. ?  It is based on passages from both the Old and New Testaments… ones   that promise that those who trust in the Lord will not suffer harm, but be raised up from danger.      But … “On WHOSE Wings?”



March 17 – Genesis 15:1-6; Philippians 3:17-4:1 – “Being a Good Waiter”


            Most of us are familiar with the job of being a server in restaurants or coffeehouses.  It is one that requires hard work and a lot of patience.  Ancient ‘servers’ like Abraham, David, and Paul were also no strangers to the importance of hard work and patience.  Whether we serve at the whim of a human customer, or at the will of a Divine Provider, one of the best, and most difficult, character traits to have is that of “Being a Good Waiter.”



March 24 – 1 Corinthians 10:12-13; Luke 13:1-9 – “‘Wasting the Soil’”


            Most all of us can think of people who have failed, sometimes miserably, to use the God-given potential that they have.  We can even doubt our own fulfillment, and utilization, of the gifts that we have been given by our Creator.  How many opportunities are we given to turn from our non-productive ways in order to bear fruit… before the determination is made that one must be ‘uprooted’ because of “Wasting the Soil.”



March 31 – Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 – “The Greatest Story Ever Told”


            Most of you will likely be familiar with the epic 1965 movie by this name that chronicles the life of Jesus from His birth to His ascension… distilling the message of the Gospels into one single story.  So too might we consider the Parable of the Prodigal Son to also condense the Good News of the Gospel into one single episode… our 21st Century version of “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”