Sermon of November 18, 2018 — “Who do you trust?”

Featured image is the Assyrian account of their army defeating the fortified cities of Judah (Isaiah 36:1), the Lachish Relief in the British Museum.  Public Domain.   Isaiah 36, 37 & 2  In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 2 The king…

Weekly Update — November 4, 2018. All Saints Sunday.

Good morning friends and members of Emmanuel Church, It is partly cloudy and beautiful up on God’s hill. This Saturday, November 3 at 4 p.m., City and Kingdom Pittsburgh will meet at the New Meadow Run Bruderhof for a tour and community supper.  Our hosts will give us a tour of their workshops, community spaces, gardens, kitchen, and…

Sermon of October 21, 2018 — “I Beg Your Pardon?”

2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27: In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the…

Sermon of October 14, 2018 — “Reminder Notice”

Joshua 24:1-15 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond…

Sermon of September 30, 2018 — “Rough Road Ahead”

Exodus 14, selected verses:   5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the minds of Pharaoh and his officials were changed toward the people, and they said, “What have we done, letting Israel leave our service?” 6 So he had his chariot made ready, and took his army with him; 7 he took six…

Sermon of September 16, 2018 — “A Moment Beyond Measure”

Genesis 12:1-9 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation,     and I will bless you; I will make your name great,     and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you,     and whoever…

Sermon of September 2, 2018 — “Just Like Starting Over”

Genesis 1:1-2:4  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and…

October 27, 2018 — “A Spooky Stroll Through Time”

Want to know more about the Export area? Why is there a toll house on Pike Street? What happened in Export in 1910 that shook the nation? We will celebrate our common history with a program held in the meeting house, a stroll through Emmanuel’s cemetery, and topping it off with a festive German meal….

August 26, 2018 Sermon — “Trust Fund”

Psalm 146 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;     I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3 Do not put your trust in princes,     in mortals, in whom there is no help. 4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth;     on that very…