Worship of December 6, 2020

  Joel, Chapter 2 Yet even now, says the Lord,   return to me with all your heart,with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;13   rend your hearts and not your clothing.Return to the Lord, your God,   for he is gracious and merciful,slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,   and relents from punishing.14 Who knows if he will not turn and relent,   and leave a…

Celebrate the Advent Season and 200 years of history.

The Murrysville Historical Preservation Society and the Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ (Hill’s Church) will be celebrating the Bicentennial of both Murrysville and Hill’s Church on Sunday, December 13th at 2:00pm.   The occasion will include the history of the church and the Advent season, and an abbreviated, historical Advent service by Pastor Joseph Hedden…

Happy Thanksgiving from the Pastor, Staff and Consistory

Harvest Home in 1952. Dear Friends and Members of Emmanuel Church, It’s the day before Thanksgiving up on God’s Hill. A few updates from up on the Hill:   This Saturday, at 9 a.m., we will be having a COVID careful Hanging of the Greens to decorate for Christmas.  We won’t be going all out this year…

Weekly Update — 3rd Sunday in Advent

Good morning friends and members of Emmanuel Church,  It’s a clear and somewhat warm Friday up on God’s hill! This Sunday,  December 16th is the Third Sunday in Advent.  At 10:15 a.m. we will have worship and focus on the Advent Candle/Theme of JOY.  After worship, our Prayer Angels will meet together to make a blanket.  At…

Sermon of December 9, 2018 — “For Such a Time As This”

Esther 4 When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went through the city, wailing with a loud and bitter cry; 2 he went up to the entrance of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 In every province, wherever…

Sermon of December 2, 2018 — “Faith as a Way of Life”

Habakkuk, Selected Verses: The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,    and you will not listen?Or cry to you “Violence!”    and you will not save?3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing    and look at trouble?Destruction and violence are before me;    strife and contention arise.4 So the law becomes slack    and justice never prevails.The wicked…

December 3, 2017 Sermon — “The Holy One of God”

John 6:52-71 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ 53So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my…

November 16, 2017 Weekly Update

Dear friends and members of Emmanuel Church, It’s a beautiful Thursday morning on God’s hill! Sunday morning is our Annual Thanksgiving Worship Service.  This means there will be a thanksgiving display in the sanctuary and it is the second to last Sunday that we will collect for the toys for the Salvation Army and the…

December 4, 2016 Sermon — “Vision Quest”

Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to…

November 27, 2016 Sermon — “Snooze Button”

Romans 13:11-14 11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on…

Sermon of December 13th–“Zepha-who? In Advent?”

Zephaniah 3:14-20 14Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. 16On that day it…