Second Sunday of Advent: PEACE

Good morning friends and members of Emmanuel Church,  Tomorrow, Saturday morning, December 6th at 9 a.m. is Decorating of the Church for the Christmas Season.  We did a little bit last week during worship and now we are going to finish up.  It’s a good time to see friends, grab a cup of coffee and help…

Sermon of December 8, 2013–“The Growing Season”

Isaiah 11:1-10 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3His delight shall be in the fear of…

Happy Thanksgiving From Emmanuel Reformed Church!

Good morning, Up here on the Hill, we hope that you are all safe, warm, and enjoying your time with friends and family.  For those of you in professions where you have to work over the holiday, we’re thinking about you and thanking you for the work you do.  Here are some events to get…

Weekly Update–December 21, 2012

Dear Friends and Members of Emmanuel Church, First off this morning, I want to thank everyone for your enthusiastic support (financial and otherwise) of the recent Christmas letter that we sent out.  I want you to know that we are working very hard here in the office and on consistory to be faithful stewards of…

Sermon of December 16, 2012–“Worst-Dressed List”

Luke 3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah…

A View of Our Living Advent Calendar

This year Hill’s Church has added a special way of counting down the days to Christmas.  Trista Lucas, Christian Education director and part-time artist, has put together a Living Advent Calendar display of objects and themes, such as snowflakes or hot chocolate, from Christmas.  Every day a new window is ‘unwrapped’ and its contents revealed….

Sermon of December 2, 2012–“Sign Language”

Sign Language Luke 21:25-36 21:25 “There will be signs in the  sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused  by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 21:26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will…

Sermon of December 4, 2011–“A Dear John Letter”

Did you ever wonder why John the Baptist shows up in our Advent Church services but rarely on our Christmas trees or our Holiday TV movies? What’s the connection? Why John? What did he do that was so special? Here is my take on a letter written to John the Baptist by me, asking him…

Sermon of November 27, 2011–“Making Mud Pies”

Advent sermons can be thorny. First, one has to decide if you are preaching on the first Advent of Jesus in Bethlehem or the Second Advent of Jesus at the end of history. Then, there are a lot of terms that we use in Advent that we don’t use any other time of year. The…

“Cookies & Carols” Thursday Morning Update–December 16th, 2010

Good morning friends, The schedule for the upcoming week: On Sunday morning, December 19th, we will be having a Christmas Carol sing along and Choir Cantata during morning worship. The Cantata is a short one and has familiar Christmas themes. In addition, we’ll be singing a few favorites as a congregation. That starts at 10:15…