“Top of the Pyramid” Sermon of August 13, 2017

John 1:19-34 19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ 21And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He…

April 23 Sermon –“The Tricky Politics of Salvation”

Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore…

July 17, 2016 Sermon–“Seek and Find”

Judges 4:14-16; 21:25 4 At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. 5She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgement. 6She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali,…

Sermon of April 3, 2016–“The Most Unlikely of Heroines”

Exodus, Chapter 1:8-2:10: 8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, ‘Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. 10Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and…

March 24, 2016–Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter

Dear friends and members of Emmanuel Church, As we end Lent some of the most important days of the Christian year stand out. Tonight, Maundy Thursday begins with a Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m.  Worship will follow around the tables in the Steele Building.  It will be an interactive communion service. A Good Friday Prayer Service…

Sermon of April 26, 2015–“Road Map”

“The Church is more a road map than a place; it is more an invitation than a location.” John 10:11-18 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves…

Sermon of September 28, 2014–“Thirst”

Exodus 17:1-7 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with…

Ash Wednesday Sermon–March 5, 2014

Exodus 15:1, 9-18 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my…

Sermon of February 2, 2014–“Gesundheit!”

Matthew 5:1-12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek,…

Weekly Update–November 21, 2013

This Sunday is Christ the King Worship and Thanksgiving Sunday at 10:15 a.m.  Sunday is the deadline for the food donations to the Westmoreland County Food Bank.  Music will be led by Shawn Hanks and Pastor Joseph. Confirmation Class is Sunday night from 6-8 p.m. Monday is Choir at 7 p.m. Tuesday–Bible Study is Cancelled, Pastor Joseph is in Greenville at…

Weekly Update–August 26, 2013

Hello Members and Friends of Emmanuel Church, This Sunday is Confirmation for Adults at 9 a.m.  We will be studying the Rev. David Ackerman’s new book, Beyond the Lectionary.  All are welcome!    Worship is at 10:15 a.m. and the sermon is “The Tough Conversations” in regards to prayer.  We are still collecting for St….