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Finding Fierce Friendships Ruth 1:1-22

  Our friendship series  continues. And this week we will take on a big question: Why does friendship get harder in adulthood? We have some help imagining adult friendships from the story of Ruth and Naomi Ruth 1:1-22 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain... Read More

I Have Called You Friends (September 7 & 8 at Plymouth Church)

  It’s here! It’s finally here! Around the weekend of September 7-8, a lot of the things I love best about Plymouth Church come back from the summer hiatus. Choirs return. Church school resumes. Confirmation kicks-off. 9 to Dine begins again And, this year, we will see some new things: a Wednesday noon class on... Read More

A Course on Friendship

Today we unveil the syllabus for A Course on Friendship, an adult education class that Matt Mardis-LeCroy will be offering on Wednesdays over the lunch hour.  Plan on joining him -and plan on bringing a friend!... Read More

“To See Your Face”: Seeing and Loving God in our Neighbor

  We are talking about growing in love –love of God, love of neighbor, love of self. But what does love of God have to do with love of my neighbor? Maybe more than we think.   Genesis 32:24—33:11   24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.25When the man saw that... Read More

Hitting a Little Close to Home: The Story of Cain

  Sometimes the Scriptures hit a little close to home. As we struggle with the aftermath of multiple mass shootings in this country—as we grieve and grapple with the horror—our summer sermon series invites us to consider the story of Cain. Genesis 4:1-17 Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore... Read More

Rooted in Love: Growing in Love of God and Neighbor (and Self?)

  We say it almost every time we gather: At Plymouth Church our purpose is to grow in love of God and neighbor. But what does that mean? And how do we do it? That is what the rest of the summer is about. Beginning this weekend and continuing right through Labor Day, our preaching... Read More

Rooted in Creation: What the Angels Can Show Us

  EDITORIAL NOTE: This weekend, we will wrap up our Rooted in Creation Series and hear Mary Kate Buchanan’s very first sermon at Plymouth Church! In the meantime, here is text of my sermon from the Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.    Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the... Read More

Rooted in Creation: For the Healing of the Nations

Martin Luther despised it. My Sunday School teachers couldn’t get enough of it. And hardly anybody calls it by its right name. Buckle up, reader. This week we are in the Book of Revelation. Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne... Read More

Rooted in Creation: Consider the Lilies

  “The only Commandment I ever obeyed — ‘Consider the Lilies.”                                                                                                 -Emily Dickens This week our Rooted in Creation series continues with an excerpt from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is, among other things, an invitation to stop, listen and learn from the creation. The lilies are trying to tell us something. Matthew... Read More

Rooted in Creation: Quenching Our Thirst (Psalm 42)

  This week, our Rooted in Creation series offers an image of our need–our thirst–for God. Psalm 42  1As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. 2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? 3My tears have... Read More

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A Course on Friendship

Today we unveil the syllabus for A Course on Friendship, an adult education class that Matt Mardis-LeCroy will be offering on Wednesdays over the lunch hour.  Plan on joining him -and plan on bringing a friend!... Read More

Programming for Children & Youth Registration & Handbook

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, President of Chicago Theological Seminary, observed from Plymouth’s pulpit last winter that he could tell our church was alive because we are rich with the most precious resource a church could have: children and youth. Engaging our young people with age-appropriate ways to learn, serve, and grow is the goal... Read More

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