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Who Is God? Who Are We?

  We People of the Promise. And when the promise comes to pass—when God delivers God’s people—that is a moment you do not soon forget. Hence our reading for this week: the story of God’s deliverance of Israel at the Red Sea. Exodus 14:1-14, 19-29, 31  Then the Lord said to Moses: 2‘Tell the Israelites to turn back... Read More

People of the Promise: Bad Theology Edition

  We are People of the Promise. But the promise of God is a peculiar thing. It can lead you to some unexpected places. In Joseph’s case, the promise seemed to put him in prison. But God wasn’t finished with Joseph yet. Genesis 39:1-23 Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer... Read More

The Journey Is Our Home (Genesis 12:1-9)

  We are People of the Promise. God makes promises to us and that shakes things up. It sets things in motion. When God comes making a promise, you know your life will never be the same. Just ask Sarai and Abram. Genesis 12:1-9 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred... Read More

People of the Promise

Happy September and welcome back to the blog! Join me here each week for reflections on the Narrative Lectionary text. Together we will get ready to get more out of worship. First, let me say a little about the fall. We are People of the Promise, and that will be our focus for the next... Read More

Why Worship? A Summer Series

It is the single most important thing that we do at Plymouth Church. We do it every single week. I like to think we do it pretty well. But we rarely talk about it. Why do we worship? Exactly what are we trying to accomplish? And could we do it more effectively? I look forward... Read More

Church: Why Bother?

  When I was graduating from college, every student in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies was given a copy of the book Church: Why Bother? We were Christian college students. We had just spent four years studying the Bible and theology. But it still seemed like a pertinent question: Why bother with church?... Read More

Asking the Right Questions: Philippians 2: 1-13

  When I really learned how to preach—I mean the exact “Ah-ha!” moment—it was while working with this text. Something one of my seminary professors had been trying to tell me finally clicked into place. I now consider it the sine qua non of good preaching. Are you ready for it? Here it is: The... Read More

Take Joy! (Philippians 1:1-18a)

  IF YOU DON’T READ ANYTHING ELSE, READ THIS: David Telfort is preaching at Plymouth this weekend (5:30 Saturday Night and 11:00 Sunday morning). Don’t miss it!   Now we return to our regularly scheduled blogging. What is joy? Where does it come from? Does it ever seem elusive? In our text for this week,... Read More

Rev. Traci Blackmon to Preach at Plymouth Church!

Join us for worship on Sunday, April 29, when Plymouth welcomes nationally-recognized preacher and activist the Rev. Traci Blackmon into our pulpit. Rev. Blackmon serves as Executive Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ Florissant, MO. A featured... Read More

Good Question; Bad Sitcom (Acts 16:16-34)

  It’s one of my favorite questions -and one of the 80’s more mediocre sitcoms: Who’s The Boss? That is also what this reading from Acts is all about: Who is in charge and why does it matter? Acts 16:16-34 16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave... Read More

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Announcing Application for Easter Special Offering Gifts

Plymouth Church is humbled in gratitude for all that we have freely received from God. We continue to grow in generosity by giving to the less fortunate food, clothing, furniture and money. We want our monetary gifts to flow out from Plymouth Church and into the hands of organizations or initiatives serving people most in... Read More

Food Donation Sunday Kicks Off in Church School

The first church school Food Donation Sunday of the year was a success! Find out how much was raised this Sunday in Waveland Hall!... Read More

On the Limits of Wisdom

  Wisdom is wonderful! But it will only get you so far. Just ask Solomon. I Kings 3:5-9, 16-28 5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he... Read More

Christmas Special Offering Grants 2018

Plymouth Church is humbled in gratitude for all that we have freely received from God. We continue to grow in generosity by giving away of our possessions that include food, clothing, furniture and money. We want this monetary abundance to flow out from Plymouth Church and into the hands of deserving organizations for people most... Read More

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