Sermons

Next Time You’re Tempted to Turn a Stone into Bread

March 1, 2020

Next Time You’re Tempted to Turn a Stone into Bread Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201 March 1, 2020 Matthew 4:1-11 1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.3The tempter…

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Ash Wednesday

February 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201 February 26, 2020 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before…

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A Misplaced Resurrection

February 23, 2020

A Misplaced Resurrection Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore, MD 21201 February 23, 2020 Matthew 17:1-9 1Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun,…

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Canceled for Snow

February 16, 2020

Canceled for Snow Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore, MD 21201 February 16, 2020 Matthew 5:21-37 21“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a…

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Entrusted with Incarnation

December 22, 2019

Entrusted with Incarnation by Robert P. Hoch   First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21217 December 22, 2019   Matthew 1:18-25 18Now 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…

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Disappointed in Jesus?

December 15, 2019

Disappointed in Jesus?  Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21217 December 15, 2019   Matthew 11:2-11 2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered…

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But Instead We Got Jesus

December 8, 2019

But Instead We Got Jesus  Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21217 December 8, 2019   Matthew 3:1-17   1In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he…

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Like a Thief in the Night

December 1, 2019

Like a Thief in the Night   Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21217 December 1, 2019 Matthew 24:36-44 36“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, or the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the…

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Between the Two of Us

November 24, 2019

Between the Two of Us Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21217 November 24, 2019 Luke 23:33-43 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for…

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Not Quickly Shaken

November 10, 2019

Not Quickly Shaken Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church November 10, 2019 Baltimore, MD Haggai 1:15b-2:9 In the second year of King Darius, in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai, saying: Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor…

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Can’t Apologize

October 29, 2019

Can’t Apologize Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201 October 29, 2019 Joel 2:23-32 23O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain,…

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A Prayer for George the Snail

July 28, 2019

 © Robert P. Hoch  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church 210 West Madison Street Baltimore, MD 21201  July 28, 2019  Pastor’s Note: This is the final sermon from a five-part series that read the doctrine of creation through the lens of the climate crisis and the work of theologian, Jürgen Moltmann.  Meditation  If we start from…

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