Sermons

“Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety”

February 23, 2021

“Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety” February 21, 2021 — First Sunday in Lent First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Rev.  Jack Hodges  The Prayer for Understanding: The Witness of the Scripture: Old Testament: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 The Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 The Sermon: Ash Wednesday is history; Lent is upon us. Lenten days can…

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Were There No Lepers in Israel?

February 23, 2021

Were There No Lepers in Israel? Rev. Stephen Hollaway 2 Kings 5:1-14; Luke 4:22-30, February 14, 2021   What was Jesus thinking? It was his first sermon in his hometown synagogue, to people who still thought of him as “that carpenter’s boy.” Didn’t he want to make a good first impression? Instead, he touches the…

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Chicken Necks and Lifting Weights: God’s Radical Kingdom

February 3, 2021

“Chicken Necks and Lifting Weights: God’s Radical Kingdom” Psalm 62: 5-12 Mark 1:14-20 Rev. Kate Foster First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Sunday, January 24, 2021 My senior year of high school, with one more P.E. requirement to fulfill for graduation, there was only one option that fit with my academic schedule: weightlifting. With no other…

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Fitting In

February 3, 2021

Dorothy Churn LaPenta First and Franklin Presbyterian Church – January 10, 2021 Mark 1: 4-11 Acts 19:1-7 FITTING IN There was a difference between John’s baptism and Jesus’ baptism. John’s baptism required confession from the people gathered and once they repented, they were able to be washed in the waters of baptism and given a…

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They Are Icons For Us All

January 4, 2021

“They Are Icons for Us All” January 3, 2021 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church The Prayer for Understanding: The Witness of the Scripture: Old Testament: Isaiah 60:1-6 The Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 The Sermon: “Now is the winter of our discontent…” that is how Shakespeare begins Richard III. But “discontent” seems a weak vessel for our…

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At Home in our Midst

January 4, 2021

“At Home in our Midst” – II Samuel 7.1-9, Luke 1.26-33 Rev. Rhonda S. Cooper – December 20, 2020 First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland You better watch out, you better not pout, you better not cry, I’m telling you why … you-know-who is coming to town. Most of us, no matter our age,…

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A PLACE OF TEARS AND FEARS

December 1, 2020

A Place of Tears and Fears – 11-8-2020 – Rev. Rhonda S. Cooper, First & Franklin Presbyterian Joshua 24.1-3a, 12-15, 22; I Thessalonians 4.13-18; Matthew 25.1-13   I spend most of my week in a place of tears and fears. As many of you know, I am the cancer center chaplain in one of the…

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Ode to a Shepherd

November 25, 2020

“Ode to a Shepherd” – Rev. Rhonda S. Cooper – November 22, 2020 Ezekiel 34:11-16, Matthew 25.31-40, 41-46 Jesus was well aware of both the Psalms and the Prophets, having heard them recited as a child on his mother’s knees, and as a young person at the feet of the rabbis. He too recited the…

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The Risk-Free Option

November 16, 2020

The Risk-Free Option Matthew 25:14-30 Stephen Hollaway Sunday, November 15, 2020 This story used to frighten me more than all the other judgment parables combined. When I was in college and a young adult, I read this story strictly in terms of individual abilities. A fine book from The Church of the Savior in D.C.…

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IMAGINE THERE’S A HEAVEN

November 11, 2020

November 1, 2020 Imagine There’s a Heaven Rev. Stephen Hollaway Revelation 7:9-17   John Lennon’s song Imagine is a song that seems to be everywhere. It’s at the Olympics; it’s at charity fundraiser concerts; it’s sung at 9/11 memorials. Not only was Imagine Lennon’s best-selling solo song, but Rolling Stone named it #3 in its…

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Sweat Equity

November 4, 2020

Sweat Equity Rev. Robert P. Hoch, Ph.D. First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201 October 4, 2020   Gospel Matthew 21:33-46 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants…

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Lively Commentary

October 25, 2020

Lively Commentary Rev. Robert P. Hoch, Ph.D. First &Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201 October 25, 2020 Matthew 22:34-39   When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to…

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