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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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Our Latter Glory

November 20, 2019

Our sermon from November 10th ended with the question, “What if?” What if we were to reimagine church?What might we see as its possibilities? Our primary text was from the prophet Haggai. Looking at the temple, specifically its ruins (it was destroyed by the Babylonian invasion of 586/87 BCE), Haggai stood in front of the…

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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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So You Want to Talk About Lynching – a prayer

October 24, 2019

A Litany for Remembrance by Robert Hoch (October 24, 2019) Adapted from Michele Norris, “So You Want to Talk About Lynching?” in the Washington Post (23 October 2019) So you want to talk about lynching?   O God, we confess that we know too little about lynching.   A lynching involved a man or a…

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Meet our Interim

September 14, 2019

The Session of First & Franklin Presbyterian Church is very pleased to announce that it has unanimously agreed to hire the Reverend Christian T. Iosso, PhD. to serve as our Interim Pastor. He brings a wealth of experience, and a real energy and enthusiasm to the position. Session is looking forward to his leadership. Rev. Iosso (pronounced…

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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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Being White These Days

May 19, 2019

Being White These Days Robert P. Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21201 May 19, 2019 Acts 11:1-18 1Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3saying, “Why did you…

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Table Manners

November 26, 2018

© Robert P. Hoch  September 1, 2019  First & Franklin Presbyterian Church 210 West Madison Street Baltimore MD 21201  On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.  When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the…

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