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Sermon for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
July 30, 2017
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Texts: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Romans 8:31b-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
July 2, 2017
“Prophet Wars!”
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Texts: Jeremiah 20:7-13, Matthew 10:40-42

Summer Schedule

Summer Service Time

Beginning this Sunday, July 2, 2017, our service time moves from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Our 11:00 a.m. service time will resume on the first Sunday after Labor Day, September 10, 2017.

Sermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost

Sermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost
June 25, 2017
“Not as Easy as it Looks”
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Texts: Jeremiah 20:7-13, Romans 6:1-118, Matthew 10:24-39

Daily Scripture Readings

The Vanderbilt Divinity School Library’s Lectionary  site provides a very convenient resource for daily scripture study.

Click on this link to go there. You will find there a link for each calendar day in the current lectionary year. Clicking on a link from this page will take you to the Bible Gateway site with all the readings conveniently displayed. You can choose from many different translations, including NIV, and NRSV.

Sermon for the 3rd Sunday After the Epiphany

Sermon for the Third Sunday After the Epiphany
January 22, 2017
“Follow Me”
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Texts: Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23

Missionaries and Ministers Benefit Fund

We received a note from the widow of a former pastor of Hill Memorial. She said in part:

We received a pension from the MMBF for twelve years until my husband’s death. As his widow, I continue to receive the same benefit which also covers medical expenses that Medicare does not.

The MMBF has asked its beneficiaries to reach out to congregations like ours, reminding them of the importance of contributing to this fund. American Baptist ministers who have retired from active service depend on the benefits from this fund as an vital part of their retirement income. We will soon be soliciting donations for our church’s annual offering to the MMBF. When the time comes, we hope you’ll consider making an contribution to this important and worthy cause.

For further information, please visit the MMBF website.

Sermon for Christ the King

Sermon for Christ the King, November 20, 2016
“King of What?”
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Scriptures: Luke 23:33-43

High Summer at The HilThen he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

What kind of a king is this? Stripped of all dignity and power, executed in the most shameful possible way, betrayed by one of his own.

Yet, this is not a king who condemns, but one who forgives, even a criminal who is executed alongside of him.

He welcomes a common criminal into paradise.

This is not a king in the sense that we would understand a leader today, especially in the context of our recent election.
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Sermon–Back to Basics

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
August 7, 2016
“Back to Basics”
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Scripture: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

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