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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

On Our Sign This Week


William James (1842-1910)

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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Sermon–How Much Is Enough?

Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 31, 2016
“How Much Is Enough?”
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

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Sermon — Who’s In Charge Here?

Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
July 24, 2016
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Scriptures: Genesis 18:20-32, Psalm 138, Luke 11:1-13

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Who is My Neighbor?

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 10th, 2016
Preached by Pastor Gregory Sakal
Scriptures: Amos 7:7-17; Luke 10:25-37

High Summer at The HilJust then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

God be in my head, in my heart, and upon my lips.

The lawyer here in this morning’s Gospel is one smart fella. He’s studied the scriptures backwards and forwards, knows all the rules and regulations, and can probably quote chapter and verse as to their origin.

We might imagine Sam Waterston as Assistant AG Jack McCoy in Law and Order, arguing at a motion hearing in front of a judge, being able to effortlessly spit out citations of the applicable case law to support his position.

His only desire is to get the decision he wants—not necessarily thinking about its righteousness.

This lawyer guy in our reading is wanting to test Jesus, to see how much Jesus really knows about the law.

Beyond that, however, he probably never really thought about the practical demands that the law requires, so taken up was he in winning his case.

This guy in the story knows all the words of the law; however, his question to Jesus indicates that he really doesn’t understand the personal demands that the law makes upon him individually.
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