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On Freedom

Reading: Galatians 5:13-15 Christ has set us free.  Not only from keeping score and from what Nadia Bolz Webber calls “using Jesus to cosign on my own hang-ups” from seeing the world as “us” and “them”.  Christ has set us … Continue reading

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Blessings and Curses

Blessings and Curses Reading: Luke 6.39-49 Jesus is painting a picture of last things here and makes it pretty darn clear that he can be revealed both in what he blesses AND what he curses. We are called as Jesus-followers … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans Reading: Genesis 45.3-11,15  The best laid plans…especially ones intending to do harm, God has something to do with too. While most of us think of our best laid plans as being either choice or chance, that … Continue reading

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Who REALLY came up with “Facts of Life?”

Who REALLY came up with “Facts of Life?” Reading: Luke 6:17-26 Jesus here in his sermon on a level place, levels the playing field in a way…and simply states the facts…the way things are…reality! And the facts go vividly against … Continue reading

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“Jesus Christ! Get out of Here!”

“Jesus Christ! Get out of Here!” Reading: Isaiah 6.1-8  Luke 5.1-11 NRSV And yet he doesn’t! Confronted with Peter’s “Leave me for I am a sinner” and Isaiah’s “I am a man of unclean lips,” and reaching across all of … Continue reading

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A Lost Apple Project?

A Lost Apple Project? Reading: Luke 4.14-30 NRSV Endangered apple varieties — even the sour ones — are being preserved for the good of all apples. Jesus knew the same thing about people: Every person is unique. Every person is … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Just Have to Party!

Sometimes You Just Have to Party! Reading: Nehemiah 8.1-12 NRSV While the Bible is full of sermons and suggestions for how worship should take place, it is pretty rare to find a picture of how worship actually takes place. Nehemiah, … Continue reading

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It’s Not About the Water…OR the Wine. It’s About the Sign!

It’s Not About the Water…OR the Wine. It’s About the Sign!” Reading: John 2.1-12 NRSV We come to church to get close to God…or hope to. We come seeking self-esteem, or peace of mind or some help with the things … Continue reading

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Take Heart: On Letting John in the Door

“Take Heart: On Letting John in the Door” Reading: Luke 3,1-22 NLT Who is this John the Baptist? Another handsome, caring Baptist sent to prepare the people for the coming of Christ? Far from it! Not remotely friendly. Yet all … Continue reading

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Christmastide Service 2021

The Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church will be closed on December 26th, 2021. The Synod of the North East has provided a wonderful service for us. This worship service includes choirs and musicians from across the Synod and a special message … Continue reading

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