Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"Grace Alone"

Psalm 34:1-8

John 6:35, 41-51

 

"Marketers and Witnesses"

Psalm 78: 23-29

John 6: 24-35

 

Colossians 3:12-14

Luke 10:25-37

"Shaken - Up"

Isaiah  56:6-8

Acts 10: 9-23

Guest pastor - Rev Matt Skolnik

"The WOW Factor"

Matthew 9:27-31

Psalm 19:1-4

 

      The city has never been more abuzz.  Hotels and motor inns for miles around are booked solid.

Restaurants and retailers have doubled inventories for these three days of doubled tourist population.

Banners hang across city thoroughfares and flyers fill mail boxes announcing that for which the city

braces itself like a host site for the Olympics; waiting breathlessly for the front publicists and production

coordinators. 

"Dressing for the Occasion"

Matthew 22: 1-14

Ephesians 4: 17-24

      Years ago, I was part of a home Bible study group which was reading the Gospel of Matthew. 

When we got to the passage we’re considering this morning, the leader of our group asked the

question:  “What do you think is the main point of this parable of Jesus?”  After a few moments of
silence and eyes cast to the floor, an elder member of the group blurted out:  “It means you’d better dress

right when you go to church?”  That observation got a few laughs, and nods of agreement, especially from

other elder members who fondly remembered the day when women wore hats and gloves, and men wore suits

and ties to church.  But in all due respect to that elder’s interpretation, that is not the main point of this parable of Jesus.  So what is?

"Feet Under the Table"

John 13: 1-12

Psalm 40: 1-5

It was Passover.  And it was the first Christian Holy Communion.  “Jesus, knowing that the

Father had given all things into his hands….got up from the table.”  “….all things into his hands.” 

How many of us remember a beloved spiritual from our childhood:  “He’s got the wind and the

rain in His hands….. He’s got the tiny little baby in His hands….He’s got you and me brother in His

hands….. He’s got the whole world in His hands.”  Yes indeed.  From galaxies to grains of sand;

from the blazing sun to the glowing lightning bug; from the majestic mountain to the lowly anthill..

…… Jesus emptied His hands of every glory of the universe.  And He took into His hands, of all

things, our feet.  Why?  That He might wash them.  But why?  Why is this Jesus’ job?  He is Lord. 

He is Messiah. He is King.  Peter cries out, “You will never wash my feet.”  Jesus said He must,

afterward reassuring Peter and the rest of the disciples:  “…….but later you will understand.” 

"Just Tenting"

Psalm 20:1-9

2 Corinthians 4:7  5:5

"Where Must We Worship"

John 4:19b-24

Psalm 29

I recently came across an article which listed some of the newer words which have become a

part of our lexicon, along with older words which have changed meaning.  An example of the lat-

ter is the word “guy.”  I remember when guy meant, well, guy; a person of the male gender.  The

New Oxford Dictionary of the English Language has now revised that to mean any person, male or

female.  So our waitress – oops, I mean server – asks my wife and I, “What can I get you guys?” 

Tablet, once upon a time, was defined as a bunch of lined pages of blank paper bound at the top

that people would write on, then tear off.  Now, tablet is more often defined as a hand-held device

one can use for reading, viewing, and researching; a mini-computer of sorts.  Remember when the

word bad used to mean, well, bad?  When Michael Jackson sang “I’m bad, I’m bad,” it meant and

now means “good,” or “hip,” or “cool.”  For that matter, cool used to mean “chilly.”  Now it means

“bad,” or is that “good?”  I’m confused.

"The Latter Shall Be Greater Than the Former"

Haggai 2: 1-9

Psalm 84: 1-4, 10-12

      This morning, we’re going to delve into a short book by one whom we call a “minor prophet.”

His name is Haggai.  Unlike some other prophetic books of the Bible -- wherein the authorship

and time of composition are matters of scholarly debate -- there is no question about the whom

and when of this book.  Haggai was clearly the source, although it appears he had a scribe or editor

do the actual writing for him.  While we don’t know anything about Haggai’s personal background,

we do know that he was called by God to help lead the Jewish people in the restoration of the

temple in Jerusalem, which had been destroyed by the Babylonians.  The entirety of Haggai’s

prophecy was written in the year 520 B.C. during the reign of King Darius of Persia, under the

regional governorship of Zerubbabel, and at the time of the priesthood of Joshua, son of Jehozadak. 

At the point of Haggai’s prophecy, there was no progress evident in the restoration of the temple. 

Yet within five years, by 515 B.C, the new temple had been completed.  In some ways,

this morning’s passage parallels our own situation here at Central as we await the restoration of

this sanctuary; of this temple of God.  As of today, there is no physical progress in our restoration. 

Yet within a few months, we trust that restoration will have been completed.  Let’s now turn to

the prophecy of Haggai.

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

Telephone: 330-832-7455
Fax: 330-832-7102