Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

"Joy, the Journey's End"

Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Isaiah 60:1-3

            It was July of 1967. I was eleven. My sister Lore was eight. It was family vacation time, and our destination was Colonial Williamsburg. I recall it was dark outside as we stuffed our luggage into the trunk of my dad’s powder blue Nash.

“Sitting in the Temple after the Holiday”

Mike Baker

Christmas Eve 2015

"Staking a Tent"

Text: John 1:1-5, 10-14

Isaiah 7:10-14


            How many of you have ever put up a tent? I’ll never forget my first camping trip with the Boy Scouts. We went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and were actually allowed to camp on a portion of the battlefield. I remember when we arrived, the first thing we had to do was stake our tents. Our reward was the promise of Yankee Stew cooked in a cast-iron pot over an open fire.

"Child of Destiny"

Text: Selections from Matthew and Luke

Isaiah 9:6-7


            Swirling around the birth of any child is a wide variety of thoughts and feelings: anticipation, pride, humility, joy, wonder, gratitude, relief; and to some degree: unsettledness, uncertainty, a sense of inadequacy, depression [often labeled a mother’s “post partum”], a fear of un-readiness [that one is especially common among dads].

"Song of the Expectant Mother"

Text: Luke 1:46-55

Luke 6:20-25


            Among the great world religions, Judaism and Christianity are perhaps the most song-filled. While religions of the middle and far east use many chants, recitals and intonations in their worship, much of the Jewish Testament of the Bible contains songs of praise, songs of hope, songs of victory, songs of lament; the book of Psalms serving as the main source of song for the Jewish faith.

"Christ the King"

Text: John 18:33-38

Psalm 47


            Happy Christ the King Sunday! How many of you knew today is Christ the King Sunday (before you saw it printed at the top of the order of worship)? If you didn’t, don’t feel badly.

"Of the Temple of Artemis, and Stepping on Toes"

Text: Acts 19:23-27

Psalm 36:7-9


When I was studying to be a minister, I remember some advice I received from an elderly gentleman who was a member at a church I served as a student intern: “Sonny, when you preach, talk only about Jesus. Talk of spiritual things. If you talk about worldly things like money, culture, and politics, it will only get you into trouble.”

"Stewardship of Time"

Text: Luke 10:38-42

Psalm 90:1-4, 9-10


            At this time of the year on the church’s calendar – which we sometimes call “Stewardship Season” – we talk a lot about the three T’s of stewardship: treasure, talent, and time.

"For All the Saints"

Text: Hebrews 12:1-2

Revelation 19:5-8


In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a date to honor deceased saints and martyrs of Christianity; to remember and celebrate those who had faithfully and diligently served the church, even pouring out their very lives in testimony to the gospel.