Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"From East and West"

Text: Luke 13:29-30

Psalm 23


            As Jesus was traveling through the towns and villages on His way to Jerusalem, He was speaking of those who would enter the Kingdom of heaven. In response to someone’s question about how few or many would be saved, Jesus warns that while many would try to enter, the door would be narrow.

"Let the Church Fly!"

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:1-8

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, 6-8


There’s a story of a minister who was preaching very pointedly to his congregation one Sunday morning. He was wrapping up his message and said, “Now, let the church walk.” Elder Jones replied from his pew right up front, “That’s right preacher! Let it walk!” The preacher, excited by the response, became bolder:

"The Tragedy of Tamar"

Text: 2 Samuel 13:1-19

Revelation 21:1-8


     This morning, we’re going to deal with an Old Testament story that if made into a movie would be rated at least PG-13. Carol Bechtel Reynolds, a professor at Western Theological Seminary, has called this “one of the Bible’s neglected texts.”

"Back in the Day"

Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-7

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

"A Reason to Celebrate"

Text: Genesis 17:15-17: 18:1-2, 9-15

Psalm 27:23-26

"The Prophet Speaks"

Text: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-9, 11-14a

Psalm 137:1-6


            The words we’re about to hear were written almost six centuries before the birth of Christ.

"Faith for the Long Haul:

Rev. Richard Scherpenisse

Text: John: 6:55-69

Psalm 84

"A Conversion Story"

Text: Acts 9:10-19

Proverbs 16:7, 24:17, 25:21


            Opening the 9th chapter of the Book of Acts is a conversion story as compelling as any in the Bible. It’s the conversion of Saul from the city of Tarsus, who later came to be known as Paul the apostle.

"Off the Chart Joy!"

Text: Luke 15:1-10

Psalm 139:1-12


            One day, a family decided to spend the afternoon in a huge mall situated in a suburb of Chicago. In the center of the main courtyard was a massive sandbox. In the middle of the sandbox stood a wooden, fortress-like climbing structure with rope ladders on each side.

"The Words of the Institution"

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Psalm 66:16-20


            We’re going to read a passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, the language of which has come to be known as “the institution of the Lord’s Supper.”

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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