Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio


Text: Luke 10:38-42

Psalm 135:1-4


There are some narratives in the gospels which are hard to follow and their meanings difficult to grasp, such as John’s account of Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman at a well at Sychar. Then there are those narratives which are magnificent in their simplicity and straightforward in their meanings.

"I Am the Way"

Text: John 14:1-7

Psalm 96:10-13


Last summer, I had an interesting visit here at the church. A young woman arrived at the door asking to speak to the pastor. Assuming it was a person in need of food or some other type of assistance, I was surprised when a well-dressed, well-groomed, and very articulate thirty-something woman stepped into my office.

"When We're Afraid of the Dark"

Text: Genesis 32:21-32

Psalm 23


Permit me to set the historical context for this morning’s Old Testament lesson. Jacob (son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham) was returning home after several years of self-imposed exile in a foreign land. During this time, he’d become quite wealthy. He was bringing home a full caravan of sheep and cattle, wives, mistresses, and children. Jacob was also a man beset with fear. For years ago, he had done his twin brother Esau major dirt.

"Of Stars and Stables"

Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Isaiah 60:1-3


One of the cards we received this past Christmas had a beautiful image of three magi, or as they’re more often called, “wise men,” mounted on camels, gifts in hands, bathed by the brilliant light of a single star overhead. On the inside was this verse:

"Peace that Passes All Understanding"

Mike Baker

Text: Philippians 4:1-9

Psalm 106:1-5

Stranger in the Manger

Annual Children's Christmas Program

"May It Be According to God's Will"

Text: Luke 1:26-38

Isaiah 7:10-14


                During the second year of my seminary training, I had occasion to visit my old boss David at Col-Fin Specialty Steel. It was Christmas break. Now something you need to know about second year theological seminary students. At that midway point in our training, we begin thinking that we know everything, not yet having been in seminary or in the church long enough to realize that in reality, we know nothing.

"A Time for Remembering"
Text: Luke 1:67-79

Isaiah 44:21-23


Three elderly women were discussing among themselves the struggles of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember whether I need to put it away or start making a sandwich.”

"Heart, Soul, and Mind"

Mike Baker

Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Matthew 22:34-40

"The Four Part Harmony of Tithing- Soprano and Alto"

Text: Deuteronomy 16:16-17

Philippians 4:15-20

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

            This morning, we continue our consideration of four principles of tithing, comparing these principles to the four principal parts of choral music composition. Last Sunday, we talked about the principle of regularity which would be akin to the bass voice of a choir; a voice which under girds and provides one of the so-called “outer voices” that dictate musical texture.