Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"Returning Home"

Psalm 84: 1-4, 10-12

Psalm 118: 19-29

      As Dorothy Gale awakens from her deep slumber, she hears a familiar voice:  “Dorothy ---

Dorothy!  It’s me – Aunt Em….. Wake up honey.”  “--- no place like home….. There’s no place like

home….. no place…..”   “Dorothy, Dorothy dear, it’s Aunt Em darling.”  “Oh, Auntie Em, it’s you.”

In response to Professor Marvel who’s leaning into the window of Dorothy’s room, Uncle Henry

claims:  “She got quite a bump on the head – we kinda thought for a minute she was gonna leave

us.”  Dorothy tries to sit up in bed:  “But I did leave you, Uncle Henry – that’s just the trouble. 

And I tried to get back for days and days.”  “There, there, lie quiet now.  You just had a bad

dream.”  Then one by one, they come to her bedside:  “Sure --- remember me --- your old pal

Hunk.”  “And me ---- Hickory.”  Then Zeke:  “You couldn’t forget my face, could you?”  After

arguing that it was no dream, but rather “a real, truly live place’ --  most of it beautiful, but some

of it not very nice -- Dorothy Gale concedes, “Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home.”

"It's Not About Competition, It's About Community"

1 Corinthians 12:1-31

      I’d like us to reflect for a moment on the word “competition.”  What does that word mean to

you…….?

      There has been much research in the fields of psychology and sociology trying to determine at

what stage in a child’s development the desire to compete is born.  Surely, this desire takes shape

very early in life.  This is particularly evident in siblings close in age who learn to compete for mom’s

or dad’s love and attention.  Competition.  It’s an innate part of each and every one of us, to a great-

er or lesser degree.  Some folks are more competitive than others; some to an extreme.

"Blowing Back the Fur"

Proverbs 2:1-15

Luke 11:37-48, 53-54

"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.” 

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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