Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

"It Is Well"

Mike Baker

"Prayer from Two Perspectives"

Text: Psalm 142

Romans 8:26-28, 31, 35-37

"How's Your Memory?"

Text: Psalm 22:1-5, 25-31

Isaiah 53:1-6


            How’s your memory these days?


Mike Baker

Text: Luke 16:19-31

Psalm 91:1-6,14-16

“The Lordship of Christ”     

Text:  Matthew 7:21-23        

Ephesians 4:17-24

       From the earliest days of the Church, we Christians have formulated and used a two-fold  declaration of our relationship with Christ.  We hear it in our liturgies and prayers.  We confess  it on occasions of baptism, confirmation, and uniting with the church.  We reaffirm it upon   ordination to positions of church leadership.  Most everyone hearing this sermon has, at one   time or another, spoken these words before a gathered body of Christians:  “Jesus Christ is my  Lord and Savior.”  Much preaching in the mainline church emphasizes the second part of this  declaration:  Jesus Christ as Savior,  while often neglecting the first part:  Jesus Christ as Lord.    Perhaps we need to re-examine and re-evaluate what it means to profess Jesus, not just as our  Savior, but as our Lord.  A good starting point would be to ask ourselves a few simple questions:    What does Jesus’ Lordship look like in our lives?   Is calling Jesus “Lord” merely a word, or does  it mean something more? 

“Are You Proud or Are You Humble?”

Text:  Philippians 2:1-11 (R.S.V.)         

  Proverbs 11:2, 16:5, 18 


      Most of us have probably begun turning over in our minds the question posed by this morning’s sermon title:  Are you proud, or are you humble?  It’s a question I once put to a group of adults in a Bible study class.  I asked them to be very honest with themselves and gave them a few moments to think it over.  Then I asked, “How many of you are humble?”  Almost every person in the room raised their hand.  “How many of you are proud?”  Again, almost every hand went up.  I was impressed with their honesty.  Are you proud, or are you humble?  It’s something of a loaded question.   We might define cold as the simple absence of heat, or darkness as the simple absence of light.  Yet it’s not so simple a matter to define humility as merely the absence of pride, or pride merely the absence of humility.  The fact is most of us are, by definition, a mixture of both pride and humility.

"No Trumpets Are Necessary"

Text: Matthew 6:1-4

Psalm 81:1-5

We all know that in any band, the trumpet section is usually no place for musicians with introverted personalities.  The trumpets are literally the brassiest instruments.  They comprise the section of the marching band that most often carries the melody.  In a jazz band, the trumpet players are those who most often stand – and stand out - during a performance.  Trumpets were the “chops” of the big band era of Dorsey and Shaw.  Trumpet stops and sections are among the most powerful and dominant on the great French and German pipe organs. 

"A Day of Rest"

Text: Genesis 2:1-3

Mark 2:23-3:6

"Pep Talk"

Text: Luke 6:17-31

Psalm 34:4-10

“If Only This Table Could Talk”

 Text:  Selections from John 14, 15, 17

1 Chronicles 16:7-13

            Have you ever heard the saying: “If only these walls could talk, what a story they could tell.” In the 162 years of continuous ministry on this 100 by 105 foot parcel of land, in the 108 years of continuous worship in this very sanctuary, imagine the people these walls have seen come and go: the thousands of members, affiliates and visitors who have offered their worship and praise to God, the 28 pastors who have filled the pulpit of this hallowed place, the thousands of sermons which have been preached within the hearing of these four walls, the Easter morning services where women wore hats and gloves, the Christmas Eve standing room only candlelight services when the wall to your left had to be raised exposing a hidden balcony. Yes, if only these walls could talk, what a story they could tell.