Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

"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.

“Of Faith and Dreaming The Impossible Dream”

Text: Luke 17:5-6 

Joel 2:26-29 

Some years ago, the lead story in the Communique, which is the news publication of the Synod of the Covenant [of which Central is a part], was entitled: “Out of the Ashes: Rosebush Church finds new life.” The building of the then 115 year-old Rosebush Presbyterian Church in  Central Michigan was completely destroyed by fire. The article stated that in a mere ninety minutes, the small congregation lost almost all its worldly possessions. After the fire, workers  recovered everything that was salvageable: the bulletin board which was in front of the  building, twelve youth chairs, and the church bell which ended up in the basement.  

“Gazing Into the Clouds”

Text: Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 13:1-6

             The Book of Acts, from which we’ll be reading in just a moment, is actually a continuation of the narrative of Luke’s Gospel; Luke part 2 if you will. It’s been said that the Gospel of Luke is the story of the words and works of Christ, while the Book of Acts is the story of the words and works of the first generation church. Just to help us establish a connection between Luke and Acts, I’d like to read the opening four verses of Luke’s Gospel. From there, we’ll move into this morning’s primary lesson beginning with the first verse of Acts.

            (Read Luke 1:1-4, Acts 1:1-11)