Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"A Reflection on Golf and Grace"

Romans 15: 1-7

1 Corinthians 9: 19-23

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            Twas a hot, muggy August noon tee-off, the start of the 1986 Col-Fin Specialty Steel 10th annual customer appreciation golf outing.  The venue: the prestigious Beaver Valley Country Club, over-looking the scenic confluence of the Beaver and Ohio Rivers.  Over eighty golfers were gathered from across the eastern U.S.; from Chicago to Boston; from Bangor, Maine to Jonesboro, Arkansas; mostly low handicappers, a few scratch players; maybe a handful of medium to high handicappers just brought in to make the others look good. 

"Crumbs"

Rev. Sue Ann Schmidt

Psalm 133

Matthew 15: 21-28

 

"Of Wild Goose Chases and Imaginary Elephants"

1 Thessalonians 2:1-13

John 1: 1-5, 10-14

      Most of us have been on what’s called “a wild goose chase?”  In other words, we’ve wasted our

time and energy searching for something that couldn’t be found. Have you ever been on a wild elephant chase? 

1 Timothy 3:1-13, 4:6-16

Matthew 20:20-28

"Set Apart, Not Set Above"

      Some years ago, there was a short tongue-in-cheek article in a publication called Pastor’s

Manual.  The story featured a Labrador retriever named “Sadie” belonging to the Charles Thurber family in Terra Linda, California.  As we know, California folk sometimes have a tendency to be on the cutting edge of things, leading the way in introducing the rest of us to unusual and even strange practices.  Well, this one just about takes the cake. 

"What Has Become of the Joy?"

Text:  Galatians 4:8-20

           Nehemiah 8:9-12

      I’d like to share with you one of my earliest experiences at theological seminary.  During our orientation, one of the professors preached a sermon as part of the opening convocation.  He began his message by making the curious statement that seminary for a Christian is one of the most perilous places to be.

" Quittersville"

Hebrews 12: 1-3

Psalms 20: 1-9

"In Our Father's House"

Luke 2: 41-51

Psalm 27: 1-4

 

 

Make Me A Captive Lord

John 8:31-36

Romans 6:12-23  

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           Our primary Bible text is from John’s Gospel, chapter 8.  That chapter opens with the story of

a woman caught in the act of adultery;  a woman who was about to be stoned for her sin. 

The Risk of Faith

Genesis 12:1-9

Romans 4:13, 18-25

      There’s an ancient Buddhist parable from the Far East about two seeds lying side-by-side in the

fertile spring soil.  The first seed said, “I want to grow!  I want to send my roots deep into the earth

beneath me, and thrust my sprout through the earth’s crust above me. 

"Prayer Overheard"

Mike Baker

Text: Daniel 6:19-28

John 17:1-11

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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