Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"More Than We Bargained For"

Text: Mark 8:34-37

Philippians 2:1-11

            There’s a story from the good old days, long before the widespread availability of smart watches such as the Casio Protech, the Samsung Gear 3, or the Garmin Vivoactive HR. A man in an airport was worried about missing his flight to the west coast. He didn’t have a wristwatch and couldn’t spot a clock. So he hurried up to a stranger and said, “Excuse me. Could you please give me the time?” The man smiled and said “Sure.” He set down the two large, heavy suitcases he was carrying and looked at his watch.

"God Moments"

Rev. Sue Ann Schmidt

Text: Matthew 17:1-9

Exodus 24:12-17

"The City of God"

Text: Revelation 21:1-5a

Psalm 87:1-7

Most of us consider ourselves one of three types of people. Please raise your hand if you consider yourself a country person? Now raise your hand if you consider yourself a suburbanite. Finally, who of us would call ourselves city folk? I am clearly in that third category. I recall the thrill of my Aunt Eleanor and I catching the 21C bus at 5th Avenue and School Street in my home- town of Coraopolis when I was a youngster, and the twenty minute ride into the heart of down town Pittsburgh. In fact, I can clearly remember how my heart would beat faster with excitement as the bridges and skyscrapers came into view.

"Beautiful People"

Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Isaiah 55:6-9

Those of us who are dyed-in-the-wool Beatles fans may remember an obscure song recorded on the Magical Mystery Tour LP (actually the soundtrack for a 1967 Beatle’s film of the same title). The name of the song is “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.” Here is an excerpt from Lennon and McCartney’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics:

"That's So God!"

Text: Jeremiah 31:7-14

Psalm 143:9-12

            If we share living quarters with someone – our spouse, our children, our parents, a friend – we learn soon enough how quirky their habits and tendencies can be. And some of those habits and tendencies can make us half crazy. Ask my wife.

"Like A Child"

Text: Luke 18:15-17

Psalm 131:1-3

Just a few days ago, I turned over what I like to call “61,000 miles.” Many of you sitting here whose odometers have turned over 70,000 or 80,000 miles may be thinking to yourselves, “If only I could roll back to 61,000.”

"There Is Still One Thing Lacking"

Text: Luke 18:18-27

Psalm 16:1-6

            Many years ago, I was leading an adult Bible study on the Gospel of Luke. One of the members of the class was highly offended by the passage we just read. With eyes blazing, he stood up and said,

"Unrestrained Tomorrowvision"

Text: Matthew 6:25-34; 18:1-4

James 4:13-16

"Dead End Quest"

Text: John 6:51-60

Luke 22:14-20

            When Christian folk are asked to identify their favorite of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – most will choose the fourth. John is unique among the gospel accounts in that across its twenty-one chapters, it provides more information about Jesus’ identity than the other three gospels combined.

"What Are We to Do with Jesus Now?"

Text: Matthew 2:13-23

Isaiah 63:7-9

Rev. John Lane

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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