Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"No Skipping Over"

Text: Luke 19:29-40

Philippians 2:5-11

            As the Kowalski family sat and stood around Stanley’s bed in the ICU of Memorial City Hospital during the last hours of his earthly life, a lot of thoughts were racing through their minds. Something all of them were thinking -- but were hesitant to speak aloud in the early hours of their vigil -- was this: Stanley….. dad…..granddad has been suffering at home for months. Why must he continue to suffer here? Why won’t the good Lord take him? What is He waiting for?


Text: Mark 10:46-52

Psalm 27:11-14


         It was late autumn, 1974. Word was all over the front page of the local Beaver Valley news- papers that Antonio (a.k.a. “Tony”) Lalama -- a prominent attorney and real estate broker – had been indicted on half a dozen counts ranging from numbers, to racketeering, to extortion. His ties to organized crime in the valley had long been suspected.

"The Perfect Jar"

Text: John 4:1-30, 39-42

Isaiah 58:11-12

            Does anyone have a favorite cup or mug; one you use every day for coffee or tea? It may be a conventional mug like this one. It’s one of my favorites because it’s a keepsake, commemorative cup from the Massillon Club, which used to sit on our west side property. It could be a thermal cup like this one, which I lifted from the lost and found table a few weeks ago. It could be a cup with a saucer which is part of a set, like this one. And here’s a cup for the purely utilitarian.


Rev. Glyndon Morris

Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Ephesians 5:8-14

"I Will Tell You A Mystery"

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:35-37a, 42-44, 51-58

Psalm 23

            A young woman – we’ll call her “Sally” – went into the hospital for testing at the request of family members and friends. Sally had been experiencing symptoms for several months; symptoms which are considered ones you do not ignore. Rather than lessening, these symptoms got worse over time, eventually affecting Sally’s day-to-day quality of life. She knew deep inside her that something was wrong, but she didn’t know what it was, and at her age couldn’t imagine it was anything to fret about.

"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.

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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