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Sermons



September 20, 2020
Sermon Title: CShowing Mercy to Our Neighbor

Readings: ExJonah 3:10-4:11


September 13, 2020
Sermon Title: Labyrinthine Prayer

Readings: Exodus 14:10-21


September 6, 2020
Sermon Title: LIfe in a Liminal Season

Readings: Romans 12:9-21


August 30, 2020
Sermon Title: What is Love?
Guest Preacher: Rev Ann Graves

Readings: Romans 12:9-21


August 23, 2020
Sermon Title: On This Rock

Readings: Matthew 16:13-20


August 16, 2020
Sermon Title: Teach Us to Pray

Readings: Matthew 16:13-20


August 9, 2020
Sermon Title: Overcoming Life's Storms

Readings: Matthew 14:22-33


August 2, 2020
No recording due to technical challenges. Our apoloties!



July 26, 2020
No recording due to technical challenges. Our apoloties!



July 19, 2020
Sermon Title: Hope Breaks Through

Readings: Romans 8:26-39


July 12, 2020
Sermon Title: Room To Grow

Readings: Romans 8:1-11


July 5, 2020
Sermon Title: All who are weary can find rest.

Readings: Matthew 11:16-30


June 28, 2020
Sermon Title: Whoever Welcomes you, welcomes Christ

Readings: Matthew 10:40-42


June 21, 2020
Sermon Title: Make Your Joy Complete

Readings: Phiippians 2:1-5a


June 14, 2020
Sermon Title: Compassion & Witness

Readings: Matthew 9:35-10:14


June 7, 2020
Sermon Title: Inclusivity: The Ethiopian Eunich

Readings: Acts 8:26-40


May 31, 22020
Sermon Title: hPentecost

Readings:


May 24, 2020
Sermon Title: Anam Cara - Soul Friend

Readings:
Luke 24:44-53


May 17, 2020
Sermon Title: Easter Hope in a Time of COVID
With Pastor Jes, Guest Speaker, Rabbi Tehilah

Readings: John 14:1-14


May 10, 2020
Sermon Title: The Liminal Space
With Pastor Jes, Guest Speaker, Rabbi Tehilah

Readings: Genesis 1:1-7


May 3, 2020
Sermon Title: Peace be with You

Readings: Luke 24:36-49


April 26, 2020
Sermon Title: Hope Like a Seed

Readings: Luke 24: 13-35


April 19, 2020
Sermon Title: Easter Hope Testimonies

Readings: Luke 24: 13-35


April 12, 2020
Sermon Title: Easter: Hope

Readings: John 20:1-10


April 10, 2020
Sermon Title: Good Friday

Readings: Mark 15:33-41


April 9, 2020
Sermon Title: Maundy Thursday

Readings: Luke 22:14-23 & John 13:34-35


April 5, 2020
Sermon Title: Palm Sunday

Readings: Matthew 21:1-11


March 29, 2020
Sermon Title: What If

Readings: Exodus 16:1-36


March 22, 2020
Sermon Title: Encourage One Another

Music: Pastorale, César Franck
Postlude: Six Studies for Pedal Piano, no. 1 Robert Schumann
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist

Readings: Joshua 1:8 & 1 Thessalonians 5:11


March 15, 2020
Sermon Title: Show Hospitality to One Another
This first Zoom sermon is not posted to honor copyright.
Music: Prelude: from J. S. Bach, from J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G Major
Postlude: J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G Major
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist




Forgive One Another text imposed on outstreched hand
March 8, 2020
Sermon Title: Forgive One Another



Music: Prelude: Attende domine," Jeanne Demessieux
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "Ah Lord, Poor Sinner that I am" J. Pachelbel
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Luke 7:36-50 & Colossians 3:13



One Another, allelon, in English and Greek
March 1, 2020
Sermon Title: Pray for One Another



Music: Prelude: "From God I Will Not Stray" J. Krebs
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "God Be With Us" Emma Louise Ashford
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Matthew 6:5-15 & James 5:16



Ash Wednesday, cross of ashes
February 26, 2020
Sermon Title: Telling the Truth
Ash Wednesday



Music: Prelude: "I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ" J. S. Bach
Communion & Imposition of Ashes: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Madrigal in E-flat A. Guilmant
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Matthew 6:1-21



Christ Healing a bleeding woman, as depicted in the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter.
February 23, 2020
Sermon Title: Follow the Light of Christ



Music: Prelude: “Christ, You Are Day and Light,” BWV 1096 J. S. Bach
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: “Jesus, My Joy,” BWV 1105 J. S Bach
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Exodus 24:12-18 & Matthew 17:1-9



transfiguration iconography
February 16, 2020
Sermon Title: Tired and in Need of God



Music: Prelude: "Adoration" Florence Price
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Postlude in F Major E. L. Ashford
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Psalm 119:1-8 & Mark 5:21-43



Close up of pink himalayan salt in wooden bowl
February 9, 2020
Sermon Title: Salt

Guest Preacher: Rev Dr Carrie Call

Music: Prelude: “You Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ,” BWV 1102 J. S. Bach
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Toccata in D Major J. Krieger
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20 & 1 Corinthians 2:16



Beaitude Rondelle Windows from Faith United Churc of Christ, State College, PA
February 2, 2020
Sermon Title: A Church that Blesses



Music: Prelude: "Keep us, Lord, by Thy Word" D. Buxtehude
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Short Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major J. S. Bach
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Micah 6:1-8 & Matthew 5:1-12



Left handed cretan labyrinth
January 26, 2020
Sermon Title: Following Jesus



Music: Prelude: "Prayer," Op. 47, no. 4 A. Guilmant
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Toccata and Fugue, Anon. (Italian, 18th c.)
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4 & Matthew 4:12-23



Jesus' Baptism
January 19
Sermon Title: You are a Child of God



Music: Prelude: "To the Jordan Came Christ Our Lord" J. Pachelbel
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Fantasy in C Major G. P. Telemann
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Reading: Matthew 3:13-17



hand holding light up
January 12
Sermon Title: A Pastor and a Rabbi: Confession and Reconciliation
Rabbi David Ostrish & Rev Jes Kast



Music: Prelude: "Dearest Jesus, We Are Here" J. S. Bach
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" J. Pachelbel
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Psalm 51 & 2 Corinthians 5:16-21



The three wise men following the Star
January 5
Sermon Title: Star Words
Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 & Matthew 12:1-12



Magi following star
December 31, 2019
Sermon Title: Watch Night 2019
Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Readings: -Isaiah 63:7 & -Habakkuk 2:2



Fifth day of Christmas, five rings
December 29, 2019
Sermon Title: The Light of God is Here
Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9 & John 1:1-18



Fourth Sunday of advent, Advent Wreath with four candles lit
December 22, 2019
Sermon Title: Revolutionary Love
Sorry! There is no recording for this date!


Reading: Luke 1:39-56



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December 15, 2019
Sermon Title: Joy during Hard Times
Guest Preacher, Rev Ann Graves
Sorry! There is no recording for this date!


Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10



Second Sunday of Advent, 2 candles in Advent wreath
December 8, 2019
Special: Christmas Cantata, Baptisms, New Member Welcome
Sorry! There is no recording for this date!





First Sunday of Advent, Advent wreath with one candle buring
December 1, 2019
Sermon Title: The Peace Path



Music: Prelude: "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" J. Brahms
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Sortie in F Major C. Franck
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5



cornucopia or horn of plenty
November 24, 2019
Sermon Title: Living Generously



Music: Prelude: “Now Thank We All Our God” G. F. Kaufmann
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: “Glory and Praise to the Highest Good, the Father of All Good” J. Krebs
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Proverbs 3:5-10 & 2 Corinthians 9:6-15



several rocks balanced on top of one another
November 17, 2019
Sermon Title: Practice the Pause



Music: Prelude: "Just as I Am" W. Bradbury, arr. H. Colvin
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "In Thee is Joy" J. S. Bach
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25 & 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



baggage
November 10, 2019
Sermon Title: Losing my Religion
Rev Ben Wideman, Guest Preacher



Music: Prelude: "Keep us, Lord, by Thy Word" D. Buxtehude
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Gigue in C Major D. Buxtehude
Dr Mark Ferraguto, organist



Readings: Psalm 145:8-21 & Matthew 5:43-48



Memorial votive candles
November 3, 2019
Title: We Remember Them

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3 and Ephesians 1:11-23



lily & thorns crest of Dutch Reformers
October 27, 2019
Sermon Title: Free Indeed



Music: Prelude: Adagio in C Major, W. A. Mozart
Offertory: Organ Improvization
Postlude: Toccata in D Minor, J. S. Bach
Dr Mark Ferraguto, Organist



Readings: Psalm 46 & John 8:31-36



Marc Chagall, 1887-1985, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
October 20, 2019
Sermon Title: Don’t Lose Heart



Music: Prelude: "I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ" J. S. Bach
Offertory: Organ improvisation
Postlude: Presto from Orga n Concerto in F Major, Op. 4, no. 5, G. F. Handel
Dr Mark Ferraguto, Organist



Readings: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 & Luke 17:11-19



The Best Supper © Jan L. Richardson
October 13, 2019

"The Best Supper © Jan L. Richardson"

Sermon Title: A Just World for All
Rev. Dr. Anne Ard, Guest Preacher




Music: Prelude: On the shores of Babylon, J. Pachelbel.
Offertory: Interludes for organ without pedal, Gregory Murray
Postlude: Postlude in B flat Major, E.L. Ashford
Cecilia Sakong, Guest organist



Readings: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 & Luke 17:11-19



Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio
October 6, 2019

Sermon Title: That They All May Be One




Music: Prelude: Récit de cromorne from Messe pour les Couvents, F. Couperin
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Fantasie, G. P. Telemann
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist



Reading: John 17:20-26



yoga pose, breathe
September 29, 2019

Sermon Title: A Just World for All

Sorry! There are no recordings for this date!

Reading: Isaiah 58:13-14 & Mark 2:23-28



Summer fruit, a plate of figs
September 22, 2019

Sermon Title: A Just World for All




Music: Prelude: Voluntary, Op. 5, no. 5, J. Stanley
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Toccata in D Major J. Krieger
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist



Reading: Amos 8:1-7 & Luke 4:14-21



Turtles on a log
September 15, 2019

Sermon Title: Be Still




Music: Prelude: Fugue in D Minor, C. P. E. Bach
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Finale from Organ Sonata No. 2 in D Major C. P. E. Bach
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist



Reading: Genesis 1:27-2:2 & Psalm 46:1-11



large tree deep exposed roots
September 8, 2019

Sermon Title: Rooted Faith



Music: Prelude: “Salvation Now Has Come for All” (BuxWV 186), D. Buxtehude
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "Now Praise My Soul the Lord" (BuxWV 214) D. Buxtehude
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist




Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16



Hymn Sing Sunday
September 1, 2019

Sermon Title: Hymn Sing Sunday

Although the singing was truly lovely, no recording of the Hymn Sing will be posted to honor copyright.
There is no Organ Improvisation this week, because a favorite hymn was sung during offertory.

Music: Prelude: "A Mighty Fortress", J. G. Walther
Postlude: Short Prelude and Fugue in F Major, J. S. Bach
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist




Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16



Art supplies, brushes, word joy spelled out on canvas
August 25, 2019

Sermon Title: Ode to Joy



Music: Prelude: Adoration, Florence Price
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Toccata in C Major, J. Pachelbel
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist




Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16



Photographic copy of lithograph,_The Sinking of the Steamship Ville du Havre_ (1873)
August 18, 2019

Sermon Title: It Is Well with My Soul



Music: Prelude: "Glory and Praise be to the Highest Good, the Father of all good" J. Krebs
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Postlude in F Major E. L. Ashford
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist




Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16



--> field of sunflowers
August 11, 2019

Sermon Title: Turn Toward the Light



Music: Prelude: There Is a Balm in Gilead, Robert Thygerson
Offertory: Amazing Grace, (Early American Melody) arr Tedd Smith
Postlude: King of Kings, Colin Curtis
Barb Chellman, pianist




Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16



Holy Communion clip art from www.feltmagnet.com
August 4, 2019

Sermon Title: Breaking Bread



Music: Prelude: King of Kings (African American Spiritual), Colin Curtis
Offertory: The Lord's My Shepherd, Jessie S. Irvine; Arr Larry Shackley
Postlude: God Be with You, William G. Tomer
Barb Chellman, pianist




Reading: Psalm 23 & Matthew 26:26-30



Entertaining Angels, Hebrews 13:2
July 28, 2019

Sermon Title: Entertaining Angels: A Call to Just Hospitality



Music: Prelude: “Our Father in Heaven” J. S. Bach
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” W. Held
Mark Ferraguto, organ




Readings:
OT: Genesis 19: 1-29
NT: Hebrews 13:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 25:34-46


Pixabay, ipicgr Image of eclipse
July 21, 2019

Sermon Title: A Prophet Speaks to a Nation



Music: Prelude: "Canzona" D. Buxtehude
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "Voluntary in D Major" W. Selby
Mark Ferraguto, organ




Reading: Amos 8:1-12



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July 14, 2019

Sermon Title: God is an Artist



Music: Prelude: "Allegro moderato" by Arthur Page (truncated)
Offertory: Organ Improvisation (truncated)
Postlude: "Postlude in A Major" by Caleb Simper
Mark Ferraguto, organ




Reading: Ge 1:1, 6-24



A rusty crown lying sideways on the ground
July 7, 2019

Sermon Title:
Moral Leprosy



Music:
Prelude: "Be Thou With Me" by JS Bach
Offertory: "The Swan" by C. Saint-Seans
Postlude: Prelude from "Te Deum" by M.-A. Charpentier
Michael Ferraguto, violin; Mark Ferraguto, organ and piano



Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-17



Open and Affirming UCC, 10th Anniversary Celebration, 50th Anniversary of Stonewall
June 30, 2019

Title: Whole And Holy



Music:
Prelude: "Prelude in C Minor (BWV 549)" (truncated)
Postlude: Prelude from "Fugue in C Minor (BWV 549)"
Mark Ferraguto, organ



Reading: Acts 2:1-21



Pentecost Descending Dove
June 23, 2019
Title: Fruits of Faith

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: John 15:1-17 and Galatians 5:13-15, 22-26



Holy Spirit Descending as a Dove
June 16, 2019
Title: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: Psalm 104:24-34and John 14:8-17, (25-27)



Pentecost Descending Dove
June 9, 2019
Title: untitled

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: Acts 2:1-21



God is love
June 2, 2019
Title: Made For Love

Sorry! There is no recording of Guest Preacher Candace Simpson for this date!

Reading: John 17:20-26



stone baptismal font
May 26, 2019
Title: River of Life



Reading: Acts 16: 9 -15 & Revelation 21:10-22:5



Domenico Fetti, Saint Peter’s Vision of the Unclean Animals, c. 1619
May 19, 2019

Title: A New Vision

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: Acts 11: 1- 18 & Revelation 21:1-6




“Healing of the Cripple and Raising of Tabitha”,  Masolino da Panicale, 15th Century
May 12, 2019
Title: Garments of Good Works



Reading: Psalm 100:1-5 & Acts 9:36-43



Stained Glass, Jesus and Thomas
May 5, 2019
Title: Faith & Doubt

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: Revelation 1:4-8 & John 20:9-31




Icon of the Resurrection, 2009, public domain
April 28, 2019
Title: You are a Witness



Reading: Lk 24:36-49




Resurrection is a 1457-1459 tempera on panel painting by Andrea Mantegna, now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tours. (selection cropped)
April 21, 2019
Title: From Heartbreak to Hope

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: John 20:1-18



ethiopian last supper
April 18, 2019
Title:
Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Readings: Luke 22:14-20



eThe Triumphal Entry, Unknown Egyptian Artist.
Gouache on papyrus. 25 x 34 cm
April 14, 2019
Title: Enormous Expectations

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!


Readings: Psalm 118:22-26 & Luke 19:28-40


Soichi Wantanabe, Mary Washes Jesus’ Feet
April 7, 2019
Title: Overflowing with Love



Reading: Is 43:16-21 & Jn 12:1-8



March 31, 2019
Title: We Belong Together



Reading: Ps 32 & Lk 13:31-35
March 24 21, 2019
Title: Under Her Wings



Reading: Ps 91:1-4 & Lk 13:31-35

March 17, 2019
Title: Nevertheless, They Persisted



Reading: Ex 1:8-22 & 2:1-10
March 10, 2019
Title: Identity Theft



Reading: Ps 91:1-5 & Lk 4:1-13
March 3, 2019
Title: From Glory to the Daily Grind



Reading: 2 Co 3:12-4:2 & Lk 9:28-43a
February 24, 2019
Title: Freedom in Forgiveness



Reading: Ps 37:1-11, 39-40 & Lk 6:27-38
February 17, 2019
Title: Living On A Prayer



Reading: Ps 116:1-6 & Mt 6:5-15
  • February 15, 2015: 2 Kings 2: 1-12 and Mark 9:2-9 SERMON: A Sacred Moment
  • February 8, 2015: Isaiah 40: 21-31 and Mark 1: 29-39 SERMON: Ministry Matters
  • February 1, 2015: Psalm 111 and Mark 1: 21-28 SERMON: Making Christ Known
  • January 18, 2015: Isaiah 53: 1-6 and John 1: 1-13 SERMON: Where Would We Go?
  • December 28, 2014: Luke 2: 22-40 SERMON: Favored by God
  • November 23, 2014: Matthew 25: 31-46 SERMON: When Did We See You Hungry?
  • November 16, 2014: Matthew 25: 14-30 SERMON: Hidden Talents
  • November 9, 2014: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 and Matthew 25: 1-13 SERMON: Too Wise to be Foolish
  • November 2, 2014: Matthew 23: 1-12 SERMON: Keeping Up Appearances Guest preacher: Rev. Nancy Kuhns
  • October 26, 2014: Matthew 22: 34-46 SERMON: Loving God and Why It Matters
  • October 19, 2014: Matthew 22: 15-22 SERMON: What Belongs to God?
  • October 12, 2014: Mark 12: 41-44 SERMON: Practicing Gratitude
  • September 21, 2014: Philippians 1: 21-30; Matthew 20: 1-16 SERMON: Surprised by Grace!
  • September 7, 2014: Romans 13: 8-14; Matthew 18: 15-20 SERMON: >We Are What We Wear
  • August 31, 2014: Exodus 3: 1-15 SERMON: Divine Interruptions
  • August 24, 2014: Romans 12: 1-8, Matthew 16: 13-20 SERMON: Who Do You Say I Am?
  • August 17, 2014: Matthew 15: 21-28 MESSAGE: Monologue:Crumbs from the Table
  • August 10, 2014: Matthew 14: 22-33 SERMON: That Sinking Feeling
  • August 3, 2014: Matthew 14: 13-21 SERMON: Blessed, Broken, Given for Service
  • July 27, 2014: Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 SERMON: Three Parables: The Mustard Seed, Yeast, Treasures New and Old