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The Potential of a Congregation

Rev. Dr. Warner M. Bailey Psalm 73:1–20, 2 Corinthians 4:5–15, Matthew 9:35–10:4 During these summer months, I have explored with you what it means to be a pastor and what

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The Twice Defrauded Master

Rev. Dr. Warner M. Bailey Isaiah 58.1-9a, Psalm 65.1-4; 9-13, 1 Timothy 6.6-12; 17-19, Luke 16.1-15 Who could blame the defrauded owner for firing his defrauding manager? Fire him. That

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Shout it Out, Shake it Off

The Rev. Katie Hays Luke 10:1-20 Sunday, July 3, 2022 This morning we begin in the middle, where we find a single word in our passage from Luke 10, the

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Bearing Your Scars, Rejoicing

The Rev. Dr. Warner Bailey Acts 8:26-40 June 19, 2022 If you were an ordinary traveler and you passed the tall Black man riding in comfort in a chariot reading

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A Spirited Bunch

The Rev. Dr. Lucia Kremzar Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21 Hebrew Lesson Genesis 11:1-9 1Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2And as they migrated from the east,

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Everything

The Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch Deuteronomy 34:1–12 Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5 John 14:23–29 So the first thing I have to say is that I’ve been way too busy to see the

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The Future is Now

The Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch The Future is Now Exodus 17: 1-7 Romans 12: 1-8 Luke 17: 20-21 “The future depends on what we do in the present.” —Mohandas Karamchand

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Resurrection Matters

The Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch Isaiah 11: 6 – 9, John 20:19-31 Easter Day began for me as I walked up to church to see Easton and Everett Sapp planting

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The Focus is on You!

The Rev. Dr. Warner M. Bailey Joel 2:11-14, Psalm 63.1-8, Luke 13.1-9 Acts 5.27-39 The heroic citizens of Ukraine amaze me as they resist vastly superior Russian forces from occupying

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March 2022 Mask Update

March 2022 Mask Update The session has approved the following changes consistent with our Covid-19 policy, and in consultation with health care professionals now that Tarrant County has been in

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Heart Talk

The Rev. Dr. Warner M. Bailey 2 Samuel 23:13-17 Song of Songs 8:5-7 2 Corinthians 7:2-4 John 13:1-5, 12-17 If the COVID pandemic has shown us anything, it provides compelling

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The ‘I’ in “Team”

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch I Corinthians 12: 12-31 Two weeks ago I participated in a week-long class introducing me and other clergy to co-active coaching. I’ve always thought of

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Christmas Eve 2021

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch December 24, 2021 Once again, as last year, we don’t know if we can go home for Christmas. Or at least, traveling to see loved

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Baptism into Preparation

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch November 28, 2021 Baptism of Lochlan Anthony Faron Dauphinot Luke 25: 25-36 It is a bit odd to be using Jesus’ sermon on the end

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You Say That I Am King

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch November 21, 2021 Christ the King Sunday Daniel 7: 9-14 John 18: 33-37 Over the last few decades, and for various reasons, people have come

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Redeem Our Memories

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch November 07, 2021 Ruth 3: 1-5; 4: 13-17 Matthew 5: 1-12 Modern Bethlehem is located on the other side of the wall which divides Israel

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The Right Question

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch October 17, 2021 Job 38: 1-7, Mark 10: 35-45 Our service today, Kirkin’ Sunday, starts with questions. “Whom do you seek?” “Do you seek the

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Will They Ever Learn?

By Rev. Dr. Warner Bailey October 3, 2021 Micah 6:6-8, Psalm 133-134, Romans 10:5-9, Luke 16:19-31 Our gospel lesson could have been ripped out of the pages of Dante’s Paradise

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Twenty Years Later

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch September 12, 2021 Isaiah 50: 4-9 Mark 8: 27-39 On September 11, 2001, our daughter Sara Caitlin was in Fifth Grade at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

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All Too Human Jesus

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch September 5, 2021 Mark 7: 24-37 When I was in my mid-teens, my sister and I were friends with another brother and sister down the

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Inside, Outside

By Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch August 29, 2021 James 1:17–27 Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 SILENT REFLECTION “My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my

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