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Pastoral Prayer 11-6-16

  Dear Father whom we dare to call Ours, we know that election is about choosing.   We have many examples in Scripture of your choosing individuals like Abraham and Joseph and Elijah and Elisha, and Samuel and Solomon, and David, and Joseph and Mary, and Peter and Paul and...

Religion and Politics

Scripture:  John 14:1-11 . INTRODUCTION:  I’m afraid I have to start with a disclaimer: Some weeks ago, Pastor Roger Osgood sent me an email saying he would be out of town today, two days before the presidential election, and he wondered if I would preach on Politics and Religion. ...

Pastoral Prayer 4-24-16

Lord, Friday was Earth Day. We only really saw this earth that you have made fully illuminated by the sun and in a color photograph taken by an Apollo 17 astronaut on his way to the moon in 1972.  That blue marble photograph turned out to be the most...

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December 12, 2016 |

Advent Study

Here is the link for the Second Week of Advent Studies, presented on December 11, 2016 and pertaining to chapters 2 and 3 of Walter Brueggemann’s book Names for the Messiah. If you can’t get to the PowerPoint through this link, please let me know by emailing joe.laguardia@gmail.com.  Here is the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz0eis-7BEYva1BZNjdQcTUxb0k/view?usp=sharing. Thanks for participating in this year’s Advent Study at Heights Christian Church.  May your last two weeks of Advent be filled with insights, blessings, and joy.   Joe...

December 3, 2016 |

Advent Study PowerPoint for December 4, 2016

Friends, I don’t know how to upload a PowerPoint presentation to Word Press, but I think  you can get to it on Google Drive, by clicking on this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz0eis-7BEYvZkhRc0RPUjdLRkk/view?usp=sharing. See if it works!  I’ll try to remember to add the other two weeks after I present them. Have a great Advent and Christmas season! Joe...

April 3, 2015 |

It Is Finished–Good Friday 2015

Seventh Last Word: “It Is Finished” (John 19:30) Presented at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 I had the privilege, the honor and the great sadness of being present at the deaths of both my mother and father. They did not die in a hospital or suddenly. They died at home, in bed. I suppose it is a common inclination to dwell on their last words.   We remember last words. My three siblings and I have agreed that Dad’s last words were: “Get some rest.” He apparently felt we were taxing ourselves hovering around his bed. And my mother’s? The ones I remember the best as she...

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