Robert Keefer joined PCM on June 1, 2013.  "Pastor Bob" received his BA degree from Dartmouth College on June 10, 1979, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  His major course of study was Spanish Language and Literature.  He received his Master of Divinity on June 2, 1982 from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Union Ins...titute and University on July 31, 2006.  Bob enjoys singing, acting, and running as some of his main recreational activities. More
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Prayers from June 9

At worship Sunday we were asked to remember the following in prayer: - for Pastor Bob's sister-in-law Denise Keefer and her family, on the death of Denise's father - for Gay Emry, whose mother passed away this week Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayers. 
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Sermon for Pentecost: The Spirit Is Here

  The Spirit Is Here The Day of Pentecost; June 9, 2019 Acts 2:1-21 and John 14:8-17 Well, that was exciting: tongues of fire, the sound of the rush of a violent wind, people speaking in unknown languages. People can get really hyped on things that are flashy and give that sort of adrenaline rush. We Christians pretty regularly pray, "Come, Ho...
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Sermon for Ascension: Meanwhile

Meanwhile Ascension Sunday; June 2, 2019 Acts 1:1-11 You and I spend a lot of our lives waiting for something to happen. And sometimes what we wait for we would prefer to hold off as long as possible; I'm thinking about mortality this week. Two of our folks are in hospice care, and our sister Ruth died on Friday. And we had another mass shooting in...
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Ruth Cook

Ruth Cook died early the morning of Friday, May 31. Visitation Sunday afternoon (June 2), 2:00 to 5:00 at the Church; funeral Monday June 3 at 11:00 am, also at the Church. 
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Omaha Gives!

Omaha Gives! is May 22. I've scheduled my donation to PCM; how about you? https://www.omahagives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=overview&fwID=1580
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Sermon for Easter V

"When they heard this…" Easter V; May 19, 2019 Presbyterian Heritage Sunday Acts 11:1-18 This today isn't going to be a sermon, properly speaking. Instead, I'm going to talk about a few things prompted by receiving a new member today and by today being Presbyterian Heritage Sunday. I'll touch on today's Scriptures for each of them, but I won't dign...
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Andrea Sherman

Andrea Sherman arrangements: Visitation Saturday June 8, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Church. Memorial Service Sunday, June 9, 11:30 am at the Church.So that means on Pentecost we will have our morning celebration of Word and Sacrament at 9:30, pause for a bit, then celebrate the Resurrection and remember Andrea. Lunch will follow in Fellowship Hall.  
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Sermon for Confirmation Sunday

The Shepherd Knows You Easter IV; May 12, 2019 John 10:22-30 There is a lot happening today, and all of it contributes to our experience of the Word, so I will keep these words brief. Two of our young people are professing their faith and being baptized today, and another is professing for herself the faith into which she was baptized. Although the...
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Easter III: How Do We Know It's the Lord?

How Do We Know It's the Lord? Easter III; May 5, 2019 John 21:1-14 When people see a patch of mold on the side of their refrigerator and claim that it is, miraculously, the face of Jesus, I wonder how they know. I mean, how do they know that it's Jesus and not Caesar Augustus or maybe Xena Warrior Princess? Jesus' closest associates – the Apostles ...
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Easter II: Believing Is Seeing



Believing Is Seeing Easter II; April 28, 2019 John 20:19-31 Those who study such things have said that the age we are living in is very much like the age of the Apostles and the generations immediately after. We are seeing the crumbling of social institutions and the growth of inter-religious conflict, very much like the first centuries A.D. So it ...
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Sermon for Easter: An Idle Tale

An Idle Tale The Resurrection of the Lord; April 21, 2019 Luke 24:1-12 Peter went to check it out. The others waited, skeptical of what the women told them. Typical, right? Some women come with a remarkable story and the men don't believe them; they call it "an idle tale." But Peter interests me; Peter checked it out. I realized that that's pretty ...
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Holy Week

Here is a reminder of this week's events commemorating the Great Three Days of Holy Week:   Thursday, April 18, 6:00 pm: Maundy Thursday "Soup and Pie" and communion; Fellowship Hall   Friday, April 19, noon: Service of the Passion; Chapel   Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm: Taize Prayer Around the Cross; Sanctuary   Sunday, April 21, ...
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Lent V: For the day of my burial





"For the day of my burial" Lent V; April 7, 2019 John 12:1-8 ​Tau Cross & Passion Cross People have different reactions to perfume and to perfumed oils. As a singer, I tend to run away from a strong dose of perfume or men's cologne, because it makes it hard to sing. But I love the smell of incense in church, or of olive oil prepared for anointi...
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Lent IV: This Pilgrimage



This Pilgrimage Lent IV; March 31, 2019 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 My theme today is "pilgrimage." I'll tell you why in a bit. So the sermon is more a series of stories and images with that central theme than it is a coherent message. Perhaps the Holy Spirit's will this week is for me to tell you those stories and thoughts and let the question at the end ...
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Lent III: Who Needs to Repent?

Who Needs to Repent? Lent III; March 24, 2019 Luke 13:1-9 The question is, "Who needs to repent?" The answer is: I do. You do. Amen. No, the Lord's not letting us off that easy. The three pieces of today's story from the Gospel of Luke will do very nicely to elaborate on the question and its answer, and the prophecy in Isaiah (55:1-9) will do very ...
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Ways to Help with Flood Relief

  Download PDF File Here There are several ways you can help with flood relief through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Our Presbytery is staging clean-up buckets and supplies; a press release is attached. You can follow this link to purchase supplies and have them shipped to First Church Omaha:  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/l...
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Lent II: To See What Others Don't



To See What Others Don't Lent II; March 17, 2019 Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 This picture is from the 1989 Batman movie and shows the Gotham City skyline. Here's what I want to call to your attention: the tallest building in Gotham City is the Cathedral; it towers over the city. Anton Furst's design is of a city where loyalty to God is designed to be pr...
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Lent I: Time to Focus

Time to Focus Lent I; March 10, 2019 Luke 4:1-13 Your Worship Design Group has decided this Lent that we should focus on the Cross in its various forms. For years we have had a wonderful selection of crosses hanging in the front of our Sanctuary during Lent, but in the years I have been here we've never talked about them. This year we'll tell you a...
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Ash Wednesday: An Acceptable Fast

An Acceptable Fast Ash Wednesday; March 6, 2019 Isaiah 58:1-12 Ash Wednesday is a day to be disturbed, at least a little. So that I should read from the prophet Isaiah some words that start out, "Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins" is not so surprising. After all, we pay attention to two things today, both of th...
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Sermon from February 24: Undoing Duality


Undoing Duality Epiphany VII; February 24, 2019 Genesis 2:18-25 In June 2016 a circuit court judge in Multnomah County, Oregon decreed that legally Jamie Shupe was neither male nor female, but non-binary. Jamie's birth certificate was changed appropriately and Jamie uses the pronoun "they," not "he" nor "she." [1] I first heard about Jamie on a pod...
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