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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Celebration & Gift for Pastor Sara

As we give thanks for the ministry of Sara Tonje, two invitations for you: 1. On Sunday, December 23 after the 10:30 service we will have a soup dinner (as she likes!). Please stay to wish her well. 2. You may contribute to a joint farewell gift. If you would like to participate, get your money to Diana Coleman in the church office by Sunday, Decem...
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Sermon from Advent II: John to the Church

  John to the Church Advent II; December 9, 2018 Luke 3:1-6 To the reader: The "new reality" referred to at the beginning is the letter we all received this week from our Associate Pastor that she has decided to move on. Please pray for her as she discerns God's call to her. On the Second Sunday of Advent we almost always look at John the Bapt...
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Prayers from Sunday

​From December 9, we have 2 requests for the people's ongoing prayers this week: - for our brother Doug Swartz-Brown, recovering from surgery - for a friend named Sharon, recently diagnosed with cancer, for "healing, strong faith in you, and courage to never give up." Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayers.
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Called Congregational Meeting

The Session of Presbyterian Church of the Master has called a special meeting of the congregation for Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 12:00 noon in the Sanctuary. The purpose of the meeting is to consider Rev. Sara Tonje's request to dissolve her pastoral relationship with this Church. 
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Sermon for Advent I - December 2

Hard Talk About the End Advent I; December 2, 2018 Luke 21:25-36 I don't know how much you folks are into popular Christianity, what connections these words of Jesus make for you. Fans of the "Left Behind" series of books and movies will have a preconception of what this is about. The makers of the (in my opinion) really awful movie This is the End...
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Sermon for November 25: Thankful for the King

Thankful for the King Christ the King; November 25, 2018 Revelation 1:4b-8 "…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth." Pretty strong words about an executed carpenter, don't you think? Still, today is Christ the King, a day to look at that executed carpenter and call him King, ...
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Sermon from November 25 - Hebrews 10:19-25



"Since we… Let us…" Pentecost XXVI (O. T. 33); November 18, 2018 Hebrews 10:19-25 One sermon that I heard as a young adult still sticks in my head because it annoyed me so much. It consisted of about twenty minutes of "We must" statements. That was forty years ago, so I don't remember what any of them were, but I just remember our Pastor saying "We...
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Sermon from November 11: A Matter of Context

​This brief message was followed by a presentation from a member of Gideons International, who told about the impact of their Bibles and the opportunities for those who may feel called to be part of their ministry. A Matter of Context Pentecost XXV (O. T. 32); November 11, 2018 Hebrews 9:24-28 I thought of calling this message, "Say what?" because ...
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Sermon from All Saints: The Pain of a New Start

The Pain of a New Start All Saints Sunday; November 4, 2018 John 11:32-44 Last Sunday I asked you to share with one another and with me your thoughts about what you hope for in Christ. After the service, one of you said to me, "I hope in Christ." And I asked, "What do you hope for?" You said, "Resurrection!" Yes. Although every Sunday we celebrate ...
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Sermon from October 28: What More Do We Need?

  What More Do We Need? Reformation Sunday (O. T. 30); October 28, 2018 Hebrews 7:23-28 There is, on the one hand, the abrogation of an earlier commandment because it was weak and ineffectual (for the law made nothing perfect); there is, on the other hand, the introduction of a better hope, through which we approach God (Hebrews 7:18-19). I do...
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Sermon from October 7: It Simply Flows

It Simply Flows World Communion Sunday (O. T. 27); October 7, 2018 II Corinthians 8:1-7 Note: I read II Corinthians 8:1-7 from Eugene Peterson's Translation, The Message , and the title comes from that version. The other reading for the morning was I Corinthians 10:16-17. Some of you said that you were struggling to find the connection between toda...
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Adopted Family

Here is the list of items needed for our family adopted from the Yale Park Apartments:  Bedrooms:  3 - full size bed sheets;  10 - pillow cases;  2- dressers;  Kitchen:  Tupperware (various sizes);  Aluminum foil;  Plastic storage bags (quart size, gallon size);  Trash can;  Bathroom:  First ai...
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Sermon from September 30: One Blood, One Spirit

One Blood, One Spirit Pentecost XIX (O. T. 26); September 30, 2018 John 17:20-23 with Mark 8:1-9 This is the last week in our series "A Place at the Table;" today's theme is "Extending the Table," and the part of the communion prayer that we focus on is the second idea in the prayer for the Holy Spirit: we pray for the Holy Spirit to make us one. T...
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Sermon from September 23: One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body Pentecost XVIII (O. T. 25); September 23, 2018 Mark 6:34-44 Two different but related ideas are pulling on us today and I'll simply riff on both of them for a few minutes. Both are captured in that moment when Jesus takes the bread and blesses it before distributing it to the people seated on the grass. He blesses the bread. Hav...
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Sermon for September 16: Table Manners

Table Manners Pentecost XVII (O. T. 24) Luke 14:12-15 Jesus had terrible table manners. I want to tell you a little more about the story you just heard and then we can see if you agree with me. Jesus was a dinner guest at the home of one of the leaders of the group known as Pharisees, strict keepers of the religious law. Luke says that the others w...
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Hurricane Florence Relief

If you would like to read about relief work for Hurricane Florence or see how you can help (GAP: Give Act Pray), then visit pda.pcusa.org (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance).
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Sermon from September 9: A Place at Jesus' Table

A Place at Jesus' Table Pentecost XVI (O. T. 23); September 9, 2018 John 14:1-4 My colleague told me a story that has aspects that really bothered me at the time, and still bother me today, but I'm telling that part of my head to shut up and listen for a deeper point. He said that one Sunday they were having communion in his church and they had a g...
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Sermon for September 2: Jonah

  Bible by Request: Jonah Pentecost XV (O. T. 22); September 2, 2018 Jonah 2:1-10 Jonah is, to my mind, one of the funniest (if not the funniest) stories in the Bible. Everything about it is overdone; it is filled with exaggeration and irony, and God constantly teases the prophet. I remember my pastor – when I was a teenager – suggesting that ...
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Sermon for August 26: Stephen

Bible by Request: Stephen Pentecost XIV (O. T. 21); August 26, 2018 Acts 6:8-15 Here's where most of us encounter Stephen: Good King Wenceslaus looked out On the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about, Deep and crisp and even… The "Feast of Stephen" is the 26 th of December, and so we've made this song one of our Christmas carols. In the y...
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Sermon from August 19: Esther

  Bible by Request: Esther Pentecost XIII (O. T. 20) Esther 4:12-16 This week I found myself wishing that there were more stories in the Bible of folks who just tried to get through life quietly, raising their children and paying their bills, doing their best to serve God and to love their neighbors. All these folks in the Bible are such heroe...
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