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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Pray for Marla

​We received a phone request for this Prayer Line: Marla asks for prayer; she is experiencing pain and difficulty after recent surgery. Please pray for her healing, peace of mind, and for the well-being of her young son. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayers.
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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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Week of April 21

​This Resurrection Sunday, there were these requests for the Prayer Line this week: - (from many) for Ruth Cook and family - (from Dan Graham) for the worshiping congregation of Notre Dame de Paris, and for their clergy - for Deline Faris' friend Edna, in critical condition after emergency surgery - (from Melisa) for Mary Kate and her continue...
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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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Women's Retreat

 The Women's Retreat for February 24 is also called off. Watch for news about a possible new date.
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Thank you

The offering from our "Christmas Card" this year went to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. Follow this link for a message of thanks: http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/thanks/church.html  
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Sermon from February 10: The Soul of Jonathan

The Soul of Jonathan Epiphany V; February 10, 2019 I Samuel 18:1-9 I'm going to tell you the story of the biblical character of Jonathan and I have struggled with the conclusion to draw from it. As usual, I prefer to tell the story and encourage you to draw your own conclusions. But I need to put it in context for us; that is, why this story and wh...
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Sermon for February 3: Hagar's Way

Hagar's Way Epiphany IV; February 3, 2019 Genesis 21:8-21 I don't know if Hagar's story really figures into this series on sexuality and gender as much as I want it to, but her story is an important one and I want you to know it. Like Abishag's story, her story is of a woman who is used as a tool, and it is certainly instructive. But what I admire ...
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Reminder: Policy on Closing

It is the policy of our Session to determine weather-related closings by the actions of Omaha Public Schools. When OPS is closed because of potentially hazardous travel conditions (snow, ice, etc.) then our office is closed and all events of that day are canceled. If, however, OPS closes because it's too cold for kids to wait for the bus, then...
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Sermon for January 27 - Abishag: #MeToo

Abishag: #MeToo Epiphany III; January 27, 2019 I Kings 1:1-4 I'm going to tell you the story of Abishag the Shunammite, but first I'll give you my commentary. As I mentioned last week, I'm going to do a few sermons on topics related to questions of gender and sexuality. But I also realize that the most memorable sermons are the stories of people. S...
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Sermon for January 20 - Marriage & Jesus' Glory

Marriage and Jesus' Glory Epiphany II; January 20, 2019 John 2:1-11 Our Session appointed a group of folks who are exploring the question of whether we, as a Church, ought to become part of the More Light movement in the Presbyterian Church. More Light Presbyterians are Christians who are committed to inclusiveness, particularly (but not exclusivel...
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Sermon for January 13: The Facade of the Passion



The Façade of the Passion The Baptism of the Lord; January 13, 2019 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Last Sunday we went to the International Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Family (Sagrada Família) in Barcelona. It was a Roman Catholic Mass, but it was international in the sense that the liturgy was in Latin (the international language), and the readings, pra...
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