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
Robert Keefer

About Good Friday 2016

Good Friday 2016 Let me tell you a little about worship on Good Friday, March 25. Most folks of our church are familiar with our Good Friday evening tradition of Taizé-style worship. Taizé is a community in France, originally Reformed but now ecumenical. Their worship is a combination of chant, Scripture, and silence. Our Ash Wednesday service was ...
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Steier Group Report

The Steier Group completed its planning study with us; in my recent Building Blog I gave you a summary of it. Here is the complete report. pdf File Name: Planning-Study-Final-General-Report---Presbyterian-Church-of-the-Master.pdf File Size: 1.2 mb Download File
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog

​ Pastor Bob's Building Blog March 12, 2016 Thank you to all who participated in the recent planning study conducted at Presbyterian Church of the Master. We received a wonderful response, feedback that is extremely beneficial as we look to the future of our church. Representatives with our consulting firm, the Steier Group, reported their findings...
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Sermon for March 6: A Mind for God

​ A Mind for God SERMON SERIES: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD Lent IV; March 6, 2016 Psalm 119:33-40 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) I'll be honest with you: to be a person of God is hard. No, I don't mean...
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Sermon for February 28: Strong in and for the Lord

​ Strong in and for the Lord SERMON SERIES: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD Lent III; February 28, 2016 Ephesians 6:10-17 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) I spent some time on the Power Team's website, lookin...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - February 25, 2016

We are in the midst of our planning study now, to gauge the support for our building plans and to make a reasonable goal for fund-raising and construction. If you have not yet participated, you may: - Fill out and return the survey you received in the mail - Go online and complete it: go to www.steiergroup.com , select "Client Login" on the upper r...
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Sermon for February 21: Bless the Lord, O my Soul

"Bless the Lord, O my soul." SERMON SERIES: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD Lent II; February 21, 2016 Psalm 103 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) My usual morning walking route with my dogs is down the hill f...
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Sermon for February 7: Hallelujah, Anyhow

Robert Keefer - Hallelujah, Anyhow

​ Hallelujah, Anyhow Transfiguration; February 7, 2016 Habakkuk 3 When I was a young minister on the staff of my seminary, I was often called on to lead the communion service in our chapel. I would do the communion and one of our students would preach the sermon. One preacher who stands out for me was a young woman studying to be a minister in the ...
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Sermon for January 31: Blessed Silence

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​ Blessed Silence Epiphany/Ordinary Time IV; January 31, 2016 Habakkuk 2:6-20 As you probably know, I am still officially an Iowan, so I must go to my precinct caucus tomorrow night and express my preference for who should represent my party in the next presidential election. You too will have your chance; the Nebraska caucuses are on Saturday, Mar...
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Sermon for January 24 - The Righteous Live by Their Faith

Robert Keefer - The Righteous Live by Their Faith

"The righteous live by their faith." Epiphany/Ordinary Time III; January 24, 2016 Habakkuk 2:1-5 Last Sunday Pastor Sara invited us to think about a story or image from the Bible that is particularly important to us. I got a chance to tell mine to Vicki Meinhardt; now I'm going to tell all of you. It's from the prophet Isaiah (62:6-7): God has post...
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Sermon for January 3: Incarnate

Robert Keefer - Incarnate

​ Incarnate Epiphany (Observed); January 3, 2016 John 1:1-18 Some years ago I represented the Presbytery at a Session meeting; the Session was interviewing a member of their Church, a member who wanted their endorsement to go to seminary to study to become a minister. In the conversation, she said something that has stuck in my mind: she said to th...
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Sermon for January 10: A God You Can Quarrel With

Robert Keefer - A God You Can Quarrel With

A God You Can Quarrel With Baptism of the Lord; January 10, 2016 Habakkuk 1 Last summer at our Synod School I taught a class on the Prophet Habakkuk. It was a wonderful experience; the group struggled together around our relationship with God as the prophet struggled. I felt strongly I should take an opportunity to share with you what I learned, an...
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Prayers for Donn & family

Ann DeLashmutt asked me to post this request: I ask for continued healing prayers for Donn. Sunday (Jan. 3) will be day 17 in ICU and there are more days ahead of us. Please, Lord, wrap your arms around his team of doctors as they strive to heal him. No visitors please, just prayers. Ann DeLashmutt Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayers.
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Sermon for December 27: They Grow Up So Fast

Robert Keefer - They Grow Up So Fast

​ They Grow Up So Fast Christmas I; December 27, 2015 Luke 2:41-52 Please don't call Child Protective Services to report Joseph and Mary for negligence. They weren't really negligent. It is possible that the pilgrims didn't all start out in one group, but that the women and younger children left earlier, and the men and older boys followed. Joseph ...
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Sermon for Christmas Eve: In the Quiet

Robert Keefer - In the Quiet

In the Quiet Christmas Eve; December 24, 2015 Luke 2:1-20 This year I'm captivated by Mary's response to all the excitement: she "treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart" (v. 19). That Christmas night was noisy. I've never been present for the birth of a child, but I have to believe there's noise – at least the woman in labor doing...
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December 20: On "Messiah"

The sermon on December 20 was a performance of several sections of Part I of Handel's "Messiah." Here is the introduction I gave before we sang. On Messiah Advent IV; December 20, 2015 Text of portions of part I of Messiah Music by G. F. Handel, book compiled by Charles Jennens Messiah was composed as a piece for the theater, not for church. George...
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Sermon for December 6: The Servant of the Lord

Robert Keefer - The Servant of the Lord

​ The Servant of the Lord Advent II; December 6, 2015 Luke 1:26-38 I can't imagine Mary had any idea what she was getting herself into when she said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." She knew she was signing up for a major project: nine months of pregnancy, childbirth – both of those always risky, but ...
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Sermon for November 29: Hope is Hard

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​ Hope Is Hard Advent I; November 29, 2015 Luke 21:25-36 Is anybody else ever tempted simply to give up? To stop trying? I'll tell you about a recent Friday. It was at the conclusion of a difficult week – too many meetings, too many chores, too little rest, too little laughter. That Friday started with a series of text messages urging me to do some...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - November 20

Pastor Bob's Building Blog November 20, 2015 Your Session made three big decisions this week, all to move us forward in our building program toward the second fifty years. This message is to tell you about those decisions and to project what is coming up. The first decision was to sign a contract with Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture to provide...
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Sermon for November 15: Take Hold of Life

Robert Keefer - Take Hold of Life

​ Take Hold of Life Pentecost XXV (O. T. 33); November 15, 2015 I Timothy 6:17-19 The few wealthy people I have known were folks who were good to be around: pleasant, good conversationalists, interested in public affairs and the arts, and even humble. They didn't make a show of their wealth, but enjoyed it and also were generous with it. But I unde...
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