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Robert Keefer

Sermon from August 25: Wonderful Things

Wonderful Things Pentecost XI (O. T. 21); August 25, 2019 Luke 13:10-17 Last week I read to you about Jesus calling some folks hypocrites; now he's doing it again. And the hypocrisy Jesus points to is very like what we talked about two weeks ago: when the actions of religious people don't match our words. Let's be clear what's going on here. It is ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for August 18: The Present Time

The Present Time Pentecost X (O. T. 20); August 18, 2019 Luke 12:49-56 I think all the stories and songs that portray Jesus as a sweet, mild-mannered, quiet guy ignore this story. Well, they ignore a lot of stories, but this one is particularly tough. And it goes to the heart of a deep pain we have in the Church and in American society. When I was ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from August 11: Seek Justice

Seek Justice Pentecost IX (O. T. 19); August 11, 2019 Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 I'm going to elaborate briefly, and will try to be simple, clear, and measured, but the summary of today's message is this: anyone who says that politics does not belong in Church is denying the Bible. I would love to get down-and-dirty with this harsh, beautiful, and stirring ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for August 4: God to Us Fools

​I made my commentary about the mass shootings over the weekend during our prayer request time, and so that is not included in this sermon. God to Us Fools Pentecost VIII (O. T. 18) August 4, 2019 Hosea 11:1-11 Hebrew prophets were strange. They would not fit comfortably into our nice, suburban, middle class environment. We love to read their poetr...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for July 28: Let Me Hear God

Let Me Hear God Pentecost VII (O. T. 17) July 28, 2019 Psalm 85 This is a beautiful poem in which the poet cries out to God: Restore us! Revive us again! It made me wonder what was going on to prompt it. Well, let's recap a bit. First the poet reminds God that God has been forgiving in the past. Remember, Lord, how you forgave us before? When you w...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for July 7: Our Names are Written

Our Names are Written Pentecost IV (O. T. 14); July 7, 2019 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 When I'm putting together our worship for the Lord's Day, I look for psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that go well with the Scripture for the day. Our hymnal has an index that gives guidance in doing that, so it's often easy to find things we can sing that echo the me...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for June 30: Do or Do Not


  Do or Do Not Pentecost III (O. T. 13) June 30, 2019 Luke 9:51-62 Two weeks ago we got to witness the baptism of R. A. F. [1] . Kathleen, my Aunt Esther, and niece Patty worshiped at the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head, as has become our Sunday custom when vacationing there. And the service included a baptism. As strangers, we didn't...
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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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Robert Keefer

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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