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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis (50:15-21); Matthew 18:21-35 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity September 17, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. Near the end of last Sunday’s sermon I shared a quote from Lewis Smedes, author of Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve. “God heals our […]


Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Romans (12:1-21) 13:8-14 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; September 10, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. The past two weeks we have been on a journey with Jesus and his disciples that asks who Jesus is and what are the implications of that answer. We […]


Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 16:21-28 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; September 3, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. I find it a bit serendipitous that today’s Gospel reading falls on this particular weekend. In our country we hold up two events. One is Labor Day when we hold […]


Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 16:13-20; Romans 12:1-8 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; August 27, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. There are truths that appear in Christian writing, preaching, and teaching that are derived from Scripture. One partly derived from today’s epistle to the Romans is “No person […]


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 15:21-28; Isaiah 56:1-8 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; August 20, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor     I. There are a number of sayings that have much to say for them. A very popular one that is so is “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”. I […]


Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; August 13, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. There was a hymn that marked the end of every Billy Graham Crusade.  It is number 592 in the ELW, “Just As I Am”.  The second verse declares, “Just as I am, […]


Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 14:13-21 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; August 6, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. Before Jesus there were miraculous feedings.  The one on the grandest scale and perhaps the most memorable was multiyear provision of Manna provided by God to the Hebrews who had […]


Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 8:26-39 Reformation 500 Picnic Service Keezletown UMC, St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity July 30, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. After leaving the U.S. Navy eventually an opportunity to participate in a year Clinical Pastoral Education internship at a state psychiatric hospital. We had […]


Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; July 23, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. Time and time again the Bible lessons have passages that remind me it is a good thing God is God and I am not. This morning’s Gospel lesson of […]


Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 13:1-23 St. Jacob’s (Spaders), Trinity; July 9, 2017 Rev. Kirk Shipley, Interim Pastor   I. Jesus has a number of titles. We probably utilize Lord or Savior the most. Jesus disciples addressed him most often as Rabbi or Teacher. Many people when they think of […]