“Branding: What Does Yours Say?”

John 14:15-21 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – May 21, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift John 14:15-21 15-17 “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! 18-20 “I will not … Continue reading “Branding: What Does Yours Say?”

“Who do You Say that I Am?”

Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – May 14, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Mark 8:27-29 (NRSV) 27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”   Well, this is quite a day of celebration here, isn’t it? Mother’s Day AND a commencement celebration all … Continue reading “Who do You Say that I Am?”

“Acts + Faith = Acts of Faith”

Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – May 7, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV) This reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles is sometimes called Life Among the Believers. Let us read together what Luke has written. 42 They (the early believers) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute … Continue reading “Acts + Faith = Acts of Faith”

“Walking Partners”

Luke 24:13-32 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – April 30, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Luke 24:13-32 (MSG) 13-16 That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. 17-18 He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?” They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their … Continue reading “Walking Partners”

“Just ask for the Mayo”

John 20:19-28 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – April 23, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Just to recap from last week … we left off with: 18 Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.  And now, to continue with our story … 19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. 20-21 The … Continue reading “Just ask for the Mayo”

“Holding On for Dear Life”

Matthew 28:1-10 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Matthew 28:1-10The Message (MSG) Risen from the Dead 28 1-4 After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at … Continue reading “Holding On for Dear Life”

“Transformation of the Crowd”

Matthew 21:1-11 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Matthew 21:1-11The Message (MSG) The Royal Welcome 21 1-3 When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.” 4-5 This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet: … Continue reading “Transformation of the Crowd”