“Greater Then Our Worried Hearts”

1 Jn 3:16-24 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith April 22, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  1 John 3:16-24 The Message (MSG) 16-17 This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. 18-20 My dear children, let’s … Continue reading “Greater Then Our Worried Hearts”

“Pretty Is as Pretty Does”

1 John 3:1-8 The Message (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith April 15, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  1 John 3:1-8 The Message (MSG) What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ … Continue reading “Pretty Is as Pretty Does”

“Here We Are, Lord”

Jer. 1:5-10a (NRSV), Luke 5:1-6 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church Ordination & Installation of Deacons and Elders April 8, 1018 – 5 PM in the Chapel of Twelve Corners Presbyterian Curch The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Jer. 1:5-10a (NRSV) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to … Continue reading “Here We Are, Lord”

“The Benefit of the Doubt”

Jn 20:24-29 (VOICE) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith April 8, 1018  The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  John 20:24-29 (VOICE)  24 All of the eleven were present with the exception of Thomas. 25 He heard the accounts of each brother’s interaction with the Lord. The Other Disciples (CHOIR): We have seen the Lord! Thomas (ALL): Until I see His hands, feel the wounds of the nails, and put my hand to His side, I won’t believe what you are saying. 26 Eight days later, they gathered again behind locked doors; and Jesus reappeared. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus: May each one of you be at peace. … Continue reading “The Benefit of the Doubt”

“Crossed Purposes”

Jn 20:1-18 (NIV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith April 1, 1018 – Easter Sunday The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  John 20:1-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple … Continue reading “Crossed Purposes”

“When the Cheering Stops”

Mt. 21:1-11 (VOICE) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith March 25, 1018 – Palm Sunday The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Mt. 21:1-11 21 Jesus, the disciples, and the great crowds were heading toward Jerusalem when they came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus stopped and beckoned to two of the disciples. Jesus: 2 Go to the village over there. There you’ll find a donkey tied to a post and a foal beside it. Untie them and bring them to Me. 3 If anyone tries to stop you, then tell him, “The Master needs these,” and he will send the donkey and foal immediately. 4 He sent … Continue reading “When the Cheering Stops”

“Don’t Get Sidetracked”

Selections from Genesis 6, 7, and 8 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith March 18, 1018 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift selections from Genesis 6, 7, and 8 (MSG) God saw that human evil was out of control. But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah. This is the story of Noah: … a good man, a man of integrity in his community. Noah walked with God. God said to Noah, “It’s all over. It’s the end of the human race. The violence is everywhere; I’m making a clean sweep. Build yourself a ship from teakwood. Make rooms in it. Coat … Continue reading “Don’t Get Sidetracked”