“Giving is Healing”

1 Thes. 5:13-25 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith November 19, 2017 – Thanksgiving Sunday The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  1Thes. 5:13-25 (NRSV) Be at peace among yourselves.  And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, … Continue reading “Giving is Healing”

“Heart-to-Heart (Recognition Energy)”

Joshua 24:14-16 (MSG); Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith November 12, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Joshua 24:14-16 (MSG) “So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped on the far side of The River (the Euphrates) and in Egypt. You, worship God. “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land … Continue reading “Heart-to-Heart (Recognition Energy)”

“Communion of Saints”

South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith November 5, 2017 – All SaintsDay The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Matthew 23:1-12 (MSG) Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer. “Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by … Continue reading “Communion of Saints”

“A Story of the Church”

In my absence, South’s Associate Pastor, the Reverend Katrina Hebb, preached the following for Reformation Sunday. October 29, 2017 South and New Life Rev. Katrina Hebb 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Ephesians 2:4-10 A story of the Church Theme: The church is constantly changing; What reform is needed today? Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places … Continue reading “A Story of the Church”

“A.S.A.P. – Always Say a Prayer”

Exodus 33:17-23 (NRSV); Matthew 6:7-18 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – October 22, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Exodus 33:17-23 (NRSV)  The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And [God] said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, … Continue reading “A.S.A.P. – Always Say a Prayer”

“Think About Such Things”

Isa. 25:1-4; Phil. 4:4-9 (NIV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – October 15, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Isaiah 25:1-4 (NIV) Lord, you are my God;  I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. 2 You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. 3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you; cities of ruthless nations will revere you. 4 You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter … Continue reading “Think About Such Things”

“The Third Way”

Mt. 21:28-32 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – October 1, 2017 Peacemaking / World Communion Sunday – Welcoming New Members The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift   Matthew 21:28-32 (MSG) “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’ “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went. “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went. “Which of … Continue reading “The Third Way”