“How do We Know?”

Luke 2:22-40 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith December 31, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Luke 2:22-40The Message (MSG) Let us read together about how the parents dedicated Jesus in the Temple. 22-24 Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, [Mary and Joseph] took [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God’s Law: … and also to sacrifice the “pair of doves or two young pigeons” prescribed in God’s Law.   25-32 In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived … Continue reading “How do We Know?”

“What’s in it for Us?”

Luke 2:8-20 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith December 24, 2017 – Advent 4 – Christmas Sunday The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  An Event for Everyone 8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look … Continue reading “What’s in it for Us?”

“Joy v. Happiness”

John 1:6-14 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith December 17, 2017 – Advent 3 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  John 1:6-14 (NRSV)  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.   He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his … Continue reading “Joy v. Happiness”

“R&R: Restoration & Realignment”

Mark 1:1-8 (NIV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith December 10, 2017 – Advent 2 – Healing The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Mark 1:1-8 (NIV)  The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” And so, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all … Continue reading “R&R: Restoration & Realignment”

“The Case for Chaos”

Mark 13:24-27..2-37 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith December 3, 2017 – Advent 1 – Communion The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift Mark 13:24-27, 32-37 (MSG)  “Following those hard times, Sun will fade out, moon cloud over, Stars fall out of the sky, cosmic powers tremble.  “And then they’ll see the Son of Man enter in grand style, his Arrival filling the sky—no one will miss it! He’ll dispatch the angels; they will pull in the chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole. …  “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, … Continue reading “The Case for Chaos”

“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)”