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Here you can listen to Harvard-Epworth's devotionals. Find our Sunday morning services at https://www.youtube.com/c/harvardepworthchurch/videos?view=2&flow=grid

    A Season of Thanks Giving - Sermon

    A Season of Thanks Giving - Sermon

    A sermon by Katelyn Robbins.

    Hebrew Scripture                                                            Psalm 46

    God is our refuge and strength,

    a very present help in trouble.

    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea,

    though its waters roar and foam,

    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

    There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy habitation of the Most High.

    God is in the midst of the city, it shall not be moved;

    God will help it when the morning dawns.

    The nations are in an uproar; the kingdoms totter;

    God utters God’s voice; the earth melts.

    The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

    Come, behold the works of the Lord;

    see what desolations God has brought on the earth.

    God makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

    God breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

    God burns the shields with fire.

    “Be still, and know that I am God!

    I am exalted among the nations; I am exalted in the earth.”

    The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

    Epistle                                                                          Colossians 1: 11-20, adapted

    May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from Christ’s glorious power, so that you may have all endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to God, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. God has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of God’s beloved Child, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, for in Christ all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through and for Christ. Christ is before all things, and in Christ all things hold together. Christ is the head of the body, the church, and is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that Christ might come to have first place in everything. For in Christ all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Christ, God was pleased to reconcile to Godself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross.

    • 16 min
    Now and Later - Sermon

    Now and Later - Sermon

    A sermon by Grace Killian

    Gospel Lesson                                                                        Luke 6:20-31 (NRSV)

    Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

    “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

    “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.

    “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

    “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

    • 13 min
    Nevertheless She Persisted - Sermon

    Nevertheless She Persisted - Sermon

    A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay

    Gospel Lesson                                                      Luke 18:1-8 (TIV)

    Jesus told the disciples a parable on the necessity of praying always and not losing heart:

    “Once there was a judge in a certain city who feared no one—not even God.  A woman in that city who had been widowed kept coming to the judge and saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’

    For a time the judge refused, but finally the judge thought, ‘I care little for God or people, but this woman won’t leave me alone. I’d better give her the protection she seeks, or she’ll keep coming and wear me out!’”

    Jesus said, “Listen to what this corrupt judge is saying. Won’t God then do justice to the chosen who call out day and night? Will God delay long over them? I tell you, God will give them swift justice.

    “But when the Promised One comes, will faith be found anywhere on earth?”

    • 17 min
    Seeking Something Greater Than Righteousness - Sermon

    Seeking Something Greater Than Righteousness - Sermon

    A sermon by Katelyn Robbins, Ministerial Intern at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church.

    Hebrew Scripture                                                          Jeremiah 31:31-34

    The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord.

    But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:

    I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts;

    and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    No longer shall they teach one another,

    or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’,

    for they shall all know me,

    from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord;

    for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

    Gospel Lesson                                                                Luke 18:9-14

    He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

    The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’

    But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

    I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    • 20 min
    Getting to Thanks - Sermon

    Getting to Thanks - Sermon

    A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay

    HEBREW SCRIPTURE   Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 NRSV

    These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon . . .

    It said: Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.

    But seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

    GOSPEL LESSON   Luke 17:11-19 NRSV

    On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

    When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.

    Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

    • 17 min
    Digging the Chasm - Sermon

    Digging the Chasm - Sermon

    A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitchell Hay

    Gospel Lesson                                                                                      Luke 16:19-31

    Now there was a certain rich man, and he used to don a purple robe and fine linen and make merry every day in splendid fashion. And a certain destitute man by the name of Lazarus had been laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to have his hunger sated with the things falling from the rich man’s table; and instead, the dogs came and licked at his sores.

    And it happened that the poor man died and was carried off by the angels into the Vale of Abraham; but the rich man also died and was entombed. And lifting up his eyes in Hades, being in torment, he sees Abraham far off and Lazarus in his vales. And calling out he said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he might dip the tip of his finger in water and might cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame.”

    But Abraham said, “Child, remember that you received your good things during your life, and Lazarus in the same way the bad things; and now he is comforted here and you are in torment. And, besides all that, a great chasm has been firmly fixed between us and you, so that those wishing to pass to you from here cannot, nor may anyone cross over from there to here.”

    And he said, “Then I ask you, father, that you might send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers; thus he might bear witness to them, so they might not also come to this place of torment.”

    But Abraham said, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them.”

    But he said, “No, father Abraham, but if someone should go to them from the dead, they will change their hearts.”

    But he said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded even if someone should arise from the dead.”

    • 21 min

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