Beverly Dempsey

Red Letter Jesus Matthew 10: 24-39, 40-42  I don’t know how it is for you, but there are some sections of scripture that don’t sit right with me. Some are circuitous and trending toward incomprehensible; a few just rub me the wrong way; there are those that set the bar so high that I’ve concluded that they’re metaphor for somethingRead More →

Trinity Sunday Genesis 1:1–2a and Matthew 28:11–20 Something you don’t know about Molly Williams and her family is that they helped to form a new faith community in their old hometown of Warner Robins, GA. First Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins is set in middle Georgia. Most of its members are up in age. It’s a dwindling congregation by now,Read More →

Pentecost Sunday “Inspired Voices” Numbers 11: 24-30; Acts 2:1-21   Well, those of you who work or live downtown know that the DC Farmers’ Markets are in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are a big hit for everybody in Washington. At least the Foggy Bottom one supports Miriam’s Kitchen. You probably know from the bulletin announcements, if not from your ownRead More →

Letting Go Ps 31, Acts 7: 55-60 and Jn 14: 1-14 People who have the ability to forgive are among the happiest people I know. Maybe not able to be reconciled to a person they once loved, they are nevertheless freed from their burden of anger, hostility, maybe even a little senseless self-righteousness, so that they’re able to move onRead More →

What Makes a Home Psalm 23, Acts 2:42–47 and John 10:1–10   A Seminary friend of mine came home from the Holy Lands yesterday. She’s been in Palestine and Israel for a couple of weeks with a Presbyterian group called Mosaic of Peace. While there, they experienced the stories of the people and discerned how God is calling the churchRead More →

My Lord! Jeremiah 31:1–6; Psalm118; John 20:1–18 My Lord, what a morning. Christ has risen, indeed! Actually, it’s been quite a week: a holy week. We began last Sunday with a parade of palms in celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Thursday, we broke bread together in the manner of Jesus and his disciples on the night of hisRead More →

“Faith Journey” Ezek 37:1-14; Ps 130; Jn 11;1-45 Well, this morning, I want to tell you a little something about a man named Sam Mockbee. Sam was a professor from the Auburn School of Architecture who knew God’s creative purpose for his life far more deeply than most of us can begin to imagine for our own. The story I’mRead More →

“Dare We Hope” Ex 17: 1-7 and John 4: 5-42 This past Friday, I was glad to attend our denomination’s Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day. I saw many familiar faces – familiar to me from my work within the denomination, and familiar to this congregation, too. The opening worship was led by J Herbert Nelson, who confirmed that heRead More →

“Be Kind to One Another” Psalm 119, Lev 19: 1-2, 11-19 and Matthew 5: 38-48   Since mid-January when we heard two of the stories of Jesus’ baptism, we’ve been worshiping in Ordinary Time. As you know, Ordinary is not “ordinary” at all. This relatively few number of weeks between Jesus’ baptism and the start of Lent, like Jesus’ shortRead More →

“Thank God” Psalm 119: 1-8, Deut. 30: 15-20 and Mt 5: 21-37   These last few weeks and through next Sunday, we’re studying the 5th Chapter of Matthew and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Two weeks ago, JC’s sermon focused on the Beatitudes and our blessing from God. Last Sunday, Scott and the Miriam’s Kitchen staff reminded us that weRead More →