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The Rev. Leslianne Braunstein Western Presbyterian Church May 24 2015   The gospel of Matthew contains five discourses – Five sermons or statements of Jesus that are distinctive. Matthew 5 through 7 is the part of the Gospel known as the Sermon on the Mount. It is Jesus’ most direct discourse on what constitutes a well-lived Christian life.   TheRead More →

Body Parts 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-26   Good morning!   Before we jump into the text, I want to offer a little bit of background on Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, since we haven’t spent much time outside of the Gospels lately. It is believed that Paul wrote this letter to the congregation in Corinth in 54 c.e., and thoughRead More →

John 15:9-17 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joyRead More →

John 15:1-8 [Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you.Read More →

1 John 3:16−24 We know love by this, [Jesus] laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, butRead More →

Awakening to Peace Luke 24: 13-48 Good morning!  Our text this morning, as you will hear, is a long story one. Though it might be familiar, I trust there will be something new to hear.  The season of Easter is a time for us to celebrate, to listen to the stories of our Scripture that tell of the resurrection andRead More →

John 20:19-31   When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then theRead More →

Life Through Resurrection John 20: 1-18 I just love the Gospel of John.  All throughout the Gospel, the Evangelist, the author of the Gospel of John, uses imagery and beautiful language to draw people in to know more deeply God’s love for the world.  And, our story today is no different.  Just in this chapter alone, the twentieth chapter ofRead More →

  John 12:20-33   Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for theRead More →

 Excellence, Not Perfection John 2: 13-22 Good morning! Today, we’re going to talk about worship – And I have to admit, I’m quite excited about it. I really love worship – I find it to be such a gift in ministry. I truly believe that gathering together in one place to join our hearts and minds in praise and worshipRead More →