This Weeks Sermon


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Nov 2016

November 20, 2016 a sermon based upon I Thessalonians 5:11-18  (page 1031 in the pew Bible) by Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lance, Minister First Congregational United Church of Christ 201 South Second Ave., Alpena, Michigan 49707 Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. But we beseech you, brethren, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we exhort you,......

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30
Nov 2016

November 13, 2016 (a sermon based upon Matthew 5:14-16 & 38-48 , page 839 in the pew Bible) by Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lance, Minister First Congregational United Church of Christ 201 S. Second Ave., Alpena, Michigan 49707 “Love Thy Neighbor” is a familiar phrase in Christian churches, quoted by Jesus himself from the Old Testament in his Sermon on the Mount. Leviticus 19:18 says: “You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself, for I am the Lord your God.” Not only Judaism & Christianity, but all of the great world religions......

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30
Nov 2016

November 6, 2016 a sermon based upon Luke 19:1-10, page 912 in the pew Bible) by Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lance, Minister First Congregational United Church of Christ 201 South Second Ave., Alpena, Michigan 49707   The story of Zacchaeus is a great one for Children & Youth, because kids can connect with being short – being “crowded out” by big people, bullied because they are “littler”. It’s also a good story for playful grown-ups who would just as soon climb a tree as sit in a pew! There may be some of......

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30
Nov 2016

October 30, 2016 a sermon based upon Mark 1:9-15 (page 867 in the pew Bible) by Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lance, Minister First Congregational United Church of Christ 201 South Second Ave., Alpena, Michigan 49707 At the firing range in the Army, the drill sergeant would shout: “Clear down range. Lock and load. Fire!” I think civilians say it more simply: “Ready, aim, fire!”  At a track meet, the runners line up with one foot against a little block that helps launch them as they push off. The coach hollers: “On your marks!”......

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30
Nov 2016

October 23, 2016 (a sermon based on Luke 12:13-31, page 905 in the pew Bible) by Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lance, Minister First Congregational United Church of Christ 201 S. Second Ave., Alpena, Michigan 49707 A couple weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew inundated Haiti, killing more than 450 people; it then chased the residents of Florida and up along the Atlantic Coast inland. We watched the news as thousands of displaced persons in North Carolina, carrying what they could fit in one car, clogged the freeways. For the entire month before that, wildfires did......

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