Sermons by Rev. Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Sermons by Rev. Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

The Next Act: Music Ministry

Sunday October 3 2021The Next Act: Music Ministry SundayJohn 21: 15-17Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know…

Daring The Journey

Sunday September 26 2021Acts: The Adventure BeginsDaring The JourneyActs 28: 1-6, 11-16, 30-31 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 1 After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The natives showed us unusual kindness. Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us around it. 3 Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire, when a viper, driven out…

Creating An Uproar

Sunday September 19 2021ACTS: The Adventure BeginsCreating An UproarActs 19: 11-20Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus…

Deliverance For All

sunday September 12 2021ACTS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINSDeliverance For AllActs 16:25-34 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch SCRIPTURE 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword…

An Impressive Healing

Sunday August 22 2021ACTS: The Adventure BeginsAn Impressive HealingACts 3:1-10 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3 When he saw…

Embodying Enthusiasm

Sunday August 15 2021ACTS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINSEmboDYing EnthusiasmACTS 2:42-47 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day…

The Adventure Begins

August 8 2021ACTS: THe ADVENTURE BEGINSThe Adventure BeginsACTS 2: 32-42 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch scripture 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my…

Get Ready & Wait

August 1 2021ACTS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINSGet Ready and WaitACTS 1: 6-14 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-CroucH scripture 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be…

The Father & The Prodigal Son

Sunday July 25 2021The Rest of the Story: The Father & The Prodigal SonLuke 15:11-24Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch This is a story about forgiveness, but the rest of the story asks the question “Who is the Prodigal?” Scripture 11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13…

David & Goliath

Sunday June 20 2021 Father’s Day The Rest Of The Story: David & Goliath 1 Samuel 17:38-50 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch This is a story about a young hero, but the rest of the story is about David’s motivation and doing the thing you’re already really good at. Scripture 38 Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor,…