Sermons by Rev. Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Sermons by Rev. Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

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,…

Mary & The Angel

Sunday June 13 2021 The Rest Of The Story: Mary & The Angel Luke 1:26-38 NRSV Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-CroucH This is a story about God choosing Mary to be the mother of Jesus, but the rest of the story is how she was favored by God. Scripture 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the…

Adam & Eve

Sunday June 6 2021 The Rest Of The Story: Adam & Eve Genesis 3: 1-13 Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch This is a story about the human habit of sin, but the rest of the story is God’s ongoing effort at redemption. Scripture 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The…

The Power of Worship

Sunday may 30 2021The Power of WOrshipIsaiah 6: 1-8Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-CROUCH scripture 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy,…

ReNEW: Week Six

Sunday May 16 2021ReNEW: Week SixChange The World SundayMatthew 28:16-20 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father…

ReNEW: Week Five

Sunday May 9 2021ReNEW: Week FIVESanCtification1 Peter 1:13-16 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch SCRIPTURE 13 Therefore prepare your minds for action, discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter…

ReNEW: Week Three

Sunday April 25 2021ReNew: Week ThreeThe Gift of SabbathGeNESIS 2:3, ExODUS 20:8-11, LUKE 13:10-17 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. GENESIS 2:3 NRSV 8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God;…

ReNEW: Week Two

SUNDAY April 18 2021ReNEW: Week TwoRev 21:1-5 KJV & Isaiah 40:28-31 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture REVELATION 21:1-5A KJV 1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out…

ReNEW: Week One

SUNDAY APRIL 11 2021CONFIRMATION SUNDAYRenew: Week One2 Kings 23:1-3 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture 1 Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. 2 The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him went all the people of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that…