Sermons

Rev. Diane R. Ford

Rev. Diane R. Ford

AUDIO: Sermons at Lincroft Presbyterian Church by Rev. Diane R. Ford (and friends)

MORE Audio:
– Archive of Past Sermons – 2016 Part 2
– Archive of Past Sermons – 2016
– Archive of Past Sermons – 2015

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Summer, beginning June 18: Sunday Worship – 9:30 AM

—- The LPC Summer 2017 theme: On Being Sermon Series – thoughts on special interviews from the NPR radio show On Being  with Krista Tippett 

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August 20, 2017 – ““The Persistence of Grace” – Rev. Barbara Hicks
What if you met Jesus and asked him to help you and he ignored you?  What if you asked again and he gave you a rude, insulting answer?  That is the dilemma facing the woman we will meet this Sunday in the sermon. Guest Preacher Rev. Barbara Hicks will preach on the unusual story in Matthew 15.
Scripture:  Isaiah 56:1, Isaiah 56: 6-8, Matthew 15:21-28

 


August 13, 2017 – “Humor as a Tool for Survival” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Proverbs 17:22, Genesis 21:6, Psalm 126:2-3, Ecclesiastes 3:4, Luke 6:21, Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 14:13

See On Being website – Sam Sanders, Terry McMillan, Lindy West, et al: Humor as a Tool for Survival – Interview by Lily Percy
As a tool for survival, humor is elemental. In this interview, they explore this idea with a rabbi who started out in drag, comedians, an NPR host, writers of sci-fi / fantasy, social commentary, and the TV show Veep.

 


August 6, 2017 – “Anil Dash: Tech’s Moral Reckoning” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture:  Genesis 18:19, Proverbs 22:6, Isaiah 54:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-15, 2 Timothy 1:5, Galatians 6 (selected verses)

See On Being website – Interview  with  Anil Dash by Krista Tippett
A wildly popular blogger, tech entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley influencer, Anil Dash has been an early activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere. In this interview  Anil Dash and Krista Tippett explore the unprecedented power, the learning curves ahead, and how we can all contribute to the humane potential of technology in this moment.

 


July 30, 2017 – ” Isabel Wilkerson: The Heart is the Last Frontier” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
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Scripture:  Galatians 3:28, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 2:9-11, Colossians 3:11, John 13:34, Genesis 1:27, Revelation 5:9-10, 1 Cor. 10:4, 1 Peter 2:9

See On Being website – Interview  with  Isabel Wilkerson by Krista Tippett
Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2016. Her book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. In this book she has immersed herself in the stories of the Great Migration, the diaspora of six million African Americans to the north of the U.S. in the 20th century. It’s a carrier of untold histories and truths that help make sense of human and social challenges newly visible at the heart of our life together.

 


July 23, 2017 – “Richard Rohr:  Living In Deep Time” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture:  Mathew 6:5-9, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Psalm 66:17, Psalm 95:2, 1 Corinthians 14:15, James 1:6, Psalm 118:25, Romans 15:30, 2 Corinthians 1:11, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, James 5:13-14

See On Being website – Interview with Fr. Richard Rohr by Krista Tippett
Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas, including how to set about taking the first half of life — the drive to “successful survival” — all the way to meaning.

 


July 16, 2017 – “Running as Spiritual Practice” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3, 1 Cor. 9:24-27, 3 John 1:2, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, Proverbs 17:22, 1 Cor. 10:31, Proverbs 3:7-8     

See On Being website – Interview with runners by Krista Tippett
Running – not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as an interplay between competition and contemplation

 


July 9, 2017 – “Spirituality of Imagination” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Exodus 1:8-20 and Exodus 3:3-10

See On Being website – Interview with Martin Sheen by Krista Tippett
Martin Sheen, born and still legally named Ramón Estévez, has had another lesser-known life as a spiritual seeker and activist.  “Piety is something you do alone,” he says. “True freedom, spirituality, can only be achieved in community.”

 


July 2, 2017 – “On Being w/Krista Tippett – Entering Into What Is There” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture:  Psalm 94 The Message

Thoughts on the interview with Eugene Peterson from On Being with Krista Trippett

“Prayers are tools not for doing or getting, but for being and becoming.” These are words of the legendary biblical interpreter, teacher, and pastor Eugene Peterson, who served as a pastor for 29 years. He is the author of over 30 books, including Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer, The Pastor: A Memoir, and The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.

 


June 25, 2017 – “On Being w/Krista Tippett – The Power of Words to Save Us” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Psalm 23,  John 1:1-4, Job 28:1-14, 20, 23-28  

Thoughts on the interview with Marie Howe from On Being with Krista Tippett

The moral life, Marie Howe says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do.
Marie Howe is the former Poet Laureate of New York and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She’s published four collections of poetry: What the Living Do, The Good Thief, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and Magdalene.

 


June 18, 2017 – “She Laughed” – The Reverend Dr. Merideth Mueller

Scripture: Galatians 4:22-28; Genesis 18:1-5

The Reverend Dr. Merideth Mueller is a teaching elder residing in Pennington, NJ, trying to live into her call as a “Servant of Christ and Steward of God’s Mysteries” in the model of 1 Corinthians 4:1.  Merideth served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton from 2005 to 2014 and as Monmouth Presbytery’s Director of Advocacy for Long Term Recovery from 2014 thru May 2016.  She is presently the Vice Moderator of Monmouth Presbytery, chairs the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and serves on Bills and Overtures, having attended General Assembly in June 2016. She serves on the boards of Camp Johnsonburg, Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and New Jersey Audubon.

 


June 11, 2017 – “Holy Spirit For Who?” – Rev. Lisa Lancaster

Scripture:  Numbers 11:24-30,  John 7:37-39

Rev Lisa Lancaster was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1987.  After pastoring, she then became the first chaplain at CentraState Medical Center, where she served for 22 years. She is now a spiritual director, with a ministry called Beggars Helping Beggars (see Facebook page).  She and her husband Richard, a climate scientist, have two four-legged children.

 


June 4, 2017 – “Holy Spirit 101 (Part 3)” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
The act of breathing reminds us of the Spirit’s indwelling and sustaining presence.  The Spirit of God resides within people rather than in the ancient temple of Solomon. This is something we take for granted, and yet we may not realize the significance of it.  The significance is we are more “able” than we usually trust or understand. How might this inspire what LPC’s next year will look like?
Scripture:   1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Genesis 1:1-2, Mark 1:9-11, Acts 2:1-7, 11b-13

 


May 28, 2017 – “Holy Spirit 101 (Part 2)” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  I Cor. 6:19; I Cor. 12:27; John 14:7-17 selected; Gen. 1:1-2; Mark 1:9-11

 


May 21, 2017 – “Holy Spirit 101 (Part 1)” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: 1 Cor. 6:19, 1 Cor. 12:27; John 14:7-17

 


May 14, 2017 – Sermon – “Overbooked” – Rev. Fred Whitehurst
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:20-10; John 14:1-14

 


May 7, 2017 – “Inclusiveness” – Rev. Rosemarie Newberry
— Inclusiveness for all
Scripture: Galatians 3:28; 1 Samuel 16:7

 


April 30, 2017 – “Nearer Than We Realize” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
— The road to Emmaus
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

 


April 23, 2017 – “The Whole Creation Has Been Groaning” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
There is no conflict between science and the reformed faith. In fact, the more scientists learn about the earth and cosmos, the more awe and wonder I feel about the Triune God. This weekend we celebrate Earth Day by cleaning the beach, watching a film with a climate scientist, and on Sunday morning, giving thanks for God’s creation. We commit ourselves anew to respect and tend to our home, Earth. Bring a house plant to church to add to the “green” sanctuary!
Scripture Genesis 1; Romans 8:16-27

 


April 16, 2017 – “Companionship Has Been The Path All Along” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Easter!
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12

 


April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday – “A Path Through the Wilderness 6” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
What comes more naturally for you – to serve, or to be served? What is your experience of serving when someone refuses your service? What is your experience of being served when the server is someone you know? or someone you don’t know? There is an interesting dynamic that we experience when servanthood is the “norm” of the community.  It transforms our understanding of power, as does Holy Week which begins Sunday. The biblical character Zacchaeus visits us Sunday as we greet and walk with Jesus to Jerusalem.  Remember the last supper and Jesus’ moving display of servanthood as he washed his disciples’ feet and hurried Judas along on his errand.
Scripture:  Matthew 21:1-11 (Jesus washes feet at last supper.)

 


April 2, 2017 – “A Path Through the Wilderness 5” – Rev. Robin Bacon Hoffman
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.
Scripture: John 11

 


March 26, 2017 – “A Path Through the Wilderness 4” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
A man born blind receives his sight.
Scripture: John 9

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March 19, 2017 – “A Path Through the Wilderness 3” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
We are on the third Sunday during the season of Lent. Walking the path of life (the “wilderness”) occurs for each of us in a different way.  Yes, we appreciate some order to things, and some of us like a healthy amount of disorder. But Christian path is more about “re-ordering.” In the powerful story of “the woman at the well,” Jesus once again gets beyond the ordinary, pop-culture view of life. In a fun ritual with water before the sermon, we will be “sipping” from the extraordinary Living Waters of God.
Scripture: John 4:5-42  (Samaritan Woman at the Well with Jesus)

 


March 12, 2017 – “A Path Through the Wilderness 2” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Stressed at work or school? Trying to meet expectations of family and co-workers? Feeling sad, mad or weary of the news cycle?  Break yourself away from all of these powerful parts of your life, and spend time with the God who loves you. Bring your questions; prepare to be surprised and perplexed by a new word God has for you. Nicodemus came to Jesus and walked away scratching his head. The wilderness is a place to process God’s word to us.
Scripture: John 3:1-17 (Jesus and Nicodemus at Night)

 


March 5, 2017 – “A Path Through the Wilderness” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
First Sunday of Lent
Scripture:  Matthew 4:1-11

 


February 26, 2017 – “How Great Is Our God?” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
The “transfiguration” is one moment, among many, when Jesus’ disciples recognized him as more  than a “good teacher.”  The spiritual dimension of what God was doing in Jesus was witnessed and experienced in healings, exorcisms, demonstrations of radical love and inclusion, turning power structures up-side-down, and in his obedience to God’s will, even though it led to his arrest and death.  But just in case someone might still believe he was nothing more than a good rabbi and gifted healer, Jesus’ transfiguration, like his resurrection, reminds us that this down-to-earth teacher and lover of God was the human vessel of the eternal Christ.  And how does faith in this Christ help you sleep at night?  Let’s look at the question: how great is our God?
Scripture: Exodus 24:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9

 


February 19, 2017 – “Love Your Enemies” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
I know – most fun-loving, well-intentioned people do not have “enemies.” Unless you are speaking of war-time enemies of our country, we may not refer to anyone as an enemy.  So, what might this teaching of Jesus be about? Who is hard to love? Who is difficult to listen to? Who would you rather avoid? Who have you not forgiven? Who has hurt you or someone you care about?  Who do you disagree with?  As you make a list of these names … consider that Jesus is instructing us to LOVE such people.  Perhaps we need to define “love.” Jesus described and demonstrated love.  In times of uncertainty and divisiveness, how are you and I bringing love to the table?
Scripture: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 ;  Matthew 5:38-48

 


February 12, 2017 – “Reconciliation Nation” – Rev. Alonzo Johnson
PCUSA Coordinator of the Self Development of People
Community Anti-Racism Workshop – this weekend at LPC
Scripture: Ps. 145:13-21, 2 Corinthians 5:10-14

 


February 5, 2017 – “There Is No One Uninvited”  – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20

 


January 29, 2017 – Sermon –  “Shine Like Stars” – Rev. Courtney B. Cromie
Sometimes we find ourselves where the news that we read and hear seems bleak and dreary.  It may seem at times that our world is dark and that we are helpless to influence change or to share hope.  Paul writes to the church in Philippi from prison offering a word of encouragement to the church.  He reminds the church that even when the challenges seem so daunting, that Christ is at work in the church and in each of us.  The gift of the church is to encourage us to support each other and to find joy even in times of discouragement.  Paul tells us to shine like stars to the world of darkness.  Together the church can be the light and guide people to the love of God.  The closer we get to God in our own hearts, the more the light will shine for others to see God at work through us.  We keep the faith, we carry on, and we lift of the light for others to see.  The introduction of the Gospel of John says that the light will shine in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it.  We shine like stars for one another and for the world.
Scripture: Gospel Reading:  Matthew 5:13-16; Pauline Letter:  Philippians 2:1-15

 


January 22, 2017 – “Walking Humbly and Stand for Hope and Act” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Learn all you can and, Trust the hope God provides, and ACT.  Eight centuries before Jesus the Hebrew Scriptures spoke: “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”  Jesus embodied and died for that message, and twenty one centuries later, we are still preaching his message: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.  LPC invites you to take action at a community anti-racism workshop Feb. 10-12, and a benefit Jazz evening for the homeless in our community on Feb.16.  Learn all you can, trust the hope God provides, and Act.
Scripture: Micah 6:6-8 and Matthew 5:1-12

 


January 15,  2017 – “Shielded By God and Messengers of Hope” –  Rev. Diane R. Ford
When challenged to deal with something or take action, know that you are shielded by God. This may require you to have a constant reminder – perhaps a string tied around your finger? Or an alert on your smart phone that says, “God is here!”  Whatever calls you to connect consciously with God, go for it. That is step one.
Scripture: Psalms 27:1,4,13-14  and  I Peter 1:3-7

 


January 8, 2017 – “Generosity and Hope” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
A tradition of Puerto Rico to celebrate Christmas and Epiphany breathes fresh life into our understanding of how Christ is working in the world.  Embrace hope by taking generous action in our world – now is a good time to practice this for our relationships, our communities and nation.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

 


Jaunary 1, 2017 – “Rogue 2017: I am one with the Christ, the Christ is With Me” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Taking themes from the current Star Wars movie, Rogue One, Pastor Diane will weave the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus escaping the terror of their home to become refugees in Egypt.
Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23

 


December 24, 2016 – Christmas Message – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-7

 


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MORE – Archive of Past Sermons – 2015

———- Archive of Past Sermons – 2016

———- Archive of Past Sermons – 2016 Part 2

 

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