Rev. Diane R. Ford - Christmas Eve 2017

Rev. Diane R. Ford – Christmas Eve 2017

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

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Standard Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM — Summer shortened Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM, June 17 – Sept. 2


July 8, 2018 – “Human Expectations – Divine Power” – Rev. Alice Batcher
Scripture:  2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Mark 6:1-13


July 1, 2018 – “The KINdom of God” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Luke 17:20-21


June 24, 2018 – “Interrupting Ministry” – Rev. Barbara Kalehoff Hicks
Scripture:   Psalm 130:1-6;  Mark 5:21-43


June 17, 2018 – “Finding Calm in the Storm” – Rev. Barbara Kalehoff Hicks
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41


June 10, 2018 – Dobby and DACA – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:4-11 … 16-20; Mark 3:20-35


June 3, 2018 – Mental Health Awareness Sunday at LPC
with Jay Yudof from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Scripture: Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 4:24

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May 27, 2018 – “A Gentle Pentecost” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: I Kings 10:11-18; Isaiah 6:1-8; John 3:1-21; Genesis 16:6-14; Genesis 32:22-32


May 20, 2018 – “Pentecost” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Genesis 1:1-2; Exodus 13:21; Acts 1 and 2


May 13, 2018 – “Final Words” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  John 20:11-22, John 21:1-19


May 6, 2018 – “Jesus Prays for Us” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  John 17:6-20

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April 29, 2018 – “Living Waters” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Acts 8:26-40; John 15:1-8


April 22, 2018 – “Sacred Water” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Psalm 8

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April 15, 2018 – “Easter Hope Today” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Acts 4:32-35; John 20:19-23; 1 John 1:1-5


April 8, 2018 – “Love, Broken, Love, At-One-Ment” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: John 4:7-21



April 1, 2018 – “Foolishness is Exposed, Alleluia” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: Mark 28:1-10; John 20:1, 11-16


Palm Sunday
March 25, 2018 – “The Foolishness of the Cross, ‘What Did You Expect?’ ” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scriptures:  Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, John 12


March 18, 2018 – “The Wit of Jesus” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Matthew 22:15-22, 22:30-33,  22:34-40


March 11, 2018 – “Foolishness of the Cross: Dive into Scripture with Wild Abandon” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  John 5:39-40, 14:15-24, 15:1, 4-11

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March 4, 2018 – “To Dream the Impossible Dream” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Proverbs 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:13-21

One humble man of conviction looked like a fool in his quest. He is called Don Quixote.  We continue to look at the quest Christ leads us on, acknowledging that it may seem foolish to many. But be encouraged! There is a great crowd of Fools from whom we descend.


February 25, 2018 – “The Foolishness of the Cross: ‘Fool for Christ’s Sake’” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: John 21:4-9,13

This Sunday we gather in a “jazz café” environment in our sanctuary.  Seems a bit odd – is it unreverent, or silly? Jesus seemed to eat and drink all through the Gospels.  And what better setting to consider Jesus and the other foolishness he taught.

The Greeks schooled in the philosophy and rhetoric of Aristotle did not warm up to the message of the Apostle Paul.  Paul seemed like a fool with his narrative of a crucified lord. With some sarcasm Paul called his preaching “foolishness.”  Some of the Jews found Paul’s message more than foolish – the idea that the expected Messiah would be crucified was offensive.  A third indictment against the Gospel is the seemingly foolish teachings of Jesus: love your enemies; if someone wants your coat, give them your shirt too; take up your cross and follow me.  This Sunday we look at what a “Fool for Christ” is.  A bit like a court jester, the fool gets away with strange actions because he actually reveals truth through his foolishness.


February 18, 2018 –  “The Foolishness of the Cross: ‘Living Questionable Lives’ ” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: I Corinthians 1:17-25; Colossians 4:2-6

Check out this challenge: Christians are called to be extraordinary people.  We are called, gifted and equipped by God for this.   What does it take to be notable, to raise curiosity, so that people question us, “why are you doing this?”  It is then, that they will see the difference Christ makes in and through us.  What else would draw them to Christ?  It’s not our buildings, it’s not our programs, it’s not “nice” people.  It is Christ.


February 11, 2018 – “Jonah in Nineveh” – Rev. Robin Bacon Hoffman
Scripture: Mark 9:2-9; Jonah 3:1-5,10


February 4, 2018 – “The Gift of Evangelizing” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Psalm 147:1-11,20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

One of the reasons Jesus’ leadership was extraordinary is that he didn’t “lord it over” people.  Jesus taught and demonstrated, and ultimately died due to his understanding of what real power in a man is: his ability to serve.  We know this applies to women also, but in his time, this was mostly a critique of men in power.  In the gospels Jesus has strong words about the hypocrisy of religious leaders, the vanity of rich leaders and a sideways comment of the governor, “that snake, Pilate” These are fierce moments of truth-telling, and it took courage in the Roman Empire speak like that.  Today’s Scripture is about Jesus at the sick-bed of Simon’s mother-in-law.  There is an inherent tenderness as we imagine this scene.  The boldness of Jesus comes from his tenderness and love for us.  Real power comes from love, not from fear or greed.


January 28, 2018 – “Mindful, Intentional Disciples of Jesus” – Rev, Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Psalm 111; Mark 1:21-28, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Can you recall a painful experience of looking like the odd one out, and making choices to somehow get into the good graces of the crowd again? It was 7th grade for me: new school, new kids, and the new routine of walking all over campus to get from class to class.  The first horrible moment was when I walked into the wrong math class on the first day of school; the teacher asked each person to state their name and something about themselves. The kids seemed like they already knew each other, and there were boys with facial hair!  When it was my turn to introduce myself, I said I thought I was in the wrong class – and it felt like the whole class laughed at me.  Oh, the humiliation of it all.  There was nothing I could do to fit in – I was simply not an 8th grade algebra student.  Apostle Paul addresses an early Christian community as they respond to socially awkward situations – he speaks of peer pressure, role modeling, and the importance of building up new or struggling believers.


January 21, 2018 –  “Decisive, Intentional Disciples of Jesus” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Psalm 62:5-12;  Mark 1:14-20

When Jesus asked disciples to follow him, some of them dropped everything, including the work they did to make a living. We know that people literally walked with Jesus, village to village, coming to know not only him and his way of being in this world — they came to know one another. A new way of relating to others grew amidst the brutal culture of the Roman Empire. It is these earliest of Christian communities that changed the course of human history. Today more than ever we need Christian communities to proclaim and demonstrate the realm of God.


January 14, 2018 – “Obstacles to Meeting Jesus” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14;  John 1:43-51

When Nathaniel heard Jesus’ hometown was Nazareth, he scoffed. See, most people had a negative feeling about this back-water town of Nazareth.  Where are the back-water places in your life — those people and situations from which you expect nothing good?  Turns out, if you are open to the possibility, you can find goodness and even transformation there.


January 7, 2018 – “New Year, Old Resolutions” – Rev. Robin Bacon Hoffman
Scripture:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 and Matthew 25:31-46


December 31, 2017 – “Peace Amidst Unrest: Simeon and Anna” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: Luke 2:22-39

Who are the wisest people in your life?  Who has peace that seems to maintain its depth, even during challenging or painful times? Where does that kind of strength come from? In the book of Luke we find elderly Simeon and Anna who point us to the source of such wisdom, peace and strength.


December 24, 2017 – “Peace Amidst Unrest” – Rev. Diane R.; Ford
Scripture: John 1:1-5, 14, 16-18

The meaning of Christmas becomes especially poignant in times of unrest.  The message God has revealed through the Christ is this:

  • God will go to whatever length it takes to reach us.
    Humanity is Sacred to God.
    In the darkest times, the Light and Love of God is always present.
    As unlikely as it may seem, we are conduits of God’s power in the world.

The message of Christmas is our seed of Comfort, Hope and Peace.  That seed bursts into life by the power of faith.


December 17, 2017 – “Peace Amidst Unrest:  Human Worth” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Luke 2:8-20

If you ever doubted your worth in the world, tune into the deep meaning of the birth of Jesus.  It is the astonishing message that God had come to be with us, in “flesh.” It’s not only that God came by way of a baby named Jesus – it is that God came into human life at all – even beyond that, that God comes to be with and in creation.  For the Creator so loved the Creation that he gave himself to us. To you. Do you feel unworthy of this?  Tune in more closely: you are forever “worthy” because God calls you worthy. Jesus preached it, demonstrated it, died for it, and Christ will come again – because God has made and chosen us and all creation. This is where our peace amidst unrest comes from: like those shepherds out in the field (Luke 2:8-20) we have been shown our worth. Go ahead -revel in it!


December 10, 2017 –  “Peace Amidst Unrest: Immigrants and Refugees”  – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Matthew 2, selected (escape to Egypt)

Mary, Joseph and Jesus were refugees fleeing for their lives to Egypt.  How did they keep the peace of God in their hearts in Herod’s violent world? How do we keep Christ’s peace when we are facing dangerous choices in a violent world, or when we are facing deportation, or when we are strangers in a new community?


December 3, 2017 – “A Peaceful Place Amidst Unrest” – Rev. Diane R. Ford 

With all the unrest in our country and beyond, Sunday mornings in December will focus on peace that is only found in God.  It will take this kind of peace to sustain our relationships, communities and healing in the world.  Come drink from the deep well of peace – it is found in unlikely places such as the chilly, dusty manger.


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