Sermons by Rev. Jim Middleton

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December, 31, 2017: “Surprised by Joy”


John 15:  1-11; Philippians  4: 1-7 C.S. Lewis wrote his autobiography which he called, “Surprised By Joy.” If you or I ever write the story of our lives I hope we might use the same title. Think of this:  Jesus said he came to earth that his joy might be in us and that our […]

December 24, 5:00 p.m.: “Bethlehem – House of Bread”


Matthew 2:  1-12 For a little town Bethlehem has a large legacy. Actually the word Bethlehem means “House of Bread.”  It was not a Holy City, not like Jerusalem, it was just a modest village. In Bethlehem you would find a monument to Rachel. She was the wife of the patriarch Jacob. Ruth lived there […]

December 24, 2017: “Christmas Helps Me Smile”


Luke 2: 1-20; Hebrews 2: 1-9  There is a song in the Broadway musical Mame which contains the words, “We need a little Christmas right this very minute.” How true those words are. Probably some of you are pessimistic about our world, our church, our own lives. You may be feeling it takes more faith […]

January 1, 2017: ” Happy New Year!”


John 15:7-11 On the first day of 2017, I want to wish you happiness.  You are entitled to it.  Don’t take my word for it.  listen to Jesus: “I have said these things to you so that my joymay be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  That is the wish of Jesus […]