Coppertop Sermons

Missing Easter

Sermon preached Easter Sunday April 24, 2011

Text: John 20:1-18

John Updike was a well-respected American writer who died in January 2009. He had a wonderful gift for language. He could use his gift to evoke a smile. Updike was a golfer, and sometimes took up his pen to describe that experience, as in

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The Doorway Into Thanks

Sermon preached Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011

Texts: Philippians 4:4-7; I Thessalonians 5:15-24

Poetry is not always the best way to begin a sermon. I know some, in fact, who would prefer never to hear it here or anywhere else – unless maybe the poem begins: “There once was a man from Niagara, who

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Prayin’ the Blues

Sermon preached April 10, 2011

Texts: Psalm 13; Job 17:6-7, 23:1-6

Play excerpt: Bessie Smith, “St. Louis Blues”

Bessie Smith

The blues. Some of us may like blues music. Many of us like music that has roots in the blues or intersects with the blues – rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, country. Whatever

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Silence Speaking

Sermon preached April 3, 2011

Texts: I Kings 19:11-13

I am going to begin this morning by playing thirty seconds of a rather well-known piano piece composed by an American composer. (Thirty seconds of John Cage’s 4”33” – which is a silent composition).
That is the first thirty seconds of John Cage’s 4’33”.

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Please, Please, Please

Sermon preached March 27, 2011

Texts: James 5:13-18; Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 7:7-11

So help me complete the phrase – “Like a good neighbor…. (State Farm is there).” Here is today’s trivia fact – this song was written by Barry Manilow in 1971. So how many of you have seen the recent State Farm commercials?

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