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Posted on Jun 27, 2017 in Sermons

Text: Matthew 10:24-39 Rev. Jay Rowland.  Sunday June 25, 2017.  First Presbyterian Church, Rochester MN.   Discipleship Matters   “The trouble with deep belief is that it costs something. And there is something inside me, some selfish beast of a subtle thing that doesn’t like the truth at all because it carries responsibility, and if I actually believe these things I have to do something about them. It is so, so cumbersome to believe anything. And it isn’t cool.”             — Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. I have to admit I wrestled with the inclination to edit the number of verses from this gospel reading.  There’s just so much there.  But something (thank you Holy Spirit) convinced me to defer to a far more reliable Source—thank you Holy Spirit—who will help you retain whatever is...

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When Jesus Talks…Disciples Listen

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “When Jesus talks…disciples listen” Matt 9:35- 10:23 6/18/17 One of the great things about You-Tube is the ability to look up clips from old commercials and TV shows. It seems like there’s nothing you can’t find on You-Tube. I’ve enjoyed looking up some of my favorite commercials from when I was a kid – commercials I still remember. Like the one for American Tourister luggage with the Gorillas throwing the suitcases around in their cage. “Tough enough to stand up to even the toughest baggage handlers” was the tag line I remember. Or the one for Alka-seltzer – “Plop plop, fizz, fizz – oh what a relief it is.” Or the little old lady pulling up to the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s and demanding, “Where’s the beef?!” Another one of my favorite commercials was the...

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Don’t Sit for Long

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “Don’t sit for long” Matthew 28: 16-20 6/11/17   I came to a realization this week. I need a new chair. I love the chair at my desk. I’ve had it for probably 12 years – brought it with me when we moved here 7 years ago. But now the faux-leather material on the seat has a big tear in it and the arms are getting a bit tattered. My usual high tech solution of duct tape isn’t working anymore – so I need to go shopping for a new chair. Chairs are important. It’s a big decision, picking out a new chair. There’s a lot to consider – comfort, style, adjustability, lumbar support. The right chair is a big decision. In fact, there is a new book out about the topic of chairs. It’s called,...

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Ready Set Hope

Posted on May 22, 2017 in Sermons

A sermon preached by Rev. Jay P. Rowland on the sixth Sunday of Easter, May 21, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester MN.  Scripture text: 1 Peter 1:13-22 1 Peter 13-22 (The Message Bible) If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in [the] adoration [of] Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better...

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Posted on May 16, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “Jesus’ Greatest Hits” John 14: 1-14 5/14/17 There are many wonderful things about spring. The flowers start to pop up, everything gets green again and the golf courses open for business. But with all the signs of re-birth, there are also come the ants. I don’t know about you, maybe it’s just that we have two boys in the house who tend to leave pizza crusts all over the house – but in the spring we seem to get a lot of ants. So when we made a trip a Target this weekend, we made sure to “ant-traps” on the list. While Juliet and the boys went to shop for summer clothes, and of course shoes, I went off on my own to work out a suitable ant-trapping strategy – on my way back, I stopped...

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The Path of Life

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Sermons

A sermon preached by Rev. Jay P. Rowland on the second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester MN, Confirmation Sunday.  Scripture texts: 1 Peter 1:3-9 and Psalm 16. The Path of Life Once upon a time, a man was driving through Oregon when he found himself suddenly overtaken by a powerful winter storm. Frightened and concerned he wondered what to do. Just then, a snowplow approached and he impulsively decided to follow it.  He kept as close to it as he could while it removed snow from the road. At times the heavy snowfall nearly cut off his view, but he managed to keep following the snowplow. After some time, the plow pulled over and stopped. The driver got out and walked over to the man’s car. “Sir, where are you going?” the...

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