Sermons

  • JAN 29 “What Disciples Do” - Matthew 5:1-12 “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he sat down his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for …

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  • JAN 22 “As Jesus Walked By” - Matthew 4:18-22   As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea–for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left …

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  • JAN 15 “What Are You Looking For?” - SCRIPTURE READING            John 1:35-50 35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus …

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  • JAN 8 “Here He Comes!” - SCRIPTURE READING   Isaiah 42:1-9  “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen in whom my soul delights;  I have put my Spirit upon him;  he will bring forth justice to the nations.  He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a …

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  • DEC 11 2016 “Not Later, Right Now” - SCRIPTURE  James 5:7-10 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord …

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  • DEC 18 A different kind of children’s Christmas pageant - Over the years we have faithfully gathered our children, handed out costumes, practiced scripts, and enjoyed the beautiful presentation of the Christmas story.  This year we are doing it a little differently.  Instead of costumed children and the familiar script we are videotaping our children in advance, asking them to …

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  • DEC 4 Sermon “Harmony” - SCRIPTURE   Romans 15:4-13   “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” MESSAGE    “Harmony in a World Out of Tune”  …

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  • NOV 27 2016 Sermon “Wake Up!” - SCRIPTURE     Romans 13:11-14     “Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside …

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  • May 8, 2016 “Where Is Macedonia” - SCRIPTURE   Acts 16:9-15 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”   When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to …

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  • May 15, 2016 “The Spark” - SCRIPTURE:  Acts 2:1-42 MESSAGE    “The Spark” Pentecost Sunday is always a lot of fun, with bright red, yellow and orange colors, a happy confusion of different languages, and imaginary tongues of fire and heavy wind blowing through the sanctuary.  It takes us back to the first Pentecost long ago when …

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  • May 22 2016 “What I See” - SCRIPTURE READING   Psalm 8      To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.  O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark …

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  • APR 17 “Restoring Your Soul” - READING    Psalm 23           “The Lord is My Shepherd”      The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk …

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  • APR 10 2016 “After These Things …” - READING   John 21:1-19 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.  Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.  Simon …

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  • April Church Events - Tuesday, April 12 Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry.  Doors open 5-7 PM, Volunteers needed at 4:00 PM.  We host this event four times each year.  In February we served 326 adults and children from Byron and surrounding communities.  Be a part of this great blessing!  Let Pam Kenward know of your …

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  • April 3 2016 “Who Finds Who?” - John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  After he said this, he …

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  • March 27 2016 “He Is Not Here” - Luke 24:1-12   But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about …

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  • March 20 Palm Sunday “Building That House of Prayer” - READING  Luke 19:28-48 [Jesus] he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find …

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  • March 13 “Mary & Judas” - SCRIPTURE READING     John 12:1-8 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound …

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  • March 6 2016 “Celebrate & Rejoice” - Luke 15:1-2      Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus]. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  Luke 15:11b-31      Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons.  The …

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  • FEB 28 “Cut It Down!” - Luke 13:5-9      Then Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, …

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  • Sermon Teasers for Feb. 21, 2016 - Rev. Val Fowler guest preacher. Teaser #1   Genesis 15:1-12,17-18   Have you ever received a PROMISE from God? Was it words or a feeling?  How did you know it was from God? Was there a tangible SIGN to go along with the promise?  Abram and Sarai saw stars in …

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  • FEB 7 2016 “Break Time” - Luke 5:1-11 NRSV Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. …

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  • JAN 31 “… and the Reality” - SCRIPTURE            Luke 4:21-31    “Filled With Rage” And (Jesus) rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” …

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  • JAN 17 “Running on Empty” - James R. Renfrew, Teaching Elder SCRIPTURE            John 2:1-11       “The Wedding at Cana” On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother …

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  • JAN 24 Sermon “The Hope …” - James R. Renfrew, Teaching Elder Luke 4:14-21   Jesus Reads the Scroll of Isaiah The Scroll Quiz (multiple answers are possible) 1.  Which prophet’s scroll did Jesus read in the Nazareth synagogue? (a)  Isaiah   (b)  Jeremiah   (c)  Amos   (d)  Hosea   (e)  Ezekiel  2.  Which of these did the prophet announce …

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  • JAN 20 Invitation for New Members - Dear Friends, We invite you to a special gathering on Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 PM, at the church to consider becoming a member of our church. Most of those receiving this letter have been attending our church and participating in church activities for many years already, so who we are …

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  • January 3 “The Beginning, Your Beginning” - John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was …

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  • DEC 24 Christmas Eve “A Righteous Man and a Favored Woman” - MESSAGE    “The Favored Woman and the Righteous Man”  Rev. James R. Renfrew, Teaching Elder        In a world filled with so many daily challenges, with shootings, bombings, religious conflict, vicious wars and thousands of refugees, I find great comfort when all of us come together here in Byron …

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  • December 2 – Foodlink Mobile Pantry - We could use help from volunteers at our Foodlink Mobile Pantry on Wednesday, December 2nd.  A large truck from Foodlink will need to be unloaded, and then folks to assist with distribution.  We need you starting around 4 PM.  The food will be distributed from 5 – 7 PM.  Quota …

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  • November 29 The Presbyterian Advent Agenda - I Thessalonians 3:9-13:  9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. 11 Now may …

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  • November 1 “Getting Closer” - Mark 12:28-31   One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall …

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  • November 8 “The Most Amazing Bible Miracle of All” - Mark 12:38-44   As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,  and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!  They devour widows’ houses and for the …

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  • November 22 The Two Places - John 18:33-37   Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”  Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the …

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  • OCT 25 “No Longer Anonymous” - SCRIPTURE READING They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, …

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  • OCT 18 “Better Together” - SCRIPTURE READING  James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?”  And they said to him, …

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  • OCT 11 Annual Stewardship Appeal - Here you will find the contents of the 2016 Stewardship Appeal to the congregation, as presented on October 11th.  The Estimate of Giving form is found at the end of this document.  2016 Stewardship Appeal Byron Presbyterian Church We’re All Here!  You for us, and us for you.  Ready to Share …

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  • SEP 27 “Belonging” - SCRIPTURE People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.  But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such …

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  • OCT 4 “We’re All Here” - SCRIPTURE READING         Acts 16:19b-34      About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains …

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  • OCT 11 “Looking at Him, Looking at You” - SCRIPTURE READING           Mark 10:17-31 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. …

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  • SEP 13 “Who Is He?” - SCRIPTURE READING         Mark 8:27-38       Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”  …

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  • AUG 30 2015 Ephesians Checklist, Rev. James R. Renfrew - SCRIPTURE READING          Letter to the Ephesians 4:22-5:2    22 You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created …

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  • AUG 23 2015 “The U in Unity” - Ephesians:4:1-16 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond …

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  • AUG 16 2015 “Dimensions, Ephesians 3:14-21 - SCRIPTURE READING            Letter to the Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be …

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  • June 22 2015 “Growth Forces” - SCRIPTURE READING    Mark 4:26-29      Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, …

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  • July 12 2015 “2, 4, 8, 16” - SCRIPTURE READING       Mark 6:7-13     “Then he went about among the villages teaching.  He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.  He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, …

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  • July 26 2015 The Leaves on the Trees - SCRIPTURE READING             Revelation 22:1-5 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with …

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  • May 10 “Ten Tips for Conquering the World” - I John 5:1-6    On Monday I was feeling pretty good about my sermon topic – “Ten Tips for Conquering the World”.  I figured that all of you would be eager to hear these ten tips.  That’s why you all came today, right?  You could be mowing the lawn.  You …

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  • “God is Love” MAY 3 2015 - I John 4:7-21 There it is, in the first letter of John, as plain as day, “God is Love”.  There’s no surprise about it, you may have heard it hundreds, even thousands, of times. “God is Love”.  We can see God’s love in action all of the time, beautiful flowers …

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  • April 19, 2015 “Move It!” - Can anyone here name all of the books of the New Testament? Let’s see if we can do it: Matthew                      Romans                         Hebrews Mark                            I Corinthians                James Luke                             II Corinthians              I Peter John                            Galatians                      II Peter Acts                             Ephesians                     I John Philippians                    II John Colossians                     III John I Thessalonians            Jude II Thessalonians          …

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  • Expectations – Apr. 13, 2015 – David Fish - April 13, 2015 Sermon Byron New York Expectations It has been about a month since I last preached to you. There certainly has been a lot happening in our Biblical story over the last month. Sometimes I feel like suspending time. So I can better absorb what is happening in …

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  • April 5, 2015 Easter “Something New” - Scripture Reading                Revelation 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a …

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  • March 29 2015, The Things That Make for Peace - “The Things That Make for Peace” Luke 19:41-47  Ruling Elder Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission & Education Teaching Elder James R. Renfrew, Pastor Palm Sunday.  Some of us have heard this story more times than we can count.  Maybe some of us have not heard it even once.  Either way, …

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  • March 22 “Picturing Jesus” - John 12:20-33      “Sir, we want to see Jesus.  Can you help us?” (John 12:21)  That’s how our story begins.  “We want to see Jesus”. Close your eyes for a moment.  Imagine that Jesus is right in front of you.  Imagine that you’re looking right at him.  You can see …

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  • David Fish March 15 - David Fish                            March 15, 2015   Do you have a favorite chair? Or a favorite spot on the couch. You know what I mean a place where you can just sit, kick up your feet with a warm blanket watch a good movie or …

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  • March 8, 2015 “In 3 Days” - Message                 “After Three Days”     Rev. James R. Renfrew Mark 8:31-38 “It is necessary that the Son of Man … be killed and after three days rise up alive.”    After Jesus said this, some translations say that Peter rebuked Jesus, and then Jesus rebuked Peter.  I read up on it.  There …

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  • March 1, 2015 “After 3 Days” - Message                 “After Three Days”     Rev. James R. Renfrew Mark 8:31-38 “It is necessary that the Son of Man … be killed and after three days rise up alive.”    After Jesus said this, some translations say that Peter rebuked Jesus, and then Jesus rebuked Peter.  I read up on it.  There …

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  • February 22, 2015 “Either, or Both” - February 22, 2015 MESSAGE    “Either, or Both”                    Rev. James Renfrew Mark 2:1-12 I love this story!  I think it’s one of the earliest Bible stories I ever heard.  Or maybe it’s stuck with me over so many years because it stands out from the others because of one amazing …

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  • Feb 15 sermon – David Fish - If you are like me by now you have cabin fever. I certainly do. I don’t have to recreate the feeling of going outside. One morning I walked outside because I left my phone in the car, it was around 7 in the morning. There was not much sound I …

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  • Jan 18, 2015 – Ephesians 3 1-13 David Fish - I grew up in the town of gates, I am sure you all have been there. It’s a small but busy town; the traffic is quite congested at times. Well there is one very busy intersection. It’s the intersection of Howard and Buffalo roads. On one corner there is a …

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