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This is the blog which contains the worship sermons for First Presbyterian Church McMinnville, Oregon done each Sunday at 9:30 am. This blog is posted to every Monday on a weekly basis.

Sermon for 03/08/2015 called “Following Jesus – Laborers in God’s Harvest” by Rev. Matt Johnson

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In this Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Matt Johnson spoke about 72 others chosen by Jesus who were sent out two by two with instructions about how to bring the Kingdom of God to many people. Pastor Matt’s point was for our congregation to understand that this passage from Luke is a model for us to follow in Oregon, where Christianity is on the decline. We can point skeptical people to Jesus by showing God’s love, mercy and peace and praying for them, Matt said.

Sermon for 02/15/2015 called “Encounters with Jesus – Transfiguration” by Rev. Matthew Johnson

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Pastor Matt’s sermon was centered on the importance of the Transfiguration for the disciples and for us today. Matt told us God was preparing the disciples for Jesus departure. God wanted them to understand Jesus was their only authority and they needed to listen to Him. Matt asked, “Who is it that goes with you…” when you are unprepared for life’s difficulties? Let Jesus be your companion on your life journey.

Sermon for 02/01/2015 called “Encounters with Jesus – At Dinner” by Rev. Matthew Johnson

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This Sunday’s scripture passage was a familiar one. Jesus had been invited to a Pharisee’s home for dinner. While they were eating, an unknown women entered, washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, kissed and poured perfume on them. Pastor Matt asked who we identified ourselves with, the woman or the Pharisee? The main point was about forgiveness of sins. Pastor Matt said, “We can receive great forgiveness if we humble ourselves.”

Sermon for 01/18/2015 called “Encounters with Jesus – Disciples” by Rev. Matthew Johnson

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This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson reminded the congregation, in this season of Epiphany, that Epiphany “refers to someone becoming aware of God’s presence in a unique way.” In the gospel story Jesus tells Peter to catch fish. Peter and his partners pull in a huge catch! Then the disciples leave everything to follow Jesus. Matt said Jesus’ primary call is discipleship. Matt then reminded the congregation that next Sunday is Testimony Sunday. He encouraged people to tell stories during that service of ways their lives, the church or the world have been changed according to God’s work in the past years.

Sermon for 01/11/2015 called “Encounters with Jesus – John the Baptist” by Rev. Matthew Johnson

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Pastor Matt Johnson opened this Sunday’s sermon with the concept of group identity. He noted that Christians have a powerful identity as one body held together by one spirit. Pastor Matt concluded, however, that even though it’s human nature to focus on our own agendas, that our focus needs to be on Jesus and why he came into the world. Do you know what it is to follow Jesus?