Be a Vehicle for Something Greater than Yourself

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesHebrews 11:23-40May 8, 2021c2021 The recording was made on May 7 at Mayberry Church. Thoughts at the beginning of worship For the past two weeks, I have been slowly reading Garrison Keillor’s memoir, That Time of the Year. I savor a chapter or two each night before bed. Keillor often gives praise for … Read more Be a Vehicle for Something Greater than Yourself


Hebrews 11:8-22, Stepping Out in Faith

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesMay 2, 2021Hebrews 11:8-22c2021 Introduction at the beginning of worship:  Again, this week, we’re talking about faith. Too often, we think of faith meaning we have arrived. It’s as if faith is our purpose.[1] However, the definition of faith we read last week, “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of … Read more Hebrews 11:8-22, Stepping Out in Faith


Hebrews 11:1-7, The Difference Faith Makes

Jeff GarrisonMayberry and Bluemont ChurchesApril 25, 2021Hebrews 11:1-7 Sermon taped on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Mayberry Church Introduction to worship As I mentioned last week, the Session of both churches have spent time planning the future as we, God willing, come out of the COVID pandemic. Therefore, now is a good time to tackle … Read more Hebrews 11:1-7, The Difference Faith Makes


Four Books: Champagne, Skid-row, Generosity, & Mountain Midwifery

I’m catching up on some recent reading… Tilar J. Mazzero, The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It.  (Harpers Business, 2009), 264 pages.  Late last year, I listened to the author’s “Great Courses” lectures on “Creative Nonfiction.” She often used examples of her own writing including this book. I … Read more Four Books: Champagne, Skid-row, Generosity, & Mountain Midwifery


Times are Changing: Where is God leading us?

Jeff Garrison Bluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian Churches April 18, 2021 Acts 16:1-10 The sermon was recorded on Friday, April 16, at Bluemont Presbyterian Church At the beginning of worship The sessions of both congregations, Bluemont and Mayberry, are engaged in planning for the future as we come out of the COVID pandemic. While we all … Read more Times are Changing: Where is God leading us?


A Lighthearted Yet Serious Look at the Lord’s Supper from a Protestant Perspective

In last week’s sermon, I mentioned this blog post, which failed to transition from my old “thepulpitandthepen.com” blog to this one. So I am posting it again.             The highlight of Christian worship is the Lord’s Supper. We break bread and share wine together, uniting ourselves through a very ordinary act with all the saints who … Read more A Lighthearted Yet Serious Look at the Lord’s Supper from a Protestant Perspective