Bringing Light to the World

Jeff GarrisonMayberry and Bluemont ChurchesJune 20, 2022Luke 8:16-23 At the beginning of worship: One of the key doctrines of the Protestant Reformation is the “priesthood of all believers.” The concept, defined by John Milton, held that “every person is created by God with the freedom of conscience, reason, and will.”[1]   This doctrine implies that we … Read more Bringing Light to the World


We’re called to be farmers

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian ChurchesJune 19, 2022Luke 8:1-15 At the beginning of worship: Does everyone have their gardens planted? I transplanted eggplants and winter squash this week, which I’d started indoors by seed. That’s the last for my garden until later in the summer when I’ll replant lettuce, turnips, and beets for the fall. … Read more We’re called to be farmers


All are in need of forgiveness: the seemingly righteous and the obvious sinner

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesJune 12, 2022Luke 7:36-50 At the beginning of worship: The first great end of the Presbyterian Church is “the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind.”[1] In other words, we’re to bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ for he is the way to salvation.[2] By teaching and sharing Jesus’ … Read more All are in need of forgiveness: the seemingly righteous and the obvious sinner


Why Church? To Reorient Our Lives to Jesus

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Churches March 27, 2022Luke 9:51-61 At the beginning of worship As we continue our Lenten theme of “Why Church?” consider the role of church to reorient our lives.  Back in the 1980s, Neal Postman wrote a classic book titled, Amusing Ourselves to Death. Even before the rise of 24/7 news programs and the internet … Read more Why Church? To Reorient Our Lives to Jesus


Why Church? To Care for the World

Jeff Garrison Bluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian ChurchesMarch 20, 2022Luke 10:25-37 Thoughts at the beginning of worship: We’re continuing with our Lenten theme, “Why Church?” Our world can be cruel. But that shouldn’t be the church. We’re to show an alternative to the world.[1] We’re to be a place and a people who care for others. And because … Read more Why Church? To Care for the World


The Preaching of John the Baptist

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian ChurchDecember 12, 2021Third Sunday of AdventLuke 3:7-20 At the beginning of worship We’re at the third week of Advent. Christmas is coming. Have you’ve been naughty or nice? Of course, that sounds like I’m emphasizing works. We often think the only thing that matters is a belief in Jesus. And … Read more The Preaching of John the Baptist