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Sermons Preached at First Church in 2009

Sermon Archives Sorted by Pastor and Year

Sermons by Pastor

Rev. Linda Holbrook          Pastor Shijung Shim          Pastor Beth Cademartori           

Pastor Sadie Stone            Rev. Michael Love             Rev. Sione Halafau            

Rev. Laurie McHugh

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Christmas: The Sequel - Week 1 - The Rev. Michael Love (Text)

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Read Pastor Michael's December 27, 2009 sermon.

The reading was Luke 2:41-52.

This is the first sermon in his Christmas: The Sequel series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Jesus is the Gift: Christmas Eve, 2009 - The Rev. Michael Love (Text)


Read Pastor Michael's Christmas Eve 2009 sermon.

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Homily for Christmas Eve 2009 - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's Christmas Eve, December 24, 2009 sermon. This was given at the 8:30pm service

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God's Christmas Gift to You: Joy - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's December 20, 2009 sermon.

This is the fourth sermon in their Jesus is the Gift series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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God's Christmas Gift to You: Love - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Michael's December 13, 2009 sermon.

This is the third sermon in their Jesus is the Gift series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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God's Christmas Gift to You: Peace - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Michael's December 6, 2009 sermon.

This is the second sermon in their Jesus is the Gift series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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God's Christmas Gift to You: Hope - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's November 29, 2009 sermon.

The reading was Luke 21: 25-36.

This is the first sermon in their Jesus is the Gift series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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We Are Called to Thanksgiving - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)


Listen to and read Pastor Michael's November 22, 2009 sermon.

The reading was John 18:33-37.

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Other Campfires - Part 2 - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Michael's November 15, 2009 sermon.

Read and listen to part 1 of Other Campfires. Pastor Michael preached this on his first Sunday at First Church, July 5, 2009.

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The Ways We Care - Part 4 - Gifts - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's November 8, 2009 sermon.

This is the fourth sermon in their The Ways We Care series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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The Ways We Care - Part 3 - Service - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)


Read and listen to Pastor Michael's October 25, 2009 sermon.

This is the third sermon in their The Ways We Care series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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The Ways We Care - Part 2 - Presence - The Rev. Michael Love (Text and Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Michael's October 18, 2009 sermon.

This is the second sermon in Pastor Michael and Pastor Laurie's The Ways We Care series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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The Ways We Care - Part 1 - Witness - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's October 11, 2009 sermon.

This is the first sermon in their The Ways We Care series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Women, Water & Wellness - Deborah Katina (Audio & Presentation)

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Deborah Katina was our guest preacher on Sunday, October 4, 2009.

to her message.

View the slides which accompanied her sermon here.

The sermon audio starts with the Rev Michael Love introducing the Rev. Vy Nguyen who will introduce Deborah Katina. Rev. Nguyen is the Associate Director of the Northern California/Northern Nevada Office of Church World Service.

The reading was John 4:5-15.

Deborah was the first of our Special Mission Visitors. Learn more about our Special Mission Visitors program here.

Deborah Katina is from the Nairobi, Kenya office of Church World Service (CWS) where she heads the CWS projects in Kenya and Uganda that bring good water – literally, the water of life – to peoples in those two sub-Saharan countries. She spoke to us about the ongoing water projects themselves and witness to the transformation the projects bring to the health and well being of the people. This CWS work is funded in part through our World Service Apportionments.



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Jesus and Good Health - Part 2 - Resolving Conflict - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Michael909d150176.jpgListen to and read Michael's September 27, 2009 sermon.

This is the second sermon in his Jesus and Good Health series.

The reading was Matthew 18:15-20.




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Jesus and Good Health - Part 1 - Personal Responsibility - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

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Listen to Michael's September 20, 2009 sermon.

The reading was Luke 9:18-27.

Before the sermon we heard a video of First Church members answering the question "Who do you say Jesus is?". During the sermon Pastor Michael showed us a clip from the movie Wall-E.

Download a .pdf of Pastor Michael's preaching notes for this sermon.

This is the first sermon in his Jesus and Good Health series.



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Report From The Field - Sierra Service Project Youth (Audio)


Listen to the September 20, 2009 sermon preached by four of our youth who went on a Sierra Service Project mission trip this summer to Greenfield, CA in the northern Sierras.

The reading was Matthew 25:31-40.

During their trip they did plenty of roof repairs, building porches and wheelchair ramps as well weatherization projects and painting. Our group joined youth from 4 other churches all over California and Oregon.



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The One Anothers - Part 4 - Live in Harmony - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read the Rev. Michael Love's September 6, 2009 sermon.

The reading was Romans 12:9-18.

The book mentioned in the sermon is The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs.

This is the fourth and last sermon in Pastor Michael's The One Anothers series.

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The One Anothers - Part 3 - Peace vs. Truce - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

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Listen to Michael's August 30, 2009 sermon.

The reading was Mark 9:42-50.

This is the third sermon in his The One Anothers series.

Download an outline/study guide to this sermon.

In the sermon Pastor Michael mentions The One Anothers list. Download a .pdf of this list.



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The One Anothers - Part 2 - Forgive One Another - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Michael's August 23, 2009 sermon.

This is the second sermon in his The One Anothers series.

Download a .pdf of this sermon.

The book mentioned in the sermon is Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive by Brian Jones.


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The One Anothers - Part 1 - Sing to One Another - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)


Listen to and read Michael's August 16, 2009 sermon.

This is the first sermon in his The One Anothers series.

Download a pdf of this sermon.

In the sermon Pastor Michael mentions The One Anothers list. Download a .pdf of this list.


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The Purposes of Jesus - Purpose 5 -That All Shall Make It - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)



Listen to and read Michael's August 9, 2009 sermon.

Todays reading: Mark 10:17-31.

This is the last sermon in his The Purposes of Jesus series.

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The Purposes of Jesus - Purpose 4 - That All Shall Tend Gardens - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's August 2, 2009 sermon.

This is the third sermon in the The Purposes of Jesus series.

The reading was John 6:24-35.

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The Purposes of Jesus - Purpose 3 - That All Shall Be Fed - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Michael's July 26, 2009 sermon.

The sermon audio begins with Pastor Laurie reading today's Gospel lesson, John 6:1-21.

This is the third sermon in his The Purposes of Jesus series.

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The Purposes of Jesus - Purpose 1 - That All Shall Be Accepted - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read That All Shall Be Accepted, the Rev. Michael Love's July 12, 2009 sermon.

This is the first sermon in his The Purposes of Jesus series.

The reading was Mark 6: 14-29.

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Other Campfires - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Michael's July 5, 2009 sermon. This was his first sermon as Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto.

The reading was Mark 6:1-13.

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July 5, 2009 Children's Message (Audio)


On Sunday, July 5, 2009 we welcomed our new pastors to First Church.

Keith Perry introduced Michael Love, Laurie McHugh and Cate Noellert to the children. The kids even had some great questions for them!



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Greeting - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)



Sunday, July 5, 2009 was the Rev. Laurie McHugh's first Sunday as the Associate Pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto.

Listen to her speak about coming to Palo Alto, as well as about change and growth. She also reads today's Gospel, Mark 6:1-13.





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Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday Worship – April 13, 7 PM in the Sanctuary

Good Friday Worship – April 14, 7 PM in the Sanctuary


Easter Sunday
April 16
7 AM – Sunrise service on the patio

8:00-10:30 AM – Breakfast in Fellowship Hall

8:45 AM – Upstream casual service in the Chapel

9:45 AM – Sunday School for Children in the Butterfly Room

10:45 AM – Traditional service in the Sanctuary with the "Hallelujah Chorus"

12:15 PM – Egg hunt and party for children