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Sermons Preached at First Church in 2011

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

Sermons by Year

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2012 Sermons          2011 Sermons          2010 Sermons          2009 Sermons



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Christmas Day 2011 Sermon - The Rev. Sione Halafau (audio)

Listen to Rev. Sione Halafau's Chirstmas Day 2011 sermon.

The reading was Luke 2:9-20.



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Christmas Eve 2011 Sermon - The Right Place, the Right Time - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's 11:00pm Chirstmas Eve 2011 sermon.

The reading was Luke 2:9-20.



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Christmas Eve 2011 Homily - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's Christmas Eve 2011 homily. This was preached at the 8:30 Lessons and Carols Service.

The reading was Luke 2:9-20.



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December 18, 2011 - Are We There Yet? - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's December 18, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Luke 2:1-7.



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December 11, 2011 - Blessed is She Who Believes - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's December 11, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Luke 1:39-45.



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December 4, 2011 - Jacob of Bethlehem: Mercy - The Rev. Laurie McHugh

Listen to Pastor Laurie's December 4, 2011 sermon.

This was the second sermon in the Journey series.

The reading was Matthew 1:18-24.



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November 20, 2011 - The Power of a Grateful Heart - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's November 20, 2011 sermon.

The reading was 2 Corinthians 9:1-12.



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November 13, 2011 - For Mature Audiences Only (the Tithe) - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's November 13, 2011 sermon.




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November 6, 2011 - Managing Your (God's) Money - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's November 6, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 19:16-22.



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October 16, 2011 - Boundary Crossing - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's October 16, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Mark 7:24-30.



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October 9, 2011 - Each Day a New Beginning - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's October 9, 2011 sermon.

This was the last sermon in the "Exploring Questions of Faith" series.

The reading was Matthew 6:25-34.

September 18 to October 9, 2011 Sermon Series
Exploring Questions of Faith : If you've ever wondered why the innocent suffer or why prayers go unanswered, you don't want to miss this series. We'll take a careful look from a posture of faith and caring at some tough questions.



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October 2, 2011 - When the Lead Breaks - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's October 2, 2011 sermon.

This was the third sermon in the "Exploring Questions of Faith" series.

The reading was Mark 4:35-41.

September 18 to October 9, 2011 Sermon Series
Exploring Questions of Faith : If you've ever wondered why the innocent suffer or why prayers go unanswered, you don't want to miss this series. We'll take a careful look from a posture of faith and caring at some tough questions.



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September 25, 2011 - Fitting In or Becoming Fit - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's September 25, 2011 sermon.

This was the second sermon in the "Exploring Questions of Faith" series.

The reading was John 5:1-17.

September 18 to October 9, 2011 Sermon Series
Exploring Questions of Faith : If you've ever wondered why the innocent suffer or why prayers go unanswered, you don't want to miss this series. We'll take a careful look from a posture of faith and caring at some tough questions.



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September 18, 2011 - Backpack Blessings - The Rev. Sione Halafau (Audio)

Listen to the Rev. Sione Halafau's September 18, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Revelation John 8:1-11.

Rev. Halafau is the pastor of the First Tongan United Methodist Church of Palo Alto.



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August 21, 2011 - Cleaning House - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's August 21, 2011 sermon.

This was the first sermon in the "Getting Ready for Company" series.

The reading was Revelation 21:1-7.

August 21 to September 11, 2011 Sermon Series
August 21 to September 11: Getting Ready for Company : We'll explore the ways that God calls us to make ready to meet our neighbors. Ever need help taking your place in a community? Whether that's a town, a job, a school, a church, or anywhere people try to get together and get along, this series has something for you.



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August 14, 2011 - Faithfulness - The Rev. Laurie McHugh

Listen to Pastor Laurie's August 14, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Ruth 2:1-13.



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August 7, 2011 - True Friendship - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's August 7, 2011 sermon.

This was the third sermon in the "Life of David" series.

The reading was 1 Samuel 20:4-9, 16-17.




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July 24, 2011 - God's Unlikely Heroes - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's July 24, 2011 sermon.

This was the first sermon in the "Life Lessons" series.

The reading was 1 Samuel 16:1, 4-12.

July 24 to August 14, 2011 Sermon Series
Life Lessons : We'll take a look at topics close to our life experiences through the lens of the life of King David. Join us for these 4 sermons: "God's Unlikely Heroes", "Stabbed in the Back", "True Friendship" and "Faithfulness."



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July 10, 2011 - Lessons from the Farm - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's July 10, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.



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July 3, 2011 - Scars and Stripes : Liberty and the Trial of Rev. Amy DeLong - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

Michael711aSmall.jpgRead and listen to Pastors Michael's July 3, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Galatians 6:1-10.

Download Michael's sermon here.

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Background: The trial of the Rev. Amy DeLong, a lesbian clergywoman in Wisconsin, took place June 21-23, 2011. DeLong, a clergy member of the Wisconsin Annual (regional) Conference for 14 years who currently serves as director of an advocacy group, initiated the case in 2009 when she agreed to officiate at the union of a lesbian couple. That same year, she registered with her partner of nearly 16 years under Wisconsin's Domestic Partnership Law. She reported both actions to the annual conference. The Book of Discipline, the denomination's law book, states that "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching."

In this sermon Pastor Michael shared the outcome of that trial and it's bearing upon our understanding of liberty, in the life of the church and in the nation.


Scars and Stripes : Liberty and the Trial of Rev. Amy DeLong
The Rev. Michael Love

July 3, 2011
The First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto
Galatians 6:1-10

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June 19, 2011 - The Fabulous Storyteller - Ken Shafer (Text)

KShafer611c.jpgOur guest preacher on Sunday, June 19, 2011 was Ken Shafer.

Ken has been a member of First Palo Alto for many years, serving as a Bible study leader and choir member as well as the Administrative Board secretary. He recently moved out of the area. An avid student of the Old Testament, Ken preached at the 9:00 and 10:25 services.

The reading was 1 Samuel 25:2-42.

Download a copy of this sermon.

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June 12, 2011 - Day 50 and Beyond: Be, See, Do - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's June 12, 2011 sermon.

It was the seventh and last sermon in the Catch Fire in 50 Days series.

The reading was Luke 24:13-35.

May/June 2011 Sermon Series

“Catch Fire in 50 Days.” Download the study guide here.



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June 5, 2011 - Start More Fires - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's June 5, 2011 sermon.

This was the sixth sermon in the Catch Fire in 50 Days series.

The reading was John 17:1-11.

May/June 2011 Sermon Series

“Catch Fire in 50 Days.” Download the study guide here.



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May 29, 2011 - Spread Wildly - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's May 29, 2011 sermon.

This was the fifth sermon in the Catch Fire in 50 Days series.

The reading was John 14:15-21.

May 2011 Sermon Series

“Catch Fire in 50 Days.” Download the study guide here.



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May 22, 2011 - Fan the Flame - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio/Video)

The May 22, 2011 sermon was a combination audio/video parable.

This was the fourth sermon in the Catch Fire in 50 Days series.

The reading was John 14:1-14.

to the audio and watch the video below.

May 2011 Sermon Series

“Catch Fire in 50 Days.” Download the study guide here.



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May 15, 2011 - Shine Brightly - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's May 15, 2011 sermon.

This was the third sermon in the Catch Fire in 50 Days series.

The reading was John 10:1-10.

In the sermon Pastor Michael mentioned the Gifts and Talents survey. We invite you to fill out the survey here.

May 2011 Sermon Series

“Catch Fire in 50 Days.” Download the study guide here.



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May 8, 2011 - Keep It Burning - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's May 8, 2011 sermon.

It was the second sermon in the Catch Fire in 50 Days series.

The reading was Luke 24:13-35.



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May 1, 2011 - Catch Fire - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

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Listen to Pastors Michael's May 1, 2011 sermon.

This was the first sermon in the Catch Fire in 50 Days series.

The reading was John 20:19-31.

May 2011 Sermon Series

“Catch Fire in 50 Days.” Download the study guide here.



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Easter Sunday 2011 Sermon - Revs. Michael Love & Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to the Easter Sunday sermon preached by Revs. Michael Love and Laurie McHugh.

This was the sixth sermon in their "Thrive! New Life in the Risen Lord" series. It was preached on April 24, 2011.

At the end of the sermon, we held our traditional community sing of the Hallelujah Chorus on the chancel steps.

The reading was Matthew 28:1-10.

Pastor Michael showed the following video during the sermon.



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Palm Sunday 2011 Sermon - The Rev. Michael Love (Video & Audio)

MichaelSm.jpgListen to Pastors Michael's Palm Sunday sermon.

This was the fifth sermon in the Thrive! series and was preached on April 17, 2011.

The reading was Matthew 2:1-11.







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April 3, 2011 Sermon - The Rev Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's April 3, 2011 sermon.

This was the third sermon in the Thrive! series.

The reading was Ephesians 5:8-14.



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March 27, 2011 - Thrive! Week 2 - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

LaurieBubbles150200.jpgListen to Pastor Laurie's March 27, 2011 sermon.

It was the second sermon in the Thrive! series.

The reading was John 4:5-42.








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March 13, 2011 - Apathy's Antidote - Rev. Gary Henderson (Audio)

RevGaryHenderson150160.jpgThe Rev. Gary Henderson was our guest preacher on Sunday, March 13, 2011. He serves as the Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church.

to his message.

As executive director, Henderson is working with a steering committee to develop a communications and fund-raising strategy, create partnerships to expand the reach of the church and collaborate with agencies involved in global health issues. He is also working to map out the distribution of health resources across the globe, aligning people and resources to meet urgent and critical needs and to maximize their effectiveness.

The Global Health Initiative is part of the church's long-term effort to raise awareness and understanding of global health issues. It aims to develop support and participation across the denomination for expanding health ministries, and to significantly reduce illness and death related to diseases of poverty such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

To learn more about Imagine No Malaria, please visit their website at www.imaginenomalaria.org

Before he began his sermon Rev. Henderson showed us the following video:

During his sermon he showed us the following video:



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March 6, 2011 - The Devil Didn't Make Me Do It - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's March 6, 2011 sermon.

The reading was 1st Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-2.



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February 27, 2011 - The Non-Anxious Presence - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's February 27, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 6:24-34.



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February 20, 2011 - In Our Own Best Interest? - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's February 20, 2011 sermon.

The reading was 1st Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-2.



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February 13, 2011 - Everybody's Gonna Be Okay - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's February 13, 2011 sermon.

The reading was 1st Corinthians 3:1-9.



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February 6, 2011 - It Gets Better - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's February 6, 2011 sermon.

The reading was 1st Corinthians 2:1-16.

During the sermon Pastor Michael mentioned videos from the It Gets Better Project.



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January 30, 2011 - Get a Job - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's January 30, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 5:1-12.

During the sermon Pastor Michael showed the following video:



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January 23, 2011 - Get a Plan - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's January 23, 2011 sermon.

Download a .pdf of this sermon.

The reading was Matthew 4:12-23.

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January 16, 2011 - Get a Life - Rick Eaton (Audio)

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Rick Eaton was our guest preacher on Sunday, January 16, 2011.

to his message.

View the slides which accompanied his sermon here.

The reading was John 1:29-42.

Rick Eaton is the director of the Sierra Service Project. SSP is a non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing homes in Native American and urban communities and building homes in Honduras. They invite high school age youth and young adults to experience the profound power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own.

Each summer, approximately 1,500 teenagers, 250 adult volunteers and over 40 paid summer staff live, worship and work together on six different project sites. Together, their work results in over 130 safer, drier and more comfortable homes.

For the last few years a group of First Church youth has participated in an SSP project. If you are interested in going on this year's SSP trip, please contact our youth director, Pastor Shijung 650-323-6167 x102.



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January 9, 2011 - Get a Clue - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's January 9, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 3:13-17.



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January 2, 2011 - Get a Friend - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's January 2, 2011 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 2:1-12.



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