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Sermons Preached at First Church in 2012

Sermon Archives Sorted by Pastor and Year

Sermons by Pastor

Pastor Sadie Stone          Rev. Linda Holbrook          Rev. Michael Love          ;

Rev. Sione Halafau          Rev. Laurie McHugh

Sermons by Year

2014 Sermons          2013 Sermons          2012 Sermons          2011 Sermons          

2010 Sermons          2009 Sermons



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November 18, 2012 - Sermon - David Carman (Audio)

David Carman delivers the Message at First Church Palo Alto

Our guest preacher on Sunday, November 25, 2012 was David Carman. David is a member of our young adult fellowship.

The reading was John 18:33-37



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November 18, 2012 - It's All About the Mission - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

A Sermon by Pastor Michael LoveListen to Pastor Michael's November 18, 2012 Thanksgiving sermon.

The reading was Matthew 6:25-33.







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November 11, 2012 - Openly Christian - Doris Lippit (Audio)

Our guest preacher on Laity Sunday, November 11, 2012 was Doris Lippit. Doris is our Lay Leader.

The reading was Mark 12:38-44



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October 28, 2012 - Luke, I Am Your Father - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

A Sermon by Pastor Michael LoveListen to Pastor Michael's October 28, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Mark 10:46-52.







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October 21, 2012 - Are You Ready to Get Blisters for Jesus? - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo Alto
Listen to Pastors Sadie's October 21, 2012 sermon.

The reading was 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 .




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October 14, 2012 - Give Till It Feels Good - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

A Sermon by Pastor Michael LoveListen to Pastor Michael's October 14, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Luke 21:1-4.







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September 23, 2012 - Committed to Christ: Bible Reading - Emily Allen (Audio)

Our guest preacher on Sunday, September 23, 2012 was Emily Allen.

Emily is former member of First Church, and she was a delegate to the 2012 United Methodist General Conferemce.

The reading was 2 Timothy 3:10-17.



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September 16, 2012 - Committed to Christ: Prayer - Pastor Michael Love (Audio)

A Sermon by Pastor Michael LoveListen to Pastor Michael's September 16, 2012 sermon.

The reading was John 6:59-69.

The reading was Luke 6:12-19.





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September 9, 2012 - Almost Persuaded - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo Alto
Listen to Pastors Sadie's September 9, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Acts 26:27-31 & Galatians 5:22-24.




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August 26, 2012 - What's Love Got to Do with It? - Rev. Michael Love (audio)

A Sermon by Pastor Michael LoveListen to Pastor Michael's August 26, 2012 sermon.

The reading was John 6:59-69.

Here is the video that was shown during the sermon.







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August 26, 2012 - Children's Message - Keri Onan-Levy (Audio)

Children's Time at First UMC Palo AltoOur Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Keri Onan-Levy gave the children's message on Sunday, August 26, 2012.

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August 19, 2012 - Not Your Usual Happy Meal - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo Alto
Listen to Pastors Sadie's August 19, 2012 sermon.

The reading was John 6:51-58.




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August 19, 2012 - Children' Message - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Pastor Michael gave the children's message on Sunday, August 5, 2012.

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August 12, 2012 - Naked Spirituality 7: Again...Someday - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

A Sermon by Pastor Michael LoveListen to Pastor Michael's August 12, 2012 sermon.

This was the sixth sermon in the monthly "Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words" series. This month's word focus was "When".

The reading was Psalm 42.




Need to catch up on the past Naked Spirtuality sermons? Listen to:

Month 1 - "Here"
Month 2 - "Thanks"
Month 3 - "O"
Month 4 - "Sorry"
Month 5 - "Help"
Month 6 - "Please"


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August 12, 2012 - Children's Message - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

Pastor Sadie Stone gave the children's message on Sunday, August 12, 2012.

She spoke to the children about Psalms and groaning.

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August 5, 2012 - Which Bread Are You Looking For? - The Rev. Sione Halafau (Audio)

Listen to the Rev. Sione Halafau's August 5, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Revelation John 6:24-35.

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



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July 29, 2012 Sermon - The Brag Book - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

A Sermon by Pastor Michael LoveListen to Pastors Michael's July 29, 2012 sermon.

The reading was John 6:1-21.




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July 29, 2012 - Children's Message - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

Children's Time at First UMC Palo AltoPastor Sadie Stone gave the children's message on Sunday, July 29, 2012.

She spoke to the children about Jesus feeding 5000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish.

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July 22, 2012 - Finding Kairos - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

Pastor Sadie Stone preaches at First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastors Sadie's July 22, 2012 sermon. This was her first sermon at First Church.

The reading was Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.




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July 22, 2012 - Children's Message - Rev Michael Love (Audio)

Rev. Michael Love gave the children's message on Sunday, July 22, 2012.

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July 15, 2012 - Can't Stop Dancing - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's July 15, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Mark 6:14-29.




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July 15, 2012 - Children's Message - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

Our Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Keri Onan-Levy gave the children's message on Sunday, July 15, 2012.

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July 8, 2012 - Naked Spirituality 6: "Please" - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Michael's July 8, 2012 sermon.

This was the sixth sermon in the monthly "Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words" series. This month's word focus was "Please".

The reading was Mark 2:1-12.




Need to catch up on the past Naked Spirtuality sermons? Listen to:

Month 1 - "Here"
Month 2 - "Thanks"
Month 3 - "O"
Month 4 - "Sorry"
Month 5 - "Help"


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July 8, 2012 - Children's Message - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

Big Kids Children's Time at First ChurchPastor Sadie Stone gave the children's message on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

She spoke to the children about Stretcher Bearers. Many of the children who attend the 10:45 service were away, so some of the "big kids" became stretcher bearers.

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July 1, 2012 - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's July 1, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Mark 5:21-43.




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June 10, 2012 - Naked Spirituality 5: "Help" - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Laurie's June 10, 2012 sermon.

This was the fifth sermon in the monthly "Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words" series. This month's word focus was "Help".

The reading was 1 Chronicles 4:1a, 7-10.




Need to catch up on Pastor Laurie's Naked Spirtuality sermons? Listen to:

Month 1 - "Here"
Month 2 - "Thanks"
Month 3 - "O"
Month 4 - "Sorry"


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May 20, 2012 - Messengers - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's May 20, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Luke 24:44-53.




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May 13, 2012 - Naked Spirituality 4: "Sorry" - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Laurie's May 13, 2012 sermon.

This was the fourth sermon in the monthly "Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words" series. This month's word focus was "Sorry".

The readings were Psalm 51:1-12 and Psalm 32:1-5.




Need to catch up on Pastor Laurie's Naked Spirtuality sermons? Listen to:

Month 1 - "Here"
Month 2 - "Thanks"
Month 3 - "O"


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May 6, 2012 - The True Vine - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's May 6, 2012 sermon.

The reading was John 15:1-8.




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April 29, 2012 - I Know My Own - Keri Onan-Levy (Audio)

Our guest preacher on Sunday, April 29, 2012 was Keri Onan-Levy.

Keri is the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at First Church.

The reading was John 10:11-18.

The letter of favorite Bible verses that Keri mentioned in her sermon can be downloaded here.



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April 22, 2012 Sermon - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's April 22, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Luke 24:36b-48.




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April 15, 2012 - Naked Spirituality 3: "O" - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Laurie's April 15, 2012 sermon.

This was the third sermon in the monthly "Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words" series. This month's word focus was "O".

The readings were Psalm 95:1-7, Psalm 150:1-6 and Romans 11:33-36.




Need to catch up on Pastor Laurie's Naked Spirtuality sermons? Listen to:

Month 1 - "Here"

Month 2 - "Thanks"


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Easter 2012 Sermons - Revs. Michael Love and Sione Halafau

Listen to the Easter Sunday 2012 sermons, which were preached by Pastor Michael Love and Pastor Sione Halafau.

The readings were Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 and John 20:1-18.

Listen to Pastor Michael's Sermon

Listen to Pastor Sione's Sermon



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Palm Sunday 2012 - The Sign of the Golden Gate - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's Palm Sunday 2012 sermon, which was preached on April 1, 2012.

The readings were Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Mark 11:1-11 and Mark 14:1-2, 10-16.




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March 25, 2012 - True Grit: God's Persistence - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's March 25, 2012 sermon.

The readings were Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33.




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March 18, 2012 - Strange Medicine - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's March 18, 2012 sermon.

The readings were Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.




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March 11, 2012 - Naked Spirituality 2: Thanks - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Naked-Spirituality150227.jpgListen to Pastor Laurie's March 11, 2012 sermon.

This was the second sermon in the monthly "Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words" series. This month's word focus was "Thanks".

The readings were Matthew 6:25-33; Philippians 4:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 .




Need to catch up? Listen to Pastor Laurie’s first Naked Spirituality sermon, “Here.”



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March 4, 2012 - New Kids on the Block - Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's March 4, 2012 sermon.

The readings were Genesis 17:1-7, 15-26 and Mark 8:31-38.



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February 26, 2012 - God's Best Offer - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's February 26, 2012 sermon.

The readings were Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15.




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February 19, 2012 - Accepting the Invitation - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's February 19, 2012 sermon.

The readings was Mark 9:2-9.




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February 12, 2012 - Grace Out of Bounds - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's February 12, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Mark 1:40-45.

Pastor Michael talks about the only three true job interview questions.




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February 5, 2012 - Naked Spirituality 1: Here - Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Naked-Spirituality150227.jpgListen to Pastor Laurie's February 5, 2012 sermon.

This was the first sermon in the monthly "Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words" series. This month's word focus was "Here".

The reading was Exodus 3:1-15.





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January 29, 2012 - The Gift of Boldness - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's January 29, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Luke 10:1-9.

This was the fourth and last sermon in the "Twas the Day After Christmas" series.




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January 22, 2012 - The Gift of Commitment - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's January 22, 2012 sermon.

This was the third sermon in the "Twas the Day After Christmas" series.

The reading was Mark 1:14-20.




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January 15, 2012 - The Gift of Prayer - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's January 15, 2012 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 6:5-15.



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January 8, 2012 - The Gift of Belonging - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's January 8, 2012 sermon.

The reading was John 21:1-8.



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January 1, 2012 - Sorting Things Out - The Rev. Michael Love (audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael's January 1, 2012 sermon.

The reading was John 21:1-8.



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