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Sermons by the Rev. Laurie McHugh

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

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It was the second sermon in the Thrive! series.

The reading was John 4:5-42.








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

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

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The reading was Matthew 4:12-23.

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December 26, 2010 - The Voice of Fulfillment - Revs. Michael Love and Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael and Laurie's December 26, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 2:13-23.

During the sermon Pastor Michael showed the following video.



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8:30pm Christmas Eve 2010 Meditation - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's Christmas Eve 2010 meditation from the 8:30pm Candlelight Service.

The title of the sermon was We Welcome the Holy Guest.

The reading was Luke 2:1-20.

The service also included a selection of poems and non-scriptural readings. You can read them below.

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The Voice of Peace - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's sermon from December 19, 2010.

The title of the sermon was The Voice of Peace.

The reading was Matthew 1:18-25.



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Gifts That Last - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's November 14, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Isaiah 65:17-25.

The books Pastor Laurie mentions in the sermon are Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Bishop Robert Schnase, and Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church by Reggie McNeil.



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Healed for Thanksgiving, Healed to Serve - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text and Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's October 10, 2010 sermon.

The books Pastor Laurie mentions in the sermon are Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and Five Practices of Fruitful Living, by Bishop Robert Schnase.

Download a .pdf of this sermon.

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Staking a Claim - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text)

Read Pastor Laurie's September 26, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15.

This was the fourth sermon in the Intentional Faith Development sermon series.

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Take Off Your Shoes - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text)

Read Pastor Laurie's August 8, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Exodus 3:1-12.

This was the first sermon in the Passionate Worship sermon series.

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Unstoppable Hospitality - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (text)

Read Pastor Laurie's August 1, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Luke 13:10-19.

This was the last sermon in the Radical Hospitality sermon series.

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Reflecting Grace - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text)

Read Pastor Laurie's July 18, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 20:19-31.

This was the second sermon in the Radical Hospitality sermon series.

The books Pastor Laurie mentions in the sermon are Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and Five Practices of Fruitful Living, by Bishop Robert Schnase.


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"Parents, be Still!" - Mother's Day Message -The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's sermon for Mother's Day, May 9, 2010.

The reading were Psalm 46:1-3, 10 and Proverbs 22:6, 3:1-8.

You can view video that was shown during this sermon is embedded below.

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Living Easter in the Real World - Week 2 - There's An App for That - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's April 18, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 21:1-19.

This is the second sermon in the Living Easter in the Real World post-Easter sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Living Easter in the Real World - Week 1 - Friended By God - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's April 11, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 20:19-31.

This is the first sermon in the Living Easter in the Real World post-Easter sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Sermon Series - Living Easter in the Real World

Revs. Michael Love, Laurie McHugh preached the post-Easter sermon series, Living Easter in the Real World, over three Sundays beginning on April 11, 2010.

Read and listen to the three sermons in the series:

April 11, 2010 - Friended by God - The Rev. Laurie McHugh
April 18, 2010 - There's An App for That - The Rev. Laurie McHugh
April 25, 2010 - Do You Know the Way to Sim City? - The Rev. Michael Love



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Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus: Triumph - Week 6 - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Laurie's March 28, 2010, Palm Sunday sermon.

The reading was Luke 19:28-40.

This is the sixth sermon in the Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus Lenten sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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Sermon Series - Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus

Revs. Michael Love, Laurie McHugh and Robert Hamerton-Kelly preached the Lenten sermon series, Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus, over six Sundays beginning on February 21, 2010.

Read and listen to the six sermons in the series:

February 21, 2010 - Turning the Corner - The Rev. Michael Love
February 28, 2010 - Repentence - The Rev. Michael Love
March 7, 2010 - Forgiveness - The Rev. Dr. Robert Hamerton-Kelly
March 14, 2010 - Reconciliation - The Rev. Michael Love
March 21, 2010 - Rebirth - The Rev. Michael Love
March 28, 2010 - Triumph - The Rev. Laurie McHugh



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Of Mountaintops and Valleys - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)


Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's February 14, 2010 sermon for Transfiguration Sunday.

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Christmas: The Sequel - Week 4 - Who is the Christmas Story About? - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's January 24, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew Matthew 5:1-16 (The Beatitides).

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

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Sermon Series - Christmas: The Sequel - Revs. Michael Love and Laurie McHugh

The Rev. Michael Love and the Rev. Laurie McHugh preached the sermon series, Christmas: The Sequel, over the seven Sundays beginning on December 27, 2009.

Read and listen to the six sermons in the series:

December 27, 2009 - Christmas : The Sequel - The Rev. Michael Love
January 10, 2010 - How Is the Christmas Story "True - The Rev. Michael Love
January 17, 2010 - Why is the Christmas Story "True"?? - The Rev. Michael Love
January 24, 2010 - Who is the Christmas Story About? - The Rev. Laurie McHugh
January 31, 2010 - What Ever Happened to the Christmas Story? - The Rev. Michael Love
February 7, 2010 - The Christmas Story Now - The Rev. Michael Love



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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: 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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Sermon Series - Jesus is the Gift - Revs. Michael Love and Laurie McHugh

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The Rev. Michael Love and the Rev. Laurie McHugh preached the sermon series, Jesus Is The Gift, over the four Sundays of Advent beginning on November 29, 2009.

Read and listen to the four sermons in the series:

November 29, 2009 - God's Christmas Gift to You: Hope - The Rev. Laurie McHugh
December 6, 2009 - God's Christmas Gift to You: Peace - The Rev. Michael Love
December 13, 2009 - God's Christmas Gift to You: Love - The Rev. Michael Love
December 20, 2009 - God's Christmas Gift to You: Joy - The Rev. Laurie McHugh



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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 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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Sermon Series - The Ways We Care - Revs. Michael Love and Laurie McHugh

The Rev. Michael Love and the Rev. Laurie McHugh preached the sermon series, The One Anothers, over five Sundays beginning on October 17, 2009.

Read and listen to the four sermons in the series:

October 11, 2009 - Witness - The Rev. Laurie McHugh
October 18, 2009 - Presence - The Rev. Michael Love
October 25, 2009 - Service - The Rev. Michael Love
November 8, 2009 - Gifts - The Rev. Laurie McHugh



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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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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