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February 22 - March 29

The sabbath is at the same time familiar and foreign to us. The rhythm of a seven-day week with Sunday as a day "off" is integral to how we (and most people around the world) function, to the point that we mostly take it for granted. But the biblical idea of sabbath is so much more than a day of rest after six days of work. During the season of Lent—the six weeks leading up to Easter—we will explore the significance that sabbath still holds for us today in a society where our work and our leisure together devour our time. In a world sick with hurry, anxiety, and impatience, sabbath could be just the medicine we need.

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Advent 2018

The magi of the Christmas story brought three gifts to the infant Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Tradition has long ascribed symbolic meaning to these gifts: gold symbolizes Jesus's royalty, frankincense, his divinity, and myrrh, his mortality. This series delves into these three gifts, examines the significance of these three aspects of Jesus's nature, and urges us to think seriously about what gifts we ourselves bring to the Christ child.

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November 11 - December 9, 2018

Jerusalem had deteriorated and nearly come to ruin, but when God's people realized that God had a vibrant future in mind for them, they said to one another, "Let's rise up and build." We believe that God has a vibrant future in mind for Milford Presbyterian Church, and now is our time to rise up and meet the opportunities that lie before us.

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September 9 - November 4, 2018

Some of the most memorable moments of Jesus's life and ministry are his miraculous deeds—actions that awed crowds and set people to talking far beyond the Galilean countryside. Sometimes we treat these events as mere spectacle: raw demonstrations of God's power and proof of the Christ's divine origins. But there is so much more to these stories. They convey nothing short of the very heart and will of God, and through them we glimpse the greatest miracle of all: God's care and concern for this world and everyone in it.

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Summer 2018

The prophet Ezekiel stands out among the prophets of the Old Testament as eccentric and extreme—called by God not only to deliver harsh messages, but in his own life and action to experience and embody the plight of Israel and the wrath of God. Yet in the midst of God's judgment on the chosen people of Israel, there are glimmers of hope, hints of restoration. Can a people who have utterly failed be redeemed? Can lives that have been wasted find purpose again? Can dry, dead bones live again?

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May 27 - June 10, 2018

Few doctrines are more central to the Christian faith than the Holy Trinity, the idea that God exists in three "persons" without compromising God's oneness. This apparently self-contradictory notion lies at the heart of the Christian understanding of the nature of God and how God is at work in the world. This series explores the depth of this important doctrine and what it means for us today.

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April 8 - May 13, 2018

In his ministry, Jesus did not set out to start a religion; his goal was to start a movement. He gathered around himself people who were willing to learn from him and to follow him. These disciples would continue the work—the movement—of the kingdom of God for generations after he was gone. But it is no small commitment to be a disciple of Jesus. Jesus asks for nothing less than all that we have and all that we are. Are we willing to walk the way of discipleship?

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Lent 2018

Before the people of God were ushered into the Promised Land, they spent forty years wandering in the wilderness. For Israel, it was a necessary season to purge them of their stubborn insistence on returning to their predictable past, and a season to train them to trust in the God who had liberated them from oppression. So many centuries later, we still wander, we still are anxious about an uncertain future, and we still struggle to trust in God. This Lent, we come to terms with our wandering and we fix our eyes upon the one who has made a path through the wilderness.

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January 7 - February 11, 2017

What happens when the unchanging good news of God comes into contact with the ever-changing forces of human culture? What happens when culturally-conditioned Christians seek to live out the imperatives of the gospel? There are no easy answers to these questions, but navigating the difficulties of culture shock is a central part of faithful Christian living in the 21st century. This sermon series will dive into these complexities with the hope of opening new possibilities for faithful Christian discipleship today.

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Advent 2017

Israel awaited the advent—the coming—of an anointed one, and Christians believe that this waiting was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. These days, the season of Advent is an annual tradition, as much tied to the pomp and pandemonium of Christmas as decked halls and impulsive purchases. But as old and familiar as Advent may seem, its purpose is nothing of the sort. Advent is an annual reminder that God is doing a new thing in us and in the world. Advent is a season to ready ourselves for the surprise of our lives.

In Baptism, we participate in Jesus' death and resurrection. In Baptism, we die to what separates us from God and are raised to newness of life in Christ. Baptism points us back to the grace of God expressed in Jesus Christ, who died for us and who was raised for us. Baptism points us forward to that same Christ who will fulfill God's purpose in God's promised future.

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“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14)

whirlEvery Sunday we seek to provide the children of our church with an engaging and fun experience, no matter what their age. The goal of Sunday School is very simple: to teach children that God loves them and that the church is their family. With age-appropriate tools, our teachers are prepared week-in and week-out to help children grow in their understanding of those two basic truths.

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The purpose of confirmation at MPC is to help young people understand what it means to be Christian and Presbyterian, to help them articulate their personal faith, and to prepare them to become full members of the church. Students generally choose to take this step during their sixth grade year, but what really matters is that they do this when they feel the time is right for them.

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"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13).

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If you are pretty fun and kinda-young and have/could have school-aged kids, then this group is for you. We are an open group—always feel free to bring a friend and come with/without an RSVP! Any RSVP or questions can be directed to Kristen Anderson or Trisha Addy.

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Thus Says the Lord

September 7 - October 5, 2014

They're called "the minor prophets" because they didn't write lengthy tomes like the likes of Isaiah, Jeremiah, or Ezekiel, but that does not make them insignificant. The so-called minor prophets were called by God to deliver critical messages to God's people at important times in their collective life, and their words resonate even today for the church in the twenty-first century.

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November 27 - December 24, 2016 (Advent & Christmas)

The prophet Isaiah anticipates a coming king with four distinct and important titles: "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). These words came very quickly to be applied to Israel's long-awaited Messiah, the one who would come finally to shake off the yoke of Roman oppression and establish the reign of God once and for all. During the season of Advent, as we await God's long-expected savior, we examine the names—and the roles—of the one who has come, and who will come again.

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September 11 - November 20, 2016

The Old Testament is a daunting collection of ancient texts, comprised of numerous different genres and a wide range of historical settings and circumstances. But there is no doubt that some stories from the Hebrew Bible rise above the others. They’re the stories we learned in Sunday school. They make biblical characters memorable. They make God dynamic and personal. And, when we look at them closely, they make us aware of the exciting ways God is still at work. In this series, we look at the “Top Ten” of the Old Testament. We will find that there’s much more to these stories than our childhood Sunday school lessons led us to believe.

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July 17 - September 4, 2016

Abraham remains a central figure for the world's three largest religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and his story is filled with heartbreak, intrigue, faithfulness, and promise. As we explore this hero of the faith, we will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be faithful followers of Christ amid life's changing circumstances.

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May 22 - June 12, 2016

Through the prophet Amos, God has little kind to say to Israel, the so-called "chosen people." They have failed in their calling, neglected justice, fumbled worship, and lost trust in their God. Can't the same be said of each and every one of us...and of the church? The words of the prophet—words of judgment and justice—can help straighten out our skewed understandings of what it means to be God's people.

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April 3 - May 15, 2016

Three out of four gospels relate stories of encounters between Jesus and his followers after the resurrection. These encounters are quite different in tone and content from most of the interactions that take place before Jesus' death. They are especially instructive for us today because we, like those first disciples, encounter the risen Christ in a variety of ways.

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February 14 - March 27, 2016

The exodus from Egypt is the foundational story of God's people—not only in the literal sense that they became a nation after their release from captivity, but also in a deeper figurative sense in which the exodus story shapes the very core of their identity and their understanding of God. The exodus is a foundational story for Christians, too, standing as the most profound example of God's concern for the oppressed, a concern which is embodied in the life and death of Jesus. This Lenten season, we will trace the story of Israel's exodus from Egypt and at the same time reflect on the many ways in which the world is still held in bondage, always with an eye toward the redemption that has come in Jesus.

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Losing My Religion

January 10 - February 7, 2016

Paul's letter to the Galatian churches stands out in the New Testament as one of the most stark re-imaginings of what it means to be a part of God's family, calling into question many of the most foundational religious assumptions of the first century. Perhaps this letter can help us today, as many of our own foundational religious assumptions are in need of some re-imagining of their own.

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The Miracle of Christmas

November 29 - December 27, 2015 | Advent & Christmas

The event that we anticipate during Advent and celebrate during Christmas—God dwelling among us in Christ—is the single greatest miracle in the entire Christian story. During the weeks of Advent, we will explore this miracle from several angles, preparing ourselves to celebrate with joy God's coming to us on Christmas.

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Fall 2015

October 25 - November 22, 2015

In between sermon series, we spend some time on lectionary texts, ending with Christ the King Sunday on November 22.

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Songs of the Faith

September 13 - October 18, 2015

The songs that we sing in worship do more than almost anything else to shape how we think about, speak of, and act on our faith. This series will take a close look at six of the hymns that are sung most frequently in worship at the church on the corner. We will dive into the rich poetry, uncover resonances of the biblical story, and enrich our understanding of the songs of our faith.

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Jonah

July 19 - August 2, 2015

Jonah is famous for his three-night stay in the belly of a giant fish, but his time in the heart of the sea is not the heart of this story. The story is about God's relentless pursuit of the faithless (us), and it's also about God's ever-expansive love for the world and all who call it home.

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The Sermon on the Mount

May 17 - July 5, 2015

The Sermon on the Mount, an extended discourse by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, is Jesus' most iconic collection of teachings and it is the portion of scripture most often turned to in order to find the essence of Jesus' message. In these familiar words, Jesus conveys a worldview which threatens to disrupt everything we think we know about the world, leaving us in a place that is anything but familiar.

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The Healer

April 12 - May 10, 2015

Jesus did many things during his short life, but one of his more remarkable roles was that of healer. The gospels are rife with stories of Jesus healing the sick, the lame, the blind—even raising the dead. Not only does this tell us something very significant about the person of Jesus, but it also gives us a clue as to the nature of the kingdom that he preached, and about the God who is working to bring about that kingdom.

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Holy Week 2015

Maundy Thursday & Easter Sunday

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Sabbath

February 22 - March 29, 2015 | Lent

The sabbath is at the same time familiar and foreign to us. The rhythm of a seven-day week with Sunday as a day "off" is integral to how we (and most people around the world) function, to the point that we mostly take it for granted. But the biblical idea of sabbath is so much more than a day of rest after six days of work. During the season of Lent—the six weeks leading up to Easter—we will explore the significance that sabbath still holds for us today in a society where our work and our leisure together devour our time. In a world sick with hurry, anxiety, and impatience, sabbath could be just the medicine we need.

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The Great Ends of the Church

January 11 - February 15, 2015

More than one hundred years ago, our denomination adopted a set of statements collectively referred to as The Great Ends of the Church. Even now, in the twenty-first century, these statements capture so well the purpose and function of the church in the world. It is an extraordinary challenge to keep these "great ends" in focus as we go about our life and work as a local expression of the body of Christ, but each of them represents an essential task, and to the extent that any one of them is neglected, we fail to be who God has called us to be.

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A Light Is Dawning

December 1 - 24, 2014 | Advent

The prophet Isaiah speaks a great deal about the promise of God's light coming to the people of Israel. Looking back now more than 2,000 years later, Christians see the fulfillment of that promise in the birth of Jesus, the one Isaiah called "Immanuel," meaning "God-with-us." God's light is still dawning in this world, and one day we will all see the full glory of its brightness.

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Revelation: The World of the End

October 12 - November 23, 2014

Revelation is one of the most widely known and least understood books of the Bible. It is often thought to be about the end of the world, but this is not at all what its author intended—at least not the way we talk about "the end of the world" today. Instead, Revelation is a letter to the churches living in the context of the Roman Empire, a political power like none that the world had ever seen. Revelation gives the church not a vision of the end of the world, but of the world of the end, the world as God has always intended it to be.

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January 22 - February 26, 2017

The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Christians at Colossae—known to us as the book of Colossians—which seeks to address some of the challenges of being a follower of Jesus and a proclaimer of his good news in the context of first-century Rome. The ancient nature of this text and its prescriptions for the Colossian church belies the ways that Paul was seeking to subvert the ethos of the empire. Paul's willingness to undermine the Roman way of life for the sake of the gospel serves as a powerful challenge to twenty-first century subjects of global corporate imperialism.

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March 5 - April 16, 2017 (Lent)

The book of Psalms is one of the most familiar books of the Bible, even for those who do not call themselves Jews or Christians. It is a collection of 150 songs by a variety of authors in a wide range of circumstances. They give voice to every human emotion, all expressed in the context of covenant relationship to the God of Israel. During the season of Lent, we explore the many ways the psalmists cry out to God—in joy, pain, and everything in between—and in so doing, we delve more deeply into our own hearts and discover the prayers waiting to find a voice.

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April 30 - May 28, 2017

The idea of abundance is radical in a culture that constantly asks if there is enough: enough time, enough opportunity, enough money, enough food, and so on. We tend to live our lives with the assumption of scarcity—there is not enough—rather than living out of the abundance of God. In the midst of our worries about whether there is enough, celebrating the abundance of God takes the focus off ourselves and our needs and places it back where it belongs: on God's provision for creation.

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Summer 2017

We know (most of) their names, but we don't spend enough time with their stories, and we don't give enough attention to the remarkable witnesses they are to the work of God in and through God's people. We will explore the stories of some of the notable women of the Bible and allow God to use their experience and faithfulness to make an impact on our lives today.

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September 10 - October 29, 2017

October 31, 2017, marks 500 years from the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses—the act that is widely recognized as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. As we mark this milestone, we look at the ways that we have been shaped by this historic sea change in church and society, and we reflect on what it means not only to be a product of the Reformation, but also to be always reforming, ever becoming the church that God desires and that the world needs.

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November 5 - 26, 2017

Paul’s letter to the Philippian church is unlike a number of the other New Testament epistles in that it lacks the sharp criticism Paul is often known for. The Philippians seem to have themselves pretty well put together. Nevertheless, it is clear that being a Christ-centered community is a challenge, even in the best of times. This letter still challenges the church today as we seek to live lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Envisioning an exciting future of worship and service

Milford Presbyterian Church is in the midst of an exciting season of imagination, planning, and commitment. We are working toward a unifying and energizing vision for the future of our life together, and we are giving of ourselves to make sure that our building is adequate to the growing needs of our ministry.

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“Rise Up” is what we are calling our effort to improve our building, strengthen our ministry, and expand our impact in our community. This is a thrilling time to be a part of Milford Presbyterian Church—God is doing some pretty amazing things among us, and now is our opportunity to make a lasting difference in the life of our church.