Sermon Archive

Forgive Us Our Debts – Rev. Caitlan Gartland

Preached on March 15, 2020 at PC of Chestertown Matthew 18:21-35 This passage makes me think about the evolution of how we understand forgiveness. As children, a parent or a …

Fishing for Money – Rev. Joel Tolbert

Preached March 1, 2020, at the 9:30 am Worship Context It’s Lent. We had our fill of Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Thanks to Rev. Caitlan and all the youth and …

Sermon on the Mount – Rev. Joel Tolbert

Sermon on the Mount Preached February 16, 2020, at the 9:30 am Worship Context This is the third week in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. As the …

Transfiguration Sunday – Rev. Joel Tolbert

Transfiguration Sunday Preached February 23, 2020, at the 9:30 am Worship Context In early 2008, I joined a newly formed pastor’s group. The 17 pastors in the group had several …

You Are – Rev. Caitlan Gartland

You Are Posted on February 9, 2020 by caitlanq6 Preached on February 9. 2020 at PC of Chestertown Matthew 5:13-20 Every time I take a confirmation class to Washington D.C., …

Get Out of the Boat

The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown                                      Alison Halsey Chestertown, MD                                                                         Matthew 4:12-23 January 26, 2020                                                                           Epiphany 3   Get Out of the Boat           A voice echoed over the waters of …

A Single Star

A Single Star Preached on January 5, 2020 at PC of Chestertown Matthew 2:1-12 Alright, it is time for true confessions. How many of you have erased any sign of …

Accepting the Task

The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown                                     Alison Halsey Chestertown, MD                                                                        Matt. 1:18-25 December 22, 2019                                                                     Advent IV   Accepting the Task   Our son, Dan, over the course of his many …

Comfort Ye – Rev. John Ames

Comfort Ye December 8, 2019 – Second Sunday of Advent Presbyterian Church of Chestertown John T. Ames   Twenty or so years ago, in a galaxy far away, I was …

Hope Can’t Wait – Rev. Caitlin Gartland

Preached on December 1, 2019 at PC of Chestertown Isaiah 2:1-5 – Advent 1 I can’t wait to go on vacation at the end of the month. I can’t wait …

Pilgrims in a Not So Foreign Land – Rev. Alison Halsey

This Thursday we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  The day we set aside to gather with loved ones, eat way too much, watch the Macy’s Day parade on TV, argue over …

Elijah, And the Sound of Silence – Rev. John Ames

Elijah, And The Sound of Silence Presbyterian Church of Chestertown – November 17, 2019 John T. Ames Two weeks ago Caitlan preached on the wonderful story of Elijah and the …

For All the Saints – Rev. Caitland Gartland

November 3, 2019 PCC 1 Kings 18:17-39 “For All the Saints” Recently, a family member questioned my faith. He fired off question after question, wanting to know how I could …

Getting Carried Away – Reverand Alison Halsey- October 20, 2019

Getting Carried Away   When you hear that tune what comes to mind? (Kate Bennett played the theme on the piano) Yes indeed, Harrison Ford in the movie, “Raiders of …

Five Sundays, Four Churches

Five Sundays, Four Churches Presbyterian Church of Chestertown – October 27, 2019 John T. Ames   It’s good to be home. Though we had a wonderful trip, a month is …

“All In” – Rev. Caitlan Gartland

October 6, 2019 PCC Deuteronomy 5:1-21, 6:4-9   “All In”   It seems that everywhere we turn, someone is asking us to be “all in.” We need to be all …

Possibilities Abround Rev. Alison Halsey

Possibilities Abound   A week ago Saturday I was driving and listening to a pod cast. It was an old NPR “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” It is a quiz …

A Lesson in Empathy

Sunday, September 15 Chaplain Mel Baars O’Malley “A Lesson in Empathy”   This passage is one of the few I distinctly remember from my Old Testament class in seminary. Our …

The Garden

  Reverend Caitlan Gartland September 8, 2019 at PCC Chestertown Genesis 2:4b-25 Before God created anything else, God created human beings. At least that’s what this version of the creation …

In the Beginning, God Created

In the Beginning, God Created Presbyterian Church of Chestertown – September 1, 2019 John T. Ames   From now until the beginning of Advent much of our preaching is going …

How Dynamic is Your Faith Statement?

How Dynamic is Your Faith Statement               S. Lansing Williams, August 25, 2019 Joining the Church, any church, should not be an impulse decision.  When …

Jesus and Zacchaeus

Jesus and Zacchaeus Presbyterian Church of Chestertown – August 11, 2019 John T. Ames There are many wonderful things about summer – one of them is summer worship here. We …

The Advance Team

Preached on July 7, 2019 at PC Chestertown Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 When I read this part of Luke’s gospel and listen to Jesus’ instructions to the seventy, I instantly think …

Poor Substitutes

“Poor Substitutes” Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Luke 9:51, 57-62 William L. Hathaway The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, Maryland June 30, 2019 In Buffalo, New York the big culinary debate is …

Hide and Seek

The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown Alison Halsey Chestertown, MD I Kings 19:9-14 June 23, 2019 Ordinary 11 Hide and Seek According to the calendar it is now officially summer. Yes! …