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Sermon: Glory Days

Glory Days Text: John 17:1-11 (Gary W. Charles, Cove Presbyterian Church, Covesville, VA, 5-28-2017) In two years, Cove will celebrate its 250th anniversary. No doubt, hours of preparation will go into honoring this momentous celebration as we look back over a long history of ministry and mission here. Just this past Tuesday, Jennell and I celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary. We enjoyed looking back over more than four decades of married life. There is something about anniversaries that invite us to look back, to remember important moments in days gone by and most of the time, to conjure up our “glory days.” In the Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen, “Glory Days” are seen in the rear

Sermon: No Orphans Here

No Orphans Here Text: John 14:15-21 (Gary W. Charles at Cove Presbyterian Church, Covesville, VA, on 5-21-2017) Do you love Jesus? Do you love Jesus? Do you love Jesus? Allow me time here to apologize to my Seminary professors who taught me never to begin a sermon with a question. Let me also apologize to you, members and guests who are worshiping in this historic sanctuary this morning. I know it is not polite for well-educated, urbane, sophisticated people to be asked such a simple question. And, yes, I know it is really not such a simple question. You and I could spend months, years, debating whether we love Jesus and how to know when you love Jesus the way we are supposed to love him. H

Sermon: Malabarriga

Malabarriga Text: Romans 8:18-27 (Gary W. Charles, Cove Presbyterian Church, Covesville, VA, 5-14-2017) The cover of the April 8, 1966 edition of Time magazine announced the death of God. From Time to Seminary campuses, as Vietnam dominated the nightly news and fire hoses blasted marchers in Selma, there was a relentless chorus that God is dead and that any hope to change a broken and decaying world rests with us. The movement drew its inspiration from the German philosopher, Friederich Nietzsche, who in the late 19th century pronounced, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him” (The Gay Science, section 125). Sometime and somehow, almost inexplicably, God has made a comeback i

Sermon: The Church of the Sensational Nightingales

The Church of the Sensational Nightingales Text: Ephesians 5:15-20 (Gary W. Charles, Cove Presbyterian Church, Covesville, VA, 5-7-2017) Sunday morning with the Sensational Nightingales Billy Collins It was not the Five Mississippi Blind Boys who lifted me off the ground that Sunday morning as I drove down for the paper, some oranges, and bread. Nor was it the Dixie Hummingbirds or the Soul Stirrers, despite their quickening name, or even the Swan Silvertones who inspired me to look over the commotion of trees into the open vault of the sky. No, it was the Sensational Nightingales who happened to be singing on the gospel station early that Sunday morning and must be credited with the bumping

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