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Northminster Presbyterian Church Hickory NC

Northminster Presbyterian Church Hickory NC

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Service for August 22, 2021
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola
15:24
August 22, 2021
Navigating the Myth of Scarcity
Scripture of the day, Psalm 111 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 15, 2021
11:33
August 15, 2021
Gathering & Gospelling 6
Scripture of the day, John 6:5-14 and Genesis 12:1-2 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 8, 2021 The worship series Gathering and Gospelling is a series compiled by the Reverend Katy Stenta based on the books The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker and Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese.
12:38
August 8, 2021
Gathering & Gospelling 5
Scripture of the day, Ephesians 4:1-6 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 1, 2021 The worship series Gathering and Gospelling is a series compiled by the Reverend Katy Stenta based on the books The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker and Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese.
10:17
August 1, 2021
Gathering & Gospelling 4 - Being Sent
Scripture of the day, Numbers 6:22-26 and Isaiah 6:6-8 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 25, 2021 The worship series Gathering and Gospelling is a series compiled by the Reverend Katy Stenta based on the books The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker and Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese.
14:21
July 25, 2021
Gathering & Gospelling 3 - Invited & Welcome
Scripture of the day, 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 and Hebrews 12:1-2 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 18, 2021 The worship series Gathering and Gospelling is a series compiled by the Reverend Katy Stenta based on the books The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker and Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese.
14:27
July 18, 2021
Gathering & Gospelling 2 - Holy Space
Scripture of the day, Exodus 3:1-6 and Isaiah 6:1-3 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 11, 2021 The worship series Gathering and Gospelling is a series compiled by the Reverend Katy Stenta based on the books The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker and Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese.
10:48
July 11, 2021
Gathering & Gospelling Week 1
Scripture of the day, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 and John 6:30-35 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 4, 2021 The worship series Gathering and Gospelling is a series compiled by the Reverend Katy Stenta based on the books The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker and Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese.
13:29
July 4, 2021
Return to new life
Scripture of the day, Resurrection Accounts from Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, June 27, 2021
12:22
June 27, 2021
Returning Against Our Will
Scripture of the day, Jonah 1:1-3 and 3:1-4 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, June 20, 2021
15:01
June 20, 2021
Return and things are different
Scripture of the day, Selections from Nehemiah Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, June 13, 2021
12:52
June 13, 2021
Returning After Grief and Trials
Scripture of the day, Selections from Ruth 1 (Naomi Returns to Bethlehem with Ruth) Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, June 6, 2021
07:17
June 6, 2021
Service for May 23, 2021
Scripture of the day, Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Acts 2:1-21 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola
12:08
May 23, 2021
Service for May 16, 2021
Scripture of the day, Luke 24:44-53 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola
18:43
May 16, 2021
Service for May 9, 2021
Scripture of the day, John 15:9-17 Sermon delivered by Rev. Sue Strachan
14:48
May 9, 2021
Service for May 2, 2021
Scripture of the day, Acts 8:26-40 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola
14:16
May 2, 2021
Service for April 25, 2021
Scripture: John 10:11-17 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola.
20:09
April 25, 2021
Service for April 18, 2021
Scripture: Luke 24:36b-48 and 1 John 3:1-7 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola.
16:37
April 18, 2021
Easter Sunday, 2021
Scripture of the day, Mark 16:1-13 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, April 4, 2021
11:34
April 4, 2021
Palm Sunday 2021
Scripture of the day, Psalm 100, Mark 11:1-11 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, March 28, 2021
13:15
March 28, 2021
Called to Worship
Part of the Lenten Seeking Sacred, Cultivating Connection Series Scripture for the day, Psalm 96:1-9 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, March 14, 2021
11:03
March 14, 2021
Sanctuary Lost
Part of the Lenten Seeking Sacred, Cultivating Connection Series Scripture for the day, Deuteronomy 2:1-7 and Isaiah 63:15-19 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, March 7, 2021
11:04
March 7, 2021
Worship Wherever You Are
Part of the Lenten Seeking Sacred, Cultivating Connection Series Scripture for the day, Hebrews 9:1-4, 11-14 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, February 28, 2021
17:10
February 28, 2021
Find Your Sanctuary
Part of the Lenten Seeking Sacred, Cultivating Connection Series Scripture for the day, Exodus 25:8 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, February 21, 2021
11:11
February 21, 2021
Psalm 50 - Shining God's Light
Scripture for the day, Psalm 50:1-6 and Mark 9:2-9 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, February 14, 2021
16:45
February 14, 2021
Psalm 147 - Returning from Exiles
Scripture for the day, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, February 7, 2021
12:32
February 7, 2021
Psalm 72 - A Prayer for Justice
Scripture for the day, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, January 31, 2021
14:15
January 31, 2021
Psalm 62 - God is my rock and my salvation
Scripture for the day, Psalm 62:5-12 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, January 24, 2021
14:06
January 24, 2021
Psalm 139 - Made in God's Image
Scripture for the day, Psalm 139 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, January 17, 2021
14:15
January 17, 2021
Celebrating Baptism
Scripture for the day, Mark 1:4-11 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, January 10, 2021
13:59
January 10, 2021
Celebration of Epiphany
Scripture for the day, Matthew 2:1-12 Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, January 3, 2021
14:58
January 3, 2021
When Plans Unravel
Part of the Unraveled Worship Series. Scripture for the day, Exodus 1:22, 2:1-10. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 30, 2020.
19:17
August 30, 2020
Unraveling of the Mind: A Mental Health Sermon
Part of the Unraveled Worship Series. Scripture for the day, Mark 5:1-20. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 23, 2020.
11:18
August 23, 2020
Rizpah mourns her sons: Public Grief that Inspires Action
Part of the Unraveled Worship Series. Scripture for the day, 2 Samuel 3:7; 21:1-14. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 16, 2020.
15:26
August 16, 2020
Unraveled by Uncertainty: Peter Sinks in the Water
Part of the Unraveled Worship Series. Scripture for the day, Matthew 14:22-33. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 9, 2020.
15:25
August 9, 2020
Sermon - Invitation to the Feast
Scripture for the day, Isaiah 55:1-5. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, August 2, 2020.
10:49
August 2, 2020
Sermon - Created to be Family
Scripture for the day, Romans 8:12-25. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 26, 2020.
13:32
July 26, 2020
Sermon - Radical Hospitality with Creation
Scripture for the day, selections from Genesis 1 and Psalm 139 . Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 19, 2020.
13:37
July 19, 2020
Sermon - Radical Hospitality With One Another
Scripture for the day, Romans 14:1-9; 15:7. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 12, 2020.
14:51
July 12, 2020
Sermon - Created to Do Justice & Love Mercy
Scripture for the day, Micah 6. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, July 5, 2020.
13:23
July 5, 2020
Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill - "Justice Delayed is Jesus Denied"
Sermon delivered by Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians on June 28, 2020.
18:52
June 28, 2020
Sermon - Created to Share Abundant Love
Scripture for the day, John 21:17. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola on June 21, 2020.
18:33
June 21, 2020
Sermon - Created to Receive Abundant Love
Scripture for the day, John 3:16. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola on June 14, 2020.
17:05
June 14, 2020
Sermon - Created to Co-Create with God
Scripture for the day, Genesis 1:1-2:4a. Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola on June 7, 2020.
11:59
June 7, 2020
Sermon May 31, 2020 - Pentecost
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, May 31, 2020.
14:29
May 31, 2020
Sermon May 24, 2020 - Selections from 1 Peter 4 and 5
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, May 24, 2020.
13:21
May 24, 2020
Sermon May 17, 2020 - Genesis 50:15-23
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, May 17, 2020.
15:12
May 17, 2020
Sermon May 10, 2020 - Comfort; Psalm 23
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, May 10, 2020.
18:11
May 10, 2020
Sermon May 3, 2020 - Luke 24:13-35
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, May 3, 2020.
06:50
May 3, 2020
Sermon April 26, 2020 - Acts 2:36-42
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, April 26, 2020.
08:51
April 26, 2020
Sermon April 19, 2020 - John 20:19-21:13
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, April 19, 2020.
15:30
April 19, 2020
Easter Sunday - Run, Mary, Run
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, April 12, 2020.
12:22
April 12, 2020
A Prayer for Holy Saturday
The Prayer for Holy Saturday is inspired by the words of the Reverend Thom Shuman.  May we be blessed and may we be a blessing in our waiting.  
03:14
April 10, 2020
Good Friday: Psalm 22 Silent God
The devotion for Good Friday includes an excerpt from Psalm 22 and the poem Silent God by Edwina Gateley, with thanks to the Reverend Kathleen Sheets Henrion for pairing these together.  Peace be with you this Good Friday.  
04:08
April 10, 2020
Maundy Thursday: Bread in Mercy Broken
On this first day of the Passover feast, our Maundy Thursday devotion comes from Matthew 26:26-28 and a poem by Reginald Heber, a British poet at the turn of the 19th century, "Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken"
02:05
April 9, 2020
Pandemic, A Poem by Lynn Unger
Today's devotion is a poem written by Lynn Ungar.  You can listen to a choral arrangement of “Pandemic” composed by Martin Sedek and performed by CONCORA, under the direction of Chris Shepard at https://www.martinsedek.com/reach
02:15
April 8, 2020
Prayer of Thomas Merton
Today's devotion is offered by our wonderful Christian Education Coordinator Bradley Blackburn and includes a beautiful prayer written by Thomas Merton.  
02:57
April 7, 2020
Followers, Not Admirers (Soren Kierkegaard)
May we strive to follow Jesus, The Pattern, and not just admire him.  A devotion for the beginning of Holy Week. 
03:46
April 6, 2020
Palm Sunday - Were you There?
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, April 5, 2020
09:27
April 5, 2020
April 2, 2020 Devotion
Today's devotion includes a prayer written by the Reverend Thom Shuman of Lectionary Liturgies.  May the peace of Christ be with you, now and always.  
02:17
April 2, 2020
April 1, 2020 Devotion
Today's devotion comes from Ephesians 3:17-21.  May we all know the abundance of God's incredible love! 
02:56
April 1, 2020
March 31, 2020 Devotion
Inspired by John 12:20-33, hear Ann Weems' poem We Would See Jesus. 
06:33
March 31, 2020
March 30, 2020 Devotion
Monday, March 30's devotion comes from a fantastic children's book Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible by MCArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding and illustrated by Kathleen Peterson.  Today's moment is about Queen Esther, and wondering what she is to do 'for such a time as this?'
03:14
March 30, 2020
Plenty Good Room - Matthew 26:14-30
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, March 29, 2020.
11:26
March 29, 2020
March 26, 2020 Devotion
Inspired by a Buddhist prayer for practicing goodwill, we are reminded that even the small things we do are an expression of God's abundant love and radical hospitality.  
03:31
March 26, 2020
March 25, 2020 Devotion
Psalm 139:14 praises God for our creation.  Mr. Rogers reminds us that we are all fancy.  May you take a moment to rejoice today that you bear God's image, and so does everyone else.  Peace be with you!
02:51
March 25, 2020
March 23, 2020 Devotion
We give thanks for Northminster family member Paula Swindle and her insight on a favorite passage from 1 Corinthians 12. 
03:11
March 23, 2020
Give Me Jesus - John 11:1-45
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola, March 22, 2020.
09:13
March 22, 2020
March 19, 2020 Devotion
A prayer from Mishkan T'Filah, a Reform Siddur from the Central Conference of American Rabbis.  May we be ever mindful of the least of these in our midst.  
02:36
March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020 Devotion
Hear words of hope from Bradley Blackburn, our Christian Education Coordinator and temporary Office Administrator!
03:24
March 18, 2020
March 17, 2020 Devotion
Our worth is not measured in the things we cross off our to-do lists.  
02:46
March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020 Devotion
Even as we practice separation through social distancing, there is One from whom we are never separated.  
02:39
March 16, 2020
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Luke 4:20-30
Service conducted by Rev. Jill Isola, Nathan Crabtree, and Bradley Blackburn on March 20, 2020
23:44
March 15, 2020
Down by the Riverside - Matthew 5:38-48
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola on March 8, 2020
18:05
March 10, 2020
"This Lonesome Valley" - Matthew 4:1-11
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola on March 1, 2020.
17:34
March 1, 2020
Mountaintop Experiences - Matthew 17:1-9 (Jesus' Transfiguration)
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jill Isola on February 23, 2020.
15:32
February 23, 2020
God's Promise of Freedom - Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Sermon given by Rev. Jill Isola on February 16, 2020.
18:11
February 18, 2020
Salt & Light - Matthew 5:13-20
Sermon given by Rev. Jill Isola on February 9, 2020.
17:29
February 9, 2020
The Called - Matthew 4:12-23
Sermon given by Rev. Jill Isola February 2, 2020.
14:28
February 2, 2020
Blessed; More than a Hashtag - Matthew 5:2-12
As we continue to reflect on God’s promises, I am enamored by the ways these very promises we are discussing are made known in big and small ways.  This Sunday’s worship centers around one of the more famous passages of Scripture, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which begins with the Beatitudes.  We do a lot of thinking about who is blessed, based on the populations that Jesus mentions- who were these people during Jesus’ life and ministry?  Who are these people now?  Am I blessed?  What do I have to do to be blessed?  It might be helpful to consider what we mean when we talk about being blessed, and blessings themselves.  I can tell you one thing, it is certainly more than #blessed.  Join me in reflecting on this word “blessed” and those whom Jesus calls blessed. Sermon given by Rev. Jill Isola January 26, 2020.
19:43
January 26, 2020