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Matt Gough Preaching

Here are some samples of Matt Gough's sermons. Find more from First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis at vimeo.com/1stprescorvallis

  1. 1_13_2019_sermon Unquenchable Fire

    Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

  2. Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols 8pm Service

    Celebrate Christmas with the Jazz Band, Chancel Choir, Organ and piano as we hear the story of Jesus' birth and sing your favorite Christmas hymns.

  3. What now?

  4. Easter Sunday - Because, Love

    We gather each week to worship and be encouraged to be people of God. Mostly that means learning how to love and working on loving others.. Speaker: Matt Gough. John 20:1-18.

  5. Belong - 12/24/2017

    Christmas Eve Meditation
    December 24, 2016 pm Service
    “Belong”
    Who does this night belong to?
    Who belongs to Christmas?
    An unwed pregnant teenager, an embarrassed and doubtful fiance, humble
    shepherds and powerful kings and magnificent angels.
    A baby is born for them all.
    They belong to Christmas.
    A dirty and wild eyed baptizing prophet, humble uneducated fishermen, a
    disliked sinner tax-collector?
    Each of them belong.
    A leper at the side of the road, a blind man at the gate, a paralytic, a
    hemorrhaging woman.
    This night belongs to them.
    A Samaritan woman, a prostitute, sinners around the dinner table, the one
    caught in adultery, the one who betrayed.
    They too, they especially belong to Christmas.

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    The doubters, the faithful, the pharisee persecutor, those who saw and
    believed and those who did not see.
    All belong to Christmas.
    A birth meant to be born in all hearts. The light and love that flows
    throughout history and across all borders.
    All belong to Christmas.
    The displaced refugee who has lost everything, those grieving loved ones
    lost to violence, all orientations and all genders, black lives and Standing
    Rock Sioux. They all belong.
    Also the privileged, those in uniform, the rich young rulers and the
    corporate CEOS. They also belong to Christmas.
    This night God breaks into our histories, into our societies, into our ways
    and our traditions.
    This night God breaks down our borders and our resistance, our fears our
    judgements.
    With a simple birth God proclaims: All belong to Christmas. All belong to
    God, all belong to God being made flesh. All humanity, in all its diversity, all
    of it, belongs.
    You belong to this night.
    Those who come with joy, those who come with grief. Those dragged here
    under threat, and those waiting to get it over with. Those who wiggle and
    squirm, those who nod off to sleep. Those who had too much Christmas
    egg nog and those who celebrate another year of sobriety. Those who live
    with mental illness and those who feel estranged from family. Those who
    desperately need a rest, and those who despairingly want to be needed.
    Those who cling on to hope and those who have lost it. You all belong.

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    You belong. Christmas means humanity all belongs. We are what God
    intended. We, in all of our messy beautiful diversity, we belong. And we are
    complete and whole when we are connected, by divine unconditional love,
    by gratitude for life, being born in our hearts.
    You belong to Love in the flesh.
    And because you all belong, you also all belong to each other. Look
    around. You belong to one another. You belong to those like you and
    those radically different from you. You belong to the muslim and the jew,
    the atheist and the agnostic, the mormon and the fundamentalist. You
    belong to the immigrant and to the refugee, to the protestor and the
    policeman. The democrat and the republican. You belong to the unforgiven
    sister/brother/mother/friend. You belong to all of them, and they belong to
    you.
    And Christmas will break in again and again and again, ...until we get that,
    until we live like it, and until ALL can truly proclaim that ALL belong.
    Until then, may it become a little bit more true this night, this Holy Eve, this
    very Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.

  6. Rebel:Make Jesus Great. Amen! - 10/21/2018 (6)

    We gather each week to worship and be encouraged to be people of God. Mostly that means learning how to love and working on loving others.. Speaker: Matt Gough, Sharon Edwards, Jonathan Fell.

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