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A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 13, 2014, In : Sermons 

Sunday, January 12, 2014 Service

Mark 1:1-11

This  Sunday Stuart began his preaching series on the Gospel of Mark in a sermon entitled: “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness”. Our text is Mark 1: 1-11 which recounts John the Baptist’s ministry in the desert at the river Jordan and Jesus own baptism at the hands of John in which he hears a Divine Voice saying: “ You are my beloved Child in whom I am well pleased!”.  This is Baptism of the Lord Sunday when we will renew our baptismal vows w...


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The Word Made Flesh

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : Sermons 

Sunday, December 29, 2013 Service

Isaiah 63:7-9

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The Gift of the Magi

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 6, 2014, In : Sermons 

Sunday, January 5, 2014 Service

Mathew 2:1-12

On Epiphany Sunday, the church lifts up that strange, ancient tale of the wise men who follow the star  to witness the birth of the Christ Child and offer Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. As we consider the Gift of the Magi we will explore what could be that spiritual gift that we bring to the Christ Child on Epiphany Sunday and in this new year to come.

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Swords into Plowshares

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Friday, January 3, 2014, In : Sermons 
Sunday, December 1st, 2013 Service

Isaiah 2:1-5

Swords into plowshares, lions lying down with lambs, blooming deserts, and a woman with child- what does Isaiah’s vision of the peaceable kingdom have to do with you? Everything.

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Indian Giver

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 Evening Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Stuart preaches on the tremendous contribution that Native Americans have made to American culture at a community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service held at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Elkin. 

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The Coming of the Cosmic Christ

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 Service

Colossians 1:11-20

Stuart’s reflects on the meaning of Reign of Christ Sunday and it's relevance to our lives today.

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Radical Gratitude

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, November 17th, 2013 Service

Luke 17:11-19

This gospel text in which Jesus heals 10 lepers to find that only one returns to thank him. The title of the sermon on the week before Thanksgiving: Radical Gratitude

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Come to Me All You Who Labor and are Heavy Laden

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, November 10th, 2013 Service

Matthew 11:28-30

On this Sunday the members of our congregation who have agreed to work in the pastoral care ministry of our church will be commissioned and blessed.

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Stewardship Declaration Sunday is also All Saint’s Day

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 Service

Hebrews 11:32-40, 12:1-2

Stuart’s sermon will be a reflection of the lives of the Saints who surround the church universal & this congregation.

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A Fresh Look at a Familiar Parable

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, October 27th, 2013 Service

Luke 19:11-27

We might think that we know what a particular scripture means, like the parable of the pounds in Luke (talents in Matthew), but come and hear a fresh interpretation that might surprise you.

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The Invisible Man

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, October 20th, 2013 Service

Luke 16:19-31

Stuart explores the disturbing parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man.

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The Faith of a Scoundrel

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, October 13th, 2013 Service

Luke 16:1-9

Stuart resumes his preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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St. Francis and the Canticle of Creation

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 7, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, October 6th, 2013 Service

Matthew 6:26-34

Celtic Earth Service and World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday

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Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, September 23, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 Service

Luke 14:25-33

Stuart continues his preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, September 16, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, September 15th, 2013 Service

Luke 14:1, 7-14

Stuart continues his preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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Agricultural Grace

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 8, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 Service

Luke 13:18-19

Stuart continues his preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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The Barren Fig Tree

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 8, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, September 1st, 2013 Service

Luke 13:6-9

Stuart continues his preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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Rich Toward God

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, August 25th, 2013 Service

Luke 12:13-21

Stuart continues his preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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Friend at Midnight

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, August 18th, 2013 Service

Luke 11:5-13

Stuart continues his preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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The Good Samaritan

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, August 11th, 2013 Service

Luke 10:25-37

Stuart returns to the pulpit and begins a preaching series on Jesus’ parables in Luke.

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Prophetic Healing Continues: Elisha Heals a Foreigner

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, July 14th, 2013 Service

2 Kings 5:1-14

In the other story that Jesus invoked in his first sermon we ask: How does the prophet heal and why?

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Prophetic Retirement? Passing on the Prophetic Mantle

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 7, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, July 7th, 2013 Service

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

Can a prophet retire? Who comes next? The Story of Elijah and Elisha.

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The Prophetic Mantle of the Rev. Will Campbell

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, June 30th, 2013 Service

1 Kings 19:19-21

As Elijah cast his prophetic mantle on Elisha, so the Rev. Will Campbell has done for activists across the south.

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The Prophet Burned Out and Recommissioned

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 Service

1 Kings 19:1-7

God is heard not in earthquake, wind or fire but in a still small voice.

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The Prophet Coming of Age: Speaking Truth to Power

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, June 16th, 2013 Service

1 Kings 21:1-21

In the story of Naboth’s vineyard the domination system of the world is exposed

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The Formation of a Prophet: Standing on the Side of Life

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, June 9th, 2013 Service

1 Kings 17:8-24

A story quoted by Jesus in his first sermon: The Widow at Zarepeth

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The Good Shepherd

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, May 12th, 2013 Service

Psalm 23

On Good Shepherd Sunday Stuart will preach on the much beloved Psalm 23. Come and join your church family as we honor all of our mother’s on Mother’s Day.

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Left Behind?

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 Service

Revelation 21:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44

Stuart is going to take a look at the controversial idea of a rapture at the end of time in which the faithful are lifted out of this world.

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The River of Life

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 Service

Revelation 22:1-5

On this Sunday in which we have three adult baptisms, Stuart explores the River of Life.

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Soul Repair

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, April 21st, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: John 21:1-19

Our Gospel lesson presents us with the puzzling exchange between Peter and the Risen Christ. Three times Jesus asks Peter: Do you love me? What is going on here?

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Beyond Doubt?

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, April 14th, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: John 20:19-31

Wrestling with the story of Doubting Thomas found in John 20:19-31.

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Eating and Drinking with Jesus

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: Luke 7:31-35

What are we celebrating when we experience the sacrament of communion? Is this sacrament an experience of holy altar closed to only a select few? Or is communion about the open table fellowship that Jesus practiced, then and now?

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Why Are You Weeping?

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, March 31st, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: John 20:1-18 

Easter Sunday Sermon.  Stuart’s sermon is based on this text regarding Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the Risen Christ at the empty tomb.

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Having the Mind of Christ

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, March 24th, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: Philippians 2:5-11

Palm Sunday Sermon

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In Memory of Her

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson:
Mark 14:1-11

Stuart’s text tells the story of an unnamed woman who much to the consternation of the male disciples, anoints Jesus feet with costly oil.

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The Parable of the Waiting Father [part 2]

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 11, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, March 10th, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: Luke 15:1-3,11- 32

Stuart continues the two part series on the well-known parable from Luke that is commonly known as the prodigal son but is perhaps more aptly called the parable of the waiting father. This week the sermon continues with a look at the elder brother.  Which sibling do you relate to in the story, the prodigal son or the disapproving older brother? Your choice may say something about your birth order or your life experience. ...
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The Parable of the Waiting Father [part 1]

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: Luke 15:1-3,11- 32

Stuart begins a two part series on the well-known parable from Luke that is commonly known as the prodigal son but is perhaps more aptly called the parable of the waiting father. Which sibling do you relate to in the story, the prodigal son or the disapproving older brother? Your choice may say something about your birth order or your life experience. But who is the parable directed toward? Surely not to me!

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A Wandering Aramean Was My Father

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Monday, February 25, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, February 24th, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Life presents each one of us with a fundamental existential question: What is your story? It’s crucial that we chose a story that helps us make sense of our lives and our world. What story have you chosen? What would it mean to choose this story of an ancient desert nomad?

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Following Jesus into the Desert

Posted by Elkin Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, February 17th, 2013 Service

Scripture Lesson: Luke 4:1-13

On this the first Sunday of Lent, we begin our Lenten Journey of 40 days with a reflection on the story of Jesus being tempted in the desert wilderness.

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The Cloud of Witnesses

Posted by Rev. Stuart Taylor on Monday, February 11, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, February 10th, 2013 Service

On this day the church remembers Christ’s Transfiguration on the mountain recounted in Luke. Let us climb the mount of transfiguration with Peter, James and John and behold this great mystery.

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Bringing the Good News Home [part 2]

Posted by Rev. Stuart Taylor on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Sermons 
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 Service

Stuart will continue to explore the moment recounted in Luke 4:21-30.  After his first sermon is well received in his home synagogue, you have to wonder why Jesus would push the envelope, inciting such a fierce reaction from his hometown that they almost killed him right then and there.

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Bringing the Good News Home [part 1]

Posted by Rev. Stuart Taylor on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Sermons 

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 Service


The lectionary text for this Sunday is from Luke 4:14-21 recounting the return of Jesus to his hometown of Nazareth. Here Jesus begins his public ministry, like a new President announcing in an inaugural address his priorities for action. If this is in fact the key to understanding Jesus and his Messianic ministry, then we who follow him might want to know what he is about.

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Miraculous Hospitality

Posted by Rev. Stuart Taylor on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Sermons 

Sunday, January 20th, 2013 Service


The Gospel lectionary reading for Jan 20 recounts Jesus miracle at the wedding of Cana when the wine runs out. This is one of the most enigmatic scenes in all the Gospels prompting one critical commentator to wonder if this story presents Jesus as nothing more than the Greek god Dionysius or the roman god Baachus, the gods of wine encouraging drunkenness and revelry.  So why does John ‘s Gospel place this story at the very beginning as a sign of divine glor...
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Secret Knowledge of Water

Posted by Rev. Stuart Taylor on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Sermons 

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 Service


As we relive the moment of Jesus’ baptism, we renew our baptismal vows. And in those waters we too hear the Divine Voice speaking: “You are my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased”.

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Home by a Different Road

Posted by Rev. Stuart Taylor on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Sermons 

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 Service


We follow the Epiphany from the gospel of Matthew's story on the journey of the wisemen.

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Rev. Stuart Taylor Stuart was called to serve as the Pastor/Head of Staff for Elkin Presbyterian Church in January of 2013. He was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina where his parents were charter members of the John Knox Presbyterian Church. He has two daughters. Rachel is finishing up at Tucson High School and her interests include active involvement in several sports, sustainable agriculture, steel drums and boys. She reads about two to three books a week as does her older sister. Lilly is a sophomore at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and is an aspiring artist, a free thinker, and a gifted writer like her mother. His daughters are the apples of his eye. Stuart enjoys a daily exercise in the gym, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, camping, reading, movies, dinner conversation, and researching his family history.

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