David Meriwether
David Meriwether

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Sermons are better in the present tense of worship, just like meals hot from the stove usually taste better on the plate. But cassaroles sometimes blend the flavors and actually taste better with time. So, maybe one of these stews from the past will help you with a question in the present.  
Browse through the "teaser" descriptions. There may be some question or idea that makes you want to sample the leftovers. And don't forget, if you have a personal or private question, email me. I'd love to hear about your deeper stirrings.
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*** These sermons come from worship at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Hurst, TX

August 16, 2009, 20th Sunday, Ordinary Time: Ephesians 5:15-20 "Making Melody" [Listen]

A lot of us have a favorite song or hymn or several. But it's not a favorite because of the words or because of the tune. It becomes a favorite because of the way that God puts the melody in our hearts.

August 9, 2009, 19th Sunday, Ordinary Time: Ephesians 4:17-5:2 "A Genuine Imitation" [Listen]

Paul tells the followers in Ephesus that the common theme in all their living is for them to become "imitators of God." And when we see who God is in the grace of Jesus, we never see ourselves as a cheap imitation.

June 28, 2009, 13th Sunday, Ordinary Time: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 "A Fair Balance" [Listen]

Lots of people know the story of David and Goliath, about how the little guy beat the giant. But the Hebrews remembered and retold the story because of HOW the little guy did it. It is a lesson in trust.

May 24, 2009, Sunday after Ascension: John 17:9-19 "A Sense of NOT Belonging" [Listen]

In the church and in the world, we talk about "a sense of belonging" that usually means we are not alone. Jesus means something very different. he means that we belong to Him, and that means "a sense of NOT belonging in the world."

April 26, 2009, 3rd Easter: 1 John 3:1-7 "The Way We Grow (Up)" [Listen]

A Confirmation Sunday is a good time for Presbyterians to remember the different ways we understand God's growing us up from Baptism to Profession of Faith.

April 5, 2009, Palm Sunday: Mark 11:1-11 "What's in a Name?" [Listen]

They shouted "Hosanna" and called him a Savior. In ways that were beyond their expectations, he was true to his name.

March 29, 2009, 5th Sunday in Lent "First in the Heart" [Listen]

If one man loses his life because of the passion in his heart, the whole world gains a heart.

March 15, 2009, 3th Sunday in Lent "Why They Missed the Messiah" [Listen]

In the temple that day, he was acting like the faithful Son of God, so why did they miss the Messiah in his turning over the tables?

March 1, 2009, 1st Sunday in Lent "When the End is Near - and Clear" [Audio]

The end became clear for Jesus, but it had always been part of the mission - because the mission was faithfulness.

These sermons were offered while I was the Interim Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY.


September 14, 2008: ROMANS 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35 "Accountability is the In Thing"[Listen]

We Presbyterians would never think of wearing uniforms to church. We celebrate unity, not uniformity. So there is a difference between judging each other and holding ourselves accountable to God.

August 31, 2008: ROMANS 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28 "Just a Bunch of Do-Gooders"[Listen]

Right there in the text is the job description for every Christian, and it begins and ends with “doing good.”

August 3, 2008: Romans 9:9-16, GENESIS 32:21-31 "A Wrestling-Resting Place"[Listen]

Jacob wrestled with a man all night, but by daylight he recognized the face of the one who had blessed him.

July 13, 2008: Romans 8:1-10, GENESIS 25:19-28 "Overcoming DNA"[Listen]

Both Jacob and Esau had to live with powers born "in their genes," but what if we realized that God put hopes for who we can become and power to be the image in God's imagination into us from before the beginning?

June 15, 2008: Romans 5:1-8, GENESIS 18:1-2, 9-13; 21:1-7 "A Boy Named Laughter"[Listen]

Sarah laughed when she heard she would bear a child at the age of 80. But God made her laugh for a different reason, and everyone laughed wth her.

June 8, 2008: Matthew 8:9-13, GENESIS 12:1-9 "When Caller ID Says God" [Listen][PDF]

God calls Abram, Jesus calls Matthew. God is always calling, and God calls everyone. And sometimes God "speaks" through a speaker.

June 1, 2008: Matthew 7:22-29, GENESIS 6:9-22 "Noah's Choice with God - and Ours" [Listen] [PDF]

We think the flood destroyed everything, but the text says God was saving most everything. God gave Noah a choice, and Jesus gave the followers a choice. And we have a choice, too.

May 25, 2008: Isaiah 59:8-16a, MATTHEW 6:24-34 "It's NOT About the Money" [Listen] [PDF]

Jesus said you can serve God or money, but it's not about the money. It's about who you serve, about who rules all your living so that you can live rightly.

April 20, 2008: 1 Peter 2:4-10, JOHN 14:1-7 "Not a Choice - Just a Fact"[Listen][PDF]

The resurrected Christ is the Lord, and shows us everything we need to know about God. He is the way, truth, life, whether or not we choose him.

April 6, 2008: 1 Peter 1:17-23, LUKE 24:13-31 "Almost Missed Him"[Listen]

The road was full of people and talk and distraction, and they would have missed him if they hadn’t invited him to the Table.

March 9, 2008: Lent 5: Romans 8:9-17, JOHN 11:17-27 "Do You Believe This?"[Listen]

Jesus performs the miracle that may be the hardest one for us to accept, and in faith it is a sign that he can change our lives now - and change the whole world now.

February 24, 2008: Lent 3: Romans 5:1-11, JOHN 4:7-15: "The Gift in the Water"[Listen]

We say that water is a necessity of life, but it’s not the water - it’s the drinking. Jesus says we need to drink the gift in the water.

February 17, 2008: Lent 2: Genesis 12:1-4, JOHN 3:1-18: "Feel the Wind"[Listen] [PDF]

Nicodemus was asking questions about second birth in theory, and Jesus answered that new comes from a spiritual reality - the wind!

February 10, 2008: Lent 1: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, MATTHEW 4:1-11; "Same Old Temptation"[Listen][PDF]

Temptations are all pretty much the same: wishing we didn’t have to live with the limits of humanity - wishing we didn’t have to live by faith.

February 3, 2008: Exodus 24:12-18, MATTHEW 17:1-8; "Mountain Mist and Morning Light"[Listen]

We all look back to those great spiritual “mountain top experiences,” and they give us light for the journey in the valley.

January 13, Baptism of the Lord: Isaiah 42:1-9, MATTHEW 3:13-17; "Why WE Need Baptism"[Listen]

John thought Jesus had no need for baptism, but more was going on that he knew. Maybe we need baptism and reminders of our baptism more than we know, too.

December 9, 2007, Advent 2: Isaiah 11:1-9; Matthew 3:1-11; "A Place for Peace"[Listen][PDF]

So why was John’s kind of peace so disturbing? Other than the fact that they had to give up their grasp on peace and go to a different place to get his. Maybe the reason John might bother us a bit in the center aisle doesn’t have that much to do with the buzzing grasshoppers, wild honey, and the stinking camel skin.

December 2, 2007, Advent 1: Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44; "A Time for Hope"[Listen]

What is past always passes away. God's salvation always comes to us from the future, so, why would we look to the past? Why would we be too occupied by the present?

Nov. 11, 2007: 2 Thess 2:13-17, LUKE 20:20-27; "Saying Yes and Saying No"[Listen]

Love can give us a long list of great things to do, and a hard time choosing what is more important. Maybe it would help first to decide what NOT to do.

October 28, 2007: 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18, LUKE 18:9-14; "No Big Deal"[Listen]

The Reformation was all about grace, and we think sin is no big deal. God does, too, and grace leads us to the different big deal.

October 14, 2007: 2 Timothy 2:8-15, LUKE 17:11-19; "The Other Nine" [Listen][PDF]

One came back to say thank you, but Jesus is wondering about the other nine. So, which is more powerful: guilt or gratitude?

September 23,2007: 1 Timothy 2:1-7, LUKE 15:1-8; "Making Friends"[Listen]

The crafty and dishonest manager thought he was looking out for #1 by making friends, and Jesus says we should be different and do the same thing – because there can only be one #1.

September 9, 2007: Jeremiah 18:1-11, LUKE 14:25-33; "Give It Up For God!"[Listen]

Measuring the cost of real commitment to Christ and church is a real issue. We bring all our old life, old loyalties, old loves with us into church, and Jesus tells us to give it all up for God. And it is worth it!

August 19, 2007: Hebrews 11:32-12:2, LUKE 12:49-56; "Denial is a Dangerous Thing"[Listen]

Jesus wonders about the people who can see rain coming, but won't face up to the choices for faithfulness. The power of grace and the gift of fiath make the choices easy.

February 25, 2007: Deuteronomy 26:1-11, LUKE 4:1-13; "When NOT to Jump" [listen]

Temptation is more complicated than choosing between good and evil, and as simple as choosing God's will or my way. How do those temptations that Jesus faced at the beginning come back to teach us when he is on the road to Jerusalem?

February 11, 2007: Isaiah 6:1-8, I COR. 12:31-13:13; "Poetry and Practical Application" (Ordination) [listen]

Paul was not trying to write a pretty poem about love to the church at Corinth. He was giving practical advice to them and us to use the spiritual gift that we all had in the way we use our different gifts.

February 4, 2007: Isaiah 6:1-8, Luke 5:1-12; "Feed to Fish" (Communion) [listen]

Worship - real worship - is always about substance more than style, and the "traditional" substance is what we come to get regardless of the style. So, worship never ends with itself. Worship always goes beyond the praying and proclaiming to the Sending.

January 28, 2007: Romans 12:1-6, LUKE 4:14-31; "More Than a Statement"  [listen]

John Calvin and Oprah Winfrey have something in common. They both know that when you put who you really are in the depth of your soul next to what God wants you to be doing in the world to make it God's place, a powerful thing happens. It happens when we keep listening to the ways that God keeps calling.

January 7, 2007: Isaiah 60:1-6, MATTHEW 2:1-12; "Why We Call Them Wise"  [listen]

In Epiphany, it is good to remember all the things we do not know about the people we call "the three wise men." Maybe in the different light of the day, we will have an epiphany ourselves. The light those seekers may give to us could change the way we see ourselves and our faith.

December 24, 2006, Advent 4-Christmas Eve morning: - Isaiah 9:2-7, LUKE 2:1-7; "Ready or Not, Here He Comes"  [listen]

Late in Advent, it is still hard to light a candle for "Joy" when we are so far from ready for Christmas. There could be a thousand reasons, as trivial as the schedule or as deep as our souls. But the good news is that they don't really matter. God is more than ready.

November 12, 2006: Hebrews 9:24-28, MARK 12:28-44, "...everything she had."  [listen]

Beyond all the training issues and exercise routines, spiritual fitness comes down to joining the line and putting everything on the Table. ...And the time is NOW.

November 5, 2006: Sunday After All Saints' Communion - Mark 12:28-34, HEBREWS 12:1-7; "For All YOUR Saints"  [listen]

Grace is an infectious disease, and you catch it by human contact. The WHAT of grace is answered by the WHO of grace, and the best place to gather our own personal saints is around the Table.