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Peapack Reformed Church is a congregation called by God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and committed to being the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world. We hope you will join us in worship Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM.

 The Magnificat
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Dec 14, 2014
Christians turn to the prophet Isaiah, especially during Advent, to hear again God’s promise of a savior to relieve them of suffering and to save them.  As Mary recalls God’s past acts of restoration, she realizes that through her, God has begun a new act of redemption and salvation in Jesus. 
 Meditation on Peace
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Dec 7, 2014
In the first reading you heard how the prophet Isaiah began to prepare the people of ancient Israel for their return to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon:  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”  Their sins are forgiven; salvation is near; justice and peace shall prevail.  Likewise, John the Baptizer, a prophet in his own time, prepares the people of the 1st century for the coming of Jesus in order that God’s same purposes might be accomplished through him.

 Restoration of Hope
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Nov 30, 2014
Often called the “Little Apocalypse”, Mark, Chapter 13, has several characteristics that lead to this subtitle: a deterministic and pessimistic view of history, anticipation of the end of the world and the end of time in some great and imminent crisis, and a vision of cosmic upheaval. One might ask why this is the text for the first Sunday in Advent. Why talk about the world coming crashing down just as we are beginning to look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus? Good question. 
 Giving Thanks
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Nov 23, 2014
It could be said that the whole Gospel of Matthew has been moving toward and preparing for this dramatic parable.  In Matthew, Jesus is the great teacher and this parable is his last formal act of teaching, the final point, the parting lesson, the cumulative moment in his teaching ministry.  Moreover, this parable not only concludes Jesus’ ministry of teaching; it also sums up the major theological themes of Matthew’s Gospel by presenting a majestic picture of the triumphant Jesus reigning in glory as king and judge at the end of time.

 Talent Show
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Nov 16, 2014
2000 plus years later, we are tempted to confuse “talent” the money with “talent” as we understand it, namely, a natural gift or skill or ability.  Thus the parable encourages us to discover what gifts and talents we all have and to use them to further God’s
 Always Now
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Nov 9, 2014
Today’s gospel story is a parable about the second coming of Christ at the end of time, when the reign of God in the kingdom of heaven becomes reality, hope and promise fulfilled.  It is about the need to be ready, to be prepared for that day whenever it might come.

 Blessed Are You
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Nov 2, 2014
Our reading this morning is the beginning of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus goes up on the mountain to teach the law, as Moses went up to Mt. Sinai to receive God’s Law, the Ten Commandments.  The Beatitudes are some of the most beautiful, comforting and hopeful passages in holy Scripture – and yet some of the most challenging as well.
 Are You a Visionary?
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Oct 26, 2014
This morning’s reading from Deuteronomy describes Moses’ final days.  God gives Moses a panoramic vision of the land that had inspired his dreams and projects for over forty years.  Ever since his first encounter with God through the burning bush, Moses’ long-term plans and day-to-day decisions had been shaped by the vision of a land that offered abundance and security.  He spent those four decades trekking across a wilderness, leading a contentious, ungrateful nation of people.  He had had to goad them on, navigate through enemy territory, deal with their constant complaining, keep rekindling their trust in God and reminding them that they were all headed to the land of milk and honey and freedom.

 Secular and Religious
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Oct 19, 2014
Created in the image of God, we are to live our whole lives – in length and breadth and depth; in every aspect; in every environment; in every situation – according to what God commands, expects and hopes for us.  Jesus reminds us of what it is that God commands, expects and hopes for us, and we remind ourselves of it every week:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and strength and soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.
 Idle Worship
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Oct 12, 2014
While the Israelites in the Exodus story are left idle – having nothing much to do – while they wait for Moses, Jesus’ parable suggests that we can be idling in another way.  It’s like our engines are running at high rev, but we’re not really going anywhere.  God calls us, God invites us in, but we are too busy keeping up with the demands of other gods to come to the feast which God has prepared.  In the parable, it was the farm, the business, and crime, but there were other false gods and idol worship as well, I’m sure. 

 Vineyard Haven
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Sep 28, 2014
Jesus stands in the synagogue teaching, drawing followers to himself as he opens up the word of God to them in new ways. But a group of high priests and elders confront him, demanding to know who gave him the authority to be there, teaching. They are no match for Jesus, though. He makes his point and then tells another parable, an allegory meant to reject “the way we’ve always done it” and to warn his followers against self-righteous arrogance.



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