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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 lectionary this year leads us to a series of stories from the book of Genesis – foundational stories about the people who first heard God’s promise and followed God’s call to establish Israel as a nation, as a people of faith in the one living God. This is after Adam and Eve and after Noah, but before Moses.
 Joseph’s Story Begins
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Aug 10, 2014

This is the last Sunday of our summer sermon series on the ancient ancestors in the faith - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Jacob and his twin brother Esau have reconciled at last; Jacob is the father of yet another son, Benjamin, but his mother Rachel died in that childbirth; Jacob and Esau’s father Isaac has died also, at age one hundred eighty.

Today we meet Joseph, Jacob’s next to last son and the one he loves the most, as you will hear.  The great saga of Joseph and his brothers, the final narrative sequence in Genesis, and the longest in the Hebrew Bible to center on one person, serves to complete the first book of the Bible.  Today’s reading is only the beginning.

 Jacob Wrestles With God
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Aug 3, 2014
We continue our summer sermon series from Genesis, getting to know the three patriarchs of the faith – Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob. These were the people and stories of Jesus’s own Jewish faith tradition. They tell of the basic nature of humanity and of humanity’s relationship to God, and vice versa. And so that is why they are important to us as well.
 Rachel and Leah and the Sons of Jacob
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Jul 27, 2014
Jacob journeys under a cloud.  He has cheated his twin brother Esau out of his birthright and deceived his old, blind father Isaac in order to get Isaac’s blessing. He is, therefore, escaping, in shame perhaps, but certainly in fear.  But the first night, camped out along the way, he has that dream about the ladder with the angels going up and down on it.  God speaks to Jacob, and he knows that God has blessed him even though he hasn’t asked for it and even though he doesn’t deserve it.

 Jacob’s Dream
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Jul 20, 2014
Last week we heard how Jacob, one of our ancestors in the faith, conned his brother Esau out of his birthright. Esau traded his family position and inheritance for a bowl of lentil stew. Since then, Jacob pulled another fast one, this time on his old and now-blind father Isaac. Jacob had gotten the birthright, but he still needed his father’s blessing, which Isaac was expecting to bestow upon the older twin Esau. Jacob’s mother Rebekah – who loved Jacob over Esau and who knew God’s plan for Jacob to become the father of the nation Israel – orchestrated the deception.
 Easu and Jacob
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Jul 13, 2014
Last week we heard the lovely story of the coming together of Isaac and Rebekah – how, under God’s care and guidance, she was found for him by Abraham’s servant in the country where Abraham had come from; how she became Isaac’s wife; how he loved her. That lovely story was only an interlude it seems.  For today we return to the tensions and conflicts that pervade the relationships in this family of Abraham, from whom the three great monotheistic religions are derived.

 Isaac and Rebekah
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Jul 6, 2014
Everything we do depends on love:  love between partners, love in family, love among friends and neighbors and especially the steadfast and extraordinary love of God for each one of us – the love we know through the Sacrament of Holy Communion, which we celebrate today.
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Jun 29, 2014
We sort of met Isaac last week, when he was only about three years old and Abraham, his father, held a great festival to celebrate his being weaned from his mother Sarah. The passage dealt with Isaac’s half brother Ishmael, and his mother Hagar, being sent away so that God’s promise would be fulfilled: Abraham and Sarah, even in their old age, would produce the son who would carry the line to produce a great nation blessed by God.

by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Jun 22, 2014
God had promised that a son would be born to Abraham and that Abraham would be the father of a great nation, his descendants as many as the stars in the sky.  But Abraham and his wife Sarah were both very old – so how could this come to pass?  But God said not to worry.
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
Jun 1, 2014
Being prayed for is a powerful and deeply moving experience. I know that many of you have just recently felt that power as you have faced surgeries and medical tests, as you have endured prolonged, agonizing watching and waiting for a loved one to die, and then the grief. You have been dealing with major life decisions and at the same time, niggling, petty concerns. The prayers of others on your behalf have helped carry you through these times.

 Steady As You Go
by Rev. Kathryn Henry
May 18, 2014
God will keep us safe, secure and joyful, at peace in the world. Faith in Jesus Christ – the way, the truth and the life – sustains us through all our years upon this earth. The Holy Spirit lives in and abides with us. Buried in John’s convoluted and sometimes mysterious wordiness, this is the straightforward message for today, and for all time.


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