January 22 – Called to a Different Way – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Recently I have been reading about nonviolent communication.  Nonviolent communication, I have learned, begins with the assumption that all people are compassionate by nature, and that violent strategies – verbal or physical – are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture.”  NVC invites its practitioners first to consider another’s humanity when communicating with…

December 11 – Don’t forget the baby! – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

This is the third Sunday in Advent and it is the day when the emphasis begins to shift.  For the last two Sundays we have heard a great deal about the Day of Judgment and the doom and destruction of the Final Coming.  But today there are more candles lit on our Advent Wreath than…

November 13 – Joy to the World – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

I have been preaching sermons for a long time.  I preached my first sermon as a senior in high school, on Youth Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Ossining, New York.  I preached my next sermon four years later when I was a college senior and it was the custom of the minister at…

September 4 – Making Choices – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

What would you say is the most important choice you have ever made?  What choice have you made that has had the most impact on your life?  I suspect most of us would say the choice to marry our mates or perhaps to get divorced; the choice to have a child or perhaps to terminate…