Do Not Cling to Me

John 20:1-18 Robert Hoch Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD Iris, our four-year-old daughter, thinks I’m clingy. She doesn’t use that word, but she thinks it all the same. She does not want to hold my hand when we cross the street or walk through a parking lot. Actually, […]

All the Right Notes, Wrong Music

Matthew 21:1-11 Robert Hoch First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD Palm Sunday Do you know that you can sing Amazing Grace to the theme song of Gilligan’s Island? Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. . . . Fun, right? I sing it to my kids all the time. They’ve never seen Gilligan’s Island, never […]

A Sermon on Fire

A Sermon on Fire Ezekiel 37:1-14 About a week ago I decided it was cold enough to justify building a fire – I went looking for an old newspaper, but there wasn’t any to be found. As I was pondering my situation, I noticed an old sermon, paper-clipped together and still inside its bulletin, sitting […]

Pick of the Litter

1 Samuel 16:1-13 First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD March 26, 2017 It may not be obvious to us, but Samuel’s state of mind in chapter sixteen represents something in life that most of us will experience: that is, the failure of our best made plans. Saul was the name of Samuel’s best made […]