Second on the Mount

Second on the Mount

No matter where you are on the journey of faith, God’s Word has something to say to you. Second on the Mount is a collection of sermons from Second Presbyterian Church on Mountain Avenue in Roanoke, VA. Listen to the encouraging words of ministers George Anderson, Elizabeth Link, Rachel Thompson, and occasional guests as we journey together, finding direction by following Jesus. We hope you’ll return to this podcast, visit our website www.spres.org for more, or visit us in person!... Show More

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“Whenever you pray...” – Matthew 6:1-18
Introduction to the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from February 23, 2020. This Lent, we are exploring the depth and meaning of the Lord's Prayer. "I invite you to join us in making space in your life these forty days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday to savor this ancient prayer. Read it. Recite it. Pray i... Read more

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February 18, 2020 24 min

“Maturity” – Deuteronomy 30:15-20, I Corinthians 3:1-9

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from February 16, 2020, with special introduction and post-sermon interview. "Neither Moses nor Jesus want us always to jump so quickly to our own personal Assurance of Pardon and the affirmation that 'All will be well.' Their love for their people doesn't keep them from making clear that good and evil have consequences.... Read more

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February 10, 2020 17 min

“Repairer of the Breach” – Isaiah 58:1-12

Sermon by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from February 9, 2020. "Isaiah’s words are this beautiful reminder that at the center of the Gospel is the truth that through the love of God we belong to each other. I can’t separate my personal wellbeing from yours because the love of God breaks down all barriers, all divisions. The love of God builds up and redeems and restores–and calls... Read more

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February 4, 2020 11 min

“Youth Sunday Sermons 2020” – Psalm 27:1, 4-5, 13-14; Exodus 13:17-22

Sermons by graduating seniors Lauren Daniel and Kayla Mutter from Youth Sunday, February 2, 2020. Our Youth Group theme for the year is “20/20: Be Thou My Vision.” We have spent the year learning how to look at the world, our relationships and ourselves through God’s perspective. We have celebrated that in God’s sight we are all beloved and made in the i... Read more

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January 27, 2020 24 min

“Why Do You Look Up?” – Acts 1:6-11

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson and The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from Mission Build Kick-Off Sunday on January 26, 2020. "Jesus is telling the disciples that to be his body in the world, their vision and heart has to go where his vision and heart goes. It has to go beyond those who we know, those we love, those who live where we live and those who are just like us or on our side... S... Read more

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January 22, 2020 22 min

“Of God” – Galatians 5:16-26

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from January 19, 2020. "But in the middle of it all, Paul left us with this cut-to-the-chase reminder: There are ways we treat each other in the middle of it all that are of God and some that are not."

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January 13, 2020 17 min

“Get Up and Go” – Acts 9:1-20

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from January 12, 2020. "God is moving in new directions all the time. And if you want to keep up with God, you have to keep open to where God’s Spirit may be heading."

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January 6, 2020 18 min

“A Tradition Both Heavy and Light” – I Samuel 3:1-10

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Confirmation Sunday, January 5, 2020. "We want these young people to feel the weight of a faith tradition because they will be sheep led to cultural slaughter without having some grounding and inherited wisdom.  But we also want them to have the kind of relationship with God where they can recognize God’s fresh voice, and then sa... Read more

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December 24, 2019 20 min

“Christmas Plans” – Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from December 22, 2019. "The Christmas Season of planning is based on stories of plans being changed. ...I suggest that there are three things that can and should mess up our plans and disrupt our lives... joy, vision and faith."

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December 18, 2019 17 min

“Embodied” – Luke 1:39-56

Sermon written by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link and delivered by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson on December 15, 2019. "Mary knew the power a song could hold. Singing doesn’t just help us to name things, it draws us into the reality we voice. God has promised to change the world, and in singing these promises we enter into that work."

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December 18, 2019 12 min

“Answering Angels” – Luke 1:26-38

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from December 8, 2019. The angel Gabriel visits Mary bringing greetings and life-altering news. "Conversation as faith; that's what this is... How will we respond?"

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December 18, 2019 13 min

“The People Who Know” – Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon by Jen Brothers, church member and seminary student, from December 1, 2019. "Two people are working in the field, but one knows something the other doesn’t... It’s time to be the people who know."

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December 18, 2019 19 min

“Gospel Eyes” – Matthew 28:17, Mark 6:51, Luke 4:24, John 18:37-38

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from November 24, 2019. “Put on the lens of faith. Look at your life and those around you and far from you with enchanted lens.”

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December 18, 2019 17 min

“Spectacles of Scripture” – Psalm 119:103-105

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from November 17, 2019. In her sermon, Rev. Link–a history enthusiast–examines how we came to have the Holy Bible and the miracle it is that Christians came to have this collection of books in the first place.

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December 10, 2019 18 min

“A Question” – Luke 20:27-40

Sermon by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from November 10, 2019. In an attempt to trap him, some Sadducees asked Jesus a question. “The first step towards growing in our understanding of what God’s good future is like is to let go of the need to be right.”

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December 10, 2019 13 min

“Benediction: The Open Moment” – Luke 2:14, I Corinthians 15:58, Jude 24-25, Revelation 22:21

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from All Saints Sunday, November 3, 2019. “Heard rightly, a benediction is a moment when somehow, we hear the assurance of God.”

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December 5, 2019 23 min

“The Middle’s Edge” – Jeremiah 2:4-8, Matthew 5:17-20

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, October 27, 2019. In today's divisive times, we must remember how to discuss difficult issues in a way that builds community, not divides it.

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December 5, 2019 16 min

“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” – Genesis 1:24-27

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Preschool Sunday, October 20, 2019. "God knows you inside and out. Whether that statement is comforting or unsettling, it is true. You are known by God, you are beloved by God. You are a child of God."

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December 5, 2019 21 min

“Three Types” – Philippians 3:7-11

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Commitment Sunday, October 13, 2019.

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December 4, 2019 16 min

"Receive" - John 21:1-17

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from World Communion Sunday, October 6, 2019. "If the Gospel of John ended with chapter 20, we’d think it a fine conclusion. But John 21 comes right on its tails and describes a scene so powerful it begged to be told."

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