Sermons

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston preaches "Let Go and Let God" at CPCBA Sunday worship on March 17, 2019.

Spiritual Food for Thought

With time you can learn where to go for nourishment, where to hide for protection, where to turn for guidance. Just as your earthly house is a place of refuge, so God’s house is a place of peace.

~ Max Lucado

Sermon Videos

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, delivers sermon titled "Let Go of Fear" following a gospel reading from Luke 4:1-13

SPIRITUAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ~Marie Curie

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, delivers a sermon titled "Mercy Matters."

Spiritual Food for Thought It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.

Gospel reading Luke 6:17-26 and sermon "By and By" delivered by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston at CPCBA worship on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston shares a meditation on Scripture passage 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Note: there is a blacked out section in the middle of this video. This was unintentional - the video returns after a few seconds.

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver Johnston delivers a message, "Becoming a Beloved Community."

Spiritual food for thought: "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon (CPCBA), leads worship with a sermon titled, "When God Is Silent"
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston shares a Meditation on Epiphany, January 6, 2019, "Star of Wonder"
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston delivers a Christmas Proclamation, "To You, With Love," at the Christmas Eve worship service on December 24, 2018.
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston speaks about "Love" on the fourth Sunday in Advent
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston delivers a sermon on "Peace" on the second Sunday in Advent
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston delivers a sermon, "Hope," during worship at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon on December 2, 2018

Scripture reading Mark 12:38-44 and sermon “Pay Attention,” by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston on All Saints Sunday, November 4, 2018

Rev. Dr. Jean Henderson, guest preacher, delivers sermon "Betting Your Bottom Dollar"
Sermon by visiting pastor, Rev. Bessie Liwonde
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, pastor of CPCBA, delivers a sermon titled "Let Go and Let God" on the scripture from Mark 10:17-31. Spiritual Food for Thought: "On certain continents poverty is more spiritual than material, a poverty that consists of loneliness, discouragement, and the lack of meaning in life."
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston delivers a sermon, "The Power of Story," as part of the fall series on topics under the theme, "What Would Jesus Do." Scripture: Mark 9:38-50 Thought for the day: To the predators...Weinstein, the stranger, the relative, the boyfriend....

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver Johnston, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon (CPCBA), preaches a sermon, "All Are Welcome."

Spiritual Food for Thought: "The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?" ~ Pablo Casals

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:30-37

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston referencing scripture passages James 3:1-18 and Mark 8:27-29.

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston's sermon, "Be Open." Scripture passage referenced is Mark 7:24-37

Sermon by Rev. Jean Henderson
Rev. Jean Henderson, "Pieces of Peace" on Peace Sunday
Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston
Sermon presented by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "Just A Touch"
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston
Sermon presented by Rev. Susan Rothenberg
Reading from Acts and Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston on Mother's Day 2018
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "No Foolin'" delivered on Easter Sunday (also April Fools' Day)

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "Between Palms and Passion" 

Spiritual Food for Thought: "No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown." ~ William Penn

Scripture readings: Mark 11:1-11, Mark 15:1-20,33-39

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "Isaiah: Prophet of Presence and Power"

Spiritual Food for Thought: "This is a God who is not identified with the help of a dictionary but through a relationship." ~ Kathleen Norris, 'Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith'

Scripture readings: Isaiah 43:1-5a, Romans 8:31-39

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "Moses and Jesus: Prophets of Law and Love." Words of inspiration: You can't go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love. (Romans 13:10, The Message) Scripture readings: Exodus 20:1-17 and Mark 12:28-34

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, sharing reflections from Prophet Brother Roger, who founded the Taize Community in France in the 1940s. Scripture Micah 6:6-8.

Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston delivers sermon, "Name Changer, Game Changer." Scripture readings: Genesis 17:1-10a, 15-17 and Jeremiah 31:31-34

Scripture verses Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Mark 1:9-13, followed by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston's sermon, "Ezekiel: Keeping Hope Alive"

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "Let the Light Shine." Scripture verse Mark 9:2-9

Scripture reading reflection by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston on "Music and a Meal" Sunday. Scripture verse - Isaiah 40:25-31

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "For Good or Evil." Scripture verse - Mark 1:21-28

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "Follow Me." Scripture verse - Mark 1:14-20

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "Words to Remember." Scripture verse - Mark 1:4-11

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "By Another Road." Scripture verse - Matthew 2:1-12

Sunday worship sermon by Rev. Jean Henderson

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Donna Giver-Johnston, "For I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink." Scripture - Matthew 25:31-46

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