Listen to Sermons from Catoctin

About worship…

We are glad to be able to provide some recent sermons for you to listen to. We believe that corporate worship is to the Body of Christ what breathing is to the human body — a life-giving exchange! It is our primary service to God as disciples. What’s more, as Presbyterians, we believe that proclamation of God’s Word is the central act of our worship service. So it follows that the best thing for the Body and for individual members is to be present together with God and one another in worship. These sermons are offered here not as a substitute, but to help us spread the Word! So whether you are a potential visitor wanting to “test drive” the preacher, or a member who missed a service or wants to hear a sermon again, we pray for God to bless you in the listening.

The sermons…

Below is a list of recent sermons preached at Catoctin Church, mostly by our pastor David Douthett. We are now live streaming the Sunday services on YouTube, and you can watch them here after the fact by clicking on the sermon titles below or by going to our playlist. The older sermons are audio recordings, so if you click on the sermon title you’ll get the audio player, a little more information about the sermon, an option to download the mp3, and a comment box.

Leave questions or comments about sermon content in the box or send them to Rev. Douthett at pastor@catoctin.org. Also, when emailing, please refer to the date and sermon title, so we’re all on the same page. Thank you!


Get a Clue

January 6, 2019
The Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians about the mystery of Christ. We all love a great mystery, and there are lots of mysteries about Christ. What does he have…

Not Quite Ordinary Life

December 30, 2018
Just a few thoughts on life in the holy family with Jesus. Things seem mostly ordinary until they aren't! So it is for us.
Continuing our Advent series on the role of the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, we explore the biblical model of kingship. Israel's history and relationship to its kings is...…
In Week 2 of Advent we continue our sermon series examining biblical models of who the Messiah is. Last week was the Priest, and this week is the Judge. Judges…
It's the first Sunday in Advent. Our sermon series for Advent will be "The Anointed One," looking at four biblical models for the Messiah, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas…

The Crown

November 25, 2018
This Sunday we will the Reign of Christ the King. This is the last Sunday in the liturgical year, marking the culmination of history when Christ will return to usher…

Not What You Hoped For

November 18, 2018
This week we look at the "little Apocalypse" in Mark, where Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple and the end times. Nothing he says is what we would hope…

A Longer Table

November 11, 2018
Ruth and Naomi find their fortunes reversed. Yay! But in Mark, the widow in the temple puts her last cent and all her hope in the offering. Jesus is impressed…

All the Way

November 4, 2018
Jesus discusses the greatest commandments with a scribe. I hope no one is surprised that it's "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your…

Reversal of Fortune

October 28, 2018
The sermon today, originally about Job's restoration and the healing of Bartimaeus the blind man, was reshaped by the violent events of the week and especially the shooting at Tree…

A Wider World

October 21, 2018
Job lost everything and cried out to God for an answer as to why. God shows up and takes Job on a journey through the cosmos, saying, "When you can…

Cleaning House

January 28, 2018
In Mark's gospel, Jesus begins his ministry with authoritative preaching and a demonstration of his authority by casting out an unclean spirit. This sets the tone for the whole gospel.…

Time’s Up

January 21, 2018
These three passages all address God sending word to folks that time is running out and the judgment of God is about to come, so be ready! Often God makes…
Samuel gets an unexpected call from God in the middle of the night. Nathanael gets an unexpected invitation from his friend Philip to follow an unexpected Messiah. Even for people…

Raw Materials

January 7, 2018
The new year is a good time to try new projects, whether that means making something new or restoring something that's been around the block a few times. This sermon…

Peace In the Promise

December 24, 2017
The theme of the Fourth Sunday of Advent is Peace. The gospel lesson is the Annunciation, that is when the angel Gabriel extends a call to Mary to be the…
The theme of the third Sunday of Advent is Joy. The scriptures for this week seem to be set in the midst of a good bit of bad news for…

Love Starts Over

December 10, 2017
The scriptures are both about preparing to meet the Lord who is coming to meet us. So we look at a few questions: Where does God meet us? How does…

Return On Investment

November 19, 2017
Exploring the Parable of the Talents, wherein servants are entrusted with large sums of their master's money. With whom in the story do we identify? What do the talents represent…

Making a Choice

November 12, 2017
Joshua finishes his work leading the Israelites as they prepare to settle in the Promised Land. So he warns them to put away their idols and serve the Lord alone.…

Follow the Leader

November 5, 2017
In light of upcoming elections and following the suggested readings for the day, we think about leadership. What do we look for in leaders? What does a new leader need…
In our service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we consider one of the problems of its legacy, namely the fracturing of the Church of Christ. The Reformers…
In our continuing series on the Protestant Reformation, 500 years in, we look at the question of Christian freedom, a critical question then and now. Essentially, what is our relationship…
We begin a three-part sermon series about the Protestant Reformation, as we approach the 500th anniversary of its beginning. In late October of 1517, Martin Luther wanted to generate some…

Running On Empty

October 1, 2017
Many things in this life can drain us and make us feel empty. Jesus knows a thing or two about emptiness, as we see in the Philippians 2 passage. He…