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Keith Wagner

Rev. Dr. Keith Wagner is the pastor of St. John's UCC in Troy, Ohio. He has served churches in Southwest Ohio for over three decades. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has an M.Div. from Methodist Theological School, Delaware, Ohio, and a D.Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has also been an adjunct professor at Edison Community College, Piqua, Ohio. He and his wife, Lin, live in Springfield, Ohio.
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Walking Through Fire -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, Acts 8:14-17, Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2019
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“Walking Through Fire” by Peter Andrew Smith
The Challenge to be Humble -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Keith Wagner -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
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“The Challenge to be Humble” by Keith Wagner
Shining in the Darkness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:68-79 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
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“Shining in the Darkness” by Peter Andrew Smith
Yielding to God -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Psalm 148 -- Keith Wagner -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2018
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“The Challenges of Serving the Lord” by Keith Wagner
New Beginnings -- Mark 1:4-11, Psalm 29 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 2018
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"New Beginnings" by Peter Andrew Smith
A New Strength -- Mark 1:29-39, Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2018
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"A New Strength" by Keith Wagner
Looking for the Rainbow -- Mark 1:9-15, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Genesis 9:8-17 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2018
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"Looking for the Rainbow" by Peter Andrew Smith
A God of Second Chances -- John 12:20-33, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2018
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“A God of Second Chances” by Keith Wagner
For Our Sakes -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Psalm 22, John 18:1--19:42, Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Good Friday - B -- 2018
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“For Our Sakes” by Peter Andrew Smith
Living Without Fear -- Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Psalm 23 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
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“Living Without Fear” by Keith Wagner
Rooted in Faith -- John 17:6-19, Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, 1 John 5:9-13, Psalm 1 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
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"Rooted in Faith" by Peter Andrew Smith
The Significant Other -- Mark 3:20-35, Psalm 130, Genesis 3:8-15 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2018
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“The Significant Other” by Keith Wagner
The Gift of Healing -- Mark 5:21-43, 1 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
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“The Gift of Healing” by Keith Wagner
The Lord Will Provide -- Psalm 145:10-18, 2 Kings 4:42-44, John 6:1-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
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“The Lord Will Provide” by Keith Wagner
Living Bread -- John 6:51-58, 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Ephesians 5:15-20 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 2018
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“Living Bread” by Keith Wagner
The Art of Listening -- Proverbs 1:20-33, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2018
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“The Art of Listening” by Keith Wagner
I'm Okay with That -- Mark 10:2-16, Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12, Job 1:1; 2:1-10 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2018
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“I'm Okay with That” by Peter Andrew Smith
Living Within Limits -- Ruth 1:1-18, Deuteronomy 6:1-9 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2018
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“Living Within Limits” by Keith Wagner
Late -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23, Psalm 23 -- David O. Bales, Keith Wagner -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
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"Late" by David O. Bales
A Face In The Crowd -- Matthew 5:1-12, Revelation 7:9-17, 1 John 3:1-3 -- Keith Hewitt, Keith Wagner -- All Saints Day - A -- 2017
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"A Face in the Crowd" by Keith Hewitt
Aunt June's Thanksgiving -- Luke 17:11-19, Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Psalm 65 -- David O. Bales, Keith Wagner -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2017
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"Aunt June’s Thanksgiving" by John Fitzgerald
The Magnificence of God -- John 1:6-8, 19-28, Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, Psalm 126, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
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"The Magnificence of God" by Keith Wagner
Let it Be -- Luke 1:26-38, 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Romans 16:25-27 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
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"Let it Be" by Keith Wagner
"Faith and Obedience" by Keith Wagner

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Walking Through Fire -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, Acts 8:14-17, Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2019
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“Walking Through Fire” by Peter Andrew Smith
Looking for the Rainbow -- Mark 1:9-15, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Genesis 9:8-17 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2018
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"Looking for the Rainbow" by Peter Andrew Smith

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"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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