Sermons

    • Jesus Shows Us a New Story Luke 13: 10 – 17   preached on August 25, 2019   Everybody has a story they tell about themselves.  I’m not talking about the somewhat fictional tall tale we might tell to make a good impression.  I’m talking about the stories we tell, not to impress, but for a different reason.  Like the stories we tell about what we do in our lives.  Our stories can show who we are, what’s important to us.  If we’re part of the Christian tradition, our stories can help... [read more]
    • A Faith for All Times and Places Genesis 15: 1 – 6 Hebrews 11: 1 – 3, 8 – 16   (preached August 11, 2019)   All of the world’s major religions include sacred writings.  For us, it’s the Bible. Sacred writings can be history or poetry. Sacred writings can be hymns or books of prophecy.  But the sacred writings of Christianity are unique among the world’s religions because, along with history, poetry, hymns, and prophecy, our sacred writings include something a little more down t... [read more]
    • A Life That’s Rich Toward God Luke 12: 13 – 21   (preached August 4, 2019)   As many of you know, this past spring I made a big move.  I sold my house in West Springfield and bought a house in Springfield.  I made the move to be a little closer to the east, closer to our church, and closer to my sons and their families who live in the Boston area.  I made the move to be closer to my daughter and her family, who live just outside Springfield.   I also made the move becau... [read more]
    • A Bridge Across the Universe Luke 11: 1 – 13   (preached on July 28, 2019)   You and I, as followers of Jesus, know it’s important to pray.  It’s important to our spiritual lives, to open ourselves to God.  When we pray, we share with God our deepest thoughts, our dreams, our fears.  When we pray, we also listen for God’s voice, deep in our hearts, whispering of God’s loving care.  Sometimes we might feel God nudging us to reach out with a kind word or a helping hand.  You and I k... [read more]
    • Resentment: the Habit We Can Lose Luke 10: 38 – 42   (preached on July 21, 2019)   It’s a wonderful thing to have a sister.  Speaking personally, I’ve been blessed with a sister.  She’s three years older than me.  My sister was a big part of my life when I was growing up.  One of my earliest memories is standing in the downstairs hall of our house, where we had a mirror.  I remember watching my mother fix my sister’s hair for her first day of school.  I remember feeling sad becaus... [read more]
    • Who Is My Neighbor? Luke 10: 25 – 37   (preached on July 14, 2019)   “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  Jesus called this the Great Commandment.  It would have been well known by religious people in his time.  So it’s no surprise that, early in our passage for today, from the gospel of Luke, Jesus praises the lawyer when he names this commandment as the way to eternal lif... [read more]
    • Whole and Holy Ephesians 1: 3 – 14   (preached on June 2, 2019)   Nursery rhymes were created for children, but they have a way of staying with us, even when we’re older.  Take, for example, the nursery rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty.”   You may not have heard it for years, but I bet you could still recite it by heart: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.   ... [read more]
    • A Purpose-Filled Pentecost Acts 2: 1 – 12   (preached on June 9, 2019)   Today we celebrate Pentecost, the day that marks the beginning of the church, in wind and fire.  We celebrate the breath of fresh air that inspired Peter and the other disciples, the powerful wind that enabled them to share the gospel with people from faraway lands.   We celebrate the passion and compassion that empowered them, and millions of others, to spread good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ. &nbs... [read more]
    • Remember the People John 15: 5 – 17 (preached May 26, 2019) Memorial Day weekend, for many of us in New England, marks the beginning of the summer travel season. Summer travel might mean piling everybody into the car for a visit to Maine or the Cape. It might mean going a little farther away, maybe out West with the family or even to Europe. What kind of travel do you enjoy? Do you like to travel for rest and relaxation, or something more exciting? If excitement is your thing, you’re not alon... [read more]
    • Prison Break in Philippi Acts 16: 16 – 34   Preached on May 19, 2019   If you spend any time looking for information on line, you know that you can find just about anything on the Internet.   A few days ago I found an interesting bit of information on line.  I discovered that every year in this country, a whole week is designated for procrastination: a whole week set aside for putting things off.  National Procrastinators’ Week is intended to encourage people to put off serious tasks and ... [read more]
    •  Dinner with Your Enemies Psalm 23: 5   Preached on May 12, 2019   “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”  These words begin the most familiar psalm in all of our sacred scriptures.  The 23rd psalm might well be the best known passage in the entire Bible.  In its verses, generation after generation has found comfort and hope.  The psalm assures us of God’s constant care.  The psalm instills confidence that God will provide for our every need... [read more]
    • We Plan; God Laughs Acts 9: 1 – 20   Saul was an ardent member of the group of Jewish leaders known as Pharisees.  This group practiced careful obedience to the rules of their religion.  From his earliest years, Saul had been schooled in the rules which governed daily life: the right way to wash your hands, the right foods to eat, and the right activities for the Sabbath, the holy day of rest.  The laws and traditions of their faith were vital to the identity of Saul’s people.  They lived u... [read more]