Sermons by Rev. Emily C. Goodnow

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June 16, 2019, “The Surface Area of Love”

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Today we gave thanks for Pride Celebrations and all the ways God has created us to be and to love. We gave thanks for good experiences of fathering and fatherhood and prayed for all for whom fathering and fatherhood has been challenging and hard. And we leaned in hard to what the Trinity can teach […]

May 26, 2019, “Peace”

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With thanks to Barbara Brown Taylor for her story about her nephew, Will, which is in her book God in Pain: Teaching Sermons on Suffering (Nashville, Abingdon Press: 1998), pp. 38-39.

May 12, 2019, “The Music of Belonging”

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With thanks to: The Salt Project for the Louis Armstrong connection. “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing: Salt’s Lectionary Commentary for Easter 4,” May 7, 2019, www.saltproject.org. Debie Thomas for the emphasis on belonging in the John text. “Tell us Plainly,” Journey with Jesus, May 5, 2019. Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis, and Matt Skinner, […]

April 28, 2019, “Doubt as Spiritual Practice”

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Works Cited and Referenced: Conversation with our own Dennis Brown about doubt’s importances for science was from Bible Study during the winter of 2018. If you want to have conversations like this, join us any Thursday at 8:15am. We’d love to welcome you. Natalie Batalha’s remarks about good planets being hard to find were shared […]

April 14, 2019, “Love’s Threshold”

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With thanks to Rev. Kate Braestrup for her brilliant story, The Blessing, which you can listen to here. Works Cited: Kate Braestrup, “The Blessing,” The Moth Podcast, https://themoth.org/stories/the-blessing, October 7, 2015. Martin Copenhaver, Jesus Is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered, (Nashville, Abingdon Press: 2014), pp. 116.

April 7, 2019, “This Story is For You”

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Works Cited: Traci Blackmon told the story about St. George’s church’s balcony at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod in 2017. You can watch her full message here. She begins speaking at 1:02. Eric Wight’s rescue story from the Knife Edge is in chapter 6, “Katahdin,” of his book Life and Death in the North […]

March 31, 2019, “Mud Season”

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Many thanks to Caroline DesRoches for reading scripture for us this morning. Rolf Jacobson quote taken from the podcast Sermon Brainwave, episode #531: Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 18, 2017. You can access this episode here.

March 24, 2019, “Fog, Elvis Songs, and Other Sounds of God”

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With thanks to Wanda Dunlap for telling this story of blueberry picking in the fog, here is today’s scripture lesson and sermon: (please note: today’s sermon includes discussion of depression and suicide) Ty Gagne’s excellent article, “Footprints in the snow lead to an emotional rescue,” can be found here. Union Leader, January 5, 2019.