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.
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 […]
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.
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.
With many thanks to JoAnne Diller for this story from her hike on the Appalachian Trail, our sermon and story in our Lenten series “Lessons from the Wilderness” is available here.
Today’s sermon in our All Family Worship (all ages stay in worship the whole time, and our worship service is meant to engage our youngest to our oldest and everyone in between!) was very interactive. There were nets, and fisher people, and we went on a fishing expedition throughout the church. I think you’ll get […]
Today’s sermon, preached on Baptism of Christ Sunday, is here. In worship we also celebrated the Baptisms of Remi Lyn Horne and Lydia Grace Atwood. It was a joyful day! Some wanted a copy of the “letter,” inspired by Isaiah 43, written out. It is here, if it’s useful to you: Dear Beloved, I am […]
For today’s Intergenerational Worship Service (all ages stay in the pews the whole time! It’s fun) we told the story of the wise people and wondered about the stars that guide us. If you listen here, you won’t see the giant gold star that appeared in the choir, and later moved about. You won’t be […]
Works Cited & Consulted: “Mary Did you Know?” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Green (1996). I first learned about the “Defiant Requiem” from a sermon the Rev. Amy Butler preached titled “And Hear the Angels Sing.” Sermon was preached December 15, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. I learned more about the Defiant […]
Works Cited: Mary Oliver’s “Making the House Ready for the Lord” is published in her collection Thirst (Boston: Beacon Press, 2006). Rachel Naomi Remen speaks beautifully about the Jewish philosophy of “Tikkun Olam” on Krista Tippett’s On Being. You can listen to an excerpt of this interview here.