Sermons by Rev. Emily C. Goodnow

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March 29, 2020, “A Future of Hope”

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During the COVID-19 pandemic we are meeting on Sundays via Facebook Live. You can watch the full service from March 29 below: Many, many thanks to Bob Sawyer for running the technology and video for this service! Here’s a link to the article by Scott Berinato titled “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief,” where Berinato […]

March 22, 2020, “Be Still”

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During the Covd-19 pandemic, we are meeting virtually via Facebook Live. You can watch the full worship service from March 22 below: Many, many thanks to Bob Sawyer for organizing all of the technology for our livestream!  

March 8, 2020, “Born of the Spirit (and Don’t Forget the Sunshine!)”

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Works that were particularly helpful for this Sermon: Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2019), pp. 161-174. “Gospel: Salt’s Lectionary Commentary for Lent 2,” The Salt Project, March 2, 2020. The Rev. Deborah Blood, our Conference Minister, told the story about sailing when she visited our church in […]

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019

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  Works Cited: Bishop Craig Satterlee, “Commentary on Luke 2:1-14 [15-20],” Working Preacher from Luther Seminary, December 24, 2012. You can read this article here. Raymond E. Brown, An Introduction to the New Testament, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010), pp. 225-278.

December 15, 2019, “Mary’s Yes”

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Works Cited: The “Cestello Annunciation” is by Sandro Botticelli from 1489. You can read about it and view it here. Information about Mary’s Song being banned in Guatemala in 1980 comes from John Ortberg who cites New Testament Scholar Scott McKnight’s research in the article, “Mary’s Carol,” published in The Christian Century, December 15, 2009. This article […]

November 24, 2019, “Thank You”

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  The prayer from the Jewish Tradition shared in this message is the Modeh Ani, a prayer many Jewish people recite upon waking and before getting out of bed. Many thanks to my friend Jo for sharing this prayer practice with me, and for her permission to share with you.

November 17, 2019, “Lobsters, Love, and Other Signs of the Apocalypse”

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Works Cited Today: That great lobster image comes from Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J Friesen, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014), pp. 117-118. Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber’s remarks on the apocalypse come from Nadia Bolz-Weber, “We’re in the Midst of an apocalypse. And that’s a good thing,” […]

October 27, 2019, “The Love we Leave Behind”

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We lost a dear leader in our church family yesterday, and we came together this morning grieving Chris’s passing, and the passing of too many we’ve loved in this last year. This is a sermon written for that context. Works Cited: Jenny Boylan’s remarks that “God is love, but isn’t it more true to say […]

October 20, 2019, “Made in the Image of God”

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With thanks to Professor Jenny Boylan for the gift of being her student, and for the deep wisdom she has shared about gender, faith, and identity. She is cited in this sermon from an interview she gave March 31, 2019 at The Riverside Church in NYC for their podcast, A Look Ahead. You can listen to […]