Sermons by Rev. Emily C. Goodnow

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February 3, 2019, “Called to Deep Waters”

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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 […]

January 13, 2019, “Beloved is Who You Are”

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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 […]

January 6, 2018, “Guiding Star”

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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 […]

December 16, “Mary Knew”

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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 […]

December 9, 2018, “Prepare”

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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.

November 25, 2018, “Reign of Christ: Love is Lord”

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Works Cited/Consulted: Tim Challies, “The History of Christianity in 25 Objects,” https://www.challies.com/articles/the-history-of-christianity-in-25-objects-rylands-library-papyrus-p52/, March 21, 2013. The Salt Project, “True Power: Salt’s Lectionary Commentary for Reign of Christ the King Sunday.” http://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/christ-the-king-lectionary-commentary, November 20, 2018. Lila Damon in our own Children’s Time from March 26, 2017, which you can listen to here. Molly Baskette, “Jesus is Lord,” UCC’s […]

November 4, 2018, “Presente! We are Here.”

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Inspired by a sermon written by the Rev. Nancy Taylor at South Church in Boston, our worship today involved celebrating our ancestors and acknowledging their presence with us by calling out “presente!” Listen here, join us in celebrating our loved ones’ presence, and call out the names of your beloved ancestors, too!

October 28, 2018, “Generosity as a Spiritual Practice”

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In worship today we held silence for the people of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And we held joy for a Sunday School bursting with little ones getting faces painted at our Pumpkin Party. And we held space to ponder transformation together. That’s what this sermon is about – God calling us to lives […]