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.  

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 30, 2018, “Imperfection”

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Samuel Cowan is a high school senior at Lakes Region this year, and he bravely and kindly stepped in to our pulpit this morning to share his take on what the Christmas story means to him. Thank you, Samuel, for sharing your wisdom and spirit with us this morning! Listen here to this gifted, kind […]