August 25, 2019, “Ruler Breakers and Love Followers”

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With thanks to Susan Dovell for reading scripture, here is today’s message: Works Cited: The “Tattle Phone” story is from “No Fair!” This American Life No. 672, April 5, 2019. You can listen to it here. Story of Pia Klemp’s work on the Luventa from Sasha Ingber’s article: “Captain Who Rescued Migrants at Sea Refuses Paris Medal, Calling […]

August 18, 2019, Brian Cushing: “We Refuse to be Enemies”

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With thanks to Brian Cushing for this message on his travels to the Holy Land. Three photos from Brian Cushing’s trip: Left is Brian placing a prayer for First Church in the Western Wall. Middle is Jaher Nasser in the cave. Right is entrance to one of the seven caves at the Tent of Nations. […]

August 11, 2019, “Do Not be Afraid”

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With thanks to John Schoenfeld for reading scripture, here is today’s message: Works Cited and Thanks Offered to: Quote by the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber from “Yeah. ANOTHER Sermon on Fear,” Sarcastic Lutheran, August 9, 2016. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2016/08/yeah-another-sermon-on-fear/. Note about Dolly Parton’s makeup routine quoted from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/travel/dolly-parton-dollywood-wildwood.html and first discovered from Cameron B.R. Howard in “Dear Working Preacher.” And […]

August 4, 2019, “A Photo Album of Us”

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With thanks to Susan Dovell for reading scripture, here is today’s message: With thanks to: Horton Center, New Hampshire’s UCC Summer Camp, for the great experience! Matt Skinner, “Poor Fool,” Dear Working Preacher, July 28, 2019, which contained the line about there being no U-Hauls behind a hearse. “Storage Statistics 2018,” Simply Self Storage, https://www.simplyss.com/storage-options/self-storage-statistics/, accessed 8.2.19, […]

July 28, 2019, Samuel Cowan’s Sermon after General Synod 32

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Samuel Cowan is a recent graduate from Lakes Region High School who is planning to attend St. Anselm’s College this fall. He’s been part of our church community for a few years now, formally joined in February, and was a delegate to our denomination’s 32nd General Synod, the national gathering of our denomination that happens […]

July 21, 2019, “Great Purpose and Great Joy”

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It was 90 degrees in the sanctuary, and the microphone shorted out halfway through the message, and the preacher talked about cleaning toilets. And somewhere in it all, God showed up. With thanks to Theresa Hammond for reading scripture, this week’s sermon is here. The strange crackling and pause in the middle is the microphone […]

July 14, 2019, “Samaritan”

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With thanks to Kevin Murphy for reading scripture this week. Works Cited Amy-Jill Levine, Short Stories by Jesus, (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014), pp. 71-106. Matthew L. Skinner, “Exegetical Perspective: Proper 10” in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Volume 3, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, […]

June 30, 2019, “God’s Fingerprints”

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When I reference putting our rocks down in this sermon, I’m referencing the children’s time we’ve just done in which we contemplated Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers, and our own work of forgiveness. We said that forgiveness is as much or more about us as it is about the people we’re forgiving, and to demonstrate […]