September 29, 2019, “Standing Together”

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With thanks to the Rev. Amy Butler for her sermon on Luke 16:19-31 preached at the Craft of Preaching Conference held Oct. 1-3, 2018, at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Greg Jarrell, “Standing as loving accomplices on a front porch surrounded by police,” Baptist News Global, September 21, 2016. David Lose, “Pentecost 19C: Eternal Life Now,” In the Meantime, September 24, […]

September 1, 2019, Sermon by Theresa Hammond

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Thanks to Kate Berry, a Deacon at our church and our reader for today. Kate not only read, she also wrote the introduction to the scripture. And great thanks to Theresa Hammond, who joined our church this last year and who gave today’s sermon on her birthday of all days! Theresa is a gift to […]

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 […]