Month: January 2019

Salt (Sermon for January 27, 2019)

A long time ago—before I was your pastor, before I was a fundraiser, before I even went to seminary—I was a cook. I worked in a little upscale restaurant in a midsize college burg. And while we were never going to win a Michelin star, we were pretty good. And while I’m never going to

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I’ve Been Here Before (Sermon for January 20, 2019)

There is a scene from The West Wing. You’re going to find that I bring up that show every now and again. Leo McGarry is the White House Chief of Staff. He’s also an alcoholic. A few years before the scene in the show, he was sober. And then he fell off the wagon. It was

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Spring Bible Study

Spring Bible Study starts on January 30th and runs through February 27th. Wednesdays at 7:15pm (after Confirmation class). For this Bible study, we’ll read along with the lectionary readings for those weeks: January 30: Matthew 6:7-21 February 6: Matthew 7:1-14 and Matthew 7:24-29 February 13: Matthew 13:24-43 February 20: Matthew 14:13-33 February 27: Matthew 16:24-17:8

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Back Bay Mission Trip Informational Meeting

Are you interested in a mission trip to Back Bay Mission? We’ll be hosting an informational event with Pastor Chris after worship on February 3, 2019. Please join us to learn more about this exciting opportunity! Back Bay Mission is a human services ministry of the United Church of Christ located in Biloxi, Mississippi. Its

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Baptism (Sermon for January 13, 2019)

Way back in June, we had a baptism. James and Brianne stood at the front of the church, and I held a kind of squirmy Kaelyn, and I baptized her in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And it was a wonderful day. We welcomed Kaelyn into our family…

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Refugees (Sermon for January 6, 2019)

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” In today’s reading from Matthew, we hear this line from the prophet Jeremiah about Rachel, in the city of Ramah, weeping for her children. You see, a long time ago,

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This is a reprint of my column from the January 2019 Carillon Notes. Happy new year! It’s that wonderful time of year when people are making plans. We’re going to learn new skills. We’re going to try new things. And I am definitely going to start going to the gym (but not today… maybe next week… certainly by Easter). And it can be hard to talk about,

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