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October 15 sermon: Jesus was a foodie

October 15, 2017Isaiah 25:1–9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1–9; Matthew 22:1–14 On my sabbatical last summer, I had a lot of adventures in travel.  I took public buses and shared vans in Jerusalem, and to the West Bank towns of Beit Jala, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Bethlehem.  In Norway and Sweden, I traveled extensively on quiet, clean, and […]

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Sunday sermon: I am the author of my it.

October 1, 2017Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32  I am the author of my it.Say it with me: I am the author of my it! Own it. Take it. You are given authority. I tell students at Yale Divinity School, you have a singular platform from which to plot the next years of your life.   Once you have Yale […]

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September 24 sermon: Earworm

September 24, 2017Jonah 3:10-4:11Matthew 20:1-16 Do you know what earworm is? It’s a song that makes it way into your ears and once entering the otic canal it just lodges there.  You can’t get it out of your head. Here’s what Wikipedia says: An earworm, sometimes known as a brainworm,[1] sticky music, or stuck song syndrome,[2] is a catchy piece of music that continually […]

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September 17th Sermon: 77 times? More. (Paul Strike)

Matthew 18:21-35 In the Gospel passages of the past number of weeks,Peter has been a pretty prominent figure, to say the least.He has walked on water,And then he promptly sank into it.He has called Jesus the Messiah, the Son of the living God,Which was, Jesus says, a revelation from God.Because of his faith, Peter becomes a […]

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September 10 Sermon Fall Fantastic Feast!

September 10, 2017 Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20 I can’t tell you how happy I am to arrive at today, something a certain someone a few years back dubbed summarily Fall Fantastic Feast. It’s a cheery appellation, and the alliteration makes it all the more fun.  But I think I am happy today because in our rituals God’s abundance rises […]

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September 3 sermon Cross life

September 3, 2017 Romans 12:9-21Matthew 16:21-28Growing up, I knew I was different.  As a youngster in coastal Connecticut, oh, I entertained notions that were like every other kid—would I be the next Carl Yastrzemski? Would I wear the uniform of a Coast Guard cadet? But these two were easily, handily topped by the notion of being […]

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August 27 Sermon What’s with all the rocks?

      August 27, 2017Matthew 16:13-20 Allow me to begin with thanks for my sabbatical, three months of release from pastoral responsibilities from late May to late August, after seven years as pastor here.  I have many stories to share, rich, funny, and tragic: travelogues from being abroad for eight weeks.  I gained deeper connections to our companion […]

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August 20th Sermon: A vision for all peoples (Paul Strike)

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 and Matthew 15:10-28 There is a paved road,One lane each way,That goes through the wooded hillsToward northwest Connecticut from here.Maybe I’m referring to most roads that go between here and there.They’re beautiful roads!They are full of little twists and turns.You never have the opportunity to be bored driving on them;They’re actually pretty difficult […]

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August 13th Sermon: Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid (Paul Strike)

Matthew 14:22-23, 1 Kings 19:9-18 There is a painting in the Narthex,In line with the center aisle.You really can’t miss it—it’s pretty massive.It is, of course, a painting depictingA dramatic moment from our Gospel reading for today.Peter, with white hair and beard,Is about waist-deep in the tumultuous waters.He stares wildly up at Jesus.His left hand clings […]

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August 6th Sermon: Miracles upon miracles (Rev. Zollfrank)

Matthew 14:13-21 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,Miracles upon miracles…. Our story this morning is full of them! Butbefore we can really appreciate all the miraculous happenings, let meset the scene…Our text this morning says, “when Jesus heard this, he withdrew…But when the crowds heard it, they followed him….” What did Jesushear? And what did the […]

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May 28 Sermon: Where Do We Go From Here?

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