Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2016’


180th Birthday

180th Birthday

On Sunday September 25 Second Congo celebrated its 180th birthday. The special worship service featured four historical characters from the church’s past, and four “Grasshopper Tales” (five-minute stories, in the style of Moth Radio stories, each told by a member of the congregation who participated in a “leap of faith” in the church’s history). The adult choir sang and the handbell choir rang, both under the direction of Sue Green. Vintage photographs and newspaper clippings from events such as the explosion of the church organ, will be on display in the social hall.
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“Lamentation and Prayer for the Nation”- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, 1 Tim.2:1-7– Sept. 18, 2016

I remember being struck in the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001 how the assigned readings from the lectionary, particularly from Jeremiah, seemed so eerily current. They were addressed to a nation in distress, a people wounded, wondering where God was, facing devastation. And now, 15 years later–starting the 6th round of these 3-year cycles of readings–we’re back in Jeremiah, and …

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“God of Wisdom, Wrath, and Compassion”– Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Luke 15:1-10–Sept. 11, 2016

“God is everywhere, within me and around me.” Who is this God who is everywhere, within us and around us? What is the character of this God? Who is this God whose child we’ve affirmed young William is, whose children we all are? “God is everywhere, within me and around me.” It matters who or what we think and say …

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“Hard Labor”– Ps. 139:1-6, 13-18, Philemon 1-21– Sept. 4, 2016

From what I hear, and what I long for myself, what most people look for in a sermon is something they can “take home” with them, something they can apply to their everyday life, something, as is sometimes said, not just for Sunday morning but for the rest of the week. I am grateful when someone tells me they’ve found …

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