Second Congregational Church

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“Where Does God Live?”- 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43, Ps. 84– Aug. 23, 2015

What an amazing event yesterday’s Sun and Fun was! So many different people here to have fun, to learn about so many different environmental and earthcare groups and methods, to celebrate our efforts and commitment to live more sustainably and responsibly, to meet new people, and maybe to see what this church that they didn’t really know much about was …

“Where is Wisdom to be found?” -1 Kings 2:1-12, 3:3-14, Ephesians 5:15-20–Aug. 16, 2015

  A colleague of mine posted on Facebook that it’s been “interesting” and “difficult” to be thinking and preaching about Wisdom this week in the midst of the Presidential campaign. “I know,” replied another friend. “I’m preaching about hell next week and it’s so much easier.” One wonders what the responses would be if, as happened with Solomon, God were …

“Ordinary People” –Ephesians 4:25-5:2, John 6:35, 41-51– Aug. 9, 2015

  We are in the midst of this month-long summer picnic that the creators of the common lectionary –those readings that are assigned for each Sunday–have devised for us this month, starting with the feeding of the 5000 and then followup discussions about Jesus as the Bread of Life. As sometimes happens at summer picnics, you can get a little …

“Craving Radiance”- John 6: 24-35– Aug. 3, 2015

  In weather like this, it’s easy to put a perfectly good loaf of bread in the breadbox one day and find it covered in luxurious green the next morning. As one breadmaker said in an interview on NPR, “There’s a fine line between fermentation and putrefaction.” [cited by Mark Davis, Left Behind and Loving It, 7/28/15] . The process …

“The Caged Bird” 2 Sam. 1:1, 17-25, Mark 5:21-43 6/28/15

Some sage years ago urged preachers to preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. This week there simply aren’t enough hands to turn all the pages that are rich in material. There is in the Hebrew Scripture reading, David’s lament over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan–“How the mighty have fallen!”–not only a cry …

“Who knew?!”– 2 Cor. 5:6-10, 14-17, Mark 4:26-34– June 14, 2015

Have you noticed that when the power goes out, even if you didn’t have anything “on,” like the television or radio or music, say–even if you were just quietly reading–when the power goes out, it gets really quiet. There’s no hum of electricity, no quiet whirring of motors. It’s QUIET. You realize what a level of background noise we have …

“Hide and Seek”– Gen. 3: 8-15, Mark 3:20-35– June 7, 2015

We just heard what I think are two of the most beautiful and poignant verses in the whole Bible–from the passage in Genesis 3: “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the …

“Each in our own language”- Ezekiel 37:1-14, Acts 2:1-21–May 24, 2015–Pentecost

Short of a gust of wind blowing in and spreading these candle flames to the altar clothes and igniting them, our worship service this morning probably bears very little resemblance to that first Pentecost, in terms of chaos, violence, confusion, and fear. And don’t get me wrong–I’m not advocating that somebody come up here and set the place on fire, …

“Letting Go”– Acts 1:1-11, John 17: 6-19– May 17, 2015

“In progressive churches like ours,” my friend Mike Piazza writes, “we don’t feel compelled to take these stories [like the Ascension of Jesus] literally, though we do try to take them seriously.” (Facebook post, 5/15/15] To take this story literally requires that we adopt the triple-deckered view of the universe of the ancient world, with heaven at the top, hell …

“At Home in the House of Joy”– John 15:9-17– May 10, 2015

  A dear friend told me that he experienced our worship as one long season of Lent. I think he may even have used the word “dreary.” As you may guess, that was not exactly the tone I have been aiming for. At first, I was heart-broken. Then, with a little distance and a reminder from a friend in my …

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