Sermon for Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bible passages: Luke 10:38-42

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In the ancient city of Bethany, Jesus formed a spiritual community where people experienced a powerful God and changed the world powerfully. In ancient Thessalonica, the first Christian communities were accused of “turning the world upside down.” What lessons does the Bible have for us as individuals and as a congregation for becoming the same kind of powerful spiritual community?

Godspell

godspellOur own Jamie Feinberg is the musical director and first keyboard/conductor for Godspell at Jean’s Playhouse, a professional theater in Lincoln (formerly the Papermill Theatre). She says, “It’s a beautiful production that I’m extremely proud of and I hope you make the trip. NH residents can get tickets for only $15 on Fridays, which is pretty fantastic for professional theater!”

“Godspell is a theatrical take on the story of Jesus, and also a moving story of community and a wonderful experience. Thanks for considering how it might be appropriate to spread the Word! It opens Thursday and runs for three weeks, with matinees on Wednesdays and no shows on Sundays.”

Click here for details and ticket purchase.

Sermon for Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bible passages: Luke 10:25-37

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Most Bibles title this parable, “The Good Samaritan,” although the phrase does not actually appear in Jesus’ words. I’m not going to call it that today. Today I’ll call it the parable of the Crazy Neighbor. The title Crazy Neighbor describes the way Jesus tells us to serve others (as a neighbor) and tells us the mindset that we should bring with our help (absolutely crazy).

Stopping to help as a Neighbor is risky and it is crazy. He sees the risk and the danger and decides to help anyway. He doesn’t just listen to a painful story that needs to be heard. He doesn’t just offer his “thoughts and prayers.” He doesn’t help one day and drop out the next. Instead, he picks the plundered man up, takes personal expense in the risk and in the medical costs and comes back day after day to make sure things turn out alright.

Ed Roberts: Rest in Peace

“Edward Henry Roberts, 93, of Concord, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Concord with his loving family at his side.  He was born in 1922 in South Boston, formally of Quincy, Mass. and Sunapee…. Members of Edward’s family include his wife, Barbara of Concord. … A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 9, at 12 p.m. at Deware Funeral Home, 576 Hancock St., Quincy, Mass. and interment will follow at Gardens of Gethsemane Cemetery in W. Roxbury, Mass.”

Read the full obituary online.

Sermon for Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bible passages: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

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Over and over, Jesus calls people to be his followers. He renews them with the Holy Spirit. He encourages them with prayer and blessings. Over and over, Jesus sends those followers out as healers and missionaries of peace to a world that is always in need.

We send people, following the model of Jesus. We send people to be healers of a broken world because the world just keeps on breaking. We send people to be missionaries of peace because the world keeps needing it. (If as Christians our work cannot be described as healing and peacemaking, we should reconsider whether we can call it “Christian.”)

Letter to the Episcopal Church From Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies

June 28, 2016

Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:

We all know that some things in holy Scripture can be confusing, hard to understand, or open to various ways of understanding. But some essential teachings are clear and incontrovertible. Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and he tells us over and over again not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50, John 14:27).

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God bless Annabel!

God’s blessings to the Moser family on the birth of Annabel:

Elizabeth Hickok Moser says, “Annabel Carolyn Moser arrived at 12:11 AM 6/26/16. She weighs 6 lbs 8 oz and is 18 inches long. Thanks to all those who prayed for us. We are doing well!”

We can’t wait to meet you as your church family, Annabel!

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Sermon for Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bible passages: 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21 and Luke 9:51-62

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In Luke 9, Jesus calls people to follow him. Some come readily but many are unable to follow. They are burdened with family, work or something else that weighs them down. So ask yourself: what is the burden I’m pulling? How might it keep me from following after God today? What would God want me to handle this burden?

CareNet Bottles

Thank you all who contributed to the Mothers’-Fathers’ Day fundraiser for CareNet. We did very well, especially in light of our own pressing need to pay for the new roof. Those of you with bottles at home still, please bring them in or take them to 7 Greenwood Avenue in Concord.

–Fernanda Harrington