Sermons

Retrieving Angels (March 3, 2019)

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Sermon March 3, 2019: Retrieving Angels Sixth in a Worship Series on Science, the Bible, and Jesus Christ Today Reverend Mark Longhurst Jubilees 2:2 and Revelation 2:1-5, 7 The universe is strange. Here are a few facts from an article I stumbled across: If you unraveled all of the DNA in your body, it would Continue reading …

Wisdom’s Way (February 24, 2019)

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Sermon February 24, 2019: Wisdom’s Way Fifth in a Worship Series on Science, the Bible, and Jesus Christ Today Reverend Mark Longhurst Proverbs 8:22-31 What is wisdom? Where can it be found? Would we know wisdom if we heard it, if we saw it? We know foolishness when we see it. Most of us, at Continue reading …

Let There Be Light and Darkness (February 17, 2019)

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Sermon February 17, 2019: Let There Be Light and Darkness Fourth in a Worship Series on Science, the Bible, and Jesus Christ Today Reverend Mark Longhurst Genesis 1:1-19, John 1:1-5 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, God said, “Let there be light.” And there was. We learn in this epic Continue reading …

The Temple of Creation (February 10, 2019)

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Sermon February 10, 2019: The Temple of Creation Third in a Worship Series on Science, the Bible, and Jesus Christ Today Reverend Mark Longhurst Psalm 148:1-14 The whole cosmos is the cathedral, or—in Hebrew imagination, the Temple. Everything that has breath, and everything that does not have breath, in heaven and on earth, sings praise. Continue reading …

Towards a Healthy Rhythm (February 3, 2019)

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Sermon February 3, 2019 Towards a Healthy Rhythm Reverend Mark Longhurst Luke 10:38-42 Martha is amazing. Contrary to popular Christian interpretation of this passage, contrary even to the surface level of Luke’s Jesus’s words, Martha is exemplary. It’s true that Jesus tells Martha that her sister Mary has chosen the better part, seemingly turning a Continue reading …

Creator of New Things (January 27, 2019)

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Sermon: Creator of New Things Reverend Mark Longhurst Isaiah 42:5-7, 9 Science and religion, in popular culture, are often thought to be at war with one another. Popular media, as we know, enjoys exacerbating this latent potential for conflict. It sells papers and arouses outrage to demonstrate who narrow-minded people of faith are, and how Continue reading …

Crossing the Sea (January 20, 2019)

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Sermon January 20, 2019: Crossing the Sea Reverend Mark Longhurst Mark 4:35-5:1 A sea of injustice batters the boat. The comfortable deck chairs in Williamstown might mitigate the storm’s terrorizing effect—for us—but suffering threatens to overwhelm safe passage to freedom. There are the disenfranchised voters, the gerrymandered, the formerly incarcerated, the ineligible. There are specious Continue reading …

Our Jesus Is Too Small (January 13, 2019)

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Sermon January 13, 2019: Our Jesus Is Too Small Reverend Mark Longhurst Colossians 1:15-19 Christ is not Jesus’s last name. His last name would have likely been, following the custom, Jesus bar Joseph as in, Jesus “son of Joseph.” But if Christ is not Jesus’ last name, what does it mean to call Jesus, Christ? Continue reading …

Many Ways to God (January 6, 2019)

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Sermon January 6, 2019: Many Ways to God Reverend Mark Longhurst Matthew 2:1-12 There are many ways to God, and the Magi from the East inspire me. Like many Westerners in our day, I’ve been powerfully impacted by the physical and spiritual practice of yoga. But it takes an open mind and heart to step Continue reading …

Subversive Joy (December 24, 2018)

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Sermon December 24, 2018 Subversive Joy Reverend Mark Longhurst   Joy to the world. Joy to our world. The angel tells the shepherds:  “do not be afraid; for see, I am bringing good news of great joy for all the people” (2:10) Christmas returns, with its assurance – as Howard Thurman puts it – that Continue reading …