Sermons

Reverend James Lumsden March 22

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Breathe on me breath of life… What a beautiful, demanding, terrifying, blessed, confusing, troubling, frustrating, generous, open-hearted, close-minded, complicated, compassionate and sacred week this has been for me: you, too? It has been ALL of these things – and more – all at once. There were times last week when I was in awe at Continue reading …

Reverend James Lumsden March 15

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Sermon March 15, 2020 Reverend James Lumsden Exodus 17:  1-7 and John 4: 5-15,19-26, 39-42 Introduction Good morning and God’s peace to you all. I am the Rev. James Lumsden. I had been scheduled to lead worship and preach at First Congregational Church in Williamstown today, but in listening to the wise and compassionate counsel Continue reading …

You Know This Woman

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Sermon March 8, 2020 You Know This Woman Reverend Mac Bellner Mark 5:25-34   Jesus had been working in Gentile territory, the land of the Gerasenes. Then he came back to Jewish territory and there, by the sea, a huge crowd of people had gathered around him and his apostles. They were pressing close and Continue reading …

Time Is of the Essence

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Sermon February 23, 2020 Time Is of the Essence Reverend Mac Bellner Matthew 17: 1-9 Today is what, in the formal church calendar, is called Transfiguration Sunday. It celebrates the time Jesus took three of his apostles with him and went up on a mountain. There, out of sight of everyone else, he was transfigured, Continue reading …

An Evolving Faith

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Sermon February 9, 2020 An Evolving Faith Reverend Mark Longhurst Matthew 9: 14-17 Following Jesus costs everything. I don’t mean that a follower of Jesus should attend church more frequently, although it’s not a bad thing to do. I don’t mean that a follower of Jesus should say Yes to every invitation to join a Continue reading …

Rediscovering the Bible

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Sermon February 2, 2020 Rediscovering the Bible (5 of 5 in a series on Renewing the Mainline Church) Reverend Mark Longhurst Matthew 5:1-12 The Bible is a library of books collected and written by people over the time span of nine hundred or so. These 66 books—or over 70 if you ask Catholic or Orthodox Continue reading …