Sermons

Wilderness Healing

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Sermon July 21, 2019: Wilderness Healing Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Exodus 17: 1-7 Matthew 4: 1-11 The wilderness is one of those key places in the Bible where important things happen. There are many words used through the Hebrew and Christian scriptures to describe the general idea of “wilderness,” over 300 such expressions appear throughout the Continue reading …

Soil, Seeds and Land

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Sermon  July 7, 2019:Soil, Seeds and Land Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Psalm 8 & Mark 4: 1-9 For the last 12 years I have been training people to serve in Colombia, South America as human rights accompaniers. Part of the preparation is a four-day intensive training and discernment event. The training is extensive, and has a Continue reading …

Drowned and Destroyed

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Sermon  June 23, 2019:Drowned and Destroyed Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Genesis 6, 7 & 8   My first call after Seminary was to a congregation in New Jersey to serve as their Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Families. One of my major roles was selecting, oftentimes writing, church school curriculum. The story of Noah’s Ark Continue reading …

Keeping Creation

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Sermon  June 16, 2019: Keeping Creation Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Genesis 1: 1 – 2 : 4 (The message) John 1:1-5 Eco-theologian and activist Bill McKibben writes these challenging words in a recent article published by Yale Divinity School:   The rise of religious environmentalism has been welcome and helpful – but climate change is essentially Continue reading …

A Raging, Renewing Fire

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Sermon  June 9, 2019: A Raging, Renewing Fire Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Psalm 104 & Acts 2: 1-21 Pentecost Sunday Acts 1 begins with these words, written by the same writer of the Gospel of Luke:   In the first book Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the Continue reading …

May We All be One

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Sermon  June 2, 2019: May We All be One    Reverend Mark Longhurst John 17:20-26 A shepherd, in the Bible, takes care of God’s people. Our lectionary Scripture today, found in John chapter 10, is embedded in a long discourse about sheep, and shepherds, and thieves and robbers that try to steal sheep, and the broader Continue reading …

Stand Where You Are

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Sermon May 26, 2019: Stand Where You Are Tony Coleman John 5: 1-18 Stand Where You Are 5 After this there was a festival of the Judeans, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.   2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew[a] Beth-zatha,[b] which has five porticoes. 3 Continue reading …

Let Hope Rise (May 19, 2019)

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Sermon 5/19/2019: Let Hope Rise Mount Greylock Senior Sage Bohl Youth Sunday My name is Sage Bohl and I’m a senior at Mount Greylock, and up until this year I didn’t know much about climate change. I knew what global warming was and I had heard people talk about saving the polar bears, but that Continue reading …

Listening to the True Voices (May 12, 2019)

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Sermon May 12, 2019: Listening to the True Voices Reverend Mark Longhurst John 10:22-30 A shepherd, in the Bible, takes care of God’s people. Our lectionary Scripture today, found in John chapter 10, is embedded in a long discourse about sheep, and shepherds, and thieves and robbers that try to steal sheep, and the broader Continue reading …

Recognizing Jesus (May 5, 2019)

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Sermon May 5, 2019: Recognizing Jesus Reverend Mark Longhurst John 21:1-14 Why is it so hard to recognize Jesus? There he stands on the beach, after the disciples’ unsuccessful fishing outing. They are still in their boat after a long night, and Jesus calls out to them. Except they don’t know it is Jesus. A Continue reading …