Sermons

Mark Seifried, “The True Vine”

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December 5, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online The True Vine John 15:1-12 There are names for what binds us: strong forces, weak forces. Look around, you can see them: the skin that forms in a half-empty cup, nails rusting into the places they join, joints dovetailed on their own weight. The way things stay so Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Thanks giving”

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November 21, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Thanks giving Luke 17:11-19 “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”  So said Meister Eckhart, the German theologian, philosopher and mystic from the late 13th and early 14th Century. Listen to that again!  “If the only prayer Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Pilgrimage of Thanks”

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November 14, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Pilgrimage of Thanks Deuteronomy 26:1-10 Where were you on your faith journey 20 years ago? This week, I thought a lot about the last twenty years as I celebrated the anniversary of my ordination. Where were you on your faith journey 20 years ago? Where are you on Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “All Good”

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October 31, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online All Good Psalm 100 More than five million people have died from Coronavirus infections worldwide. We are approaching 750,000 deaths in the United States. Fewer than 60% of those in Berkshire who are eligible for a vaccination have received them, which is extending pandemic-related suffering. After reading the Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Not Forgotten”

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November 7, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Not Forgotten Psalm 12 & 13 “A church that has lost its nerve to lament before God will likely lack the nerve to confront oppression and be prone to support the status quo.” So said Glenn Pemberton, biblical scholar and author of “Hurting God: Learning to Lament with Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Lordship”

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October 24, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Lordship Psalm 2 You may be an ambassador to England or France You may like to gamble, you might like to dance You may be the heavyweight champion of the world You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls  But you’re gonna have to serve Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Wisdom on High”

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October 17, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Wisdom on High Psalm 37, 1-13 We have health facilities in just about every city. Why then are [so many] people still sick and suffering? Churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith communities are prevalent throughout most regions. Why then are so many living without hope and spiritual support? Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Praise”

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October 10, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Praise Psalm 145 Mary Oliver has done so much for my soul over the years – turning observations of ordinary things and everyday experiences into praise. So it goes in her poem called Just Rain.[1] I hope it blesses you as we ponder all the rain we have Continue reading …

Mark Seifried “Joy Overflowing”

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September 26, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Joy Overflowing Matthew 5:11-12 A congregation I served a number of years ago was a lovely community. Truth be told, each church I serve abounds with blessings. Some are easier to love than others. Each has its unique character. Each has different ways of approaching and offering ministry. Continue reading …