Sermons

Reverend Doctor Richard Floyd

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Sermon April 26, 2020 Reflections on Faith and Fear Reverend Doctor Richard Floyd Psalm 27 Happy Easter! The good news on this Third Sunday of Easter is that Christ is still risen. Hallelujah! But it’s a different Easter season this year, isn’t it? When I first came to Pittsfield to be the pastor of the Continue reading …

Lauren Stevens “Henry Got High on Greylock”

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Sermon April 19, 2020 Henry Got High on Mount Greylock Lauren R. Stevens Psalm 24 (Berkshire Natural History Conference, Clark Art Institute, November16, 2019) At the end of August 1839, recent Harvard graduate Henry David Thoreau and his older brother, John, set out in a rowboat they had constructed on a trip down the Concord Continue reading …

Reverend Peter Elvin March 29

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My own shaping as an observer of what Jesus has done, my experience as one who believes in  him, has had imprints from the United Church of Christ from early in my life.  I was baptized in one Congregational church, and attended worship at another during elementary school (a church my mother served as Choir Continue reading …

Reverend Tony Coleman, Palm Sunday April 5th

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Reverend Tony Coleman Matthew 21: 1-11 Palm Sunday Sunday, April 5th Good morning, friends. I first want to thank each of you for being here this morning, for embarking on this new journey together as we continue to live into these new ways of worshiping God in the age of the coronavirus. And, I also Continue reading …

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 …