Sermons

The Terror of Love

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Sermon November 17, 2019 The Terror of Love Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 John 4: 16-21 James Baldwin “White Racism or World Community” James Baldwin, in 1968, is angry. Martin Luther King Jr. has been shot. Three years before, Malcolm X is shot. The 1963 murder of NAACP Mississippi Field Secretary Medgar Evers still hangs heavy Continue reading …

The Reality of Faith

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Sermon November 3, 2019 The Reality of Faith Reverend Mark Longhurst Hebrews 11:1-7, 12:1-2 It’s difficult to be real. Even in a church, it’s rare to encounter unadulterated authenticity, to peer through the veil of things not seen in a life. That’s why some of the most memorable teachers, preachers, and leaders mark themselves on Continue reading …

Love without Masks

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Sermon October 27, 2019 Love without Masks Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 John 4:7-12 There James Baldwin is, in Senegal, in 1962, and he is supposedly reporting on assignment by the New Yorker for a piece on Africa. And yet, all he can think of is the moral reckoning of race his country is facing. So, Continue reading …

The Responsibility of Love

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Sermon October 20, 2019 The Responsibility of Love Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 John 3: 11-18 James Baldwin is a prophet for our troubled times. Baldwin was a black, gay, renowned novelist and essayist, the writer of such classics as Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, The Fire Next Time, and Continue reading …

Justice-Filled Joy

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Sermon October 14, 2019 Justice-Filled Joy Reverend Mark Longhurst 2 Samuel 6:12-19 Joy and justice, on the surface, do not seem to go together. In fact, sometimes, if we’re honest, we associate social justice with joylessness. We met someone was an activist for this or that, and they didn’t seem, well, happy. Or maybe we Continue reading …

A Covenant with all Creatures

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Sermon October 6, 2019 A Covenant with all Creatures Reverend Mark Longhurst Genesis 6:18-22 God has created the earth, and the heavens, and the fish, and the creeping animals, and the slithering animals, and the flying birds. God has separated the water from the land, light from darkness. God has populated the water, and the Continue reading …

David and Harriet Tubman on the Run

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Sermon September 22, 2019: David and Harriet Tubman on the Run Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 Samuel 23: 7-15, 19-28 Wednesday was the day of Harriet Tubman’s self-liberation!! 170th anniversary   It’s the year 1853, give or take a year or two, and Harriet Tubman is leading escaped slaves from Maryland up the Northeastern liberty line, Continue reading …

Greta, David and Goliath

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Sermon September 15, 2019: Greta, David and Goliath Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 Samuel 17: 2-11, 22, 45,48-49 It started with the refusal to go to school. If, as the scientists say, we face catastrophic climate change, why do we carry out our business as usual? Why do we not act as if we are, in Continue reading …

A Revolution of the Heart

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Sermon September 8, 2019: A Revolution of the Heart Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 Samuel 16: 13-16 God sees the heart. David’s dad Jesse parades his sons before the prophet Samuel, showcasing the strongest and brightest. These are the ones with the best resumes for king, the ones with the equivalent of Williams College degrees. It’s Continue reading …