Pastors' Blog

May 25, 2017 - Kent French

This Sunday we are pleased to welcome the 60-voice youth choir from our Minister of Music Susan’s home church, the 200-year-old Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. These young people will bring us the music of Aaron Copland, Stephen Paulus and others, with anthems both invigorating and contemplative.

We are continually blessed with Susan’s musical leadership here at United Parish,...

May 18, 2017 - Kent French

It’s one of those beautiful words that we seldom use and may have forgotten. My guess is that it is not in your active vocabulary. Honestly, it hasn’t been in mine, until a new member of our Stewardship and Budget Ministry Team suggested that we have a Consecration Sunday.

Consecrate basically means “to make sacred.” When we pray over the bread and juice at communion, we are consecrating them, asking God to make them holy, spiritual food for us. We do the same over our offering when...

May 11, 2017 - Kent French

There is a great story about 12-year-old Jesus wandering off from his parents amid the hubbub of Jerusalem at Passover. It takes them three days to find him. You can imagine how scared and angry Mary and Joseph must have been. When they find tween Jesus, he is sitting among the learned rabbis, seemingly holding court, calmly and animatedly discussing ancient texts and age-old questions of faith. (Luke 2:41-52)

I love...

May 04, 2017 - Kent French

There are many good things happening at United Parish in Brookline the next few Sundays.

This Sunday, May 7:

  • United Parish is participating in the Project Bread Walk for Hunger, gatheirng at 8:30am in our parking lot. 
  • After worship, Thinking Forward Session in the Sanctuary. Come learn about all that our ministry teams are dreaming about for our future.
  • Our 2017 Stewardship packets will also be ready for...
Apr 28, 2017 - Kent French

When I enter the doors of United Parish, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude to be a part of such a loving place. Gratitude to be among people who want to deepen in their faith and make a hopeful and helpful difference in the world around us. Gratitude to be a part of a community that wants to continue growing and stretching into the future. Gratitude to be in a place where the Spirit is truly alive.

Over the next four Sundays, we are going to sink into this kind of gratitude and...

Apr 20, 2017 - Kent French

The Sunday after Easter is generally seen as a let-down. We go through all of the preparation and intentionality of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, culminating in a big, festive, raucous celebration on Easter morning. And then what?

Certainly all of us who work in the church take a big breath on Easter Monday. We try to take it a little easier the following week.

We had a truly fantastic Easter at United Parish, filled to the gills, everyone had a flower in their hand, a...

Apr 20, 2017 - Kent French

The Sunday after Easter is generally seen as a let-down. We go through all of the preparation and intentionality of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, culminating in a big, festive, raucous celebration on Easter morning. And then what? Certainly all of us who work in the church take a big breath on Easter Monday. We try to take it a little easier the following week.

We had a truly fantastic Easter at United Parish, filled to the gills, everyone had a flower in their hand, a trombone...

Apr 13, 2017 - Kent French

Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is the day that speaks to the core of our Christian faith. That Life triumphs over Death. That Love overcomes Hate. That God is stronger than the forces of Empire. That you cannot keep a good Messiah down.

In a faith that is supposed to be about Good News (the root meaning of “Gospel” and “Evangel”), Easter is the most Good News day of them all. And when we have Good News, what are we required to do with it? We are required to share it.

I imagine...

Apr 06, 2017 - Kent French

I was recently reading an essay by author and pastor Sara Miles, who writes about the “whiplash” of Holy Week:

Think about it. During Holy Week, we wave palms in the air and hail Jesus as king, the long-awaited messiah who’s going to save us from our oppressors, then we change our minds and scream that the oppressors should crucify him;we share a loving last supper with...

Mar 31, 2017 - Kent French

This recent orthopedic setback has given me time to look at life slightly differently. It has definitely forced me to slow down. It has given me an opportunity to receive kindness and care from this beloved community, in emails, cards and delicious food. I am deeply grateful. You, along with my mother and better half and close friends, have encouraged me not to rush things. Thank you for your kind admonitions, your love, prayers and generosity. I look forward to being back with you in...

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