Pastors' Blog

Jun 14, 2017 - Kent French

In the 10th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 10:1-23), Jesus commissions his disciples. He uses some pretty strong language. He impels them to do things like: cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, travel without money or baggage, don't suffer people who don't welcome you. It's a tall order.

My guess is that the disciples were...

Jun 08, 2017 - Marla Walters

Last Sunday we celebrated the Day of Pentecost, and recalled together that fantastic story about the Holy Spirit whooshing through Jesus’ followers and a whole lot of other people (Acts 2:1-21) — helping them understand one another, despite their different languages, helping them envision a hopeful and courageous future together, despite their fear, giving them a boldness they didn’t know they had.

Peter preached a...

Jun 01, 2017 - Kent French

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.

From Barbara Brown Taylor:

Did you know the word “conspire” means to breathe together? Take a breath. Now blow it out again. There! You have just launched a conspiracy. You can hear the word “spirit” in there too – to conspire – to be filled with the same spirit, to be enlivened by the same wind. That is why the word appeals to me, anyhow. What happens between us when we come together to worship...

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...

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