Pastors' Blog

Apr 15, 2021 - Kent French

This Sunday, we welcome member Kate Baker-Carr as our guest preacher.

Kate writes:

These last weeks have been a time of great transition and change.

We have moved from Lent through three of the holiest days in the Christian calendar—Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday—and are now in the joyous season of Easter! We are summoned to new life with the Risen Christ. The transition seems straightforward and direct, but in real life, it rarely is. Transitions can be...

Apr 05, 2021 - Kent French

One of the benefits of the pandemic has been the ways it has normalized gathering online. Family get-togethers, parties, conferences and worship have continued to happen -- just online. Sure, many of us have had our fill of Zoom fatigue and frustration, but we have been able to connect with loved ones and colleagues across hundreds, even thousands, of miles in ways we wouldn't have considered a year ago.  While we can all agree they have not been the same as being "in person," and we've...

Apr 01, 2021 - Amy Norton

Holy Week 2021 at United Parish

Dear Ones, 

With all of the events of the past year...with all of the events of the past week, it feels like we have been dwelling in Good Friday for quite some time. And yet, despite the goings on of the world around us, Christ has been born, Christ has offered up his friendship, teachings, and love, and Christ will soon be betrayed by a friend and executed by the state while we stand by in the crowd and watch. Each year when we get...

Mar 25, 2021 - Kent French

We continue our Lenten exploration of the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 expanded). So far, we've looked at humility, gentleness, gratitude, generosity, service and patience. And this week, for Palm Sunday, we come to self-control.

When we think of the traditional Palm Sunday story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (...

Mar 18, 2021 - Amy Norton

Beloved,

This week, we are continuing our exploration of “the fruits of the Spirit,” (inspired by Galatians 5:22-23), looking at patience, as exemplified, albeit sometimes bafflingly, in Jesus's ministry, when he warns those he has healed or those who have witnessed his miracles not to tell anyone about what they experienced or saw. What is he waiting for? There's enough injustice, hurt, and...

Mar 12, 2021 - Katharine Henry

Dear Friends,

This week, we continue our Lenten series on the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) with a focus on Generosity. Worship will be on our YouTube channel, starting at 11am.

We will consider the story of the impoverished woman, a widow, who Jesus observed giving two coins to the Temple (...

Mar 04, 2021 - Kent French

This week, we continue our Lenten series on the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) with a focus on Gratitude. 

Communion worship will be on Zoom, starting at 11am, also live-streamed and archived on our YouTube channel. Be sure to prepare your own communion at home, with whatever food and drink you have available.

While not explicitly mentioned in our anchor verses from Galatians, gratitude...

Feb 25, 2021 - Amy Norton

This week, we are continuing our exploration of “the fruits of the Spirit,” (inspired by Galatians 5:22-23), looking at Gentleness, as exemplified in Jesus's ministry, and called for in James's letter to early Jewish Christians (3:13-18) and in Paul's letter to the Ephesians (...

Feb 18, 2021 - Kent French

 On Wednesday, we once again entered the season of Lent (February 17-April 3 this year), that time when our Northern hemispheric days start lengthening (thus the name "Lent") and we re-commit ourselves to digging deeper into our souls, finding new and creative ways to grow in faith and in relationship with God and others.

This Lent, we are delving into what it means to cultivate “the fruits...

Feb 11, 2021 - Kent French

For nearly a decade, we have enjoyed a friendship and collaboration with Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, led by the friendship between their Cantor Hollis Schachner and our Minister of Music Susan DeSelms.

This weekend, we celebrate this collaboration again, as our choirs lead us in songs that speak to our current moment of emerging from the "long, cold lonely winter" of 2020 that we might "lean into the light." Bringing music of...

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