Pastors' Blog

Jan 21, 2021 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

I was reading this week's Bible story, and noticed something interesting in the verses immediately following the passage: Jonah complains about God's love and mercy. I wondered if that was the only time someone in the Bible has criticized God for being TOO loving,...

Jan 14, 2021 - Kent French

This Sunday, we will worship on Zoom with Union United Methodist Church in Boston's South End.

Union has strong roots in Boston's African-American and abolitionist history. Their dynamic Lead Pastor, the Reverend Doctor Jay Williams, has been leading this historic church since 2012, encouraging both the congregation and staff to new levels of vibrancy and...

Jan 08, 2021 - Kent French

COMMUNION WORSHIP on ZOOM this Sunday at 11am.

As I write this, the media outlets are still absorbing and making sense of the aftermath Wednesday's riotous attacks on the Capitol. Many of us are celebrating that an African-American pastor from Martin Luther King Junior's church and a Jewish-American will now represent a Southern state in the US Senate.

And still, as poll returns came in from Georgia, we saw firsthand what the fruits of unvarnished demagoguery look like....

Jan 01, 2021 - Kent French

For this Sunday's worship, we will feature our 2018 presentation of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and The Night Visitors on our YouTube channel, premiering at 11am.

Years before we had the Charlie Brown, Rudolph or Grinch TV specials, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) gave a different kind of Christmas offering. Something that was brand-new and innovative in the early years of television. They...

Dec 23, 2020 - Kent French

Normally, on Christmas Eve, we go for a little mystery and awe — a chance to recover some of what it might have been like when the angels appeared to those shepherds out in the fields or the Magi following that incredible star.

Our neo-gothic sanctuary, bathed in candlelight, the air full of bells, organ, choirs and carols, provides us some of that mystery and awe. And of course, this Christmas Eve, our sanctuary remains closed. So...it will be a Christmas Eve unlike any we can...

Dec 16, 2020 - Amy Norton

Advent IV is upon us again, the Sunday where we re-tell story of the first Christmas.

Like every year, we'll hear the call of the angels, follow the star to Bethlehem, pay homage to the infant Christ, and return home by another way. Unlike every year, but very much like THIS year, our pageant is in a new format- a movie!

Over the last few weeks, several of our United Parish children and youth have been hard at work recording a special pageant for us this year. This pageant...

Dec 10, 2020 - Katharine Henry

Blessed Advent, Beloveds, 

 

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Dec 03, 2020 - Kent French

With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 2 Peter 3:8

We regularly talk about the season of Advent as a time of watching and waiting, slowing down, paying attention, getting ready to welcome the newborn God once again. It's distinctly countercultural, going against our modern impulse of always moving faster, being more efficient, more rapid in our responses. It challenges our notion that busy-ness equals value and...

Nov 25, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

As we begin our Advent journey together, I am reminded of the Bible passages that we tend to read as this time of year approaches. The passages that are typically assigned to this time of year, Christ’s trial and crucifixion and apocalyptic warnings from both the Gospels and the book of Revelations, can seem a little off-brand for what we’ve come to expect from our culture in the few weeks that lead up to Christmas: cozy, convivial, jolly, comforting. 

And yet, in...

Nov 19, 2020 - Amy Norton

This week's lectionary passage is perhaps one of the more familiar chapters of Jesus' teachings, where he reveals to his followers that "whatever you did for one of the least of these siblings of mine, you did for me". We often think of the "least of these" as those 'less fortunate' than us. Those who are poorer than us, more oppressed than us, more hated than us. We know that...

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