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Archives: January 2019

Jan 31, 2019 - Kent French

Right now, we are in the liturgical season of Epiphany. Not every church observes this as a season, but lately we have. It stretches from January 6, the day when we commemorate the arrival of the Magi, or wise ones from the East who bring their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and stretches until Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6 this year.

Epiphany means revelation or insight. Throughout this season, the assigned Gospel readings (from the...

Jan 24, 2019 - Kent French

This Sunday we will look at the story of Jesus going back to preach in his hometown. It starts out well, but then turns kind of rough. The congregation chases him to the edge of a cliff and threatens to toss him off of it. Check it out (Luke 4:14-30).

The story always makes me wonder what kind of preaching would cause our congregation or any other to get so mad during a sermon that you would chase a preacher to the...

Jan 17, 2019 - Wilson Hood

 This Sunday, as our community joins together for our regular weekly gathering, we will also be making time in our church school and worship to center on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we typically do every year on the Sunday before the federal holiday in his honor.

Many people know that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is a national holiday. But did you know that MLK Day was...

Jan 09, 2019 - Amy Norton

Whenever I think about Jesus' Baptism, I think of this scene from Godspell. I hear David Haskell's voice as John the Baptist, shouting out "...and he will baptize you all with the Holy Spirit, and with fiyahhhhh!!!" That's what came to mind when I was reading one of this Sunday's lectionary texts, Isaiah 43:1-7...

Jan 03, 2019 - Kent French

I've been driving and biking around Eastern Massachusetts' convoluted and tricky roadways for 30 years. For the past few years, however, I have been using the app Waze. You may know how it works. Presumably other Waze users are in cyber-communication, so that the app knows where there are road-blocks, stopped vehicles, police, traffic jams. At first, it’s kind of scary, almost like you’re following an omniscient God app to get around town...