Pastors' Blog

Archives: December 2019

Dec 28, 2019 - Kent French

Happy Fourth Day of Christmas!

A few weeks ago, when we entered the season of Advent and began those four weeks leading up to Christmas, we were very intentional about not bursting into Christmas carols right away. We do have a weekly dose of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," the echt-Advent carol, because in keeping with the season, it anticipates Christ's coming. Since the broader culture is already loudly playing both sacred and secular Christmas season tunes, it seems a little counter-...

Dec 19, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

Advent IV is upon us again, the Sunday where we help re-tell the story of the first Christmas (which, like our pageant, was unrehearsed). 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.

One of my favorite lines in the Christmas Story is "But Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart."

In these few short days before Christmas, I invite you to do some pondering...

Dec 12, 2019 - Kent French

Have you ever been given a challenge or a task or asked to do something and you really thought, “I just can’t. I don’t have the bandwidth, I’m not capable enough. This never worked in the past.” And then, for some reason, you give in. You try it out. You “lean in,” as we like to say and respond, “Yes, Ok. Let it be with me.”

And it ended up being hard. It was challenging. And somehow, you made it through — probably with some unexpected and welcome help. Sometimes...

Dec 05, 2019 - Jaz Buchanan

This Sunday will be the first time I preach at United Parish in Brookline! It has already been two months since I started my field education internship with you all and I already feel like I am a part of the church family. I am so grateful for all the opportunities you have given me.

Each week, our Pastors, Kent and Amy, share the Good News with us that we are all loved, forgiven and renewed in God’s presence. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Whether we want to believe it...