Pastors' Blog

Archives: March 2022

Mar 31, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones, 

As we move ever onward towards the Passion and Resurrection, we pause this Sunday to reflect on beauty, on being our authentic selves, and on taking a moment to pour out our souls in a 'frivolous' act of devotion. Our Gospel story is a classic Family Systems case study: Mary, Martha, Jesus, and a jar of expensive perfume. Our Lenten curriculum reflects,

"The story of Mary breaking open a jar of expensive perfume is surrounded by death. Only one chapter earlier,...

Mar 22, 2022 - Peter Ilgenfritz

So here we are, now just over a month into this sabbatical season. I remember on my own sabbaticals that somewhere around now I found myself letting go of what was, unable yet to worry or think about what might be, and able to be present right here, right now in this moment of time. I remember how surprising and strange it felt to be free to be in time in a way I’d never experienced before. I hope Kent is experiencing the gift of such presence in time now.

As for you, here at United...

Mar 15, 2022 - Peter Ilgenfritz

This Sunday, we are delighted to welcome to the pulpit Rev. We Chang, District Superintendent of the Commonwealth East District of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.

“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work. God’s Decree.” Isaiah 55:8 (The Message)

Rev. Chang writes, "This is the scripture that has been poking at me. I’m thinking about relating this to the concept of...

Mar 09, 2022 - Amy Norton

**REMINDER: Daylight Savings starts this Sunday, March 13. Set clocks forward one hour.**

Dear Ones,

As we continue our Lenten series, "Full to the Brim," we have the pleasure of welcoming Rev. Dr. Mary Day Miller, the Executive Minister for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, as our guest preacher this Sunday.  We'll be turning our attention to ...

Mar 02, 2022 - Peter Ilgenfritz

It’s been such a gift to be here with you the last two weeks. Thank you for your warm welcome. I look forward to our next three months of ministry together.

As we begin this brief breath of time together, I’m curious, What’s our opportunity? What might this time open for you and United Parish? How might it be its own gift and grace of a “sabbath time?”

It’s a gift that we begin our time together with the season of Lent which is an opportunity to look anew at all we are doing in...