Pastors' Blog

Nov 08, 2018 - Kent French

This Sunday, we have an opportunity that few churches get to experience: we will hear a brand new musical piece that has been commissioned especially for us.

A few years ago, two members of our Chancel Choir commissioned then-section leader, Christopher LaRosa, to compose a choral piece that would incorporate trombones, honoring our long-standing relationship with the...

Nov 01, 2018 - Wilson Hood

REMINDERSWe invite you to bring photos or mementos to worship as part of our All Saints celebration this Sunday.We invite you to bring non-perishable food for our monthly communion donation to the Brookline Food Pantry.Daylight Savings ends at 2am this Sunday. We turn our clocks back an hour.

In our worship planning meeting for this Sunday’s service, I joked to others on...

Oct 25, 2018 - Kent French

I'm wrestling about what to say on Sunday.

This autumn, we have been preaching from the standard lectionary, that three-year cycle of scripture readings that Christian churches have used in some form since the fifth century. It forces a sort of discipline on us as preachers and worship leaders. Rather than choosing texts to fit our topics, we figure out how to make sense of the texts assigned and as...

Oct 18, 2018 - Kent French

As an interdenominational church, we like to welcome the local reps from our three denominations, to keep active ties with our national religious movements and legacies. Last Spring, you will recall that Mary Day Miller, Executive Minister of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, preached about John Leland and the legacy of religious freedom. Sometime this...

Oct 11, 2018 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you and peace, from the one who is and was and is to come! In addition to being a lover of contact sports, I'm also a huge country music fan. I used to be one of those people who said "I like all genres except country and metal," and then somewhere in the summer of 2015 I was bitten by the country bug and haven't looked back. I often get some fun little nuggets out of country songs, such as,

"When you...

Oct 04, 2018 - Amy Norton

Good morning on this balmy October day!

This weekend, our Fall Fellowship Retreat will be held up at Oceanwood, where I'll be joining you on Saturday, and Kent will be joining on Sunday morning. For those of you staying through Sunday, there will be a member-led worship service that is sure to inspire and rejuvenate! I'll be holding down the fort in Brookline and leading worship at United Parish in the Chapel, where we'll sing, pray...

Sep 27, 2018 - Kent French

I love the stories from the first five books of the Bible. The characters are so rich, so human, so flawed, so amazing, so interesting, so crafty. The collection of writers (traditionally attributed to Moses) who put it all down knew how to paint a picture of real human beings.

On Sunday, we are going to dip into the Book of Numbers (chapter 11, verses 4-29), a part of the Bible we often don't hear from,...

Sep 21, 2018 - Kent French

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus learns that his disciples were arguing about who was going to be greatest. He tells them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all” and then, taking a child in his arms, he says, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:36-37)

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Sep 13, 2018 - Amy Norton

Greetings, Beloved Children of God!

To hear a recording of Kent's sermon last Sunday, click here!

As many of you are already aware, having grown up in Massachusetts, I am an unapologetically (ok, a little apologetically) obnoxious Patriots fan. I played rugby for 8 years, so there will always be a small, special place in my heart for contact sports, even as I go about my day-to-day life a...

Sep 06, 2018 - Kent French

New England congregations have a great tradition of scattering during the summer. As one of our Unitarian Universalist-raised members likes to say, "God goes to Maine in the summer..." Or the beach, or to camp, or the mountains, or to other countries, or to visit relatives. Wherever God went this summer, I hope that you followed Them and had a soul-enriching time. I just returned from my own intensified God encounters white-...

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