Adventures with Locusts and Wild Honey! (Sermon Dec. 4, 2016)

Hello Friends,

Today we hear about John the Baptist in Matthew 3:1-12.  He is quite a character.  He lives in the wilderness, eats locusts and roars at people to REPENT!  But, what is repentance really?  Is it all feeling guilty and apologizing?  No, it is a total change of attitude and perspective:

Matthew 3:1-12

To watch on YouTube, click here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Advent! (Sermon, Nov. 27, 2016)

Hello Friends!

November 27th was the first Sunday of Advent.  Advent is what I call “the forgotten season.”  It is the four weeks before Christmas, so it often gets lost in the shuffle.  Remember that Christmas BEGINS on Dec. 25th and lasts for 12 days.  In Advent we are to wait/anticipate the birth of Jesus.  I explain more in the sermon below:

Matthew 24:36-44

If you prefer to watch on YouTube click here.

Our Christmas Fair is Saturday, Dec. 3rd, so stay tuned for photos!

Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

 

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Adventures with Christ the King! (Sermon, Nov. 20, 2016)

Hello Friends,

This past Sunday was the last Sunday of the church year, a day which is always Christ the King Sunday.  This year we read Luke’s crucifixion narrative.  Now, we call Jesus our King, but what kind of king gets killed?  Well, a new kind, not the kind the people wanted, take a listen:

Luke 23:33-43

For the YouTube version click here.

The photo in the video taken by yours truly in Istanbul, so I apologize for it being blurry.

Stay tuned for next week, and ADVENT!  (remember Christmas STARTS on Dec. 25th and lasts for 12 days).

See you soon,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in Fighting Hate! (Sermon, Nov. 13, 2016)

This week’s portion of Luke is know as Luke’s “little apocalypse.”  Jesus tells his followers that no matter bad things happen, they have to testify!  God will be with them, continue to fight the good fight and spread Jesus’ message.  What is that message?  Is it hate, exclusion, division?  No, it is love.  LOVE.  love.

Luke 21:5-19

Or click here to go to YouTube.

Here are links to the articles I mention in the sermon:

USA Today

CNN

Continue fighting hate with love, like Jesus told us.

-Rev. Lauren

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Adventures at Diocesan Convention!

Hello Friends,

Last week, Nov. 4-5, was the Diocese of Massachusetts’ Annual Convention.  It was the 231st convention for DioMass, but the first one for Kenny and myself as priests who just moved to the area. We met so many great folks (there were over 500 people there) and we mainly discussed the new Mission Strategy (you can read it here) and talked about peace and reconciliation in the wake of the brutal political season we have had.

I really enjoyed spending time with colleagues both lay and ordained, and I loved seeing our bishops and how they really get along well and work well together.  Bishop Gates’ address was really great and uplifting, you can watch the video by clicking here.  If you want other news/photos/articles, etc check out the DioMass website.

We are so happy to be in Massachusetts, a truly great and diverse Diocese filled with wonderful folks!

Now, on to our adventures (that is why you are here right?)

On day 1 we chose table 25, St. Luke, a very good saint.  Kenny was nervous/excited about meeting new people!

On day 1 we chose table 25, St. Luke, a very good saint. Kenny was nervous/excited about meeting new people!

Convention starts!

Convention starts!

Rev. Michael meets Kenny for the first time.  Let your light so shine Kenny!

Rev. Michael meets Kenny for the first time. Let your light so shine Kenny!

After the first day of convention, Kenny is all tuckered out and went to bed while Lauren went to the banquet.

After the first day of convention, Kenny is all tuckered out and went to bed while Lauren went to the banquet.

Oh no Kenny, that is the DECAF!!! Convention started Sat. at 8:30am, so early!

Oh no Kenny, that is the DECAF!!!
Convention started Sat. at 8:30am, so early!

Getting ready for the morning Eucharist.

Getting ready for the morning Eucharist.

Bishop Gates give his annual address.

Bishop Gates give his annual address.

Fr. Andrew and Fr. Kenny reunited!

Fr. Andrew and Fr. Kenny reunited!

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Adventures with the Sadducees! (sermon Nov. 6, 2016)

Hello Friends!

Last week was a busy one.  In addition to my regular duties, we had Diocesan Convention in Mansfield, MA.  It was a really great time, and I will have a separate post for that (with pictures!).

But today, the Sadducees show up to question Jesus, which is different than the normal Pharisee group.  The Sadducees were a little different, they were high priests, Temple priests, but the main difference between them and the Pharisees was that they didn’t believe in resurrection.  So today, they decide to ask Jesus about it using an example of a poor woman who has to marry 7 seven brothers….take a listen:

Text: Luke 20:27-38

 

If you prefer YouTube, click here:

Luke 20:27-38, Proper 27, Year C, Nov. 6, 2016

Here are some other helpful links:

Bishop’s Address

Diocesan Mission Strategy

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Zacchaeus! (Sermon, Oct. 30, 2016)

Hello Friends!

The text for Oct. 30th was Luke 19:1-10, the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector.  Usually we read this as a redemption story because our translations say that Zacchaeus promised he WILL give to the poor and WILL make restitution.  But, what if that isn’t the most accurate translation?  Take a listen to hear another version of the story:

Or, if you prefer YouTube:

Luke 19:1-10, Proper 26, Year C, Oct. 30, 2016

Diocesan Convention in Massachusetts is this weekend, Fr. Kenny and I will be in attendance.  Stay tuned….

~Rev. Lauren

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