Adventures with 2 Sermons at Once! (Oct. 14th and Oct. 21st)

Hello Friends!

Oh man, I missed a whole week!  Sorry about that.  I always say that my baby is sick, well he was sick, but in a twist, I got sick as well!  So I had an ear infection last week and didn’t post my sermon.  So here we have 2 sermons, once from Oct. 14th and one from Oct. 21st.

Sermon, Proper 23, Year B, October 14, 2018

Text: Mark 10:17-31


Sermon, Proper 24, Year B, October 21, 2018

Text: Mark 10:35-45 


Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with St. Francis!

Hello Friends,

You may have noticed that I have not posted a sermon this week, that is because I did not preach this week!  Instead, we had a guest, the Rev. Canon Martha Hubbard who is the new Regional Canon for the Northern and Western Regions in our Diocese.  This is a new position which covers parish transitions, congregational development, and clergy support.  (Phew, what a title.)  Rev. Martha is visiting all the parishes in the region one by one (and we were first!).

Anyway, also on Oct. 7th, we celebrated St. Francis by blessing the pets, and it was a great day for it!  Many dogs came and got blessed, as well as photos or cats and even a fish!  Below are some photos and here is a link to St. Francis’ Wikipedia page.  I’ll be back next week with a fresh sermon for you!

-Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Stumbling Blocks! (Sermon, Sept 30, 2018)

Hello Friends!

This week we continue in Mark, but the story is chopped up so much that we need to go back a bit to last week in order to get the whole story.  That is the problem with the Lectionary.  Sometimes it chops things up in a strange way.  Luckily, we can always go back and clarify.  Mark loves to make a point by sticking a seemingly unrelated text in the middle of two related texts.  That is what we have here….

Text: Mark 9:38-50

Sermon, Proper 21, Year B, Sept. 30, 2018

This week we have a quest preacher, but it is the Blessing of the Pets in honor of St. Francis, so stay tuned!

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Messiah! (Sermon, Sept. 16, 2018)

Hello Friends,

Sorry for the late post, life gets in the way sometimes.  (If you subscribe on YouTube, you will get the sermons in a more timely fashion.)

This week in Mark, Jesus tells the disciples that he is the Messiah, YAY!  But, He also tells them that he will suffer and die, BOO!  It is a roller coaster ride of emotions this week, and poor Peter gets stuck in the middle.  We are told to take up our cross and follow, to sacrifice ourselves, but what does this mean?  Take a listen:

Text: Mark 8:27-38

Sermon, Proper 19, Year B, Sept. 16, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures at Yankee Doodle!

Hello Friends,

Here is Billerica, MA on Saturday the 15th we had the annual Yankee Doodle Homecoming.  What is that, you might ask?  It is a town wide celebration and festival with parade, booths, activities, and Revolutionary War re-enactors.  (Here are some photos from the Lowell Sun: http://photos.lowellsun.com/2018/09/16/yankee-doodle-homecoming/#1)  Billerica is known officially as “America’s Yankee Doodle Town” because it is thought that the song Yankee Doodle may have originated here, but we are not 100% sure.

St. Anne’s had a booth at the festival and we had a great time talking to neighbors, sharing, and playing bean bag toss with the kids.  My little guy was also in attendance and he charmed everyone.  I know call him the “Mayor of Yankee Doodle,” haha.  Here are some of my photos, if you are in town next September, check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Expanding Mission! (Sermon, Sept. 9, 2018)

Hello Friends,

This week in Mark we have 2 very important stories.  they are important because they show us the Jesus’ mission is to be to ALL people, even the non Jewish people.  Now, this was a big revelation back then, and it all comes about when Jesus meets a woman in Tyre….

Text: Mark 7:24-37

Sermon, Proper 18, Year B, Sept. 9, 2018

If you are in the Billerica, MA area, come over on Sept. 15th to our Yankee Doodle Homecoming festivities!  St. Anne’s will have a booth with games and information (maybe Fr. Kenny will make an appearance).  Here is a link to the Yankee Doodle website: https://www.billericayankeedoodlehomecoming.org/homecoming

Hope to see you there!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Things that Defile! (Sermon, Sept. 2, 2018)

Hello Friends!

We are out of the Gospel of John (for now) and back in Mark.  Oh Mark, how I have missed your brevity!  This week Jesus is breaking tradition again, this time by his disciples not ritually cleansing their hands before meals.  It seems that Jesus is disrespecting long held traditions and being generally disobedient.  But is He?

Text: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Sermon, Proper 17, Year B, Sept. 2, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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