Adventures with Striving! (Sermon, July 8, 2018)

Hello Friends!

Today’s lesson from Mark finds Jesus going back to his hometown and getting a chilly reception (to say the least).  It seems that the hometown crowd just can’t see past the image of Jesus that they had in their minds from his carpenter days.  Why do we do that?  Why do we hold on to old ideas and impressions of people instead of looking at their current lives?

Sermon, Proper 9, Year B, July 8, 2018

Text: Mark 6:1-13

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Desperation! (Sermon, July 1, 2018)

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Wow, July has arrived in a strong manner with this terrible heat wave we are having.  I hope that you all are staying cool and hydrated.  Our church has A/C, so come on down, Sundays 8am and 10am.

Today’s tale features 2 very famous healing stories, but the healing isn’t the focus of the story.  There are so many different approaches to this excerpt, it is hard to narrow things down.  As my preaching teacher, the late, beloved Mo. Mittes, used to tell us, you have to choose 1 or 2 points to make, you can’t cover all the theology you have learned in 1 sermon.  She was a very wise woman.

Anyway, what does it mean to be healed?  To be made well?  To be so desperate that you will do ANYTHING for help?  Take a listen:

Text: Mark 5:21-43

Sermon, Proper 8, Year B, July 1, 2018

You may have heard that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church starts this week.  This is the once every three years meeting of representatives from all around the globe getting together for fellowship and to decide on policies, etc.  If you are interested, you can follow the action here.

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Napping! (Sermon June 24, 2018)

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I love naps!  (Especially when my baby takes one.)  I think that is why I named this post after naps, even though that isn’t really what the sermon/text is about. I like the idea that Jesus gets tired and decides to snooze, it makes me happy.  Here, Jesus stills the storm and the disciples are afraid.  They are afraid before the storm is stilled, but also after.  Why is that?  What scares them?

Text: Mark 4:35-41

Sermon, Proper 7, Year B, June 24, 2018

If you missed Bishop Gates’ message reading the separation of immigrant families, you can read it here.  It offers national and also local ways that we can help families stay together.

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Mustard! (sermon, June 17, 2018)

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This week we have 2 parables of growth in Mark, including the famous mustard seed parable.  Jesus calls mustard the “mightiest of shrubs” and that makes me wonder if any company has used that as a slogan (get on the Heinz).  What makes mustard mighty?  Why is it an apt description of God’ Kingdom?  What does this have to do with God’s love?

Text: Mark 4:26-34

Sermon, Proper 6, Year B, June 17, 2018

If you are outraged at the separation of families at our borders (as I am) please check out and consider donating to Episcopal Migration Ministries (link below) and read a letter from our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates (also below).  God is love, and we are to act in love in all we do.  Love and compassion towards the immigrant and prisoner are recurring themes in the Bible.  We should remember that, and act in order make God’s LOVE known to all those who suffer.

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Message from Bishop Gates regarding immigrant family protection

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Rev. Lauren

 

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Adventures with Demons! (Sermon, June 10, 2018)

Hello Friends,

This week’s story in Mark features the scribes trying to discredit Jesus by accusing him of being possessed by a demon.  That certainly is one way to discredit your enemy, although Jesus expertly turns the accusation back on them.  How can he be possessed by a demon if he is only doing good works?  A valid question.  What makes Jesus so dangerous?  Well, take a listen:

Text: Mark 3:20-35

Sermon, Proper 5, Year B, June 10, 2018

This Saturday, June 16th, is my church’s Strawberry Festival.  If you are local to Billerica, MA, come and check it out!  Click here for more info.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Sabbath! (sermon, June 3, 2018)

Hello Friends,

This week we venture in to Mark, to a reading that hasn’t been in rotation for quite some time.  Since Easter was so early this year, we are hearing readings in church that we haven’t heard in a very long time.  It is quite interesting how the lectionary pans out sometimes.  Anyway, here, we have Jesus getting in trouble for doing work on the Sabbath, but is He really doing work?  What is really making the Pharisees mad?  Check it out:

Text: Mark 2:23-3:6

Sermon, Proper 4, Year B, June 3, 2018

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Trinity! (Sermon, May 27, 2018)

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After the end of Eastertide last week, we celebrated Trinity Sunday by reading the Gospel of John 3:1-17.  This passage is dense with information and Scriptural references, and it even includes perhaps the most famous line of Scripture, John 3:16.  Of course, you can never take one line out of context and attempt to understand it.  So, what is happening in this text?  Take a listen:

Text: John 3:1-17

Sermon, Trinity Sunday, Year B, May 27, 2018

Thanks for stopping by, next week we launch into the season after Pentecost, aka Ordinary Time, the longest church season.  More on that then.

~Rev. Lauren

PS- The image used in the video is Rublev’s “Trinity”

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