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

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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

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Betrayal!

Hi Everyone!

We have made it to the last week of the 6th chapter of John.  We have been hearing a lot about bread and with each passing week, Jesus has made his teaching more serious and more confusing for the crowds.  This week, a bunch of people actually leave Jesus because they have had enough, but not after they complain and grumble.

Text: John 6:56-69

Sermon, Proper 16, Year B, Aug. 26, 2018

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Rev. Lauren

 

 

 

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Adventures with Abiding! (Sermon August 19, 2018)

Hello Friends!

The end is near for John chapter 6, this past Sunday was the penultimate reading in the Bread of Life series.  Jesus ups the ante from talking about eating bread to eating flesh, and He starts to lose some of the crowd here.  Flesh, blood?  Yuck!  Of course, He isn’t talking about literal flesh and blood, so what is He talking about?

Text: John 6:51-58

Sermon, Proper 15, Year B, August 19, 2018

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Familiarity! (Sermon, August 12, 2018)

Hello Friends!

Welcome back to the Bread of Life discourse in John.  Today, Jesus meets some people whom he has known his whole life, and the are less than supportive of his current mission.  What makes people hold on to old ideas about other people?  Can we ever shake off that image we had when we were young?

Text: John 6:35, 41-51

Sermon, Proper 14, Year B, August 12, 2018

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-Rev. Lauren

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