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

Hello Friends!

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

Thanks for stopping by,

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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

Hello Friends!

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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Adventures with the Spirit! (Sermon, May 20, 2018)

Hello Friends!

The season of Easter has ended and now we are into Pentecost.  May 20th, we celebrated the Holy Spirit descending onto humanity.  What is the Spirit?  What forms does it take?  What is its function?  To hear more, take a listen:

Text: Acts 2:1-21 snd John 15:26-6, 16:4b-15

Sermon, Pentecost, Year B, May 20, 2018

You may have heard about our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, preaching at the royal wedding on May 19th.  It was a wonderful sermon, and I quote a chunk of it in my sermon.  Here are links the Bishop Curry’s sermon:

Presiding Bishop Curry’s sermon VIDEO

Presiding Bishop Curry’s sermon TRANSCRIPT

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Jesus praying! (Sermon, May 13, 2018)

Dear Friends,

This past Sunday was the last Sunday in Easter, and we heard part 3 of Jesus’ farewell discourse in the Gospel of John.  Here, Jesus prays to God for his disciples, because He knows that they will have a difficult time once he is gone.  What is Jesus’ prayer for the disciples (and us)?  Take a listen:

Text: John 17:6-19

Sermon, Easter 7, Year B, May 13, 2018

Thanks for stopping by, next Sunday is Pentecost!  Don’t forget to wear red!

-Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with God’s Love! (sermon, May 6, 2018)

Hello Friends!

This week’s excerpt from the Gospel of John continues directly from last week’s and is part of Jesus’ “farewell discourse” where He is telling the disciples how to live without Him present.  Here, we get Jesus’ great command, to love one another.  I wonder why this is so hard, especially in churches.  Often, hate is easier than love, it is easier to ignore something/someone than try to work it out.  Take a listen:

Text: John 15:9-17

Sermon, Easter 6, Year B, May 6, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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