Adventures with Forgiveness (Sermon, Sept. 17, 2017)

Hello Friends,

Sorry for the late post.  There is no reason for it, I just forgot.  Forgive me!  This story’s main theme is forgiveness and how the grace/forgiveness of God has no bounds.  Easy right?  Well….

Matthew 18:21-35

Sermon, Proper 19, Year A, Sept. 17, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures in Directness! (Sermon, Sept. 10, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This week we get one of Jesus’ rare teachings where he directly tells us what to do.  I know, wow.  No parables or riddles, just instructions, yet, we still don’t follow them.  In the end, it is all about forgiveness, and forgiveness is a very hard thing (more about that next week), but the road to forgiveness always starts with communication.  Take a listen:

Text: Matthew 18:15-20

Sermon, Proper 18, Year A, Sept. 10, 2017

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-Rev. Lauren

 

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Adventures with Stumbling! (Sermon, Sept. 3, 2017)

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After 1 Sunday off for my birthday, I am back!  Today’s portion of Matthew is a very rich text and full of great lessons.  As my preaching professor taught me, you have to pick 1 (maybe 2 tops) aspect of the reading to preach on, otherwise you will end up with mixed messages.  I have always taken that advice to heart, which is why my sermons are on the short side (in some people’s opinions).  Anyway, what is the theme for this week?

Take a Listen:

Matthew 16:21-28

Sermon, Proper 17, Year A, Sept. 3, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Words! (Sermon, August 20, 2017)

Hello Friends,

This week’s story from Matthew is very timely, and no, I don’t get to choose which readings we read, the Lectionary was set up many years ago.  The two portions of the story seem a little disjointed, but they really go together like PB and J.

Matthew 15:10-28

Sermon, Proper 15, Year A, August 20, 2017

I’m on vacation (well, staycation with a few church activities thrown in) until the 29th!

Thursday night in Billerica, the town is having a Candlelight Vigil for Unity.  I’ll be there, 7pm in the town square.  Join us!

~Rev. Lauren

 

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Mis-Adventures with Fear and Hate (Sermon, Aug. 13, 2017)

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In this week’s Gospel from Matthew, Jesus walks on water across the stormy sea, what a great image that is.  Currently, we are living in our own storm, a storm of hate, anger, division, and evil.  Jesus taught us to love others, not hate, to treat others as we want to be treated, not oppress.  We as Christians need to stand up against hate in all its forms, especially the white supremacy we have seen recently in the US, particularly in Charlottesville, VA.  It isn’t only there, it is everywhere.

Matthew 14:22-33

Sermon, Proper 14, Year A, August 13, 2017

Here is a link to Bishop Gates’ statement:

http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/bishop-calls-prayer-following-charlottesville-violence

Thanks for stopping by and fighting the good fight!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Transfiguration! (Sermon, Aug. 6, 2017)

Hello Friends!

August 6th was the Feast of the Transfiguration, which gave us a little break from our usual Ordinary Time reading.  We hear the story from the Gospel of Luke.  The story has to do with identity (Jesus’ identity) and prayer, take a listen to hear more:

Text: Luke 9:28-36

Sermon, Transfiguration, Year A, August 6, 2017 

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~Rev. Lauren

Here are the sources I quote from:

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997, 379-384.

Lose, David. “Transfiguration C:Worship Transfigured.”   http://www.davidlose.net/2016/02/transfiguration-c-worship-transfigured/

Schauf, Scott. “Commentary of Luke 9:28-36, (37-43).”  http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1572

Dinkler, Michal Beth. “Commentary on Luke 9:28-45.”  http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3005

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Adventures with Leaven! (Sermon, July 30, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This week in Matthew we continue with parables, but these parables are very short and given in a rapid fire way.  Jesus just spits them all out in a row and at the end asks the disciples if they understand.  Whether they understand or not is another story, but these parables have a lot in common, they are about the invasive and all encompassing nature of God’s Kingdom.

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Sermon-Proper 12-Year A-July 30, 2017

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Rev. Lauren

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