Adventures with Turning your Cheek! (Sermon, Feb. 19, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Today we get our last portion of the Sermon on the Mount and a lot of people consider this part the hardest part.  Love your enemies.  That is a tall order, how can we do this?  Through reconciliation, understanding, and conversation, aka hard work.  Take a listen:

Click through to YouTube (no embed today).

Also, Lent is coming up and my church is having a FREE package supper, and it is FREE!

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We will also be following Lent Madness, it is really fun and educational, http://www.lentmadness.org

Fr. Kenny and I will be going on retreat tomorrow, stay tuned for some pictures!

~Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Commandments! (Sermon, Feb. 12, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This week we continued in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, and we get to an extremely difficult portion.  Here, Jesus takes the Law and makes it STRICTER.  This doesn’t seem like the “love your neighbor” Jesus we have been reading about all these years, does it?  Well, you have to dig a little bit under the surface….

Matthew 5: 21-37

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Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Salt and Light! (Sermon, Feb. 5, 2017)

Hello Friends!

We continue on reading the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew this week, and we hear Jesus proclaim that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  That is wonderful imagery, right?  But what did that mean to the disciples back then, and how does it apply today?

Matthew 5:13-20

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I make reference to a study regarding young adults preferring traditional style worship.  Below are links to the articles I reference.  The first is an Opinion piece that references a study from the Barna Group.  The second link goes directly to that Barna Group study.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jesus-doesnt-tweet/2015/04/30/fb07ef1a-ed01-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html?

http://www.barna.com/research/designing-worship-spaces-with-millennials-in-mind/#.VS0dfxPF-4O

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren.

PS- GO PATS!

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Adventures with the Beatitudes! (Sermon, Jan. 29, 2017)

Hello Friends,

This past Sunday gave us Matthew 5:1-12, the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.  This will continue for the weeks leading up to Lent.  The beginning of the sermon is the Beatitudes, or the “blessed are” sentences.  Jesus starts his greatest sermon with a list of blessings.  Why?  Well, take a listen.  I apologize for the recording today.  I have a bad cold and lost my voice, there for the sermon is shorter than usual, and doesn’t sound like it normally does.  If you are a fan of “Friends,” you can hear me singing “Smelly Cat” at the start of the recording.

Matthew 5:1-12

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There has been a lot of craziness in the news lately regarding our Muslim brothers and sisters and the closing of the borders to refugee and Muslim people.  I urge you to remember that Jesus welcomes all people, no matter the religion.  We are all children of Abraham, sisters and brothers in faith and we should act like it.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Fishing for People! (Sermon, Jan. 22, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the late upload, I had some technical trouble, therefore I had to record the sermon in my apartment instead of live (so it sounds a little different).

This weeks Gospel selection from Matthew (4:12-23) has a lot going on.  The second half of it deals with Jesus calling 4 of the disciples, and that is what I focused on this week.  We all have a calling of some kind, the key is to figure it out, listen for God’s voice, and then follow it.  Also, I talk about the Boston Women’s March for Equality.  I attended and it was a wonderful event.  Below are some photos.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Being Inviting! (Sermon, Jan. 15, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This week we jump into the Gospel of John for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany.  John’s Gospel is beautifully written and contains a lot of heavy theology (and some oddly specific details).  Today we get another epiphany surrounding Jesus, as Jesus begins his earthly ministry, not with a grand gesture, rather with a simple invitation: “Come and See.”

Come and take a listen, won’t you?

Text: John 1:29-42

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Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Let us always strive to fulfill his dream of a truly equal society based on love and mutual caring for our fellow humans.

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Saturday, Jan. 21st, I’ll be at the Boston Common participating in the Boston Women’s March for America supporting civil right and liberties for all people.  Maybe I’ll see you there!  Click here for details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Baptism! (Sermon, Jan. 8, 2017)

Hello Friends and Happy New Year!

This past Sunday was the first Sunday after the Epiphany, aka the Baptism of Our Lord.  We read the account from Matthew.  Jesus goes to see John the Baptist to get baptized, John is reluctant at first, but afterwards something amazing happens!  Take a listen:

Text: Matthew 3:13-17 and Acts 10:34-43

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Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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