Adventures with Advent 4/Christmas Eve! (Sermons, Dec. 24, 2017)

Hi Friends,

This year on Dec. 24th it was Advent 4 AND Christmas Eve.  This is a rare and strange occurrence.  At St. Anne’s, we honored Advent 4 with the story of the Annunciation at 9am, and then had our regular Christmas Eve services at 1pm and 10pm.  My parishioners were good sports in that I made them wait to decorate for Christmas until after the 9am service.  (I am a stickler about the “Christmas creep” in church-I mean do what you want at home, but not at church!).

Anyway, here are my 2 sermons from the 24th.  They sound a bit softer than normal, as I forgot to hit the record button while I was preaching live, so I recorded them at home, and luckily no cats interrupted.  Take a listen!

Advent 4: 

Luke 1:26-38

Sermon, Advent 4, Year B, Dec. 24, 2017

Christmas Eve:

Luke 2:1-10

Sermon, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Pointing! (Sermon, Dec. 17, 2017)

Hello Friends!

I am back after 2 weeks off and what a great story to start with.  We hear about John the Baptist from the point of view of John the Gospel writer.  In John’s Gospel, John the Baptist isn’t known as a baptist, mostly he is know as a witness, someone who points to Jesus and prepares the way.  What can we do in our lives to point the way to Jesus?  How are our lives pointing to Jesus in either a good way or a bad way?  Take a listen:

Text: John 1:6-8,19-28

Sermon, Advent 3, Year B, Dec. 17, 2017

Next week is Advent 4 AND Christmas Eve!  A liturgical conundrum if I have ever had one.  We will still be having an Advent 4 service as well as Christmas Eve, hope to see you then!  Check out our schedule at stannes-billerica.org.

Thanks for stoping by,

Rev. Lauren

 

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Adventures with Goats! (Sermon, Nov. 26, 2017)

Hello Friends!

Nov. 26th was Christ the King Sunday, also the Last Sunday after Pentecost, so the last day of the church year, and our last Matthew parable for a while (phew).  Next week, Advent starts, but as I always say, don’t rush!  Today, we hear about the final judgment how the sheep will be sorted from the goats, but guess what…judgment is for God alone!  Take a listen:

Text: Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon, Proper 29, Year A, Nov. 26, 2017

I will be on vacation the next 2 Sundays, so don’t miss me too much, hehehe.

~Rev. Lauren

PS: The article from Janet Hunt that I quote is here.

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Adventures with Talents! (Sermon, Nov. 19, 2017)

Hello Friends!

As Church Year A winds down, we get our last Matthew parable (phew!), the so called Parable of the Talents.  A talent was a form of money, not a skill that you have (I’ll talk about that more in the sermon).  This parable is on the long side and there are so many ways to approach it.  Something I learned from my awesome preaching professor in seminary (yay Mo. Mittes), is that you can’t cover everything so you do your best to cover 1 or 2 topics and relate them to your current situation.  I try to do that with every sermon and this week it spins into stewardship territory.  Not financial stewardship, rather caring for God’s creation for the short time that we are living.  Anyway, take a listen!

Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon, Proper 28, Year A, Nov. 19, 2017

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with Extra Oil (or underwear)! (Sermon, Nov. 12, 2017)

Hello Friends!

This week we hear the familiar, yet complex, parable of the 10 bridesmaids.  I am always reminded of a funny video a friend of mine made for this parable back in seminary (shout out to Fr. Tim!), but that video, while amusing, didn’t help with the sermon.  5 bridesmaids are “foolish” and 5 are “wise” but why?  What is this parable all about and how does it relate to our 2018 Pledge Drive?  If you have wondered all of these things, please take a listen:

Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon, Proper 27, Year A, Nov. 12, 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

The Susan Hylen article I quote can be found here.

The Photo from the video can be found here.

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Adventures with Hypocrisy! (Sermon, Nov. 5, 2017)

Hello Friends!

We’re back, with a brand new sermon to boot!  Most churches celebrated All Saints’ Day on Nov. 5th (transferred from Nov. 1st).  I chose not to do that, I am not big into transferring feasts, but in talking with colleagues, it seems that I am one of the few who opted out of All Saints’.  Oh well.  Because of All Saints’ this part of Matthew is not often heard in the pews, but it is a very important narrative and one that is very relevant to present times.

Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon, Proper 26, Year A, Nov. 5, 2017

To borrow a phrase (screen shot) from one of my favorite new TV shows, “The Good Place”

(credit to spoliertv.com)

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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Adventures with the Greatest Commandment (Sermon rewind Oct. 29, 2017)

Hello Friends!

It has been a while since I posted, no, nothing bad has happened.  I was on vacation, then my parish started it’s 2018 Pledge Drive which has featured 3 weeks of guests.  We had a great guest preacher on Oct. 15th, then a fabulous lay preacher on the 22nd, and finally a group of witness talks on the 29th.  So, I haven’t been preaching in a which.

But, i preached on this week’s text 3 years ago, so here is the sermon from 2014 in lieu of something new.  I am back “on” next Sunday, Nov. 5th!  So here it is:

Text: Matthew 22:34-46

Sermon, Proper 25, Year A, Oct. 26, 2014

Thanks for stopping by!

Rev. Lauren

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