Sermons

Sermons of the Second Congregational Church of Winchester, MA

A Word of Peace (Advent 2) ~ 12/10/17

A Word of Peace (Advent 2) ~ 12/10/17

This week we get some particulars about that new thing that’s coming as we meet (again) John the Baptist. He was strange, maybe even scary, but there was something in John’s words and actions that spoke to the people. And so they flocked to him. They were hungry for a word about God, a word from God. Of course, in Jerusalem there was the temple and the rabbis and all the accumulated wisdom of the religious establishment. But that’s not where the hungry people went. They went out into the wilderness to listen to this strange man who reminded him of the true prophets of old, quoting from Isaiah.

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A Word of Hope (Advent 1) ~ 12/03/17

A Word of Hope (Advent 1) ~ 12/03/17

Mark’s little apocalypse isn’t a word of terror about the end of the world; it’s a word of hope about the presence and activity of God, most especially when it seems like the world – literally or figuratively – is coming to an end. And so we hope. We hope that God’s promises for us and for the world are already being realized.

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Kingdom Come 11/26/17

Kingdom Come 11/26/17

Into this setting walked Jesus, and he delivered a radical message: the Kingdom of God will be nothing like the Kingdoms – the Empires – we’ve known on earth. It will be utterly, spectacularly different. And it will come in a completely unexpected and unfamiliar way. It is for the arrival of this Kingdom that Jesus taught his disciples to pray.

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Giving Thanks and Getting to Work 11/19/17

Giving Thanks and Getting to Work 11/19/17

Let’s just start here: this parable confuses me, even after all the many times I’ve encountered it and thought about it. I don’t like what it seems to be saying. And I get kind of angry when I read it – which I’m forced to do at least once every three years, when it comes up in the lectionary.

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Reflection on Galatians 3:23-29 11/12/19

Reflection on Galatians 3:23-29 11/12/19

Jesus: a nonviolent human being whose love served as a bridge between God and people, between Pharisees and fishermen, between the sick and the healthy, between slave and free, between poor and rich, between men and women, between Jew and Gentile. Indeed, if he were walking among us today, I dare say he would also be busy building bridges between Christians and non-Christians. He was never interested in what gets us to heaven or in who was right about various theological ideas. He was interested in living love – and in doing so, living peace.

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All Saints Day Reflection 11/05/17

All Saints Day Reflection 11/05/17

On this All Saints Day, we are encouraged to remember the saints we know or have known throughout our lives. It’s also a day for us to wonder: what saints walk among us whom we have not yet recognized?

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500 Years and Still Re-Forming 10/29/17

500 Years and Still Re-Forming 10/29/17

Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Free to be you and me. Free to fly a Confederate flag or take a knee. Boy do we like our freedoms in the United States. We are, after all, the “land of the free,” right?

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What Sin Is This? The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah (Reader’s Theater) 10/22/17

What Sin Is This? The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah (Reader’s Theater) 10/22/17

As we continue on our path of exploring becoming Open and Affirming, we examined one of the so-called “Clobber Passages” which has often been used in communities of faith to condemn people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. We ask: do we truly understand this passage? What sin is really being committed in Sodom? And what does that mean for us?

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A Letter to Our Church 10/15/17

A Letter to Our Church 10/15/17

This letter from Paul to the Philippian church is also a letter to our church. It is a letter to you and to me and to us as a faith community – especially when we are feeling anxious or afraid.

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A Love Story in Four Parts 10/08/17

A Love Story in Four Parts 10/08/17

In this case, we are being invited into a love story. We get to glimpse the loyalty, love, and faithfulness between two men and see that it is celebrated, it is honored, and it is good. In hearing this story, we are invited to find our own love stories with whomever our souls are bound, regardless of status, power, or gender. For God is love, and all love comes from God.

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