Sermons

Sermons of the Second Congregational Church of Winchester, MA

Good Friday 04/14/17

Good Friday 04/14/17

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.

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Maundy Thursday 04/13/17

Maundy Thursday 04/13/17

We recall the Passover Jesus shared with his friends, which we know as the Last Supper. We share Communion. And then we hear the story of the events of that night and the following day. Lights are extinguished and the church is stripped to remind us of the darkness and the tomb. Light will not return to the sanctuary until Easter morning.

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Palm Sunday 04/09/17

Palm Sunday 04/09/17

For all of Lent, we have been preparing for this week:
the week that leads from Jesus’ joyful entry into the holy city of Jerusalem,
through his trial, crucifixion, death, and burial,
and finally to his Resurrection at Easter.

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Rattling the Bones ~ Lent 5 04/02/17

Rattling the Bones ~ Lent 5 04/02/17

New life takes time and effort. This return to life, this new beginning, takes time. Our bones sometimes rattle for what seems an eternity before they begin to come together. And then perhaps we stand around for a long time, unable to move because we remain merely skeletons of our former selves. Our spirits may feel dry and desiccated for what seems an impossibly long time before they are again wet with the Living Water of God. We have to wait until God finally blows new life, living breath, into us.

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New Sight ~ Lent 4 03/26/17

New Sight ~ Lent 4 03/26/17

But maybe the disciples – those poor, clueless disciples who always seem to miss the point – weren’t completely off in their question. Underneath their question about sin, there is a deeper question, a very human question, a question we all ask when faced with pain, a question that isn’t wrong so much as it is misdirected: Why is there suffering in life? Why must we suffer? Why do some suffer more than others? There must be a reason. Please explain it, Rabbi.

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Living Water ~ Lent 3 03/19/17

Living Water ~ Lent 3 03/19/17

Who is thirsty now? Who is knocking on our doors, begging for mercy? Who already lives among us and is being cast as an outsider, a threat, a person to be reviled and forced into isolation?

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Born from Above ~ Lent 2 03/12/17

Born from Above ~ Lent 2 03/12/17

Fullness of life; wholeness of life; a return to our beginnings – that is the eternal life of which Jesus speaks. This is no threat of hell; it’s a promise of the Kingdom here and now, if we will but accept it.

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Into the Wilderness ~ Lent 1  03/05/17

Into the Wilderness ~ Lent 1 03/05/17

As we begin our Lenten journey, we ask: what toxins have poisoned us? What do we need to let go of that spins us off into empty space, leaving us with pieces of ourselves missing and broken? What sins are keeping us from our truest nature: children of God, loved and secure in that love?

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Ash Wednesday 03/01/17

Ash Wednesday 03/01/17

Holy, holy, holy God,
we place ourselves in your presence;
we rest in the promise of your grace.
Our minds and our spirits are cluttered
with many thoughts and feelings
that threaten to pull our attention away from you.
Let us unclench our fists and release these things:
We release all that we have done today – whether for good or ill.
We release all that we feel like we should have done today, but did not do.
We release all that we need to do tomorrow.
We release our fear.
We release our anxiety.
We release our impatience.
We release our pride.
All of the thoughts, all of the feelings
that pull us away from you, O God, we release.

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Jesus the Transfigured One 02/26/17

Jesus the Transfigured One 02/26/17

Jesus being revealed to us marks the beginning of our transformation, not the end of a spiritual quest. Just as the disciples don’t get to pitch a tent on that mountaintop and stay there, neither do we. The tabernacle of God, which is Jesus, is always on the move, going to the people and places that most need a healing touch and an encouraging word.

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