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Dec
2014

Intergenerational Christmas Pageant - - December 21, 2014

For the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we were treated to an intergenerational Christmas pageant with dozens of our members participating as groups of angels, shepherds, wise people, animals, and the Holy Family. Church member Rev. Julie Olmsted crafted an original script for this wacky, fun, and very Haydenville-esque celebration. The podcast ends with a solo by Susan Farrell. 

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Dec
2014

“To God Be The Glory” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - December 14, 2014

For this Third Sunday of Advent, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian encourages us to model John the Baptist who focused much of his prophetic ministry on "pointing toward" the coming Messiah. How often might we proclaim, "To God Be The Glory!" (Sections from John 1)

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Dec
2014

“Know Justice, Know Peace” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - December 7, 2014

The sin of racism is deeply embedded in American culture. We want equality, an end to violence, and the triumph of peace - - but we will not have peace until we have restorative justice. Associate Pastor Chris Mereschuk preaches, "Know Justice, Know Peace" (Psalm 85) for this Second Sunday of Advent.

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Dec
2014

“Don’t Wait For Christmas” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - November 30, 2014

When we follow watching-and-waiting Advent practices, are we accidentally experiencing an absence of Christ already in our lives? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian opens the season of Advent with her sermon, "Don't Wait For Christmas." 

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Nov
2014

Special Edition: A2A Worship Service - - November 23, 2014

Our Accessible to All (A2A) Committee leads us in worship as we testify to and honor those who live with a variety of intellectual and physical abilities, encouraging us to widen the welcome through the lens of Matthew 25:31-46. Our A2A Committee is committed to illuminating the ways in which we might be falling short in welcoming, accommodating, and fully including individuals in the full spectrum of humanity. For more more information about A@A in the United Church of Christ, please visit the UCC Disabilities Ministries site at uccdm.org. 

10
Nov
2014

“Dear Church Family” - - Special Stewardship Edition - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - November 9, 2014

Our podcast begins with a message from former Stewardship Committee chair Kayla Gilman-Solomon, sharing her history of giving, family, and community. Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian follows up with a love letter to the church, titled, "Dear Church Family" (Genesis 12:1-3). This is why we give from the heart!

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Nov
2014

“born of the Virgin Mary comma suffered under Pontius Pilate” - - Rev. Dr Ayvazian - - November 2, 2014

When did Christianity move from being focused on "doing" to simply being about what one must "believe?" Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian explores this question through the lens of the Apostle's Creed and Matthew 23:1-12. 

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Oct
2014

“Loving God With Heart, Mind, and Soul” - - Carole Bull - - October 26, 2014

Jesus proclaims the Great Commandment: We are to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul - - and our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-46). What does that look like in our daily lives? Carole Bull, one of our Members-in-Discernment and lead chaplain at a local hospital, explores this passage with her personal reflections. 

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Oct
2014

“What is mine? What is ours? What is God’s?” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - October 19, 2014

The Pharisees tried to trip up Jesus when they asked him if it was lawful to pay taxes. Jesus observed that, since Caesar's likeness was stamped on the coin, it ought to be rendered to Caesar. What is stamped on your heart? (Matthew 22: 15-22)

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Oct
2014

“Born Hungry” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - October 12, 2014

The Israelites got restless and felt abandoned when Moses was with God on Mount Sinai, so they built a golden calf to take God's place (Exodus 32:1-14). They were hungry for God, and needed to satiate their appetites. We, too, hunger for God. 

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