22
May
2016

“In the Name of God” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - May 22, 2016

Warning them that they will be cast our and even killed in the name of God, Jesus promises the Disciples that they will have the Holy Spirit to guide them "into all truth" so that they might have courage to face the troubles that are ahead. (John 15:26-16:4, 8-15)

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15
May
2016

“Bridges Not Walls” - - Dawn Orluske - - Pentecost - - May 15, 2016

On Pentecost Sunday, Masters of Divinity candidate Dawn Orluske preached on the importance of building bridges to and with our fellow Children of God, focusing on the Tower of Babel and Pentecost scriptures (Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2:1-13). Dawn is a "Member in Discernment" at Haydenville Congregational Church, and the beloved former Director of Children's and Family Ministries. 

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25
Apr
2016

“Seeds of War” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - April 24, 2016

Marking the 101st anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian calls us to examine where the "Seeds of War" are planted in our lives, and how we might instead plant "Seeds of Peace." (Isaiah 2:3-4)

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18
Apr
2016

“We Are Not Our Own” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - April 17, 2016

In her sermon celebrating Earth Day, Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian shares the story of a remarkable woman who has spent her long life advocating for justice, and proposes that we consider adopting a third sacrament. 

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11
Apr
2016

Special Edition - - Dr. Hazratji - - April 10, 2016

As a part of our "Understanding Islam and Combating Anti-Muslim Rhetoric" series, we invited Dr. Mohammed Ali Hazratji to share a reading from the Qur'an and a message with our congregation. Dr. Hazratji is active in presenting Islam and participating in interfaith activities in the Pioneer Valley (Western Massachusetts). 

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4
Apr
2016

“Instant Sermon” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - April 3, 2016

On Sunday April 3rd, Associate Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk preached an "instant sermon" - - responding to questions solicited from the congregation that morning. Topics varied from the meaning of faith and prayer, violence, renewal, resurrection, and polyamory. 

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8
Mar
2016

“Devotion” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - March 6, 2016

Jesus arrived at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus and was shown great hospitality from his devoted friends. How do we experience and express devotion? 

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28
Feb
2016

“Someday is Today” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - February 28, 2016

Jesus links the news of gruesome and sudden deaths with a parable about a gardner protecting a fig tree. How are these lessons connected? What can we learn about repentance and second chances? Associate Pastor Chris Mereschuk explores these questions from Luke 13:1-9 on this Third Sunday of Lent.

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21
Feb
2016

“Plenty Good Room” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - February 21, 2016

African American Spirituals provide a rich treasury of hope in times of struggle, oppression, and despair. In her sermon, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian explores the message of hope found in a number of these beloved sacred songs. 

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15
Feb
2016

Creating the Lenten Cross - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - February 14, 2016

An annual tradition on the First Sunday of Lent, Pastor Andrea invites folks forward to construct a cross out of shells, rocks, and other symbols of burdens they seek to lay down or challenges they seek to confront during Lent. (Romans 7:14-25a)

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