27
Jun
2016

“…all supporting ligaments” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - June 26, 2016

Looking back on the past academic year, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian highlights some of the lessons she has learned, contemplating the ways in which each of us is a "supporting ligament" in the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16).

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20
Jun
2016

Special Co-Preaching Edition - - “Consistency” - - June 19, 2016

The June 12th mass shooting at the Orlando LGBTQ nightclub, Pulse, was the very definition of intersectionality and the direct result of fear-driven hateful rhetoric against LGBTQ folks, People of Color, and the Latinx community. We are called to bear witness to this reality, and to proclaim a different set of values. Testifying on their personal experiences, two beloved church members share their reflections on living in this intersection, with Associate Pastor Chris Mereschuk introducing the topic. 

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6
Jun
2016

“Bidden or unbidden” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - June 5, 2016

Jesus shows compassion for a woman who had lost her son, despite the woman not seeking him out (Luke 7:11-17). Is God present even when we are not reaching out? 

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31
May
2016

“Our hearts are restless” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - May 29, 2016

The Roman centurion is a very unlikely candidate for conversion to Jesus's teachings, yet he seeks out Jesus for healing (Luke 7:1-10). What was in the centurions heart that caused him to seek Jesus? What is in our hearts that causes us to seek Jesus?

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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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