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Jan
2015

“Immediately” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - January 25, 2015

Who were the men that Jesus first recruited as Disciples, and why did they agree to follow him - - immediately? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian explores these questions from Mark 1:14-20. 

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20
Jan
2015

“Loose…Undo…Break…” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - January 18, 2015

In her sermon for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian lifts the ways in which King and Jesus were similar, both driven by the same ethos of love. Pastor Andrea reminds us that we are called to loose the bonds of injustice, undo the thongs of the yoke, and break every yoke (Isaiah 58:6-9).

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13
Jan
2015

“Shall We Gather At The River” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - January 11, 2015

Jesus sought out John so that he might be baptized - - but for what purpose? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian suggests that even Jesus saw the importance of a gathered community of believers, and the essential role of community in our faith journey.

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6
Jan
2015

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 A2A in the United Church of Christ, please visit the UCC Disabilities Ministries site at uccdm.org. 

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4
Jan
2015

“Home By Another Road” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - January 4, 2015

On this Epiphany Sunday, Associate Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk recounts his own transformative journey and encounter with Christ while on a trip to Central America. Often when we return from a journey or pilgrimage, we do not come home the same person. How have you been changed by a journey?

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Dec
2014

“Singing Your Heart Song” - - Rev. Mereschuk — December 28, 2014

When Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple to be consecrated, they were met by two prophets, Simeon and Anna. When he saw Jesus, Simeon sang out his Heart Song, proclaiming to God that "now your servant may depart in peace." What song is your heart needing to sing out? (Luke 2:22-40)

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28
Dec
2014

Special Edition - - Christmas Eve 2014 - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian

In her Christmas Eve reflection, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian recalls one of the most memorable birthday gifts that she has received. What do we bring to the Christ Child to celebrate his birth? (Luke 2:1-20)

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22
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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