29
Aug
2016

“Aim for the Chutes” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - August 28, 2016

While being closely observed by the Pharisees, Jesus gives some banquet seating advice. Do we always want to be at the head table? Pastor Andrea preaches on humility and honor in her sermon, "Aim for the Chutes" (Luke 14:1, 7-14).

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22
Aug
2016

“Stooped and Sidetracked” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - August 21, 2016

What are the modern day versions of some of the diseases and disorders that Jesus healed? How about a contemporary example like the case of the woman whose back was bent and burdened (Luke 13:10-17)? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea shares her thoughts on an affliction that many of us experience. 

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15
Aug
2016

“You will strengthen your kicking” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - August 14, 2016

Following the recent announcement of her retirement as of the new year, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian encourages the congregation to "strengthen your kicking" - - modeled after the incredible story of gold medal Olympian swimmer Katie Ledecky. (Hebrews 11:29-12:2)

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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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