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Apr
2014

“Yes. No. Maybe. Sort Of. Both. And.” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014

Should we celebrate Palm Sunday without also acknowledging the Passion of Good Friday? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian challenges us to have a complex faith that can hold this tension. (Matthew 21:1-11; Matthew 27:11-54, excerpts)

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7
Apr
2014

“If You Had Been There” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - April 6, 2014

What if Jesus had arrived to heal Lazarus when Mary and Martha first called for him? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian explores this question in her sermon drawn from John 11. 

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24
Mar
2014

“Missing the Point” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - March 23, 2014

How often do we "miss the point" and respond out of our misunderstandings? Associate Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk explores the story of the Samaritan Woman at the well, and her initial response to Jesus's offer for "Living Water." (John 4:5-42)

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17
Mar
2014

“I Wanna See You Be Brave” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - March 16, 2014

Inspired by the song, "Brave" by Sarah Bareilles, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian reflects on the story of Nicodemus "coming out" as a disciple of Christ (John 3:1-17)

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10
Mar
2014

“What DisConnects Us?” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - Ash Wednesday 2014

If we think of sin as something that "separates" us from God, ourselves, others, and Creation - - what sins can we identify within ourselves? Not the externally designated label of sinner forced upon us by others, but the disconnections inside of ourselves that forces a wedge. (Isaiah 58:1-12)

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10
Mar
2014

“The Seduction of Sameness” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - March 9, 2014

Do you tell yourself every Lent that "this year will be different?" What is clogging and cluttering your life? Is it the "seduction of sameness" that blocks us from making lasting changes? (Matthew 4:1-11)

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3
Mar
2014

“The Next Great Awakening” - - Dr. Diana Butler Bass - - March 2, 2014

*Special Podcast Edition*

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, we joined in worship with five area congregations for an ecumenical service at First Churches Northampton. Renowned author and speaker Dr. Diana Butler Bass delivered a history-rich, inspiration-filled sermon on the Transfiguration and what she sees as our own period of "Awakening." (Matthew 17:1-19)
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24
Feb
2014

“Bruised Cheeks” - - Rev. Chris Mereschuk - - February 23, 2014

What does it mean to "turn the other cheek?" Are we to be complicit in victimhood, abuse, and oppression? No! Jesus is teaching us a "Third Way" of active nonviolence. (Matthew 5:38-48)

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18
Feb
2014

“Gum, Gold, and God” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - February 16, 2014

Jesus instructs us to bring our inner and outer selves into harmony - - which just might help us train for our own spiritual Olympics! (Matthew 5:21-37). 

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10
Feb
2014

“I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use All of Me” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - February 9, 2014

No one lights a lamp and then hides it under a bushel basket - - they put it on a lamp stand to let it shine! Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian encourages us to "shine out" and "go for it" - - especially those among us who have been taught to hide our lights. (Matthew 5:13-20)

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