27
Feb
2017

“Kindling” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - February 26, 2017

With so much injustice swirling around us and demanding a response, we become like the Prophet Jeremiah with "a fire shut up in our bones." But if we burn too hot, we will soon burn out. On this final Sunay before Lent, Acting Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk asks us to consider how we can use the next 40 days to kindle the fire that is deep within our bones - - while partnering with others and taking time for renewal so we can keep that fire burning. (Romans 12, The Message translation). 

The podcast introduction contans original music by our Minister of Music Jeff Olmsted. 

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20
Feb
2017

“The Violence of Nonviolence” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - February 19, 2017

Jesus's teachings on nonviolence and love of one's enemy (Matthew 5:38-48) is a radical message of active nonviolent resistance - - but it is also one that has been misued, misunderstood, and sometimes forced upon targets of violence, which is an act of violence in-and-of itself. Through the lens of Walter Wink, James Cone, and Rev. Traci Blackmon, Acting Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk explores the danger of "The Violence of Nonviolence."

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6
Feb
2017

“Recipe for Unity” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - February 5, 2017

Preparing a meal can be a spiritual and meditative act if you consider the history and uniqueness of each ingredient blending together to create something larger. When we come together as individuals, our unique blend creates a distinct Beloved Community. In order to get along, though, we need a "Recipe for Unity" (I Corinthians 12:1, 4-11). 

This podcast contains original music by our Minister of Music Jeff Olmsted.

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30
Jan
2017

“Holy Health, Wholly Health” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - January 29, 2017

We might read about diseases and cures in Biblical times and think they're a little funny given what we know now about medical science - - but were our ancient ancestors in the faith on to something? In his sermon, "Holy Health, Wholly Health," Acting Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk suggests that our faith plays a critical role in our health (Luke 5:12-16). 

This podcast contains original music by our Minister of Music Jeff Olmsted. 

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23
Jan
2017

“For I am convinced…” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - January 22, 2017

When God's name is invoked to endorse nationalism, it poses a great danger to both the country and Christianity. Building on the January 15th sermon, "Voices of Faith, Voices of Justice," Acting Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk offers ways to use one's faith in God to strengthen one's voice for justice, holding fast to God (Romans 8:18-26, 35-39). A note about this sermon: We held an extended "Sermon Response Time" where the congregation was invited to share their own thoughts, reflections, and testimonies. Out of respect for privacy, these responses are not included in the podcast. Many responses spoke to experiences of solidarity and glimmers of hope resulting from the Women's March and the sister marches, noting the importance of community. 

The intro music for this podcast is an original composition by our Minister of Music Jeff Olmsted. 

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16
Jan
2017

“Voices of Faith, Voices of Justice” - - Special Message - - January 15, 2017

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we lift up a few of the modern day prophets who work for justice, fueld by their faith. In this co-preached sermon, the words of Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III are shared alongside a scriptural response, tying together today's calls for justice with the voice of ancient scipture. 

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9
Jan
2017

“Following Yonder Star” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - January 8, 2017

On this Epiphany Sunday, Acting Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk explores how the story of the Magi can point us along our own journeys (Matthew 2:1-12). 

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1
Jan
2017

“Inscribed On My Heart” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - January 1, 2017

On Sunday, January 1, 2017 The Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian preached her final sermon as the Senior Pastor of Haydenville Congregational Church. Reflecting on some cherished memories and lessons learned, Pastor Andrea pointed us toward the words of the prophet Isaiah in her message, "Inscribed On My Heart." 

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19
Dec
2016

“You still love me.” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - December 18, 2016

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the "love" candle. What is the difference between human love and God's love? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian explores this question in her sermon, "You still love me." (I Corinthians 13:1-8, 13)

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28
Nov
2016

“Dawn Over the River” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - November 27, 2016

For the First Sunday of Advent, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian recounts her recent journey with "Monte's March," calling upon us to remember that while we are not obligated to complete a monumental task, we are not released from doing our part. (Isaiah 2:1-5)

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