27
Mar
2017

“Sleeper, Awake!” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - March 26, 2017

The author of Ephesians urges the readers to "awake and rise from the dead" - - rip back the covers on those things done in secret shadows and expose them with the light of Christ. We, too, need to remain awake and shine a light on injustice. (Ephesians 5:8-17)

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20
Mar
2017

“Why I’m riding my bike…” - - Rev. Dr. Ives - - March 19, 2017

On the Third Sunday of Lent, we welcomed our Theologian-in-Residence Rev. Dr. Peter B. Ives back to the pulpit to preach on his upcoming ecojustice witness action. In his sermon, "Why I'm Riding My Bike to the Global Climate Change March," Rev. Dr. Ives shared his passion for and commitment to fighting climate change, giving us scriptural and personal grounding for our ecojustice witness. More information about the April 29th march in Washington, D.C. can be found at http://peoplesclimate.org/

Following Peter's sermon, the congregation blessed his bike so that he may be sent off surrounded by the love and support of God and our community. The blessing was adapted from and inspired by the work of Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. 

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12
Mar
2017

“Know-It-All” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - Second Sunday of Lent - - March 12, 2017

The earnest-bit-know-it-all Pharasiee Nicodemus comes to Jesus to seek wisdom. Problem is, Nicodemus's knowledge prevents him from understanding more (John 3:1-17). Are there ways that our knowledge and perspective get in the way of understanding others and understanding God? 

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6
Mar
2017

“Lay Your Burden Down” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - First Sunday of Lent — March 5, 2017

What does it mean to sin, or confess, or repent? We might not feel like we "sin," but we do carry heavy burdens that weigh down on our souls. It often feels good and right to lift up those burdens, set them down, then walk away. For the First Sunday of Lent, we consider our burdens as we celebrate the Sacrament of Communion and construct our Lenten Cross (see picture), symbolically laying down our burdens and renewing ourselves with the sacrament. (Psalm 32:1-7, 11)

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