Sermons

September 16, 2018

The other day, a parishioner said to me that he wants to “walk in the light” but it’s just so darned dark right now! Political chaos, storms, fires and explosions…He just has a hard time maintaining a sense of positivity. He doesn’t know where to look for hope. I hear him. I feel the same…

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September 9, 2018

Whenever September 9th falls on a Sunday, I am reminded that my very first Sunday as the clergyperson-in-charge was the 9th of September. It happened to also be the year 2001, and I’m sure you all remember what happened two days later. The events of that day shaped my ministry as a pastor in ways…

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September 2, 2018

On Thursday, one of our summer couples, Sam and KJ, took me to the Pottle camp over on Thompson Lake by boat. It had been a while since I had been in a boat I needed to step down into, and I discovered that my balance is not all I could hope for, and a…

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August 19, 2018

Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong… The second reading from Ephesians prompted some very good conversation in different groups this week and has had this old song running through my head: Probably a lot of you think of it as a song by The Carpenters, but did you know it was…

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July 22, 2018

It seems to me Jesus has been spending an awful lot of time in boats over the past few weeks. I went back through the Gospel of Mark on Friday to see, and there are at least six occasions in which is crosses the sea. We heard the first one a few weeks ago: Jesus…

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July 15, 2018

Back when I was first learning about how to be a preacher, someone gave me the advice that when I was struggling to find my sermon in the day’s readings, to look for the Good News and preach that. I would like to be able to go to that person with this week’s Gospel reading…

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July 8, 2018 Guest Preacher The Rev. Holly Clark

Good morning! It is so good to look out from here and see you on this Sunday morning! In the three years I’ve been away from western Maine and training for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church at Yale Divinity School down in Connecticut, I have felt held up and supported by this congregation. I…

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July 1, 2018

“He strictly ordered that no one should know this…” I am frequently asked why Jesus tried to keep his actions a secret. Don’t I often say in my sermons that we are called to go out and tell the Good News? Doesn’t our baptismal covenant include a promise to proclaim by word and example the…

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June 17, 2018

Some of you know that for the last two Sundays I’ve had a bandage on my right index finger to cover up the stitches required after I cut myself trying to eliminate the staghorn sumac that was taking over part of my lawn. Maybe some of you have heard about Lanny’s ongoing struggle with the…

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June 3, 2018

What comes to mind when I say the word Sabbath? The 3rd commandment? A time of rest? An outdated idea? An extremely boring Sunday afternoon? I don’t usually ask you all a question without answering it myself. As I contemplated the question, I wondered when I first heard the word. I chuckled as I remembered…

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