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The Rev. Martha Spong

Martha Spong: All in the Same Boat

Mark 4:35-41

5th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 24, 2018

The Rev. Martha Spong (UCC)


I thought it was a brilliant idea.

I was serving a church in Maine, where Summer Sundays are not the best-attended. The window of good weather is brief, and people want to be in their gardens or at their lakeside camps. That particular summer, I felt motivated to make worship interesting for the ones who did come. For this story from Mark 4, I arranged the text for multiple readers, plus the congregation, with effects designed to put us all in the midst of the storm. I started planning weeks before with a church member who worked with our youth, and he recruited a 13-year-old to help him devise stormy sound effects. They brought a large jug of water to slosh around, amplified by a microphone, and they improvised a thunder sheet.

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Day1 Minute with Anna Carter Florence - Part 1

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence (PCUSA)
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The Rev. Christopher Henry Transcript

June 17, 2018

Chris Henry: Faith in a Seed

The Rev. Christopher Henry (PCUSA)

The Rev. Chris Henry says that these two parables about seeds in Mark 4 are perhaps not so much a description of what God does to us, but of what we are called to do for God. He encourages us to think of ourselves not as the soil, but as the sower--maybe we are the ones to whom these precious mustard seeds have been entrusted--we are to be active planters of the kingdom of God.
The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

June 10, 2018

Ozzie Smith Jr.: When Jesus Comes Home

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

In his sermon on Mark 3:20-35, Dr. Ozzie Smith Jr. says "We hear Jesus make a bold claim about faith that may hurt our ears and sounding anti-family. However, Jesus recognizes the power of connection when there is faith in the family. Obedience to God matters.
The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson Transcript

June 03, 2018

Ellen Richardson: The Man with the Withered Hand

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson (TEC)

In her sermon, Dr. Ellen Richardson says Jesus broke the rules to heal people, to restore them to a fullness of life denied by their afflictions, you told us. His healing was a way of entering into the suffering of others, a response not of pity, but of empathy. This is how the man with the withered hand was healed--and he came out of the shadows and into the light.
The Rev. Dr. David Hull Transcript

May 27, 2018

David Hull: Benediction

The Rev. Dr. David Hull (CBF)

In his sermon, Dr. David Hull says an authentic encounter with God challenges us to look at the needs of the world. “Here am I; send me!” was Isaiah’s cry in response to God’s invitation. So worship is always transformed into mission; Worship is not a wall to hide behind, but a door to walk through to a world in need.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Transcript

May 20, 2018

Juan Carlos Huertas: Understood

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas says Ascension Sunday moved us from the long narrative of Jesus’ life, which culminated with his death and resurrection, and now lands us at this moment--and as Jesus ascends to the heavens, we like the disciples are left wondering--what now?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Transcript

May 13, 2018

Juan Carlos Huertas: Why Are You Looking Up?

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas says Ascension Sunday moves us from the long narrative of Jesus’ life that culminated with his death and resurrection and now lands us at this moment--and as Jesus ascends to the heavens, we, like his disciples, are left wondering--what now?
The Rev. Kimberly S. Jackson Transcript

May 06, 2018

Kimberly S. Jackson: Quack Like a Duck: Singing in the Rain

The Rev. Kimberly Jackson (TEC)

In her sermon on Psalm 98, the Rev. Kimberly S. Jackson says the psalmist encourages us all to remember the sunshiny days, the victories in life in the past, and to sing with gratitude to God about them. No matter what is going on around us in the world or in our lives we can praise God.
The Rev. Dr. David Gushee Transcript

April 29, 2018

David Gushee: Justice Denied--Except from the God of Love

The Rev. Dr. David Gushee (CBF)

Dr. David Gushee says the texts for the 5th Sunday of Easter reveal a God who calls us to love and serve those for whom justice has been denied. We start with the Ethiopian Eunuch of Acts 8, who while reading Scriptures came across the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 and must have seen some parallels with his own life as one excluded and even humiliated. But there he reads of a God who, in and through that humiliation and injustice, redeems.