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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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The Rev. Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson: Rise Up

Matthew 10:24-39

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

June 25, 2017

The Rev. Robin Wilson (UMC)

 

Besides a bunch of college history professors, who in recent memory talked about the American Revolution until the musical "Hamilton" hit Broadway? In this Tony-Award-winning hit, a gloriously diverse cast uses rap, hip hop, jazz, r&b, ballads, and more to share the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton with the 21st century. We learn of his tragic childhood, his gifts with the spoken and written word, his passion for justice and revolution, and his human frailties. We hear how he created our federal financial structures and how he made many enemies over the years with his fearlessness in speaking up for the causes in which he believed.

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The Courage of Easter People

Lindsay Popper (UCC)

While Jesus promises peace, the world offers us trouble, disappointment, and pain. Lindsay Popper says that Jesus offers peace to us not so that we can find shelter from the world, but that we might be able to enter even more deeply into the world, to live fully and boldly as Jesus' disciples.
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March 20, 2016

Players and Protagonists in the Kingdom of God

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor (UCC)

Dr. Nancy Taylor makes the case that Palm Sunday--rather than Pentecost Sunday--may be considered the birthday of the church, for it is the time that Jesus' disciples first found their voice and gave witness to God's reign.
The Rev. Maxwell Grant Transcript

January 11, 2015

Torn Open, By God

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

As the church observes the Baptism of the Lord, Max Grant points out that in Mark's gospel, the heavens are 'torn open' for the dove to descend on Jesus, which tells us that the baptism of Jesus is clearly a radical act--God has committed the act of breaking and entering into the world. And if we take our baptism seriously, it might just tear open our own lives.
The Rev. Elaine Wilder Transcript

September 08, 2013

The Whisper of Courage

The Rev. Elaine Wilder (UMC)

The Rev. Elaine Wilder calls us to accept the unconditional love of God for us, and to work towards embodying God's love day in and day out as a supreme act of courage--one made possible because of our intimate relationship with God as revealed in Psalm 139.
The Rev. Jonathan Currier Transcript

July 14, 2013

"Yeah, I Know--I'm Just a Drunk"

The Rev. Jonathan Currier (TEC)

The Rev. Jonathan Currier helps us respond to the question, Who is our neighbor?, by telling a story of a drunk subway rider who sorely needed a Good Samaritan in his life.
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August 19, 2012

Living Bread

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith (ELCA)

In his sermon on Jesus the Living Bread (John 6:51-58), the Rev. Dr. Tim Smith shares an experience he had in a Liberian village which taught him a lesson about living our faith fearlessly.
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Young Leaders Series I: The Faith of the Doubter

The Rev. Dr. Katharine Hinman (UMC)

In this first message in our "Young Leaders of the Church" series, the Rev. Dr. Katy Hinman examines the story of Doubting Thomas (John 20), and finds a place for doubt as well as faith in the believer's life.
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This episode of Be Still and Know asks, "What is courage?" The Rev. John R. Gunn tells the story of a fisherman dealing with crippling business failure and his courage to rise above it.