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The Rev. Maxwell Grant

Maxwell Grant: Beyond the Panic Room

Ephesians 6:10-20

14th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 26, 2018

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

 

A few years ago, I received a letter at the parsonage where I live with my family. It was on heavy paper - even heavier than the kind they use to tell you that you've been accepted to college. It almost declared its own momentousness, that paper. In fact, for a moment, I wondered if someone had left the church a big bequest in their will, and I worried that someone had died and I hadn't written them a note. But it turned out not to be that.

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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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