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All Saints Day

John 11:32-44 Here’s one many of us grew up with: Jesus Wept Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. But the one my mother-in-law made in needlepoint for Sophia says this: Now I lay me down to sleep, I…

The Joy of a Generous Heart

I believe that Christians ought to be the most generous people there are. The Bible is nothing but consistent on this point. From the early writings of the Old Testament with injunctions to share with the poor, whether by allowing access to their land and crops (Prov. 13:23) or giving them clothes (Job 31:19-20), or just general exhortations to be generous to…

Don’t Let Go

This Thursday the church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus. It’s an important day and an important thing – that Jesus went back to Heaven. Since Easter, he’s been walking around with his disciples in his resurrected body – teaching them more about who he is and his relationship to his Father…our heavenly Father; and encouraging them as to what to do in…

Resurrection Matters

There seemed to be a curious noise all around them… A strange, sweet, rustling, chattering noise… It was the noise of running water. All around them, though out of sight, there were streams chattering, murmuring, splashing… And his heart gave a great leap (though he hardly knew why) when he realized that the frost was over. And much nearer there was a…

Witness to the Spirit of God – Trust in God

I am here today to give witness to the spirit of God through an experience I had on December 28 , which so greatly impacted me that when I got home I sat down and typed this letter. Just for the record, I have never done that or this before. I should tell you first that I do not believe in “coincidences.” Those…

GPS Task Force Sermon

Sermons at Union Congregational Church   A welcoming Christ-centered church sharing His life-changing message of love, joy and forgiveness in service to all people for the glory of God. What it is to be a truly welcoming church? Pete Hnath Leigh Maynard is a friend of mine who was homeless in Boston for 27 years. He often tells the story of how…

When All We Can Do Is Sing

When All We Can Do Is Sing This past fall we observed the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. And so there were the expected reviews in the news media of the events leading up to, surrounding, and following that remarkable and largely unforeseen event. One of the items that was routinely left out of those reviews, however, was…

And Wonders of His Love…

In these weeks before Christmas, we’ve been making our way through the beloved Christmas carol, Joy to the World: And heaven and nature sing Repeat the sounding joy Far as the curse is found – and today we come to And wonders of his love. It is so interesting that one of the standard favorites of the Christmas carols, was NOT written…

Repeat the Sounding Joy!

The story goes about a woman who was doing her last-minute Christmas shopping at a crowded mall. She was tired of fighting the crowds. She was tired of standing in lines. She was tired of fighting her way down long aisles looking for a gift that had sold out days before. Her arms were full of bulky packages when the elevator door…

The King of Love…

Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Christian year. We celebrate that because Christ emptied himself of the authority of God and humbled himself to the point of death on a cross, God has highly exalted him and given him the name that is above every name. Therefore every knee in heaven and on earth and under the…