Senior Minister Molly Baskette explores the challenging parable of the distant landowner whose tenants abuse and kill his servants and son when they come to collect the harvest (Matthew 21:33-46).
First Church Public Theologian in Residence Marvin K. White uses the power of prophetic poetry to invite the congregation to “walk” in much the same way that Jesus walked with and among his people. He calls us to the humble pace of walking—the common and the pedestrian—and to “walking with” those that Jesus walked with.
In the scripture, Jesus gives some advice about what to do when someone offends you. He suggests talking directly first, before anything else.
In a week that saw the ramping up of tension and the threat of military and even nuclear response between the US and North Korea, and demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Senior Minister Molly Baskette found it hard to create a sermon about God’s love as a solution.
A minister colleague of Senior Minister Molly Baskette described the experience of attending the recent UCC General Synod, the national denominational meeting, as “two steps and a hug”—that he couldn’t go much farther than that before being warmly greeted by someone he knew.
Talking about God is complicated because we each have our own projections, images and cultural ideals about God, from the “big person in the sky” to the force or pulse at the center of the universe.
The scripture for the morning says, “whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:40-42) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny explores the nature of rewards and the difference between the accumulation of
In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
In her Pentecost Sunday sermon, guest preacher Rev. Da Vita McCallister shows us how triumph and tragedy walk hand in hand in the story of Jesus’ disciples following his death and resurrection. The disciples gathered on that day would still have been experiencing the trauma of Jesus’ crucifixion and yet the Holy Spirit sweeps through them.
“Rejoice in the Lord, always. Again, I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). In a continuing series of sermons about “joy,” Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter suggests that joy is multifaceted—it can manifest in a variety of ways—large and small, simple and profound.