• Thanks and Praise

    Date: October 9, 2016 Scripture: Luke 17:11-19 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: The late Henri Nouwen wrote some terrific books and said some things that have stuck with me as I travel my spiritual path; I know there are some in the congregation who feel t.. readread & listen

  • Morning by Morning

    Date: October 2, 2016 Scripture: Lamentations 1:1-3, 3:19-26 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: What are we willing to see in our world? Where does God's mercy and love shine through? Here we are, October, beginning the waning of 2016. This changing of season, things.. readread & listen

  • Sighs Too Deep

    Date: September 25, 2016 Scripture: Romans 8: 24b-27 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weak.. readread & listen

  • What's the Point?

    Date: September 18, 2016 Scripture: Luke 16:1-13 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: How we understand or interpret a parable depends on what framework we put around it. We can look for meaning in it by seeing how it fits into the gospel as a whole. We can expo.. readread & listen

  • Found

    Date: September 11, 2016 Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: “In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh and impenetrab.. readread & listen

  • The Welcome Table

    Date: August 28, 2016 Scripture: Luke 14:1, 7-14 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Many years ago, I attended the wedding of some good friends. A few of us had been asked to make a quick exit after the ceremony in downtown Manhattan to go up to the reception .. readread & listen

  • Love Afire

    Date: August 21, 2016 Scripture: Hebrews 12:18-29 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: “Why,” Annie Dillard asks, “do we people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute?” (Teaching a Stone to Talk.. readread & listen

  • Things Hoped For

    Date: August 7, 2016 Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: Prayer: Wait for God. Be strong, and let your heart take courage. “Things Hoped For” “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. . .” Today&r.. readread & listen

  • This Is What God Is Like

    Date: July 31, 2016 Scripture: Hosea 11:1-11 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: If life came with a how-to manual, perhaps the first thing we might read is a warning that C. S. Lewis once offered. “Love anything and your heart will be wrung and p.. readread & listen

  • The Call to Prayer

    Date: July 24, 2016 Scripture: Luke 11:1-13 Preacher: Rev. Gregg Neel Guest Preacher: .. readread & listen

  • Heart and Soul, Mind and Body

    Date: July 17, 2016 Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell explores the idea that in order to master something, one must put in 10,000 hours in pursuit of that thing. Becaus.. readread & listen

  • The Stranger

    Date: July 10, 2016 Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It has been a bit of a hellacious week. For those of you who do not yet know, our beloved .. readread & listen

  • Exiting

    Date: July 3, 2016 Scripture: Luke 10:1-11 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: Two hundred-forty years ago, thirteen American colonies declared independence from England. Part of the colonial “exit” from English rule was anger about “tax.. readread & listen

  • A Legion of Demons

    Date: June 19, 2016 Scripture: Luke 8:26-39 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: The Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz I don’t know about you, when I think about preaching, there’s nothing more fun and unexpected than the passage on the Gerasene demoniac. From a purely literary stan.. readread & listen

  • A Story Three Ways, Revised

    Date: June 12, 2016 Scripture: Luke 7:36-50 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: I had intended to write a different sermon this week. On Tuesday I had a little inspiration about the main outline for the sermon and collected notes to write that version of i.. readread & listen

  • Claiming Life

    Date: June 5, 2016 Scripture: Luke 7:11-17 and I Kings 17:8-24 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: What’s your comfort food? I think of homemade chicken soup, piping hot with flavorful broth, hearty noodles. Or warm toast with butter. Or chocolate—in any form. We.. readread & listen

  • Faith, Community, and Slavery

    Date: May 29, 2016 Scripture: Luke 7:1-10 Preacher: Rev. Gregg Neel Guest Preacher: .. readread & listen

  • The Dance of the Spirit

    Date: May 15, 2016 Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Let’s begin by admitting that all language for God is metaphor. That day in Jerusalem, there really weren’t little flames glittering over everyone’s heads, as.. readread & listen

  • Ill-Behaved Women

    Date: May 8, 2016 Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11, 4:2-3 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: In 1975, a woman named Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote an article for the American Quarterly magazine entitled “Vertuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature,.. readread & listen

  • All But Love Will Cease

    Date: April 24, 2016 Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: You may have heard about the woman who came to the pearly gates of heaven. She peeked through the gate and saw gleaming golden streets and a great hall with an abund.. readread & listen