• Give and Take

    Date: November 11, 2018 Scripture: Mark 12:38-44 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: This morning I told my colleague Melissa Olmsted that this sermon feels like it should come with a warning label.It feels like it may be too heavy.She paraphrased Mr. Rogers. Inste.. readread & listen

  • Saints Above and Saints Below

    Date: November 4, 2018 Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6a Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: It’s that time of year when melancholy can set in, as the days shorten and the rains come.Each year, our All Saints Remembrance feels like a time of melancholy too, as we.. readread & listen

  • Seeing

    Date: October 28, 2018 Scripture: Mark 10:46-52 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Believe me when I tell you that if you Google “how many people did Jesus heal in Mark’s gospel” you will be directed to websites that you’ve never heard.. readread & listen

  • The One Thing

    Date: October 14, 2018 Scripture: Mark 10:17-31 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: So often we like to think that we can cut out a story from the gospel and plunk it down in the middle of right here, right now, and assume that the transfer will go well.We pre.. readread & listen

  • For and Against and With

    Date: September 30, 2018 Scripture: Mark 9:38-50 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: For and Against and With Mark 9:38-50 This seems like the wrong week to speak about being in community with those we disagree with. The confirmation hearing for J.. readread & listen

  • A Time to Keep Silence, and a Time to Speak

    Date: September 23, 2018 Scripture: Mark 9:30-37 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: A while back I heard a scholar say that the gospel of Mark can be understood as a circular thing. The gospel begins with the adult Jesus in Galilee, starting his ministry, and .. readread & listen

  • Sticks, Stones, and Words

    Date: September 16, 2018 Scripture: James 3:1-13 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: It happens so quickly. In anger, you text and push send. Immediately, you wonder if you should have waited. Now, you can’t take it back. Or, the words tumbled from your t.. readread & listen

  • Be Opened

    Date: September 9, 2018 Scripture: Mark 7:24-37 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: The comic strip “Momma” by Mell Lazarus shows Momma’s youngest son, Francis, dropping by her house and saying, “Momma, I’m bringing my new girlfri.. readread & listen

  • Royal Wedding

    Date: September 2, 2018 Scripture: 1 Kings 8: 1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Rev. Eileen Parfrey Do you remember way back last spring when it was all royal wedding all the time? Television, newspapers, Facebook, supermarket tabloids—Harry and Meghan’s faces wer.. readread & listen

  • Pomp and Some Circumstance

    Date: August 26, 2018 Scripture: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:1-15 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Rev. Eileen Parfrey My problem with some of these monarchy or kingship stories is that my first response is often cynical. In my defense, I need to point out that even the narrator of the story is.. readread & listen

  • What Goes Around Comes Around

    Date: August 19, 2018 Scripture: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Rev. Eileen Parfrey You’ve probably heard these proverbs: “What goes around comes around.” “Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” “The end justifies t.. readread & listen

  • Deep Waters

    Date: August 12, 2018 Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-3; Mark 1:9-14 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: “Love. . . the Gospel in a word is ‘love.’ Love your neighbor as yourself, for God loves all.” One of the many things I love about Westminster is t.. readread & listen

  • Truthing

    Date: August 5, 2018 Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: May we begin with a game today? I’m going to tell you three things. Two of them will be true. One will be a lie. I’m going to tell you three statements. After I&rsq.. readread & listen

  • Seasons

    Date: July 29, 2018 Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; Matthew 6:25-34 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian “A hard frost hits in September, sometimes as early as Labor Day,” writes Garrison Keillor, describing life in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota: “A hard frost hit.. readread & listen

  • How Many Ways Can You Spell "House"?

    Date: July 22, 2018 Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Rev. Eileen Parfrey When I worked in construction, I had a front-row seat to the often interminable process of getting a building permit. Satisfying the municipality’s code requirements, eas.. readread & listen

  • Lavish Love

    Date: July 15, 2018 Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Rev. Jon Andres For one long sentence, this one is packed with a lot of theology. For instance, we’re talking redemption, forgiveness, adoption, election, and yes, predestination. This o.. readread & listen

  • Two by Two

    Date: July 8, 2018 Scripture: Mark 6:1-13 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: There are some remarkable things in the passage that Eileen just read. One is that when Jesus was in his own hometown, he was limited in his power. “He could do no deed o.. readread & listen

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

    Date: July 1, 2018 Scripture: Mark 5:21-43 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: A message caught my eye this weekend at the Presbytery meeting in Salem. It said “Love everyone. I will sort them out, later.”—God I believe it is safe to sa.. readread & listen

  • Onwards

    Date: June 24, 2018 Scripture: Mark 12:28-31; Philippians 1:6 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Youth Mission Team .. readread & listen

  • Seed and Harvest

    Date: June 17, 2018 Scripture: Mark 4:26-34 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: Who remembers preschool or kindergarten, and cleaning out an empty half-pint milk carton, cutting off the top, pouring dirt into it, and then burying a lima bean in the dark so.. readread & listen