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“The Way Up is Down” 03/01/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

“The Way Up is Down” Preached at the Union Church in Waban on March 1, 2015 Mark 8: 31-38 Have you noticed that the standard greeting these days is no longer that cheery “How are you?” Instead it is a much more solemn “How are you holding up?”  And that familiar response, “Just fine thanks, and you?” has become a…

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“There comes a time” 02/22/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

“There comes a time” Feb 22nd, 2015 Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25 and Mark 1:9-15 Today we enter the liturgical season of Lent, this stretch of forty days leading up to Easter.  For many of us we have come to understand Lent as being a time when we are to give up something so that we may in some way share…

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Worship was cancelled on Sunday the 15th due to the blizzard

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“A Change of Perspective” 02/08/2015 by Amy Feldman (Click on title for audio)

Isaiah 40:21-31 Mark 1:29-39     What a week we have had – and the snow is still coming down! I was out shoveling this week and had a moment when I literally felt buried under. There was so much snow, and nowhere to put it, and on top of that, I had other things I needed to be doing…

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Shared Service with Taiwanese Church 02/01/2015 (Click on title for audio)

Reflection on the Communion 2/1/12015 2/1/2015 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 Foreword: At our last Holy Communion, our sermon was from Matthew 26: 26-30 on the three main purposes of keeping the Holy Communion: (1) The first purpose of the Holy Communion is the expression of thanksgiving.  We thank the Lord our God, Jesus gave his life and died for our…

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“Being a part” 01/25/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Mark 1:14-30     The Gospel again this week takes us into that remarkable moment when Jesus calls the disciples.  Jesus says “Follow me!”  And they do without it seems a moments’ hesitation or doubt.  Last week it was Philip and Nathanael.  This week it is Simon and his brother Andrew, and then James and John. These…

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“Call to us now and we shall awaken” 01/18/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

1Saumuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51 by Rev. Stacy Swain It is early.  Day’s light won’t dawn for another hour.  Night’s cold still has a hold on the house. I turn off the alarm before it sounds, slip into my slippers and quietly make my way down the hallway to my daughter’s room. I crack the door and call to her…

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“Into what then were you baptized?” 01/11/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Acts 19:1-7 (NRSV) Mark 1:4-11 (NRSV) When I was a kid, my grandmother would take us to the local pool as an escape from what can be terribly hot and humid southern Minnesotan summers.  It was a great pool, outdoors and huge, maybe two or three times a normal Olympic sized pool.  The place was packed, with all the kids from…

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“Why Go?” Epiphany Sunday 01/04/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Matthew 2:1-12 and Ephesians 3:1-12   I think it is rather harsh, that for us in this northern climate, New Year’s and its call for resolutions come right at the time when what most of us really want to do is to curl up with a good book in a warm bed and not come out again until the crocus…

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“Crossing Over” 4th Advent 12/21/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Crossing over Sunday 21, 2014   2Samual 7:1-11 16 and Matthew 1:18-25   Let our hearts come together in prayer:  may the words of my mouth and the mediations of all of our hearts be acceptable to you oh God our rock and our redeemer, Amen.   I love Advent.  I love the rich imagery of the candles of hope,…

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