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“What have you to say?” 04/13/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

I chanced upon some writing this week by a minister who said that he loves preaching on Palm Sunday more than any other Sunday of the year.  So much so that he begins thinking about next year’s Palm Sunday sermon almost immediately after finishing the one he just gave. I was amazed by that, because for me, it is just…

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Reflections from the NICA travelers, Sunday April 6th

Partners in Service ~~ A reflection by Sue Hadley To me, it’s important to remember that we are God’s servants, and He does His works through us.  In John 15:5 it says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can…

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“Twenty-Twenty hindsight” 03/30/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

John 9:1-41 The lectionary readings these last few Sunday’s may make you want to think twice about signing up to read scripture!  They have been long and complicated stories of encounters with Jesus that are full of twists and turns, clarification and consternation. Last week, Tom Vawter valiantly made his way through the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman…

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“Talking to Strangers” 03/23/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

John 4: 5 – 42 Have you ever known someone who looked upon people he/she did not know, not as strangers, but simply as people he/she did not yet have the good fortune of meeting?  For these the world is not divided as it is for most of us, into those we know and those don’t know.  Instead the world…

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“What do we have to lose?” 03/16/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Psalm 121 John 3:1-17   Will you pray with me:  May the words that I speak and the meditations of all of our hearts open the door to where you are, O God, so that we may be astonished and made new by your word for us this day.  Amen   It is early in his ministry, but already Jesus…

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“Living at a Distance” 03/09/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Psalm 32 and Matthew 4:1-11   Our bedtime ritual when my kids were small was that after a bath and teeth brushing, when the kids tumbled into bed, I would tell them a story.  Mostly in the stories I would tell, the heroes were either a brave little mouse, or a lowly beetles, or some other unlikely creature and the…

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“Couldn’t we all use a time-out just about now?” 03/02/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9 Will you pray with me?  Radiant God, use the words that I speak and the meditations of all of our hearts, we pray, to lead us into your presence this day.  Amen When my kids were small, it was the bottom step.  That was where “time-outs” were taken. Are “time outs” still part of the…

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“A Disarming Grace” 02/23/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, Matthew 5:38-48             I have long been fascinated by those who make it their life work to engage the unknown and ask the big questions – what is matter made of? How did it come into being?  What really is the nature of reality?             I too have been fascinated by those big questions and at one…

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“Choosing Life” 02/16/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Matthew 5:17-26  Will you pray with me?  May the words that I speak and the meditations of all of our hearts be guided by you, O God, so that we may ever more clearly see and ever more faithfully choose your Way for our living.  Amen.           When Mark and I were first married, before we had…

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“Salt and Light” February 9th, 2014

Rev. Stacy Swain Isaiah 58:1-12 and Matt 5:13-16 I have never been much for receiving a compliment.  Perhaps it is due to my stoic Scandinavian heritage that tends to look at compliments with a degree of suspicion.  Or maybe it is because of a particularly disappointing compliment I was once paid. It was confirmation Sunday at Pilgrim Congregational Church, the…

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