Hi Friends! I hope you all had a safe and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend. It is the tradition of the Rehoboth Congregational Church to worship outdoors on the Ephraim Hunt Ministerial Land Memorial Day Weekend. We were a little bit nervous about the weather, but it turned out to be the most gorgeous morning for an outdoor service!
I continued with the Year Of Mark, even though I knew we would draw a smaller crowd for worship and it's a tougher space to preach in. The text is Jesus' trial before the Council and I talked about how this story exposes our own human vulnerability as we read it.
The sound quality might not be the best on the audio - it's tough to record outside. But hopefully not too bad!
Hi friends! Here is my sermon from Sunday - I was preaching on Judas' betrayal and Jesus' arrest. It's funny, because as I was wrestling with the text this week I thought to myself, "This is why we rarely preach on this stuff!" I feel bad, because I have a feeling my congregation is going to get a lot of me not coming to any conclusions from here until we finish the Year of Mark. But perhaps maybe inviting them into my own process of trying to understand it is more important.
Here is my sermon from last Sunday - Jesus praying in Gethsemane. I have to admit that I was having a hard time not laughing every time I mentioned Peter, James and John falling asleep because all I could think of was that episode of Friends where Ross and Rachel got back together and she wrote him an 18 page letter (FRONT AND BACK) and he fell asleep while reading it and when they fought about it and Ross told Rachel he had fallen asleep and not finished the letter she said, "you fell aSLEEP?!"
Thankfully I know well enough to keep those thoughts to myself when I'm actually preaching.
Hi friends - here is my sermon from yesterday. I was preaching on the last supper - conveniently timed with the first Sunday of the month, which meant that it was also Communion Sunday. As I reflected on the last supper during my sermon, I'm seriously considering revising our communion liturgy at some point this summer. I want to simplify the language and really remind us - myself included - why it is that we gather.