Baptized with God’s Love Every Day! Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Baptism of Jesus Sunday at the Meriden Congregational Church Rev. Susan E. Gregory-Davis January 13, 2013   “One of the people who came to be baptized was Jesus. And when he had been baptized, Jesus stood in the water a long time praying. As he was…

May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight O God, our strength and our Redeemer. It’s the first Sunday of Advent, and Christmas is exactly four weeks away. Perhaps you have already done some advance thinking about how to deal with the slightly complicated logistics of…

Matthew 6:19-34 Sixth Sunday of Thanksgiving A small booklet published recently by the Congregational Vitality Initiative of our denomination asks the question, “Are You Ready to Talk about Money in Your Church?’’ Of course, what makes this question so discomforting is that even though Jesus spoke about money issues only slightly less often than about…

Matthew 23:11-12 All Saints Sunday One of the great gifts of celebrating All Saints Sunday is the opportunity to reflect intentionally upon the mystery and the majesty of human existence. For deep within us are two strands that this liturgical celebration brings together for us. One is the recognition that through some miracle still not…

Matthew 22:34-40 World Communion Sunday Underlying our theme for this year of “Building and Deepening Relationships” is the conviction that at the heart of what it means to be human is being in relationship with each other and with the One who seeks ever to be in relationship with us. By way of helping us…

Mark 10:13-16 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Perhaps you’ve had the chance to read a fascinating novel that came out a fairly recently, one I recommend reading called, Cutting for Stone, by an American physician of Indian descent—Dr. Abraham Verghese.

Matthew 18:21-22 International Peace Day Sunday “Long live absolute world peace.” So reads the inscription on the United Nations Peace bell which will be rung on the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace this coming Wednesday, yet again sounding as an ominous reminder of “the human cost of war.” Why is it that…

James 1:22-27, 2:14-20 Labor Day Sunday At the heart of the Communion we will celebrate this morning is a call to remember who and whose we are as God’s dearly beloved ones. In a world saturated with forces intent upon separating us from God, ourselves, each other, how much we need to be reminded of…

Romans 12:1-8 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost “Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern the will of God—what is good and faithful and mature.” Paul wrote these words to the young Christian Church in Rome about thirty-five years after Jesus died. At the…

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