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Sermon 100619 Luke 17:11-19 Does World Communion Sunday include Samaritan Lepers?

First UCC – Carlisle                                  09/29/19

Jonah 1:1-10                           God’s comfort zone, not ours

 

In our lives, it is likely that God will be calling us to do and be involved in certain things around us.  And there will often be times when God is calling us that we may feel uncomfortable or uncertain about whether or not we want to follow this divine call.  We might be used to our own routine, and want to stay within our own zone of comfort.  We need to realize as we are gathered here today a couple of things.  One, god is calling to be calling to be active in the world, and to be doing work and living on behalf of God.  Two, there will likely be times when this calling by God will lead us beyond our own comfort zone.  And in those times, what will we do?  Do we keep to our own […]

2019-10-10T13:46:37-04:00October 6th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Sermon 092919 Jonah 1:1-10 God’s Comfort Zone, Not Ours

First UCC – Carlisle                                  09/29/19

Jonah 1:1-10                           God’s comfort zone, not ours

 

In our lives, it is likely that God will be calling us to do and be involved in certain things around us.  And there will often be times when God is calling us that we may feel uncomfortable or uncertain about whether or not we want to follow this divine call.  We might be used to our own routine, and want to stay within our own zone of comfort.  We need to realize as we are gathered here today a couple of things.  One, god is calling to be calling to be active in the world, and to be doing work and living on behalf of God.  Two, there will likely be times when this calling by God will lead us beyond our own comfort zone.  And in those times, what will we do?  Do we keep to our own […]

2019-10-10T13:45:25-04:00September 29th, 2019|General|0 Comments

sermon 092219 – Luke 16:1-13 The Dishonest Manager

The Dishonest Manager

First UCC – Carlisle                         Luke 16:1-13

9/22/19

 

I believe that a number of people here in the congregation know that in addition to being an ordained minister I am also a social worker.  I have spent a number of years working with a variety of people with various concerns.  I worked in Michigan and in Hawaii as an inhome family therapist.  When I was living in Boston, I spent a couple of years working in group homes in the suburbs of Boston, and then spent two years working on the streets of downtown Boston with people with a variety of mental health issues.  That time in downtown Boston I was with a company that employed a clubhouse, utilizing the Genesis model.  Simply put, it was an attempt to focus on people as opposed to diagnoses, to build relationships with people and empower them to succeed with their goals.  This time […]

2019-10-10T13:43:59-04:00September 22nd, 2019|General|0 Comments

Sermon 091519 – Luke 15:1-10 Finding the Lost

Finding the Lost                                         First UCC-Carlisle

9/15/19                                                       Luke 15:1-10

 

 

Some people might be familiar with Rick Warren a pastor and TV evangelist for saddleback, a megachurch located in California.  He has written a number of books during his 35 years as a pastor, probably the most well known among them are A Purpose Driven Church and a Purpose Driven Life.  According to one internet source, he sold 30 million copies of A Purpose Driven Life.  I have some thoughts and opinions about Rick Warren and his ministry at Saddleback, and about his books.  But this is not really a good time to start that discussion.  I would say that the simple notion of looking at one’s own purpose can be constructive and fruitful.  Is this something we as individuals say we have done?  Why are we in this world and what are we supposed to be doing with our time, our talents and […]

2019-10-10T13:42:23-04:00September 15th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Sermon 090819 – Luke 14:35-33 – Proper Ingredients of a Disciple

Proper ingredients of a disciple

Luke 14:25-33               First UCC            09/08/19

 

So I would like to take some time this morning and discuss a musical band.  Are people here familiar with the Grateful dead?  For those who are not, they were a musical band which was formed in Palo Alto California in 1965.  Their music covers a wide range of musical styles, but I think it is fair to say that they have quite a following.  They are known for their live performances and lengthy instrumental jams.  They have been for a long time, and have a number of albums out there.  They have also have had a change with musicians.  When they started out the line up was:  Jrry Garcia; bob Weir; Ron “Pigpen McKernan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann.  Over the years, members have left, come back, they have had visiting musicians join them.  And there have members who have […]

2019-10-10T13:41:00-04:00September 8th, 2019|General|0 Comments