Sermons

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Beyond Our Comfort Zones

June 7, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Psalm 30: 1 – 5 & Matthew 19: 16 – 22 Seeking a nifty alliteration for June …. for the monthly update….. rejecting jumpy, jazzy and jerky, I settled on JOLLY.   Jolly June has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it ?… and it started me thinking…

Nudges from the Nest

May 10, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz   Text: Proverbs 1: 1 – 9 and 2 John 1: 4 – 6: A young child noticed a streak of gray in her Mommy’s hair and said: “ Mommy, your hair is getting gray already!” Mommy replied, “Every time I worry about you…or when you do something…

Raising Raucous Voices

May 3, 2015- Rev. Jan Hryniewicz   Text: Psalm 85: 8 – 13 & Isaiah 65: 17- 25 If you have been watching the news, and I’m sure you have…. you will have heard that Snuggle Therapy has come to Maine! Have you heard that? Those who are in the need of a platonic touch…

Pilgrims of Peace

Ken Murray April 26, 2015   FATHER JIM GOWER   Some years ago now, on one of our many trips to Bar Harbor, Anne and I learned that a semi-retired priest that we knew was filling in at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Ellsworth. His name was Father Jim Gower, and we had met…

Breaking Free

April 5, 2015  _- Easter Sunday – 10:00 service  Text:  Jeremiah 31: 1 – 6  & Mark 16: 1 – 8 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz  Don’t you just love Cris Hudson’s great picture of our very own Easter elves, dyeing eggs at Bonnie’s house last week!?   Do you know that just over one billion real…

Things we Thought We Knew

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015  Peter: LAMAR, Judas: KEN, Mary Magdalene:  ADA, Pharisee:  BOB, Roman: JOHN  Jan:  Throughout the course of human history, voices of peace have risen above the cacophony of violence …. echoing the Spirit of Divine love  and it’s longing for harmony in the human community. Their insight often as close as…

Remnants of Resurrection

March 22, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: John 11: 1 – 41 Every year about this time, I expect….and long for an email or phone call from Laura McKenney : “ Jan, I have a crocus blooming in my front yard!!” It’s a cause for celebration and every year, I believe Laura is the…

Beyond the First Glance

March 15, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryiewicz Text: John 9: 1 – 12 & Ephesians 5: 8 – 14 Did you see that!!?   A common question, most frequently asked with excitement.   We may have seen something that astounded us, disgusted us, surprised, amused or inspired us…and we want to share the experience.   I have often…

Wells in the Wilderness

March 8, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  John 4: 5 – 42 I have a confession to make….and I know you all love confessions!   When I was looking back over my files, I discovered that I preached on this text on March 14th last year, also during Lent….a sermon entitled “Are You Thirsty?”   So…

Mountaintop Magic

March 1, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 55: 9 – 12 & Luke 9: 28 – 36 I have to begin today by announcing something I just learned yesterday:. Marcus J. Borg, beloved husband and father, renowned teacher, author and leading scholar of the historical Jesus, New Testament and contemporary Christianity, died on…