Sermons

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Be Aglow with the Spirit

January 17, 2016 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Psalm 23 & Romans 12: 1 – 21   On a New Member Sunday , August 26th , 2007,  I shared  sermon message called “The Church as a Nesting Place”.     Here’s an excerpt: As I was walking in the woods, I came upon a perfectly formed little…

Set Free to Laugh

January 10, 2016 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Zephaniah 3: 17 &  Beatitudes paraphrased   Call to Worship I cry out to the Sculptor who does not hear me from within the stone. This tomb is cold and dark and heavy. My words echo endlessly, repeating, repeating, growing quieter with each pass. My feet cannot…

Recognizing Our Star

January 3, 2016 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 60: 1 – 3 & Matthew 2: 1 – 12 A pastor had just begun his Christmas Eve sermon when all the lights went out…..a power outage. The ushers found some candles and placed them around the sanctuary. Then the pastor reentered the pulpit, shuffled his…

Rekindling the Spiritual Hearth

December 27, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Proverbs3 1- 6 & Colossians 3: 12- 17 Call to Worship “It is not over, this birthing. There are always newer skies into which God can throw stars. When we begin to think that we can predict the Advent of God, that we can box the Christ…

Embodying the Light

December 20, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 9: 2 – 7 & Luke 1: 26 – 38   As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?” The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t you…

Hearing the Laughter of God

December 13, 2015 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 35 & John 1: 1 – 5 & 14   Here we are…..already at the third Sunday of Advent when we light the pink candle of JOY.   Many people have asked “Why the pink candle?” Historically, Advent was a time of deep reflection ….very much…

Reflections of Peace

December 6, 2015 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Micah 4: 1 – 5 & Philippians 4: 4 – 9   What Put an End to War :  Jen Comeau   Recently, I awoke from a brief, but powerful dream. So compelling was this dream, that my wildly hopeful heart longed to tell it as a…

The Advent Conspiracy

November 29, 2015 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 65: 17-25   Were you one of the eager shoppers on Black Friday….or will you spend tomorrow at your computer for Cyber Monday!? While some of us recoil from that shopping mania, others relish it…find it a fun part of the holidays. To each his or…

Grateful for Quantum Entanglement!

Grateful for Quantum Entanglement! November 15 , 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz   Text: Psalm 100 & Colossians 3: 12 – 17   Thank you all for expressing the little things in your lives that inspire gratitude and praise….moments that brighten your days, lighten your hearts, lift your spirits and make you smile. Many of…

The Incredible Gift of Life

The Incredible Gift of Life (Inspired in part by the poetry of Mary Oliver) November 8, 2015   Text:  Psalm 100 excerpt & 1st Peter 4: 8 – 11 My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—      equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the…