Sermons

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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…

Fifty Shades of Temptation

February 22, 2015 Text: Isaiah 58: 9 – 11 & Matthew 4: 1 – 11  A few weeks back, I shared the interesting statistics that hugs improve our immune systems, lower our blood pressure and improve heart health. Last week I quoted some other statistics that claim that going to church regularly improves our general…

Faith in an Unfinished Symphony

February 14, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Psalm 51: 6 – 12 & 1st Corinthians 13 Remember a couple of weeks ago, I said that hugs are good for us….boost our immune system, lower our blood pressure and are good for our hearts?  Well hear this now: T.M. Luhrmann, professor of anthropology at Stanford…

Can These Bones Live?

February 1, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14 & Mark 1: 21 – 28 While preparing for a Sunday such as this, I debated what to offer as a message. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, the super semi-annual church meeting and mid winter in snowy Maine which often means an epidemic…

Beyond Belief

January 25, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Genesis 28: 10 – 22 ( Silf paraphrase), John 14: 15 – 21 Father O’Malley was driving down to Boston when he got stopped for speeding in Medford. The highway patrol officer smelled alcohol on the priest’s breath and then saw an empty wine bottle on the…

Feeling the Spirit

January 18, 2015 Text: Micah 6: 6 – 8 & Luke 4: 14 – 19  – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz It seems that our nation is alive with the football spirit…as people on both coasts get more and more psyched for the final play-off games later today. Screaming fans, decked out in outrageous team garb flock…

Moments of Radical Amazement

January 11, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 6: 1 – 8 & Psalm 139: 7 – 10 A smart-alec seminarian thought he had pulled a good one.  On the final exam, which asked students to delve into the complexities of theology, he simply wrote: “Only God knows the answers to these questions!” Grading…

Christmas Eve – 2014

Reflection by Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Luke 2: 1 – 20 Emmanuel means “God with us”. Here, where myth and history intersect, God stands in our midst and we are none of us too poor, too broken, too sinful, too rejected by the world to know God’s glory. In the very depth of our humanity…