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Sermons


Click on the links below to view sermons given from the pulpit of First Parish Church. Sunday Sermons are usually posted on this page by the following Tuesday, with texts and audio recordings as they are available. We are glad that you can ponder with us as we explore what God is saying to us and in us all!


March 19, 2017 - Living Water – Rev. Baard

Scripture: John 4:3-26

Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well, and—like Jesus—we strive to know each other more fully in all of the fluidity of gender.

Download PDF here – 03/19/2017



March 12, 2017 - Letting Go of What We Know – Rev. Baard

Scripture: John 3:1-10

Jesus talks with an elder about matters of water and Spirit, and what matters, so we wonder at how the generations talk and learn together…

Download PDF here – 03/12/2017

 



February 26, 2017 - Returning to Earth – Rev. Parker

Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9

On Transfiguration Sunday, we wonder about the power of calls that draw us from mystical “mountaintop” moments into the work and ministry below… with some help from a saint who knew that path well: Dorothy Day.

Download PDF here – 02/26/2017



February 19, 2017 - Bowdoin Sunday – John Cross

Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

1900 Commencement

The 1900 Bowdoin Commencement at First Parish Church Courtesy Bowdoin Special Collection & Archives

On a day filled with guests from “across the street,” John Cross, lifetime FPC member and Secretary of Development and College Relations at Bowdoin College joins us to reflect on the two hundred year relationship between the church and the college, and the vision of the future at the heart of each.

Download PDF here – 02/19/2017



February 12, 2017 - Cosmic Dance – Rev. Baard

Scripture: Job 12:7-13

As we recognize the birthday of Charles Darwin, we reflect on how the openness of faith can lead to new belief, and how science and religion can lead us in our search for truth.

Download PDF here – 02/12/2017



January 22, 2017 - Sing a New Song – Rev. Baard

Scripture:  Psalm 98

Celebrating 30 years with our Minster of Music, Ray Cornils, we reflect on the ways in which music helps us keep time, and keeps us in its mystery of timelessness.

Download PDF Here – 01/22/2017



January 15, 2017 - Loving the World – Rev. Baard

Scripture: John 3:16-21

Participating in God’s love for the world, regardless of passports.

Download PDF here – 01/15/2017



January 8, 2017 - Epiphany – Rev. Baard

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-17

In the midst of changing technology and limitless decisions, we connect with Jesus as he faces a decision, meets a wild man, and is refreshed in Spirit.

Download PDF here – 01/08/2017



January 1, 2017 - About Time – Rev. Parker

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

A strange reading from a preacher of the past—and from some musicians of the present—reminds us that seasons are a just a part of God’s eternity.

Download PDF here – 01/01/2017



December 18, 2016 - God Grounded – Rev. Baard

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Angels invite us to join them on the ground, and find Emmanuel, God With Us, there.

Download PDF here – 12/18/2016




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