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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!
May 7, 2017 - The Thread – Dr. Diana Butler Bass
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
Diana Butler Bass—writer, speaker, and independent scholar—visits First Parish to help us celebrate our 300th anniversary year. Like the early church of Acts, she invites us to engage in the making of meaning through the spiritual practices of holding on… and letting go.
April 16, 2017 - Seeds of Easter – Rev. Baard
Scripture: John 20:1-18
Jesus welcomes us (back) to life in a garden, and invites us to let that life go: sharing its good news from person to person, generation to generation.
April 9, 2017 - The Architecture of Jesus – Rev. Parker
Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, as Jesus moves from the country to the city, and begins to build a neighborhood.
April 2, 2017 - Worry Not – Rev. Baard
Scripture: Matthew 6:24-34
Jesus confronts a world of anxiety, one which can be all too familiar to us.
March 26, 2017 - Life from the Dirt – Rev. Parker
Scripture: John 9:1-17
Jesus encounters a man born blind and we explore what it means to truly see someone.
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.
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…
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.
February 19, 2017 - Bowdoin Sunday – John Cross
Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
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.
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.
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