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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!
September 17, 2017 - Be the Church: Attention – Rev. Parker
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
Our Confirmation Program begins, wondering, how should we “Be the Church?” On this Outreach Sunday, we begin by paying attention to hope.
September 10, 2017 - Weaving Creation – Rev. Baard
Scripture: Genesis 1
Finding room for the wonder of creation in the midst of quite a lot of… stuff.
September 3, 2017 - Community in Action – Rev. Baard
Scripture: Romans 12:9-21
Celebrating and remembering that the call of church is the call to community.
July 30, 2017 - From Exile to Water Music – Rev. Parker
Scripture: Isaiah 55:10-13
Called to return to a harmony of all creation, how can we tune our hearts to share and protect the natural world more justly for all people?
July 23, 2017 - Walking Humbly with God – Rev. Baard
Scripture: James 4:1-12
Grounding ourselves, and seeking our way, in the practice of discernment.
July 16, 2017 - Love Thy Neighbor – Rev. Baard
Scripture: James 2:1-13
The Letter of James reminds us that money too often divides communities and people, and in response we should continually ask, “How am I loving my neighbor?”
July 9, 2017 - Mourning, Dancing, and Carrying On – Rev. Parker
Scripture: Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30
Jesus tells a parable of the diversity of the dance we are invited to: whether we are mourning, celebrating, or somewhere in between… also, what does all this have to do with thousands of people at a church meeting and a wheelbarrow?
July 2, 2017 - We the People – Rev. Baard
Scripture: James 3:2-18
On July 4th weekend, as we continue to read the Letter of James, we consider how the national tongue which has sought to proclaim a blessing in “We the People,” has too often carried the curse of excluding people.
June 25, 2017 - Walk the Talk – Rev. Baard
Scripture: James 1: 19-25
The Letter of James invites us to not simply be hearers but do-ers of the Word… but we often need reminding of the deep listening at the heart of walking in faith.
June 18, 2017 - Garments of Grace – Rev. Baard
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17
Mary (and we all) give thanks for the many ways that Ray Cornils has modeled and wrapped our community in grace in his ministry with us. Happy retirement, great thanks, and much much love, Ray!
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