Posts from January 2021

Mini Sermons 40 & 41

Mini Half-Sermon #40 Sermon Lesson: Mark 1:14-20 (NRSV)Epistle: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 62:5-12 (NRSV) These few verses in Mark have been written about and over analyzed so many times that for the young minister (or even the experienced one), it is difficult to bring anything new to table.  When I read them just yesterday, I felt both a quiver of excitement and a sinking dread in my toes for that very reason. However, I like a challenge, especially when…

News from the Youtube Studio

New Wall Hanging in Studio My warm thanks and awe go out to the inestimable Sandy Hubbard who quilted this wall hanging ahead of the Lenten Season for my youtube ministry. It shows the Crosses at Cavalry (Luke 23:33). It will be featured in my prerecorded youtube sermons beginning this Sunday (January 31) and through Easter (and quite possibly beyond that). For those with a keen eye, you can also see in the lower left of the photograph the new…

Mini Sermon #39: Anointing an Everyman

Sermon Lesson #1: 1 Samuel 10 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson #2: 1 Samuel 16:10-16 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 20:6-9 (NRSV) In the United States, we have never taken to anointing kings.  The closest we have is the Netflix original series The Crown which showed, in great detail, the anointing of the young Elizabeth II, with full explanation from the Duke of Windsor (the former Edward VIII).  In fact, we Americans have always made a point not to anoint our elected leaders.  I was once…

Domain Notice

Many of you may remember that in past months — when changing to the new website — we were registered as both fccnorthampton[dot]org and fccnorthampton[dot]com. This is just a friendly notice, to save all pages in your bookmarks as [dot]org as we will be letting the [dot]com expire on February 14, 2021. Forgive the technobabble. Any questions? —email the Reverend.

Mini Sermon #38

Sermon Lesson: John 1:43-51 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson (full): 1 Samuel 3:1-20 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 139 (NRSV) Today, one week since the beginning of Epiphany, we move to Jesus’s early ministry, specifically as recounted in the Gospel of John. We are fortunate in that we don’t have to break down one of Jesus’s parables (as in months past) as no one is speaking in riddles—at least not to each other. In this short passage Jesus meets one of his first followers, and…

Mini Sermon #37

Sermon Lesson: Acts 19:1-7 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 29 (NRSV) I have always viewed the Apostle Paul one of the more controversial figures of Early Christian History.  It isn’t so much his origins – a Jewish man who was born with the privilege of Roman citizenship, Saul then persecuted Christians as traitors of Rome before he, himself, converted upon the Road to Damascus.  It isn’t his religious zeal and his rigorous beliefs, though sometimes they can make…

Virtual Worship Schedule (January-February 2021)

Upcoming Zoom Communion Services # date title link 1 January 3, 2021 Epiphany of the Lord Sunday recorded zoom 2 February 7, 2021 5th Sunday after Epiphany All Welcome @ 10 AM 3 March 7, 2021 3rd Sunday in Lent All Welcome @ 10 AM Live Worship & Communion is held the first Sunday of every month at 10 AM on Zoom. To receive an invitation, please click here. All Friends of Christ & Seekers are Welcome. Recorded Youtube Message…