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Mini Sermon #61

Sermon Lesson: Mark 7:24-37 (NRSV)Epistle: James 2:1-10, 14-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 125 (NRSV) This month, I am once again giving you a sermon that I was unable to preach from the pulpit, specifically, the sermon preached over Labor Day Weekend, when I was away at a funeral in Maine. What Happened Before The week before we had Jesus and his disciples in conflict with the Pharisees over the matter of unclean hands and ritual washings.  The important question that was asked…

Hurricane Henri

Church is canceled tomorrow … August 22nd …. due to Tropical Storm / Hurricane Henri. This is a safety precaution and to allow everyone to properly prepare for the storm before it hits. We hope you all remain safe, remain warm, and God bless you! See you next week!

Masks Return to FCC

This week the Mask Mandate has returned to Northampton, and we at FCC will do our part. As such, we will return to wearing masks for the time being! We thank you for your cooperation and support!

Mini Sermon #60 – The Missing Sermon

Sermon Lesson: Mark 6:1-13Psalm: Psalm 48 A Bit of an Insight Some of you might be confused as to the title of this mini sermon, and for those of you who don’t read the lectionary faithfully every week (and why would you?) you probably have no idea what I’m referring to. For those of you who do happen to read the lectionary (or the set list of Bible passages assigned to every week in a three-year cycle), I follow it…

Freedom For: A July Fourth Message

Before sitting down and committing these words to paper (or, rather, to pixels), I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say to you this July. The first, of course, is “hello!”  I’m used to sending out a mini-sermon once a week, and this is the first time that I will be doing it once a month, instead.  As you may have been missing your weekly update from me, I have just as equally been missing you, even…

Searching for a New Organist

Starting June 2021, Florence Congregational Church is searching for a New Organist!! If you play the organ or know someone who does and are interested, please contact Diane Barrett at the Florence Congregational Church. Office Number: (413) 584-1325

Farewell to Kathy Marks

We wish Kathy well as she embarks on the next step of her musical journey. We will be having guest organists at Florence Congregational (and Kathy will be subbing with musical mp3s that will be appearing on our website) as we start the search for a new organist. We were able to have our first coffee hour and farewell party just last week and below you can see some pictures taken that are also posted on our facebook page.

Mini Sermon #59

Sermon Lesson: John 3:1-12 Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm: Psalm 29 In A Nutshell Some of you might recognize the sermon lesson as an extension of Sunday’s lesson and I thought I would take the opportunity of June’s Pine Grove News to expand on Sunday’s Sermon. For a quick recap for those of you who were not in church on Sunday: Nicodemus was a learned Pharisee, one of the Sanhedrin (or high court), and considered Jesus a teacher.  However,…

Mini Sermon #58

Sermon Lesson: Romans 8:12-17 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 29 (NRSV) Today we return to the Epistle of the Romans but we are going to be speaking more broadly to gain context of our passage.  Paul begins as he often does, addressing his fellow Christians as “brothers” as “sisters” for we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, but then expands upon that idea… more specifically, that we, as Christians, are all the adopted sons and daughters of…

Yemen Blues Concert on June 11

Yemen Blues June 11, 2021 New Culture Music blending Yemenite, West African, Latin & Jazz Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues project begins and ends with the singer’s rhapsodic voice and a Yemeni accent acquired from childhood religious singing — but everything in the middle is global, funky, and outrageous. Kahalani is part Prince, part James Brown, and his music reaches into Moroccan gnawa, Nigerian afrobeat, ecstatic jazz, and global soul. Traditional folkways and devotional song intersect effortlessly with heavy grooves and…