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Mini Sermon #34

Sermon Lesson (the Word): John 1:1-14 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Jesus of Nazareth): Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 96 (NRSV) Referenced Bible Passages: Genesis 1 (NRSV) Referenced Literary Works: Plato’s The CaveReferenced Movies: The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers The Gospel of John—even at first glance—is very different from any other Gospel in the Bible.  Instead of the birth of Jesus, the first chapter of John addresses the topic of “Logos” or the Word, which can be confusing…

Mini Sermon #33

Sermon Lesson (John the Baptist): Luke 3:1-20 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Angel Gabriel): Luke 1:26-33 (NRSV)Old Testament: Isaiah 1-4, 8-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 126 (NRSV) A companion video sermon on the Angel Gabriel was released as part of The Characters of Christmas this past Sunday. We now enter the third week of Advent in our quest for Christmas and our candle, which will be lit this Sunday, symbolizes both love and joy.  It is about this time, in the darkness of the night…

Mini Sermon #32

Sermon Lesson (Joseph): Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Mary): Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (NRSV) A Companion Video Sermon will be part of this coming week’s Zoom Communion Service (Dec. 6, 2020) – you may view it here Other Referenced Bible Reading: Matthew 1:1-17 (NRSV) A Little on Mary and Joseph Mary and Joseph are beloved figures in the Christmas Story.  The Virgin Mary, as she is often called, is the mother of Jesus Christ. …

Mini-Sermon #31

Sermon Lesson (Zechariah): Luke 1:8-20 (NRSV)Sermon Lesson (Elizabeth): Luke 1:39-45 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 64:1-9 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (NRSV) Companion Video Sermon: “Elizabeth & Zechariah“ (Nov. 29, 2020) Referenced Bible Passage: Genesis 18 (NRSV)Referenced Video Sermon: “The Three Angels” (June 14, 2020) Parson’s Note: The Characters of Christmas Since becoming a minister (not too long ago), I have stayed pretty much on task with the Lectionary.  There has been the odd Sunday when I have wanted to give you…

Virtual Worship Schedule (Advent 2020)

# date title format 1 Nov. 22, 2020 Christ the King Sunday mini-sermon #30 2 Nov. 29, 2020 First Sunday in Advent pre-recorded youtube sermon 3 Dec. 6, 2020 Second Sunday in Advent zoom communion service (recorded) 4 Dec. 13, 2020 Third Sunday in Advent pre-recorded youtube sermon 5 Dec. 20, 2020 Fourth Sunday in Advent pre-recorded youtube sermon 6 Dec. 27, 2020 First Sunday after Christmas pre-recorded youtube sermon This schedule is subject to alterations and updates.

Mini Sermon #30 (and Thanksgiving Message)

Special Sermon Lesson: Luke 17:11-19 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 100 (NRSV) Today I have chosen to break from the lectionary.  The reason is not only because it is “Thanksgiving Sunday,” an unofficial designation we in America give to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, although that is certainly part of it.  The main reason, however, is that due to the pandemic we at Florence Congregational have had to close our doors until such a time when we feel confident that we can reasonably ensure…

Church Closed 11/22

Florence Congregational Church will be temporarily closed on Sunday, November 22, 2020. We apologise for the short notice. If you have any questions, please call or email Rev. Averill. In place of our usual morning worship, an extra “mini-sermon” on the topic of Ezekiel 34 will be published on our website and through email by Sunday morning. God Bless and Stay Safe, Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn

Mini Sermon #29

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 100 (NRSV) (or, in the King James Version) Referenced Bible Passages: Genesis 1:26 (NRSV) What is the Christ the King Sunday? I always have difficulty with “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday.  First off, it doesn’t happen every year (at least in America), so it’s never really been fixed in my brain as something to look forward to (or at…