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Very Mini Sermon #49

Scripture Lesson: John 12:20-33 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 51:1-12 (NRSV) We begin with a chapter told only in the Gospel of John, and certainly it is an interesting one.  Why?  Well, first and foremost, it involves Greeks (and not Jews) seeking out Jesus Christ.  This rarely happens as Jesus’s ministry was only ever in Israel. There are two things we can take from this.  First, that these Greeks are proselytes to the Jewish religion and, second, that…

Mini Sermon #48

Sermon Lesson: John 3:14-21 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 2:1-10 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Numbers 21:4-9 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV)Referenced Bible Verses: Exodus 7:10 (NRSV) Today, although we’re in the Gospels, we’re beginning with a rather confusing image that is taken from the Pentateuch, specifically from the Book of Numbers. The confusion from the opening of John 3:14-21 stems from multiple points, and I’d like to look into them one by one.  Now, if a particular point doesn’t confuse you,…

Mini Sermon #47

Sermon Lesson: John 2:13-22 (NRSV)Epistle Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 20:1-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 19 (NRSV) A few years ago—before I came to FCC—I was particularly hung up on Biblical taxes.  There were many reasons for this, of course.  The main one was, naturally, that I had never had to pay taxes before except on a student job I held (and I remember notably receiving a check for something like 49 cents from the Federal Government one year). …

Zoom Bible Study Invitation

You’re Invited to Barkhamsted Center Church’s Virtual Bible Study Wednesday, March 3rd, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. The subject is THE GOSPEL OF MARK. We’re starting at the beginning at working our way through! FCC’s Rev. Averill will be technical moderator and all FCC members and friends are welcome to attend. If you are on the FCC email distribution list, you will automatically receive a zoom invite on Monday, March 1st. If you’re not on our list but would…

FCC to Reopen its Doors for Palm Sunday

On Sunday, March 28th (Palm Sunday) at 10 AM Florence Congregational Church (FCC) will resume worshipping in our sanctuary, located at 130 Pine Street. We will be following the guidelines and mandates per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A full list of the current guidelines can be found on mass.gov. The following are the safety precautions all attending worship must follow: Face masks are to be worn at all times. Social distancing will be practiced within the church to help prevent…

Mini Half-Sermons 45 & 46

Mini Half-Sermon #45 Sermon Lesson: Mark 1:12-15 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: 1 Peter 3:18-22 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 9:8-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10 (NRSV)Referenced Bible Lesson: Job 1-2:10 (NRSV) The Temptations I remember growing up, one of my favorite band was the Temptations.  And, really, what’s not to love?  As Christians, we’re conditioned to think of temptation (the earthly sort, not the blues group) as a bad a thing.  But, really, it really isn’t necessarily.  Instead, it’s a part of life. …

Mini Sermon #44 Ash Wednesday

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (NRSV)Old Testament Lesson: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 (NRSV)Epistle Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17 (NRSV)Referenced Gospel Lesson: Luke 21:1-4 (NRSV) This is a passage about motive, and there could be no better passage for Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time for penance and contribution in the Christian calendar. In religious life, we often have to strike a balance, between the seen and the unseen.  The seen is what others around us see and…

Mini Sermon #43 Transfiguration Sunday

Sermon Lesson: Mark 9:2-9 (NRSV)Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 50:1-6 (NRSV) Transfiguration is one of those big words that in Christianity has a rather specific meaning and reason behind it.  When we speak of “The Transfiguration,” we mean, rather specifically, The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, and we tend to celebrate it a Sunday or two before Lent every year. But what does it mean? If we look “transfiguration” up in the dictionary, we’ll get an answer somewhere along the…

Vaccine Openings

The Northampton DPH has openings for tonight (Thursday, February 4, 2021) and tomorrow (Friday, February 5, 2021) for ELIGIBLE folks! This includes phase I (healthcare workers etc) AND ANYONE AGE 75 or older. Sign up on the city website asaphttps://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics