Letter from the Rev

Mother’s Day Message

Sermon Lesson: Ruth 1:16-17 (NRSV) Some of you at Florence Congregational (and I do know our readership presence on the web is beyond that) have been fortunate enough to meet my mum.  She rarely gets to come up because she, like me, (or rather I, like her) is a minister, and on Sunday she is in her own pulpit, tending to her own flock. However, I bring her up because this week marks Mother’s Day.  For those of us who…

Home Communion

An Article and Worship Service by Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn Dear Reader, Although I can only speak for myself, one of the aspects of worship I have missed most during this Health Crisis was the taking of Communion with my fellow believers.  The ritual of the Lord’s Supper is one of my earliest memories of church and, also, the setting (or punchline) of many of my stories of living and traveling abroad.  My first taste of wine, for instance, came…


While recording a scripture lesson, I received this unexpected yet absolutely marvelous compliment: You preach it like a Puritan.” Kyle Brazauski As a descendant of Thomas Rogers, who sailed on the Mayflower in search of religious freedom, I can’t think of a higher compliment to my preaching.