Mourning into Dancing

Psalm 30 (CEB) I’d like to do a little Bible study with you this morning. The scripture reading for today, Psalm 30, includes some really beautiful and memorable images from the Bible. I had Pam read to you from the Common English Bible, but you may be more familiar...

The Best of Human Nature

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. —John 15:12-13 (NRSV) Dear Friends, Maybe some of you have been around long enough to remember the blizzard of 1978....

Second Day People

Acts 16:25-31 (NRSV) This sermon was given by the Rev. Dr. David Reynolds, the Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Services in Manchester, New Hampshire. His powerful message was on destigmatizing mental health and suicide. There is no printed copy for this...

An Instinct for Compassion

Hosea 11:1-9 (NRSV) There’s a story that comes from a book called “When Elephants Weep,” by Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy. One evening in the 1930s, Ma Shwe, a work elephant, and her three-month-old calf were trapped in rising floodwaters in the upper Taungdwin...

Identity

The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hardworking farmer, it will thrive and grow up into God, whose seed it is; and accordingly, its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God seeds into God. —Meister...