God So Loved the World

John 3:11-17 (NRSV) Once upon a time, way back in my Coast Guard days, I had a chance to attend a football game at North Carolina State University. I’m not an active football fan. Actually, I’m not much of a sports fan of any kind, but I do enjoy watching a game now...

Hope Does Not Disappoint

Romans 5:1-5 (NRSV) There’s an old song that Roberta Flack used to sing called “Tryin’ Times.” Tryin’ times, is what the world is talking about. You got confusion all over the land. Mother against daughter, father against son, The whole thing is gettin’ out of hand....

In the Beginning, God…

Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV) Psalm 100 (NRSV) Most of you know that our First Congregational Church of Manchester has a history that goes back to the early 1800’s. But the denomination we belong to, the United Church of Christ, has only been around for 63 years now. The UCC...

Five Words with My Mind

First Corinthians 14:1-2, 6, 12, 18-19 (NRSV) I begin with a story. “Once several members of a Hasidic congregation had become hopelessly lost in a dense forest. They were delighted when unexpectedly they came upon their rabbi who was also wandering through the woods....

In Living Memory

Joshua 4:1-7 (NRSV) Most everybody remembers the story of the parting of the Red Sea. Moses led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. The Pharaoh’s Army was hot on their trail and the sea lay before them as an impassable barrier. But then Moses lifted up his staff...

In the World, But Not Of the World

First Peter 3:13-18 (NRSV) Before I came to Manchester, I served a church on the coast of Maine for fourteen years. When I first moved there, I quickly learned that my congregation in Camden was made up of two different kinds of people. There were Mainers, and there...