The Pastor’s Collection

Learning From Loneliness

Matthew 14:13-32 (NRSV) How are you feeling? No seriously. How are you holding up in the midst of everything that’s going on these days? It’s pretty quiet at our house, most of the time. Like a lot of you, Pam and I have been hunkered down at home for months. There’s...

If God is For Us…

Romans 8:28-39 (NRSV) Are you familiar with the artwork of Andrew Wyeth? I don’t think I had ever heard of him before going to Maine. But, like a lot of people, after I moved to Camden, I grew to appreciate his work. It seems to be on display everywhere. He’s...

The Great Companion

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (NRSV) Lord, You have searched me and known me. You are acquainted with all my ways. You lay your hand upon me…. Let me ask you. What kinds of feelings come up for you when you hear that? Do you like the idea? God knows you inside and out, better...

Another Update

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good… His steadfast love endures forever! Out of my distress I called on the Lord… With the Lord on my side I do not fear… —Psalm 118:1, 5, 6 (NRSV) Dear Friends, It’s very unusual, I must say, to be so much on the receiving end of...

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....

Pam’s Update

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. —Isaiah 40:10 (NRSV) Dear Friends, If you caught my sermon this last week, or if you are on the prayer chain, or if you are an active member of our FCC rumor mill, you will no...

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...