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“Cultivating Gratitude”

Click here to watch the service. Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And […]

Living Into the Covenant

Click here to watch the service. Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 I have three texts that we’ll be looking at today.  Don’t worry—that doesn’t mean I will preach three times as long.  All 3 are familiar but I’ve never seen the intersection between them until this week. The Old Testament or Hebrew Scripture passage from the lectionary for today is Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25. […]

Children of God

1 John 3:1-3 I’ve been thinking a lot this week about our differences and our similarities.  Most if not all of us here live in Maine, but we’re not all Mainers.  Obviously, we have some interest in church if we’re here, but I don’t know that we all call ourselves Christians.  We’re a pretty white […]

Jesus’ Portrait – Sermon by Steve Savage

Click here to watch the service. My family spends a lot of time at our family’s lake house, it’s an affordable escape to someplace beautiful. Its big enough to hold the whole family, parents, siblings, spouses, cousins, kids. The whole bunch of us can pack into that house and leave relatively unscathed when the weekend or vacation is over. A few […]

The Lost and Found Box

Click here to watch the service. Luke 15:1-10 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.  And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not […]

Broom Trees and Still Voices

Click here to watch the service. 1 Kings 19:1-15a Our text for today from 1 Kings needs a little back story in order to understand what is going on.  The prophet Elijah had been getting himself into trouble with Ahab, the king of Israel, and his wife Jezebel.  Jezebel was a worshiper of the god Baal, and had encouraged her husband […]

If It Shatters

Click here to watch the service. Exodus 20:1-5a The lectionary text for this week is Exodus 20:1-20, which is the entirety of what we call the Ten Commandments, also called the Decalogue.  But I’m not going to try to preach on all ten today so I’m only going to read the first few verses, from the Common English Bible translation. Then […]

The Six Month Wall

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Click here to watch the service. Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; […]

Click here to watch the service. Acts 1:3-11 The musical Hamilton begins with Alexander Hamilton wanting to make a mark, wanting to make a name for himself.  His lines include: “Don’t be surprised if your history books mention me.”  and “I wish there was a war!  Then we could prove that we’re worth more than anybody bargained for.”  He begs for […]

Hamilton – The Room Where It Happens

Click here to watch the service. The song in the Hamilton musical called “In the Room Where It Happens” is about what historians call The Compromise of 1790.  Alexander Hamilton (and others) wanted the federal government to assume the debts the states had incurred during the Revolutionary War and establish a national bank.  But Southern states in particular were opposed to […]

Hamilton – Take A Break by Steve Savage

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What is Enough?

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Hamilton Week 3 – Wait for It?

Click here to watch the service. Isaiah 40:28-31 In the musical Hamilton, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton have a complex relationship.  Burr is Hamilton’s friend, enemy, colleague, adversary, and ultimately killer.  If we didn’t know their history before watching the show, we know from the very first song that Aaron Burr is the one who shot (and killed) Hamilton.  Burr is […]

Hamilton – Tonight

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What’s your call story? by Pastor Steve Savage

Click here to watch the service. So we are diving back into the story of Moses and Pharaoh, and we are coming in on a pretty amazing moment, so let me ask you a question to set the tone… What’s your call story? As someone who has been pursuing ordination in the UCC for the past few years I have had […]

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