“A Bagful of Love” John 6: 1-21

John 6: 1-21 — “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” Like the disciples, we look around and see scarcity. Jesus sees abundance. How can we start seeing the world the way he does?

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“A Question of Mercy” John 8: 1-10

John 8: 1-10 — “Woman, has no one condemned you?” It’s Jesus’ famous question to the woman being scapegoated by the men to whom Jesus suggested, “Anyone without sin should be the first to throw a stone.” What “stones”…

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“Seeing Clearly” Matthew 7:1-5

Of all the questions Jesus asks, this one stands out as perhaps being one of the most vivid, the most visually comic. “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye but do not notice the log in your own eye?”

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What We “Know”: Mark 6:1-6

Jesus says, “A prophet is not without honor except in their hometown.” When Jesus went home, all the residents of Nazareth could see was “little Jesus,” Mary’s son, the carpenter lad, James’ and Simon’s brother. Sometimes what we think we know, prevents us from seeing the full story being told right in front of us and thereby missing out on a greater truth…

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“Fifth Sunday in Lent”: John 12:20-26

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchMarch 21, 2021Jeremiah 31:31-34John 12:20-26 Necessary Losses When I was in seminary, I enrolled in a pastoral care course called“Recovery from Bereavement.” I expected we would be learning and talkingabout loss of life and…

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“Fourth Sunday in Lent”: John 3:16-21

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchMarch 14, 2021Ephesians 2:4-10John 3:16-21 The Wideness of Mercy You’ve seen in at football games, painted on signs held by fans in the endzone. You’ve perhaps seen it on bumper stickers, billboards or emblazoned…

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“Third Sunday in Lent”: John 2:13-22

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchMarch 7, 20211 Corinthians 1:18-25John 2:13-22 Blessed Disturbance For about twenty-five years now a unique and important act of defiant memory has been emerging in streets across Europe, originating in Germany:Stolpersteine, or “stumbling stones”…

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