“Second Sunday in Lent”: Mark 8:31-38

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Ps 22:23-31; Mark 8:31– 38. Lose your life to save it, and other wholly and holy impractical advice for the Lenten journey. Abraham and Sarah had to leave home to arrive there. Jesus points the disciples…

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“First Sunday in Lent”: Mark 1:9-15

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchFebruary 21, 2021Genesis 9:8-17Mark 1:9-15 Ah, Wilderness We read a portion of these same verses six weeks ago when wecelebrated the Baptism of Christ Sunday, and on that day I, and amedley of your…

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“Transfiguration Sunday”: Mark 9:2-9

2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9. Epiphany season began with the light of a star and ends with the light shining in the face of Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. Before we descend the hill into the season of…

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“Waiting upon the Lord”: Mark 1:29-39

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchFebruary 7, 2021Isaiah 40:21-31Mark 1:29-39 On Eagles’ Wings The gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four gospels and the fastest paced. Nonativi”ty stories, no genealogies to set the stage. We launch right…

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“Authorized Stories”: Mark 1:21-28

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchJanuary 31, 2021Deuteronomy 18:15-20Mark 1:21-28 A New Kind of Authority I have seen or heard of church services that were interrupted for all sortsof reasons. When I was a child growing up in the…

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“Fish Stories”: Mark 1:14-20

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchJanuary 24, 2021Jonah 3:1-5, 10Mark 1:14-20 Fish Stories I have a dear friend named Susan who told me that when she was a youngChristian, she was terrified that if she was too open to…

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“Origin Stories”: John 1:43-51

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchJanuary 17, 20211 Samuel 3:1-10John 1:43-51 Listening to Our Still Speaking God In the United Church of Christ, we are quite fond of saying, “God is stillspeaking,” and I believe that, I really do.…

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“The Baptism of Christ”: Mark 1:4-11

Scripture: Psalm 29; Genesis 1:1-5; Mark 1:4-11. Water stories. The waters of creation and birth, the waters of flood and storm, the water of baptism. Water is the source of life and identity. We remember the beginning of Jesus’…

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“Epiphany Observed”: Matthew 2:1-12

Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-CharpentierKingston Congregational ChurchJanuary 3, 2021Isaiah 60:1-6Matthew 2:1-12 A Light for All People This story of the wise men, the magi, is so familiar to us–being the stuff ofpageants and Christmas cards–that its deeper, truer meanings often…

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