Mrs. Potato Head and the Body of Christ

One of my favorite toys as a kid was Mr. Potatohead. For old time’s sake, I brought one with me today…. only in 2016, we have gender parity so I have Mrs. Potatohead. I learned recently that the original Mr Potatohead was just the parts, and that you used a real potato for the base and stuck the parts in. But the new ones have this handy dandy storage space where you keep all the parts… Hmmm… this is turning out rather strangely! (all eyes) Let me see what else is in the box. (rummage around, finding only feet and arms) This is not going to work, either! This strange Mrs. Potatohead reminds me of First Corinthians. St Paul uses the human body as a metaphor for Christian community. The very

Daniel, Isaiah and the BIG OK

Some scripture passages stick with you: your confirmation verse, the Christmas story, Psalm 23. This Old Testament lesson sticks with me because it was the text for Daniel’s funeral. Daniel died a week before he was to go off to college; after a night of partying, he drove too fast and wrapped his car around a tree. His dad chose this passage because it was Dan’s confirmation passage, but also because of this phrase: “when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you,” for Daniel was to be cremated. I was asked to preach the sermon at the funeral. Daniel’s parents were friends of ours, but I had known Daniel only as a teenager and

Three Kings and Jesus' Better Way

About seven years ago, I was in Hartford for Three Kings Day, January 6, also known as Epiphany. I was bringing my son’s class to a social service agency known as Mi Casa. Mi Casa is located on Broad Street, right on the parade route and right in the middle of the largest Puerto Rican neighborhood in the city. They provide case management to get people connected to services, ESL and parenting classes and a big afterschool program including sports and cultural activities. On this day, our kids from the private Montessori school were invited for the 3 Kings celebration. Their job was to hand out the presents to the kids from the neighborhood. After playing with the Mi Casa kids and h

Since some can not make it to church every Sunday, here's a glimpse into the sermons from recent worship services.  


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