Lazarus and the wake up call

Do you remember old Scrooge in A Christmas Carol? He was a greedy old guy, running his business to make the most money without any regard for his employees, especially Bob Cratchit, his underling who could barely support his family on his meager earnings. Then one night, Scrooge receives a visit from his former partner, Marley. Marley had died sometime before and comes back from the dead to warn Scrooge— Horrible things will happen to him if he doesn’t change his greedy ways! Throughout the night, Scrooge has three more visitors, each who give the same wake up call— and when Scrooge does wake up, he is changed man, giving the biggest goose in town to Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit’s son. Our Gospel

Jesus, Debbie Downer and Your Money

Have you ever had any friends with a negative side? Like you’ll just be ready to bite into a big juicy hamburger, and they’ll recite all the unhealthy statistics on eating red meat. Or you will be commenting about the beauty of the day, and someone will tell you how the sun got in a truck driver’s eyes and caused a huge accident. It’s the kind of person spoofed in the old Saturday Night Live skits, ‘Debbie Downer.’ You know what I am talking about-- The kind of person who just takes wind out of your sails and the joy out of life. I have always felt that Jesus was a bit of a Debbie Downer when he says,“You cannot serve God and wealth.” I mean, I always felt good when I got a paycheck. but thi

The Joy of Finding

Proper 19 C 2016 Some months back on a walk in the West Hartford reservoir, I found a car key fob on the path. My family and I knew it was an important object— how would the person get home without it? they are expensive to replace. What we didn’t know was the best way to get the fob to its owner. Should we pick it up and hope we run into the owner? Should we leave it on the path, assuming they will come back? We decided to pick it up. The path is several miles long, and we figured it would be nearly impossible for someone to retrace all their steps. All along our walk we asked people, “Did you lose a fob?” Sadly, we did not come across the owner. We figured we would just have to leave it i

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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