Archive for July, 2019

Rooted in Love: Growing in Love of God and Neighbor (and Self?)

  We say it almost every time we gather: At Plymouth Church our purpose is to grow in love of God and neighbor. But what does that mean? And how do we do it? That is what the rest of the summer is about. Beginning this weekend and continuing right through Labor Day, our preaching... Read More

Rooted in Creation: What the Angels Can Show Us

  EDITORIAL NOTE: This weekend, we will wrap up our Rooted in Creation Series and hear Mary Kate Buchanan’s very first sermon at Plymouth Church! In the meantime, here is text of my sermon from the Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.    Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the... Read More

Rooted in Creation: For the Healing of the Nations

Martin Luther despised it. My Sunday School teachers couldn’t get enough of it. And hardly anybody calls it by its right name. Buckle up, reader. This week we are in the Book of Revelation. Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne... Read More

Rooted in Creation: Consider the Lilies

  “The only Commandment I ever obeyed — ‘Consider the Lilies.”                                                                                                 -Emily Dickens This week our Rooted in Creation series continues with an excerpt from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is, among other things, an invitation to stop, listen and learn from the creation. The lilies are trying to tell us something. Matthew... Read More


Breaking Out of the Bubble: Reflections for Pie Weekend

  It is Pie Weekend at Plymouth Church -a time to consider God’s invitation to share what we have! (What, you may ask, is Pie Weekend? It’s pretty simple: everybody brings a pie. To church. And we eat the pies. Together. This year it will serve to kick off our 2020 Stewardship campaign. You really... Read More

Is There Life After Betrayal in Friendship? (A Dad Rock Meditation).

  Here is the thing about friends: sometimes they betray us. No one knows this better than Jesus. Mark 3:13-18 13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to... Read More

Befriending the Dead: Reflections on All Saints’ Weekend

  Halloween is upon us! And while I struggle with my own deep denial about the Beggar’s Night forecast (brrr!), I am also turning my attention to the weekend that will follow.   The practice of celebrating All Saints Day is an ancient one.   According to my trusty (and rarely consulted) Oxford Dictionary of the... Read More

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