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Teach Us To Pray (Matthew 6:7-21)

After a long hiatus, it is hard to get back on the horse. But this feels like a good week to jump back in. This week, we learn how to pray with Jesus. And, really, we learn a lot more than that. But before we dive in, let’s stop and take stock of our surroundings.... Read More

What Are We Waiting For? The Service of Lessons and Carols

Note: this is re-run of a post from last December. Consider it my annual commentary on the service of Lessons and Carols. -MML This blog post will be a little different. This weekend, our Saturday Night and Sunday morning services will be structured as Services of Lessons and Carols. Instead of a sermon, we will hear... Read More

For a Time Such as This: Reading Esther in Advent

  In Advent, we wait for God to come near. On the second weekend of Advent, we re-light the candle of Hope and we light the candle of Peace. God’s coming into our world means peace –peace within our own hearts, peace between people, peace for the entire earth. But what does Peace look like?... Read More

How Long? An Invitation to Advent

Advent arrives this weekend, marking the beginning of a new year and opening our season of preparation for Christmas. Like a lot of church nerds, I may be willing to say that Advent is my favorite season of the church year. I am geeked to get out the candles and break out the Advent music... Read More

Fear, Fake News…and Pie

  Ready for something completely different? This week’s Scripture lesson is unfamiliar, full of seemingly strange and difficult names. It may take a little more work to see what is going on here. But the work will be worth it! As the story comes into focus, it seems shockingly relevant to us. This is a... Read More

What Does God Want?

  It is a question that some of us never consider. It is a question that some of us cannot escape. Throughout history, some of us have killed each other over different answers to this question. What does God want? This week, the Prophet Micah is trying to tell us. Micah 5:2-5a, 6:6-8 2 But you,... Read More

From Small Things…

  …Big Things One Day Come. (In case you don’t get the reference) Self-plagiarism alert: Most of this blog post is adapted from a sermon that I preached at The Community Church of Little Neck in February of 2003. In so many ways, we have been trained to seek our salvation in big dramatic gestures.... Read More

On the Limits of Wisdom

  Wisdom is wonderful! But it will only get you so far. Just ask Solomon. I Kings 3:5-9, 16-28 5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he... Read More

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Applications Available for Plymouth Women’s Scholarship

The Plymouth Women Scholarships are awarded once a year to two or more college students who are preparing for a career in service such as seminary, social work, education, medicine, etc. Applicants must be a junior, senior or graduate student in a college or university. Plymouth members are given preference, but any qualified person may... Read More

40 Days of Lent for Folks Over 50

Meaning Matters in the Second Stage of Life If you have reached the age of 50, you know that something happens. And that something is more than just receiving an invitation to join AARP. Something happens inside and you begin asking big and deep questions, like “What does it all mean, anyway?” Lent is a... Read More

Renewing our Covenant: We Agree to Differ

  Plymouth Church: It is time to talk about Lent. Lent is a season of 40 days (excluding Sundays) to prepare for Easter. It is traditionally a time for fasting, repentance and self-examination. The 40 day period begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6. (Sidebar: Join us for Ash Wednesday worship at Plymouth! There is... Read More

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