Christ Church, Presbyterian

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Christ Church, Presbyterian, worships each Sunday at 4:00pm on the lower level of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, VT. All are welcome. Click here for Sunday’s worship preview.

If you have questions, we can be reached in the following ways…
Phone: (802) 862-1898
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Christ Church, Presbyterian
PO Box 574
Burlington, VT 05402-0574

Somewhere beyond belief, our hearts know…

We’re a warm family of Christians who welcome you to our community of faith, no matter what your background. Some of us grew up in a church; some of us had never explored our spiritual life; most of us are somewhere in between. Together we seek to discern who Christ is and what He offers and asks of us. We’re people in mission, trying to make a difference through our inclusive, healing life together and our variety of work within the wider community and the world. We welcome everyone to our work and worship, celebrating the diversity of human beings God has created.

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September 21, 2014

Mike Brown
by Mike Brown

Laboring in the Vineyard

Exodus 16: 2-30
Matthew 20: 1-16

What you heard in John’s reading was an amazing story about the wanderings of the people of Israel in the wilderness and the miraculous giving of manna—Hebrew for “what is this stuff?” And you heard that it is the setting for the institution of the Sabbath. But it also is a potent reminder to the people of Israel—and anyone else with ears to hear—that human beings are only stewards of the land, and are not ultimately the agents of production. The story also serves to ask a powerful question that echoes down the millennia: how much is enough, anyway? Continue Reading →

September 7, 2014

Mike Brown
by Mike Brown

Tough Love

Romans 13: 8-10
Matthew 18: 15-35

I imagine you’ve heard these verses before. But right now, what’s your first impression of what Matthew has strung together here? What’s your first take?

I think the passage, and the questions it raises, and the places it asks us to go, are all about Christian community and how it evolves. I think they are all about our answers to that most haunting of questions from John Dominic Crossan: What is the character of your God? I think they are all about fundamentally different ways to look at the world and the divine presence in it.

That said, it’s not easy. Continue Reading →


Two interesting readings for today, beginning with Exodus 16:2-30. It seems ​like a long reading but it has so much in it! The people of Israel have left Egypt and are wandering in the desert. Looking around at the bleakness and scarcity, they think maybe it wasn’t so bad back in Egypt. The grumble, they complain, they whine. Manna descends upon them and they get fed up with it. They want meat.​ ​
Grumble, grumble. Meat rains down in the form of little birds. Yuck! Not without struggle, they learn to conserve and even to save up enough to tide them over to keep the Sabbath and even to understand it all comes from the Lord.
The parable in Matthew 20:1-16 is about the laborers in the vineyard. It is yet another account of deep unfairness: some work all day and some only an hour or two and the master pays them all equally. It’s like a no-show job! Equal pay for unequal work? Grumble, grumble.And what are we supposed to make of it? Shall we say God’s grace and loving kindness are there for people who enter the Kingdom late? Shall we say the joy of the Lord is the same for all? The first shall be last is a tough pill to swallow but maybe it’s not the reversal of positions that is stressed but more the equalizing of privileges. First? Last? Is it all the same in the Kingdom of God.
Mike brown is preaching.

Date(s) - 09/21/2014
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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