Sermons


Because we are a community with a strong focus on study, service and community, we deeply appreciate challenging weekly sermons on these topics.
Below is a sampling of sermons offered in recent months by our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Marjorie MacNeill, our own Commissioned Lay Pastor, Frank Sadowski, and others who join us as guest preachers.

January 3, 2021–Matthew 2: 1-12

Rev. Marjorie MacNeill

I love such playful re-imagining of familiar Bible stories. Don’t you? Matthew tells the story of the Magi so plainly – with little detail, limited dialogue – that we can easily invent what might have been said as the wisemen searched the night skies, followed starlight toward the baby, spoke to Herod and then, perhaps, wished they hadn’t, greeted the Holy Family, and decided on taking a different route home that did not involve telling Herod where they had located the searched-for child.

December 13, 2020

On December 13th our “Speaking of Faith” series continues, with a conversation between our Commissioned Lay Pastor Frank Sadowski, and Al Brooks. Al wishes to share Ken Wolvington’s “From the Desk of God” column published in the April, 2011 issue of The EXIT. Al selected this reading as a tribute to Ken and because it is in sync with his own theology. You may download and read it below, along with a transcript of Frank’s interview with Al.

December 6, 2020–Mark 1: 1-8

Rev. Marjorie MacNeill

And who knew what counter-cultural One John was announcing to the people – and what they would need to do to be a follower of Jesus if – in fact – they took Him seriously? Those who were willing to travel into the wilderness to hear John and be baptized by him were certainly in search of something different, something/someone who would release them from their struggles, their wandering/their wondering.

November 29, 2020–Mark 13: 24-37

Rev. Marjorie MacNeill

While continuing to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers, the preacher begins to ponder the Season of Advent and remind herself that the First Sunday of Advent always names the troubles of the ancient world while holding on to HOPE – hopefulness clung to as we light the first candle on our Advent wreath.

November 22, 2020–Matthew 25:31-46

Rev. Marjorie MacNeill

At our Annual Meeting last January, we agreed to be a “Matthew 25” church too because – like many progressive congregations – we were already drawn to those areas – “doing church” well, offering direct assistance to those in financial need, and taking justice-action in Vermont – at times in partnership with Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA) which works to change unjust systems in our community.