Polemical Praise: A Post-election, Interfaith Sermon on Psalm 100

"To center God as the object of our praise is to displace all else. No politician will save us. No patriotism will save us. No privilege will save us. Praise centers God when the center cannot hold. "

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#WeRunTogether: A sermon for Easter

#WeRunTogether: a Sermon for Easter Christ Church, United Methodist: Wellesley, MA Gospel Reading from John 20: 1-18 If this is your first Sunday in this church, you are welcome here. If this is your first Sunday in any church, you are welcome here. If you got dragged here by your mom, or aunt, or grandfather…Read more #WeRunTogether: A sermon for Easter

Is it rude to seat latecomers later in the service? Or is your church just being clear?

My Twitter feed (@RevEverett) was all aflutter when I posted a picture from a worship bulletin and wrote: I was out of town for Christmas Eve this year and visiting a church out of state, which shall remain nameless. I suspect many people in the pews were not regular parishioners at this particularchurch. While I…Read more Is it rude to seat latecomers later in the service? Or is your church just being clear?

Fairweathers: welcoming newcomers to the bike path and church

  70 degrees and sunny is to the bike path what the 7pm Christmas Eve service is to Church. Those of us who are on the path and in the pew at other times are going to need to learn how to be more hospitable. A few days ago, the weather was just perfect for…Read more Fairweathers: welcoming newcomers to the bike path and church

Livestronger: Lance, Jesus, the Fame Monster, and Glory

Livestronger: Lance, Jesus, the Fame Monster and Glory October 18, 2012 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in East Longmeadow joint service with East Longmeadow United Methodist Church “James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And…Read more Livestronger: Lance, Jesus, the Fame Monster, and Glory

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Holden MA

Rector: Rev. Dr. Rich Simpson (and searching for an Associate!) Tradition: Episcopal (Diocese of Western MA) Location: Holden is just north and west of Worcester, MA. I drove past the UCC church on the main drag in town to get to St. Francis. Accessibility for Newcomers: I really appreciated that the pastor announced the page…Read more St. Francis Episcopal Church, Holden MA