A FAMILY BROKEN, A FAMILY RECONCILED

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Trinitarian Congregational Church                                            12th Sunday after Pentecost Anthony S. Kill                                                                                            August 27, 2017 Texts: Genesis 44 & 45   Today’s scripture readings tell the end of the Joseph story. Joseph is the one of the sons of Jacob, who was the son of Isaac,  who was the son of Abraham. The Joseph story it’s the […]

Bread for the Journey

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BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY Trinitarian Congregational Church Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Anthony S. Kill August 6, 2017 Texts: I Kings 19:1-16; Matthew 14:13-21 The story we heard today – of Jesus blessing a tiny bit of bread and fish, and feeding a multitude of hungry people – is told six times in the four gospels, […]

God in All Things

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Trinitarian Congregational Church Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Anthony S. Kill July 30, 2017 Texts: Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52 Today’s first reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans contains one of the most powerful and most beloved passages in the entire Bible. It is one that Christians turn to and cling to in times of […]

Stairway to Heaven

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Trinitarian Congregational Church Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Anthony S. Kill July 23, 2017 Texts: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Genesis 28:10-19 Today’s second reading, from Genesis 28, is one chapter out of a much longer saga in the book of Genesis about the families of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Jacob’s 12 sons, the […]

June 4 – Where else but here?

Trinitarian Congregational Church Pentecost / Confirmation Sunday Anthony S. Kill June 4, 2017 Texts: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Acts 2 These four young women and one brave young man have just renewed their baptismal commitment to be a disciples of Jesus Christ and became covenanted members of the church of Jesus Christ – specifically, for now, of […]

May 28 – Clothed with power

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CLOTHED WITH POWER Trinitarian Congregational Church Seventh Sunday of Easter Anthony S. Kill May 28, 2017 Texts: Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 There is an article in the ancient creeds of the Christian Church that asserts that, after Christ rose from the dead, “he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the […]

May 21 – I will not leave you orphaned

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I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ORPHANED Trinitarian Congregational Church Sixth Sunday of Easter Anthony S. Kill May 21, 2017 Texts: Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-19 As I’d mentioned in an earlier sermon, during the Easter season the Revised Common Lectionary recommends many readings from the Gospel of John. And there’s a reason for that. John devotes […]

May 14 – Living Stones – United Church of Christ (UCC) 101

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Texts: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; I Peter 2:2-10 There are a several reasons why I’ve chosen to talk about the United Church of Christ this morning. One of the identified tasks of the interim time in UCC churches is to help the church re-connect and stay connected with the larger denomination. Indeed, the assistance and collaboration […]

May 7 – Hearing Voices

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Texts: I John 3:16-24; John 10:14-18 “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” I don’t think there is any other biblical image for God or for Christ that has captured the heart and addressed the spiritual hunger of more people than this image: “The Lord is my shepherd. He restores my soul.” “The […]

Easter 2017 “The Stranger”

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THE STRANGER Trinitarian Congregational Church Easter Sunday Anthony S. Kill April 16, 2017 Texts: Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 Welcome to you all. It is wonderful to be gathered to celebrate Easter together. Easter is a uniquely Christian feast. It’s not so much like Christmas, which has become a civic, secular holiday of bright lights and […]