Posts by florencechurch

Mini Sermon #14

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)Secondary Lesson: Exodus 16:13-16 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 17 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Romans 9:1-5 (NRSV) Where are the Miracles? In the modern age, we’re taught that miracles aren’t real, at least, not anymore. They’re dismissed, they’re disproven, and more often than not they’re explained away as “fits of fancy” or straight out “delusions.” We live in an age of skepticism, which while not quite so bad in and of itself can have serious consequences to our worldview…

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While recording a scripture lesson, I received this unexpected yet absolutely marvelous compliment: You preach it like a Puritan.” Kyle Brazauski As a descendant of Thomas Rogers, who sailed on the Mayflower in search of religious freedom, I can’t think of a higher compliment to my preaching.

Mini Sermon #13

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 13:31-33 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 105:1-11 (NRSV) Jesus had a tendency in his parables and his preaching to be highly revolutionary. He would make a statement or posit an idea, often wrapped in allegory, and when you unpacked it and looked at what he was almost “secretly” telling his followers, the implications could absolutely blow the mind. It’s no wonder that the Zealots (a group of Jews who wanted to expel Rome from Israel, even by force) thought Jesus…

Mini-Sermon #12

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:36-43 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 139:1-12 (NRSV) When I was growing up (and dinosaurs roamed the earth)… I always viewed the Parables of Jesus as happy fairystories … One of my parents always read me a Bible story when I was going to sleep… and if God once sent down a plague, well, that didn’t happen anymore… and if the world hated Jesus so much that they crucified him then, well, my child’s…

Minister’s Vacation

Reverend Averill will be going on vacation from Friday August 7 to Monday August 10. As such our virtual ministry will be on hiatus for one week (specifically the youtube sermon on Sunday August 9 and mini-sermon #15 – posted on Wednesday August 5 and sent out to the Parish Visitor mailing list on Tuesday August 11). For any questions or concerns, please contact us.

mp3s and masterposts

Every Tuesday, without fail, organist Kathy Marks goes and plays the organ (or piano) at Florence Congregational Church with a short list of hymns or songs that Reverend Averill Elizabeth Blackburn thinks she might want to include in this week’s upcoming youtube sermon. This follows a flurry of emails and texts that are sent and received on Sunday and Monday … and even then, sometimes Reverend Averill records her sermon and realizes “No, no! It has to be 3 minutes…

New Flag in YouTube Studio

I know many of you have not only indulged in “Archdeacon spotting” during my weekly youtube sermons, but also have tried to pick out the flags that I have hanging or draped over various pieces of furniture in my living room here in Colebrook, CT. So far, to count, the Y Ddraig Goch (or the Flag of Wales) has been shown in the background in the most prominent position, with St. Andrew’s Cross popping up here and there. The Lion…

Mini-Sermon #11

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:18-23 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9, 18:23 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 119:105-112 (NRSV) For the purpose of my mini-sermon this morning, I want to talk about the idea of the “Biblical edit” and why that’s a very good thing for us, 2000 years since the birth of Jesus. First, however, a little disclaimer:In this mini-sermon, I in no way intend to suggest or imply that the Bible is not the Word of God. However, I would strongly suggest that…

Mini-Sermon #10

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 11:16-19 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 45:10-17 (NRSV) Jesus, like many great men and women before and after him, despaired at the contrariness of people. Nothing was ever good enough. When it rained, people wanted shine. When the heat beat down on the desert lands of Israel, they complained that God was punishing them. Nothing was ever enough. Everything was wrong. When there was something to criticize, it would be criticized. In these four…