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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…

Virtual Bible Study???

Are you interested in a virtual Bible Study? If so, please contact Rev. Averill at reverendAEB@gmail.com or 860.278.6640 (text or phone call, please feel free to leave a message). Alternately, you can fill out the contact page. Rev. Averill is trying to gauge interest in our congregation for a Bible discussion while we’re still self- isolating. The topic of our discussions would be the weekly mini-sermon. Options on Zoom and Facebook are currently being considered.

Status of FCC

Our leadership has continuing concerns for the health of not only our elder members, and our Sunday School children, but also the ramifications of opening the church to all our groups who use the church for their regular meetings. The safety of everyone is our priority. Accordingly, our leadership will meet in mid-August to discuss reopening in September. In the meantime, Reverend Averill’s weekly sermons (including both the youtube messages and mini-sermons) will continue to be available. As you may…

Mini-Sermon #9

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:40-42Psalm: Psalm 13 When I first re-read this passage last night, I thought “good Lord, it’s the ‘love map’ reincarnated.” For the Love Map, Pt 1, watch here.For the Love Map, Pt 2, watch here.For Mini-Sermon #4 (on The Love Map), read here.For the Love Map, Pt 3, watch here. And this, on the surface, is a love map. However, whether or not it IS The Love Map, it is certainly a map of another time, a…

Mini-Sermon #8

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:24Complete Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:24-39Psalm: Psalm 86:1-10 “It’s all Greek to me!” This is a fairly popular saying in the English-speaking world. We hear it when we’re in school and even out of it–but it is actually a bit of a joke when you study to become a minister. Why? Well, usually, we future preachers of the world are required to take Greek. I have found one or two people who can fudge out of taking Hebrew,…

Sojourner Truth Memorial

In so many ways we stand in a singular place in history.  The sister communities of Florence Congregational Church (FCC) and Beit Ahavah (The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton) today stand together in fellowship with one another and with the greater world.   Our joint Meeting House has its roots here in Florence, MA in a religious coalition born in 1857 among a diverse group of Protestants.  We constructed our church among the very pine trees where Sojourner Truth herself preached…

Mini-Sermon #7 (or the Racist Jesus)

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:5-15Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 9:35-10:8aPsalm: Psalm 100 It’s romantic, in a way, to think of Jesus 2000 years ago alone and wandering from village to village, performing great miracles. Children would look up at him with wide eyes, women would fall to his feet and thank him, and the ever present Twelve would stand around and be amazed at what their Lord could do. However, that’s really not how it went down at all. We know from…