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Mini-Sermon #6

Sermon Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13Psalm: Psalm 8 Today’s lesson is really one long “goodbye” at the end of a letter. Paul has been writing to the early Christian community in Corinth, but for the purposes of this mini-sermon, not even that matters. All you need to know is this: the people in Corinth are having difficulties, they received two letters of advice, and it closes out with love and a hope for peace. Of course, the landscape two thousand years…

An Update from the Music Corner

Kathy Marks says the choir is doing well and that all members enthusiastically await participating in live services again. Kathy has loved what Rev. Averill has done with the on-line services through our website — pianos medleys, recordings of organ music and hymns, and the recordings made from her weekly visits to the church. And Rev. Averill has enjoyed using popular tunes from the 60’s and 70’s to embellish the videos for a more contemporary feel! Kathy plans to be…

Notice on reopening FCC

The Florence Congregational Church Cabinet ( Officers and Committee members) met today to discuss the re-opening of the church. After lengthy discussion including caring for our elder church members, it was decided to have the Cabinet meet again on June 28th and at that time discuss opening the church in July. In the mean time, we will opt for the continued online services graciously being given by Reverend Averill Blackburn with music by Kathy Marks. If you have special concerns, please…

Mini-Sermon #5

Sermon Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13Psalm Reading: Psalm 104:24-34 Before the Beginning… We, as Christians, tend to view the Holy Spirit as a “Christian innovation”. This, however, is hardly the case. The Holy Spirit has been around for a great deal longer. “To begin at the beginning,” God is eternal. God is everlasting. God existed before time and will exist after time itself has ended. There is no beginning and there is no end, and yet God is the beginning and…

The Love Map, Pt II (+ Give God a Hug)

Minister: Rev. Averill Elizabeth BlackburnOrganist: Kathy Marks Sermon Lesson: John 17:6-11Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10 For the first part of this sermon series: The Love Map, Pt. IRelated Textual Sermons: Mini-Sermon #4 This week we have a Kid’s Sermon. It’s a short little message about how we can “Give God a Hug.” It features Archdeacon the Cat, for all of his devoted fans out there (note: he is incredibly better behaved than normal). Please Remember To Give To Your Local Congregation Florence…

Mini Sermon #4

Sermon Lesson: 1 Peter 4:12-14Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10 Former/Future Messages Referenced:Youtube Video: The Love Map Pt. 1Youtube Video (coming THIS SUNDAY): The Love Map Pt. 2 Today we continue with 1 Peter. When Peter was writing, the Church (or the movement of Christ’s followers) were in a bit of an identity crisis. Jesus–the Messiah–had been executed, rose from the dead and actually remained on earth for 40 days. There were figures in Biblical history who rose from the dead, but all…

Announcement: Kid’s Sermon

I will be making a Kid’s Sermon youtube video this week that will accompany the regular sermon. Archdeacon (the cat) may or may not be making an appearance! Links will be sent out to the usual mailing list (please respond to this post if you would like to be added). It will also be posted in the main body of this week’s sermon as a separate video.

The Love Map

Title: The Love Map Minister: Rev. Averill Elizabeth BlackburnOrganist/Pianist: Kathy Marks Sermon Lesson: John 14:18-21Psalm: Psalm 66:8-20 Related Mini-Sermon: Mini-Sermon #3 (1 Peter 3:17-22) Please note:This is a sermon that was misfiled.For sermon index, please click here.

Testing the App

Hi all This is Reverend Averill! I’m testing the mobile application. It’s a bit surreal as I’m on a new mobile phone (may my old model RIP) …. But I wanted to test this ASAP and get the glitches out. For our regular readers, our YouTube sermon will be posted by 3pm tomorrow. Yours faithfully

Mini Sermon #3

Sermon Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13-16Psalm Reading: Psalm 66:8-20 Why Must We Talk About Suffering?? This afternoon I went and did what I always do before writing (or preaching) a sermon: I read through the text in full. Usually, I get an impression, an idea. Maybe even an image. Today’s image was not so great. There was a sense of dread in my stomach and–I’ll admit it, I thought, “Christ, this is depressing.” And, you know, at first glance it kind…