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Love to Tell the Story

Love to Tell the Story

By Rev. Michael Lowry
Sermons, devotionals and other random stories from a New England church pastor

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The Plans I Have For You
In times such as these, we can take comfort in God’s plan and promise for us!
October 26, 2021
Conviction of the Heart
To truly live our lives faithfully requires having God's Law written upon our hearts!
October 19, 2021
Through the Puckerbrush
In life and faith, it's not the destination but the journey that matters... but oftentimes the journey takes us right through all the briars and brambles of that life!
October 13, 2021
The Importance of Getting to Work
Memories of my first pastoral call and our shared work of hope and caring on God’s behalf!
October 7, 2021
It's the Journey That Matters
When  it comes to faith, it’s not the destination, but it's the journey of service and servanthood that matters! 
October 5, 2021
Beloved of God, Imitators of Christ
In times such as these, the best thing that we can do as people beloved of God is to keep an attitude of joy, faith and love as we seek to be imitators of Jesus Christ.
September 29, 2021
Are You Heeding Wisdom (Or Are You Stuck on Simple)?
Wisdom is good and greatly to be desired, but to ignore wisdom carries with it dire and negative consequences!
September 23, 2021
What Say You?
There’s a whole lot that can be said about Jesus, but the real question is, “What Say You?”
September 14, 2021
God's Love... and Ours
When it comes to the "basics" of God, it always comes back to LOVE!
September 7, 2021
God's Law... and the Way We Live
God gives us a Law... and that Law not only has to do with our relationship with God, it has a great deal to say about our relationships with each other!
August 31, 2021
God's Law... and the Way We Worship
What does it truly mean "to take the Lord's name in vain," and what does that have to do with the way we worship?
August 24, 2021
God's Law... and Promise
God gives us life, his love, his name and a Law... and within that Law, a Promise!
August 16, 2021
Varieties of Gifts
Memories of the first church I served as pastor... and the ministries of church people!
August 13, 2021
God's Name
God gives us life, his love, a law... and his name!
August 9, 2021
Whether you're stranded "on the pond," or doing God's work, we're all in this together!
July 21, 2021
Anchored Deep... and Growing Well!
About Camp Signs and the importance of growing strong with that to which you are anchored!
July 14, 2021
Potholes, Loose Gravel and Jagged Stones
About rough rides on a back country road and along the way of life!
July 8, 2021
What is true freedom, and where does it come from?
July 4, 2021
To a Solitary Place
The great importance of spiritual renewal on a lakeside dock...
July 1, 2021
Taking Offense at Jesus
Sometimes the question is not whether we’ve heard the gospel… but rather how we respond when we hear it!
June 28, 2021
Anchor Deep... and Hold On!
In the midst of life’s many storms, Jesus helps us to anchor deep, pray, and... hold on!
June 23, 2021
When God Grows the Garden
When it comes to gardening, it’s not so much about what we do that matters, but what God is doing just beyond our sight... and so it is with the Kingdom of God!
June 13, 2021
The Vastness of the Pond
Life is always moving, so it's good news that God is always moving with us!
June 7, 2021
As Close as Breathing
About Bach, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and "God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity!"
June 2, 2021
Proclamation of the Word
About the joys and challenges of preaching!
May 27, 2021
Can You Hear Me Now?
The Holy Spirit as God's relentless determination to do everything possible that we might hear and receive his Word!
May 26, 2021
In, But Not Of, the World
To live by faith requires standards that are higher than that of the world!
May 18, 2021
Hand Me Downs
So often the best (and the worst) stuff of life and living and faith that we pass down to our children comes by word and example!
May 18, 2021
By Our Love and Through His
When it comes to living out of our Christian faith, the bottom line is to love one another!
May 18, 2021
What's Good About the Shepherd
About the infinite love and care of Jesus, who is the "Good Shepherd!"
April 28, 2021
Witnesses of These Things
About the great importance of food, fellowship, and living as witnesses of the Risen Christ!
April 20, 2021
The Peaceable Presence
When the Risen Christ brings his peace right into the midst of our fear and dread...
April 13, 2021
Afraid of Easter!
Who could possibly be afraid of Easter?  As it turns out, resurrection isn't all that easy a thing to deal with!
April 7, 2021
Table Talk
What might have the conversation been like at Jesus' Last Supper?
April 1, 2021
Keeping Watch
At the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus, the disciples fell asleep... would we have done the same?
March 31, 2021
The Wondrous Attraction
With another Holy Week approaching and the shadow of the cross looming before us, some thoughts on this most important Christian symbol...
March 25, 2021
Do You Believe This?
About one of the most crucial (and personal) questions asked by Jesus.
March 24, 2021
What Do You See?
The truth of what one sees is largely determined by how one sees it, and that is especially true with Jesus!
March 18, 2021
Life Between Two Rivers
About the season of Lent and the meaning of our "journey of the cross..."
February 22, 2021
Cleaning Out
About the times when it's necessary to clean out our lives and living!
February 18, 2021
The True Measure of Love
It’s always good for us to assess the measure of love in our lives and living... and not just on Valentine’s Day!
February 15, 2021
Moments of Wonder
What happens when all of the wonder of life as God intends opens up before you!
February 11, 2021
Grasshoppers and Eagles
Those who wait unto the Lord -- even the grasshoppers-- shall mount up with wings like eagles!
February 10, 2021
When Heaven is Our Home
About true citizenship and an allegiance that directs our pathway along the journey...
February 4, 2021
To Be Bold
You and I who are called to follow Jesus are empowered to proclaim his good news and “To Be Bold” in faith!
February 3, 2021
Part of the Family
Some thoughts about social distancing and spiritual un-distancing!
January 28, 2021
"For God alone my soul waits..."
In times of ease and in times of turmoil it remains both our prayer and our confession: “For God alone my soul waits...”
January 26, 2021
Are You Listening?
About the act and attitude of listening... to each other and for the voice of God!
January 21, 2021
When It's Who You Are
About singers who sing and you and I being salt and light!
January 15, 2021
Practiced in Joy
On being well-practiced in the joy of God's light coming into the world, most especially in these dark and confusing times!
January 13, 2021
The Lost Christ
If it's possible for Mary and Joseph to "lose" Jesus, it's certainly possible we can lose him as well!
January 5, 2021
God, With Us
The first and greatest gift of Christmas is Emmanuel, God with us... and we need that gift now more than ever!
December 24, 2020
My Place at the Manger
About Nativity scenes, motley shepherds and the importance of being overwhelmed at the Holy Birth!
December 17, 2020
A Soul Magnified and a Spirit Rejoicing
Mary’s  response to the momentous news that she would give birth to the Christ Child was one of praise and rejoicing.  Can the same be said of us as we await His coming?
December 15, 2020
There's a Song in the Air
On being a "Collector of Christmas Music" and the Advent vision of true Christmas!
December 10, 2020
Lift It Up, Do Not Fear!
This year of all years, to “prepare the way of the Lord” means doing the work of faith boldly and gladly!
December 8, 2020
Where Are You, Christmas?
In these strange and tumultuous times, we need “Christmas, Now More Than Ever!”
December 1, 2020
Think on These Things... and Be Thankful
A Thanksgiving story about rejoicing in the Lord... always!
November 19, 2020
The Widow's Might
The so-called “Widow’s Mite” turned out to be the widow's "might…” and it can be ours as well!
November 17, 2020
The Time to Be Ready
According to Jesus, when it comes to the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven, the time to be ready is now! But the question is, are we... really? 
November 10, 2020
At the End of the Day
No matter what befalls us in life and in this world, we can find hope and strength in knowing that God is in charge!
November 3, 2020
You, Me and the Good Samaritan
The story of an unexpected errand of mercy on a dark November night, and our call to bring caring and kindness to the places where we dwell!
October 29, 2020
The Real Deal
In the end, everything we embrace as people of faith pretty much comes down to – or ought to come down to… LOVE!
October 28, 2020
The Glue That Holds It Together
The importance of glue in woodworking... and in doing the work of God's KIngdom!
October 15, 2020
Nurturing a Good Name
Perhaps now more than ever, we need some “proverbial wisdom” for our lives and our world!
October 14, 2020
The Imperative of Prayer
A discipline of prayer is our imperative as believers... but it's also a spiritual gift!
October 8, 2020
As Bread for the Broken
As  God provided manna and quail to the Israelites in the midst of their  murmuring, so God provides for us!
October 6, 2020
Walking the Talk
At the end of the day, you see, our talk matters very little; it is the way that we “walk the talk” that is truly important... especially as it pertains to our place in  the Kingdom of God!
September 30, 2020
Stooping Down
“Such ever was love’s way – to rise, it stoops.”  And so it is, says Jesus, with the Kingdom of God!
September 23, 2020
Bits and Pieces Woven Together
Reflections on the nature and diversity of the church, as well as... the Beatles!
September 17, 2020
And That Is Who We Are
Of all the things we carry with us as we walk through these days, the most important is our identity as children of God!
September 14, 2020
Fresh From the Spring
Whether we're talking about the body or the soul, water is life... and the best water is the living water that Jesus provides!
September 8, 2020
Out Beyond the Big Rock
On "going deeper" in faith in times such as these!
September 1, 2020
Singing in the Strain
When the storms of life are raging, will we be found crying out or... singing in the strain?
August 31, 2020
Heart Knowledge
About the essential importance of love in "knowing what we know" about faith!
August 17, 2020
To Count Our Days
Life is just too short... not to live it with God at the center!
August 11, 2020
About the art of sailing and weathering the storms of life!
July 8, 2020
Our History and Tradition
About a family bulletin board, and the relevancy of Holy Scripture in these times... 
July 2, 2020
A Cup of Cold Water
Who knows how the love of God is shared and received?  Maybe, says Jesus, it happens even in a cup of cold water!
June 28, 2020
Living Faithfully (While Standing on Your Head)
The paradox of Christian faith, the meaning of true discipleship... and an incident at the Drive-In!
June 21, 2020
To Lead Lives Worthy
About life, true and mature faith, and... "Survivor."
June 14, 2020
A Little Bit Lower Than God
In these times when life and this world makes us feel so small, what a  blessing it is to know that God has crowned us with glory and honor!
June 7, 2020
The Wind Blows Where It Chooses
Kite Flying and the wonderful and mysterious movement of God's Spirit!
June 5, 2020
A Fresh Capacity to Listen
God's gift of the Holy Spirit not only leads us in truly hearing and understanding God but also also enables us to hear each other more clearly!
June 2, 2020
The People of What (Ever) Happens Next
We are sent by Jesus to go forth on an uncertain journey  to be his witnesses  “to the ends of the earth...” but we have a have a Spirit for whatever happens next!
May 24, 2020
Kickball games, being chosen first, and Jesus who calls us "friend!"
May 22, 2020
A Dwelling Place for God
Even now in these days when as congregations we’re scattered, nonetheless as the  church we’re being  “built... spiritually into a dwelling place for God!” 
May 17, 2020
"God Sightings!"
It’s a question we’re asking a lot these days:  Where is God to be found  in these days of pandemic?  Turns  out that even (and especially!) in  these strange and uncertain times  there a quite a few “God Sightings”  to report!
May 10, 2020
A Walk in the Woods
Theodore Roosevelt,  "Bible Point," and a faithful stance for the journey ahead
May 7, 2020
Keeping the Faith
Most especially in times like these, it’s important to “keep the faith” –  and the good news is that we’re given a promise and an “advocate” to help us do just  that!
May 3, 2020
Unabashedly Joyful
As the song goes, as Christians we’ve got “joy down  in our hearts to stay;” but in times such as these, how do we stay joyful?
April 26, 2020
And Whatever You Do, In Word and Deed…
A story about the worst camping trip ever, and how we keep the faith when troubles pile on!
April 24, 2020
Believing God
Thomas’ doubt — and ours — in this strange and uncertain age
April 19, 2020
It’s Not the Food That Matters
About a salami sandwich, a cup of black coffee and an awareness of the resurrection!
April 17, 2020
New Heavens, New Earth, New Future
The good news of Easter is that in raising Jesus Christ from the dead, God has made us brand new!
April 12, 2020
Gladiola Bulbs
About a bag of beleaguered bulbs and the "good" of Good Friday!
April 10, 2020
A Clearer View
When it comes to Palm Sunday, the truth and the glory is found in the details!
April 5, 2020
A Tree That Grows on a Rock
In these uncertain times we need the living water that only God can provide!
April 2, 2020
The Light That Prevails
However intently darkness seeks to overwhelm us we have a light that will prevail!
March 29, 2020
The Slow Process of Amazing Grace
The true story of John Newton's "Amazing Grace," and ours as well!
March 26, 2020
We Are the Church!
“Wherever two or more are gathered…” Some thoughts on being the church in the midst of the coronavirus crisis!
March 22, 2020
Encounters on the Way: The Samaritan Woman
What would you if somebody offered you everything you've ever dreamed of, even if you didn't know you were dreaming of it?  That's what happened to the Samaritan Woman who encountered Jesus... at the well!
March 17, 2020
Worshiping God at the Drive-In
On "the act and attitude of worship," even at a drive-in movie theater!
March 12, 2020
Encounters on the Way: Bartimaeus and the Rich Young Ruler
Two different people came to Jesus asking for pretty much the same thing: life! But only one received what he was yearning for... so what was the difference between them?
March 10, 2020
Encounters on the Way: Nicodemus
Nicodemus had important questions that he needed to ask Jesus, questions of being and of true faith… and so do we!
March 3, 2020
Down from the Mountain
Life’s mountaintop experiences, the transfiguration of Christ, and the beginnings of true faith!
February 25, 2020
Just Beneath the Surface
The slow approach of spring and looking closely for the presence and power of God!
February 21, 2020
What’s Your Foundation?
In faith, as in life, building a strong foundation matters!
February 18, 2020
A Bold Move
On learning the game of chess... and the ways of faithful discipleship!
February 14, 2020
To Shake and To Shine
On the importance of *being* salt and light!
February 11, 2020
Blessed Foolishness
It is God’s foolishness, wiser than any human wisdom, that saves us... and makes us who we are!
February 4, 2020
Wrestling With the Text
Thoughts on Bible Study and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
January 31, 2020
God’s Search... For You!
In the midst of our searching for God, it turns out that God is searching for us!
January 28, 2020
Where Our Hope is Found
Some thoughts on hope, trust, and fortune cookies!
January 24, 2020
An Ever-Widening Embrace
Like a trickle of water that ever widens into the sea such is the love of God!
January 20, 2020
The Nameplate on My Door
Some thoughts on how pastors are addressed, and how God’s call affirms our identity
January 17, 2020
“It Begins With a Voice...”
True life and real living can indeed be something that is holy and good… And it begins with the voice of God!
January 14, 2020
A Sign to Remind Us
Sometimes we all need a sign to remind us... even, at times, of God’s presence and love!
January 9, 2020
A Life That’s Evergreen
Just as the fir tree stays evergreen in the face of any and all dangers, so we’re given such a gift through the one who is the vine to our branches!
January 6, 2020
And in His Name All Oppression Shall Cease
What happens after the Christ Child is born, and what about the promise of peace he engenders?
December 30, 2019
By His Cradle We Stand
“Lead by the light of Faith serenely beaming, with glowing hearts by his cradle we stand...” a meditation for Christmas Eve
December 27, 2019
For Yonder Breaks a New and Glorious Morn
About Joseph, who brings us to the Holy Night... and beyond!
December 23, 2019
Barking at the Manger
About our dog Ollie’s tumultuous relationship with our manger scene!
December 13, 2019
A Gospel of Peace
Can Isaiah’s “Peaceable Kingdom” truly come to pass in the world as we know it?
December 10, 2019
Heaven and Nature Singing
On singing Christmas carols during Advent… And “The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy”
December 5, 2019
A Thrill of Hope
“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices!” Drawn from the words of “O Holy Night, “ some Advent thoughts on the coming of light into darkness
December 3, 2019
All the Gifts Along the Way
Thanksgiving is not just about the day, just as true gratitude is never to be simply about the moment at hand!
November 25, 2019
The Pilgrimage of Myles Standish
The faith journey of “Mayflower” passenger — and family member (!) — Captain Myles Standish
November 21, 2019
At the Center of It All
In a world that often seems to be spinning out of control, it’s good to know that in Jesus “all things hold together!”
November 19, 2019
We Dare Not Stand Idle
Leaf raking memories and our work for the sake of God’s Kingdom!
November 14, 2019
God of the Living
Ours is not the God of the dead but the God of the living… and because of the resurrection all are alive!
November 12, 2019
“Blessed Are You...”
Looking at Jesus’ Beatitudes — and our lives — from a slightly different point of view!
November 6, 2019
The Masks We Wear
Halloween costume memories and the blessing of being exactly who we are before God!
October 31, 2019
The Way... of Life Abundant
What does it mean to have a life that is “abundant?”
October 28, 2019
The Legacy That Remains
Stone walls, stewardship and what we leave for the next generation!
October 25, 2019
The Way... of Faithful Giving
When we give with delight God delights in us!
October 22, 2019
The Way... of Authentic Leadership
A new criteria for true and authentic leadership according to Jesus!
October 15, 2019
Bubble Gum Evangelism
The story of a saint known as “Uncle Herman,” and a pocket full of bubblegum!
October 11, 2019
The Way... of True Worship
We may have many motivations for coming to church, but the way of true worship begins with ascribing to God the glory due his name!
October 8, 2019
On World Communion Sunday
The size, the scope... and the wonder of feasting together at the Lord’s table!
October 3, 2019
Rekindling the Flame
The faith we’ve been given needs to be tended to... and shared!
September 30, 2019
Marching, But Not Alone
Memories of marching band season, a fateful performance at a high school basketball game, and a reminder that we can never go it completely alone!
September 27, 2019
Adjusting the Bottom Line
About one the more “difficult” stories told by Jesus... and our challenge to be shrewd and wise as we walk in faith!
September 23, 2019
Daily Distractions
The Importance of *not* missing opportunities for love and care in amidst the distractions of life
September 20, 2019
“But When You’ve Done the Wrong Thing...”
About sin, mercy and true grace!
September 17, 2019
The Right Thing to Do
Philemon, Onesimus, you and me… and how faith impacts real life!
September 9, 2019
Sometimes It Takes a While to Get There
About Sunday school, confirmation class, and the importance of spiritual formation
September 6, 2019
Beyond the Banquet
Hospitality, Humility and the Kingdom Life!
September 1, 2019
Good Church People
The church is filled with all different kinds of people… and that includes you and me!
August 30, 2019
Windows of Opportunity
There are times in life and faith when we’re given “windows of opportunity” that require both a decision and action… a time is of the essence!
August 26, 2019
Time Capsules
About time capsules, congregational history, and the best legacy we can leave for the next generations of the faithful
August 22, 2019
The Conviction of Things Unseen
“ Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…”. In these days of confused situations it’s a vitally important reminder for you and I who walk in faith!
August 18, 2019
Practicing the Presence of God (While Mowing the Lawn)
On seeking the Lord in the midst of summer yard work!
August 16, 2019
Security Blankets
We’re all looking for what can be considered through security in life, but the question is, what kind of security do we really need?
August 12, 2019
“From Away”
The glories of Maine humor, speaking “downeast” as a second language and the true nature of the church!
August 10, 2019
Parables “On the Pond,” Part 3: The Rocks on the Shore
The kingdom of God is like the huge rocks that line the shore, and which stand firm and strong!
July 22, 2019
Parables “On the Pond,” Part 2: A Sailboat Securely Tied
The kingdom of God shall be compared to a sailboat tied securely to its buoy, lest the storm come up and carry it away!
July 16, 2019
Parables “On the Pond,” Part 1
Finding a few new metaphors for God and God’s Kingdom... “uptacamp!”
July 11, 2019
Why We’re Here
Christian discipleship as a way of life, of living, and of love… It’s why we’re here!
July 7, 2019
What You Get From a Garden
The joys of fresh peas, new potatoes and a spiritual garden!
July 3, 2019
Hand to the Plow
Life is all about the choices we make and the distractions that seek to keep us from those choices... but Jesus reminds us we must always “keep our hand to the plow!”
June 30, 2019
With Gentleness Born of Wisdom
Lessons in faith, wisdom and understanding, learned as a “Cabin Boy” on the coast of Maine...
June 28, 2019
God of the Crushed Silence
God comes to his people bringing hope and peace… though not always in the manner we expect!
June 24, 2019
On (Not) Missing the Wonder
A story about the “Old Man of the Mountain” and on not seeing the forest for the trees...
June 20, 2019
After the Spirit
“After the Spirit” comes in power and in love, there’s the church... and we are the church!
June 17, 2019
Pentecost Sunday, the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, and the joy of sailing!
June 8, 2019
As one of two potential candidates to replace Judas as an Apostle, he’s of the great mystery men of the New Testament… but he also represents the need for the church — and you and I within it — to move boldly into the future!
June 4, 2019
Though the Mountains Tremble With its Tumult
The storms of life are very real but so is the comfort of God who is our refuge and strength!
May 31, 2019
A Gift of Peace
About flying, fear and a peace that the world cannot give...
May 29, 2019
The Connections That Matter
Some thoughts on all the connections —especially the spiritual one — that make us who we are!
May 24, 2019
“And They’ll Know We Are Christians...”
Introduction and “And They’ll Know We Are Christians…”
May 22, 2019