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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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Parables “On the Pond,” Part 1

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Stooping Down
“Such ever was love’s way – to rise, it stoops.”  And so it is, says Jesus, with the Kingdom of God!
19:12
September 23, 2020
Bits and Pieces Woven Together
Reflections on the nature and diversity of the church, as well as... the Beatles!
08:10
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!
17:08
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!
21:52
September 8, 2020
Out Beyond the Big Rock
On "going deeper" in faith in times such as these!
10:27
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?
21:03
August 31, 2020
Heart Knowledge
About the essential importance of love in "knowing what we know" about faith!
20:57
August 17, 2020
To Count Our Days
Life is just too short... not to live it with God at the center!
19:37
August 11, 2020
Tacking
About the art of sailing and weathering the storms of life!
09:35
July 8, 2020
Our History and Tradition
About a family bulletin board, and the relevancy of Holy Scripture in these times... 
07:44
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!
18:42
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!
19:51
June 21, 2020
To Lead Lives Worthy
About life, true and mature faith, and... "Survivor."
18:01
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!
16:17
June 7, 2020
The Wind Blows Where It Chooses
Kite Flying and the wonderful and mysterious movement of God's Spirit!
07:09
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!
18:21
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!
18:40
May 24, 2020
Friended
Kickball games, being chosen first, and Jesus who calls us "friend!"
08:14
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!” 
21:05
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!
20:10
May 10, 2020
A Walk in the Woods
Theodore Roosevelt,  "Bible Point," and a faithful stance for the journey ahead
08:00
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!
17:42
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?
16:58
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!
11:14
April 24, 2020
Believing God
Thomas’ doubt — and ours — in this strange and uncertain age
16:55
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!
07:47
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!
18:46
April 12, 2020
Gladiola Bulbs
About a bag of beleaguered bulbs and the "good" of Good Friday!
11:22
April 10, 2020
A Clearer View
When it comes to Palm Sunday, the truth and the glory is found in the details!
17:00
April 5, 2020
A Tree That Grows on a Rock
In these uncertain times we need the living water that only God can provide!
07:15
April 2, 2020
The Light That Prevails
However intently darkness seeks to overwhelm us we have a light that will prevail!
15:31
March 29, 2020
The Slow Process of Amazing Grace
The true story of John Newton's "Amazing Grace," and ours as well!
08:19
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!
15:06
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!
23:15
March 17, 2020
Worshiping God at the Drive-In
On "the act and attitude of worship," even at a drive-in movie theater!
06:44
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?
21:34
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!
20:29
March 3, 2020
Down from the Mountain
Life’s mountaintop experiences, the transfiguration of Christ, and the beginnings of true faith!
21:58
February 25, 2020
Just Beneath the Surface
The slow approach of spring and looking closely for the presence and power of God!
07:50
February 21, 2020
What’s Your Foundation?
In faith, as in life, building a strong foundation matters!
24:28
February 18, 2020
A Bold Move
On learning the game of chess... and the ways of faithful discipleship!
11:43
February 14, 2020
To Shake and To Shine
On the importance of *being* salt and light!
24:42
February 11, 2020
Blessed Foolishness
It is God’s foolishness, wiser than any human wisdom, that saves us... and makes us who we are!
20:33
February 4, 2020
Wrestling With the Text
Thoughts on Bible Study and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
08:25
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!
22:43
January 28, 2020
Where Our Hope is Found
Some thoughts on hope, trust, and fortune cookies!
06:49
January 24, 2020
An Ever-Widening Embrace
Like a trickle of water that ever widens into the sea such is the love of God!
20:12
January 20, 2020
The Nameplate on My Door
Some thoughts on how pastors are addressed, and how God’s call affirms our identity
07:22
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!
21:09
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!
06:44
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!
21:20
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?
22:00
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
16:27
December 27, 2019
For Yonder Breaks a New and Glorious Morn
About Joseph, who brings us to the Holy Night... and beyond!
22:34
December 23, 2019
Barking at the Manger
About our dog Ollie’s tumultuous relationship with our manger scene!
09:16
December 13, 2019
A Gospel of Peace
Can Isaiah’s “Peaceable Kingdom” truly come to pass in the world as we know it?
24:36
December 10, 2019
Heaven and Nature Singing
On singing Christmas carols during Advent… And “The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy”
07:17
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
21:02
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!
24:54
November 25, 2019
The Pilgrimage of Myles Standish
The faith journey of “Mayflower” passenger — and family member (!) — Captain Myles Standish
07:10
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!”
21:39
November 19, 2019
We Dare Not Stand Idle
Leaf raking memories and our work for the sake of God’s Kingdom!
07:49
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!
21:43
November 12, 2019
“Blessed Are You...”
Looking at Jesus’ Beatitudes — and our lives — from a slightly different point of view!
22:09
November 6, 2019
The Masks We Wear
Halloween costume memories and the blessing of being exactly who we are before God!
07:12
October 31, 2019
The Way... of Life Abundant
What does it mean to have a life that is “abundant?”
22:14
October 28, 2019
The Legacy That Remains
Stone walls, stewardship and what we leave for the next generation!
08:03
October 25, 2019
The Way... of Faithful Giving
When we give with delight God delights in us!
18:51
October 22, 2019
The Way... of Authentic Leadership
A new criteria for true and authentic leadership according to Jesus!
22:40
October 15, 2019
Bubble Gum Evangelism
The story of a saint known as “Uncle Herman,” and a pocket full of bubblegum!
09:14
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!
22:00
October 8, 2019
On World Communion Sunday
The size, the scope... and the wonder of feasting together at the Lord’s table!
08:17
October 3, 2019
Rekindling the Flame
The faith we’ve been given needs to be tended to... and shared!
22:36
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!
07:12
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!
22:59
September 23, 2019
Daily Distractions
The Importance of *not* missing opportunities for love and care in amidst the distractions of life
07:57
September 20, 2019
“But When You’ve Done the Wrong Thing...”
About sin, mercy and true grace!
22:33
September 17, 2019
The Right Thing to Do
Philemon, Onesimus, you and me… and how faith impacts real life!
22:04
September 9, 2019
Sometimes It Takes a While to Get There
About Sunday school, confirmation class, and the importance of spiritual formation
09:07
September 6, 2019
Beyond the Banquet
Hospitality, Humility and the Kingdom Life!
19:28
September 1, 2019
Good Church People
The church is filled with all different kinds of people… and that includes you and me!
08:00
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!
24:31
August 26, 2019
Time Capsules
About time capsules, congregational history, and the best legacy we can leave for the next generations of the faithful
09:10
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!
22:12
August 18, 2019
Practicing the Presence of God (While Mowing the Lawn)
On seeking the Lord in the midst of summer yard work!
08:12
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?
20:06
August 12, 2019
“From Away”
The glories of Maine humor, speaking “downeast” as a second language and the true nature of the church!
09:12
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!
06:00
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!
06:18
July 16, 2019
Parables “On the Pond,” Part 1
Finding a few new metaphors for God and God’s Kingdom... “uptacamp!”
07:54
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!
21:00
July 7, 2019
What You Get From a Garden
The joys of fresh peas, new potatoes and a spiritual garden!
07:28
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!”
19:51
June 30, 2019
With Gentleness Born of Wisdom
Lessons in faith, wisdom and understanding, learned as a “Cabin Boy” on the coast of Maine...
07:18
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!
20:35
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...
07:53
June 20, 2019
After the Spirit
“After the Spirit” comes in power and in love, there’s the church... and we are the church!
22:37
June 17, 2019
Sailing
Pentecost Sunday, the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, and the joy of sailing!
07:27
June 8, 2019
Matthias
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!
20:56
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!
05:58
May 31, 2019
A Gift of Peace
About flying, fear and a peace that the world cannot give...
21:26
May 29, 2019
The Connections That Matter
Some thoughts on all the connections —especially the spiritual one — that make us who we are!
06:38
May 24, 2019
“And They’ll Know We Are Christians...”
Introduction and “And They’ll Know We Are Christians…”
25:51
May 22, 2019
May 21, 2019
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May 21, 2019