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Taking on the Mantle | Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | June 30, 2019

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Weekly podcast of sermons from the United Congregational Church of Little Compton, Rhode Island. Most weeks will feature our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Rebecca Floyd Marshall, in the pulpit, but guest preachers step in from time to time as well.
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Taking on the Mantle | Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | June 30, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  Who is Jesus? Albert Sweitzer famously remarked that "looking for Jesus is like looking down a well. You see only your own reflection: that Jesus remains a stranger and an enigma; there will never be one answer to this question" (The Search for the Historical Jesus). But there are things we do know about him that can help us understand his purpose and ministry. Last Sunday, Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd explored with us some of them, along with what they might mean for those who follow him. First Reading: 2 Kings 1:1-2, 6-14 Second Reading: Luke 9:51-62
July 8, 2019
The God Who Still Speaks | The Rev. Dr. Richard L Floyd | June 16, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  This week we welcome back the Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd, stepping in for Pastor Rebecca on maternity leave. This week is Trinity Sunday, and Rev. Floyd leads us in an exploration of the One, Holy, and Undivided Trinity. Let’s listen as he helps us poke our theological imaginations. First Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Second Reading: John 16:12-15
June 21, 2019
God Is Still Speaking | Pentecost Sunday | Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Beverley Edwards | June 9, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  We are a week late getting this up due to a technical difficulty known as your editor having a newborn. Apologies! Here is the sermon from June 9th by the Rev. Dr. Beverley Edwards on Pentecost Sunday, the day when God's Holy Spirit blessed the disciples with the power to prophesy in the name of Jesus Christ and to call people from every nation to join together in one holy communion which came to be called the Church. First Reading: Psalm 104:24-33 Second Reading: Acts 2:1-21
June 18, 2019
Open Doors, Broken Chains | Guest Preacher the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | June 2, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  Once again, while Pastor Rebecca is on maternity leave, we have the Rev. Dr. Richard L Floyd in our pulpit. This week he focuses on an exciting reading from Acts that could come from an action-adventure screenplay. Let's listen as he reflects on what makes us truly free and what makes us prisoners. Dr. Floyd will ask us: What are the chains we have yet to break? What are the locked doors we have yet to open? First Reading: Acts 16:16-34 Second Reading: John 17:20-26
June 6, 2019
"By the River" | Guest Preacher the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | May 26, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  Pastor Rebecca is on maternity leave, and this Sunday we have the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd in our pulpit. He shared with us stories about two rivers, one a real river, where Paul meets a remarkable woman named Lydia, and the other, from the religious imagination of John the Divine, the beautiful river that flows by the throne of God in the heavenly city of the New Jerusalem. Let's listen as he connects these two stories and shares what they might mean for our life and faith today. First Reading: Revelation 22:1-5 Second Reading: Acts 16:9-15
May 31, 2019
"The Gardner" | Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  It's Easter, and we are celebrating! Today we remember the extraordinary claim of our faith: that God’s love is more powerful than the darkest darkness, more powerful than the worst we can do, more powerful even than death! We begin with our children’s moment, discussing with our youngest members how God has never given up on humanity and how God transforms all the things we do, good and bad, into a new way to express God’s love for us. Gospel Reading: John 20:1-18 Early on the first day  of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb  and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.  So  she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom  Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the  tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.  The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,  and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;  for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;  and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.  They  said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have  taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”  When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus  said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”  Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have  carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him  away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).  Jesus  said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to  the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my  Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary  Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”;  and she told them that he had said these things to her.
April 21, 2019
"These Stones Would Cry Out" | Palm Sunday | April 14, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  Holy Week begins this Sunday as we travel with Jesus into Jerusalem where he is hailed as the Messiah, the long-awaited King by cheering crowds waving palms.  What is this strange palm parade about? And how does this same joyous crowd shouting Christ's praises on Palm Sunday end up shouting "Crucify Him!" just four days later?  Let’s listen as we remember the extraordinary claim of our faith--that God's love is more powerful than the darkest darkness, more powerful even than death.  First Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-11 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,    did not regard equality with God    as something to be exploited, but emptied himself,    taking the form of a slave,    being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,    he humbled himself    and became obedient to the point of death—    even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him    and gave him the name    that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus    every knee should bend,    in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess    that Jesus Christ is Lord,    to the glory of God the Father.  Second Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-40 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,  saying,  “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find  tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it  here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’”  So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.  As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  They said, “The Lord needs it.”  Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.  As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.  As  he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the  whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a  loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen,  saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
April 14, 2019
"The Joy of Giving" | April 7, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  During this season of Lent, we have been exploring "habits of joy." This week, Rev. Rebecca invites us to examine the relationship between generosity and joy. Contrary to the culture of consumerism all around us, our faith reminds us that possessions and money can never really make us happy. In fact, it is giving and serving that truly fill us with joy. Let's listen as we hear what our scripture readings this week from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians and Jesus' parable of the foolish rich man in the Gospel of Luke have to share about the vital link between generosity and leading a full and joyful life. First Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 (NRSV)  We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their  extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. Second Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-21 (NRSV) Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of  greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build  larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being  demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’
April 7, 2019
"Slow Down and Listen" - Guest Preacher Alex Floyd Marshall | March 31, 2019 | Donate to Our Ministry  During this season of Lent, we have been exploring "habits of joy." This week, we are examining the relationship between listening to God and the joy of purpose and fulfillment. Many of our kids and youth helped lead this week's service, sharing some the things they have been learning in Sunday School the last several weeks. Together with them, we will explore the story of Jesus' visit to Mary and Martha on his way to Jerusalem. This week's sermon is a "guest preacher" - Alex Floyd Marshall, our Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Our journey begins with a dramatization of the story of Mary and Martha-- written by our Sunday School students-- which sets the story in today's world.  Scripture Reading: Luke 10:38-42 (NRSV)  Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and  asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the  work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’
March 31, 2019
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