Jesus' sermon on the mount, especially the litany of "Beatitudes," is one of the most well-known passages in Scripture. Many of its lines are familiar to us: "Blessed are the poor in Spirit..Blessed are those who hunger...Blessed are the peacemakers..." These blessings are not quaint platitudes, but a radical claim about the movement of God's Kingdom come. Jesus intends for these blessings to disorient us, to disrupt the status quo, and turn everything on its head. In this message, we take a fresh look at Jesus' beatitudes. What blessing might we need to disrupt our old patterns and ways?
First Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Second Reading: Matthew 5:1-12
We have a choice in how we direct the movement of our lives. One option is to flee from the darkness of our world, to hide, letting fear guide us. The other is to turn toward the light, to follow its shining, letting faith guide us.
Alex steps in for this sermon to read Rev. Rebecca's words after she woke up with a stomach bug.
First Reading: Psalm 89:1-2, 13-15
Second Reading: Matthew 4:12-23
This week, we mark the third Sunday of Advent, waiting for Emanuel, God with Us, to come. Let's listen as Rev. Rebecca explores with us what it means for God to be with us in our time, to bend near and touch our earth, our lives, and our hearts.
First Reading: Genesis 26:23-25
Second Reading: Matthew 1:18-25
"Heads Up" | Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd| December 1, 2019, First Sunday of Advent
This week, we welcome back the Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd to share with us a sermon on the First Sunday of Advent. Let's listen as he invites us to consider how God may be working in our own lives and in the life of this broken and yearning world.
First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Second Reading: Matthew 24:36-44
This Sunday was Thanksgiving Sunday, where we marked the end of our stewardship season by consecrating the pledges we've received and where we reflect on our many blessings. Let's listen as Pastor Rebecca speaks about Jesus' call to love God through acts of gratitude.
First Reading: Psalm 111
Second Reading: Luke 17:11-19
This Sunday Rev. Rebecca returned to her sermon series about Mr. Rogers for All Saints Sunday. Let’s listen to a reflection on what it means to be a “Saint” in our Protestant tradition and how Fred Rogers was emblematic of this calling.
First Reading: Hebrews 13:1-3, 7-8, 15-16
Second Reading: Matthew 14:13-21
This week is the beginning of our stewardship season here at UCC Little Compton, and so Pastor Rebecca discusses the most difficult topic for American Christians to talk about: money. Let's listen as she shares her own struggles with this topic and our faith's call to generosity.
First Reading: Malachi 3:1-5, 7-10
Second Reading: Matthew 6:19-34