September 18, 2022 Sermon

Palenque! Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Exodus 13: 17-22; Matthew 4: 23-25; John 1: 43-46September 18, 2022 In the middle of August, I had occasion to visit a music school on the outskirts of Buenaventura, a port town on Colombia’s...

September 11, 2022 Sermon

Be Happy Whenever You Can Manage It Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Genesis 1: 1-2; 26-31September 11, 2022 “In the beginning, God created…” So begins the King James Version of the Bible. Or, as Eugene Peterson’s translation, The...

September 4, 2022 Sermon

Struggle at the Jabbok: Lessons of an Ancient Wrestling Match Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Genesis 32: 22-32September 4, 2022 “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” That’s one of the most famous questions in all of theology, posed by...

August 28, 2022 Sermon

Turn Back! Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Luke 15: 11-24August 28, 2022 We got as far as Cleveland, and then we turned around. It had been a full and busy year, and we had looked forward to regrouping as a family, and to exploring some...

August 21, 2022 Sermon

Ode to Joy Laura Fitzpatrick-NagerThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: John 2:1-11August 21, 2022 Yesterday, I had the pleasure of officiating at a wedding for a couple of grooms from Stamford, CT. They were beautiful in their suit coats and corsages! It...

August 14, 2022 Sermon

Blessed are the Peacemakers Laura Fitzpatrick-NagerThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Matthew 5:1-12August 14, 2022 “Today, I set before you blessing and cursing.Choose blessing so that you may live.”-Deuteronomy 30:19 “We all have a story to tell.” So...

August 7, 2022 Sermon

Navigating Turbulent Waters Catherine ZallThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Mark 8:34-35August 7, 2022 34 He called the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If any wish to come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow...

July 31, 2022 Sermon

Take Heart: Love Comes in at the Eye Laura Fitzpatrick-NagerThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Mark 10:46-52July 31, 2022 For the first couple of weeks after returning from Ireland, I’d open my front door and wonder where the mountains were. I’d open...

July 10, 2022 Sermon

Shelter From the Storm Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Psalm 90: 1-2; Luke 13: 34b; Matthew 7: 24-27July 10, 2022 Nine years ago our family had just moved into the parsonage when the White Elephant Sale came around. I had heard a...

July 3, 2022 Sermon

The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strained Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: John 8: 2-12July 3, 2022 Two paintings hang in the Hoag Parlor that often catch my eye. They commemorate performances of Shakespeare plays that were directed by Rev....

June 5, 2022 Sermon

In the Belly of the Whale Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Jonah 1 and 2 (selected verses); Matthew 12: 38-40June 5, 2022 Several months ago I shared a story in our newsletter that has continued to captivate me. Since I’m not sure how...

May 29, 2022 Sermon

THE ANCIENT PATHS: WHERE ARE THE CAIRNS THAT CAN LEAD US TO THE KIN-DOM OF GOD? David GoodThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Psalm 137 1-4; Jeremiah 6:13-16; Matthew 5: 1-16May 29, 2022 A number of years ago we spent some glorious time up in Borrowdale...

May 15, 2022 Sermon

In the Midst of New Dimensions: The Time That Jesus Was Corrected[1] Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Mark 7: 24-30May 15, 2022 It’s a troubling, and maybe confusing story that we just heard. We tend to imagine that Jesus was all...

May 8, 2022 Sermon

Practicing Hope Rebecca Crosby The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Jeremiah 32: 9-15; Ephesians 1:17-18; Romans 8:22-25 May 8, 2022 Today we are going to contemplate the nature of Hope. Hope has been fleeting these last few years with the Covid pandemic...

May 1, 2022 Sermon

Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Resisting the Logic of Violence Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Matthew 6: 7-13May 1, 2022 My offering this morning comes in the form of fragments, shards and remains strewn about as if by an explosion....