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....

April 24, 2022 Sermon

To Ourselves We Seemed Like Grasshoppers: Why the Stories We Tell Matter Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Numbers 13 (selected verses)April 24, 2022 Theology matters. Which is to say, the deep stories we tell ourselves about the world...

April 17, 2022 Sermon

The Many Resurrections of Easter Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: John 11: 17-24; Luke 23: 32-34; Luke 24: 1-12; Romans 12: 3-5April 17, 2022Easter Sunday One of the great challenges of Easter Sunday is the array of beliefs and responses...

April 10, 2022 Sermon

Here Comes Life: Stories of Resilience, Risk and Rejoicing Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Micah 6:8, Matthew 20:29-34, Matthew 21:1-10 It is Holy Week. The minute we started singing All Glory Laud and Honor and the children...

April 3, 2022 Sermon

Every Rung Goes Higher and Higher: Reflections on Palestine, Israel, and the Middle East Steve Jungkeit Ghoufran Allababidi (President, Tree of Life), Alex Pinkowish, and Rev. Susan Callahan Switzer, with music by Rodney Brown The First Congregational Church of Old...

March 27, 2022 Sermon

Twelve Gates to the City: Reflections on New Orleans Steve Jungkeit Beth Hamilton, and Martha Gibson with music by Rodney Brown The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Psalm 30; John 14: 1-4; Revelation 21: 9-14 March 27, 2022 We begin with a song made...

March 20, 2022 Sermon

The Glory of God is the Human Being Fully Alive The spotlight glowed on the shining faces of the five actors entering the small stage from the wings. They were shining like the sun. Each person moved individually and yet as one, twirling arms, making noises, twisting...

March 13, 2022 Sermon

Overcoming the Spider’s Sting: Original Sin and its Discontents Some years ago, I had an uncomfortable realization as I was reading a book called The Black Dahlia, by the great noir crime writer James Ellroy. Now, I want you to know that I love noir as a genre – it’s...

March 6, 2022 Sermon

I Have Called You Friends Here’s a story I recently heard about someone who needed a basic form of human contact, but who couldn’t find it. The story is about a man named Kevin Hines. He was suffering from feelings of isolation and loneliness, as well as other, more...

February 27, 2022 Sermon

A World on the Brink: Lessons from a Minor Prophet Midway through Tolstoy’s War and Peace, we find this haunting description of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia: “On the 12th of June the forces of Western Europe crossed the frontier and the war began, that is, an event...

February 6, 2022 Sermon

Here Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Genesis 11: 1-9; I Corinthians 12: 7-14February 6, 2022 One of the people from whom I’ve drawn inspiration over the past few years is the musician David Byrne. He was the lead singer for the group...

January 30, 2022 Sermon

A Faithfully Hidden Life: Snowy Reflections upon Middlemarch Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Genesis 11: 1-9; I Corinthians 12: 7-14January 30, 2022 I had us read that familiar parable that Jesus told about the sower and the seed that...

January 23, 2022 Sermon

All This Sainted Difference is What God Wants: The Spiritual Legacy of Robert Farris Thompson  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: John 3: 1-8; Acts 2: 1-13 January 23, 2022 “Keith’s death is incomprehensible.  I refuse to believe that...