May 16 Sermon

Why Church?  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Text: I Corinthians 12: 14-26 May 16, 2021   It’s been a full service – more than full – and so I’ve promised to be very brief.  If some Sundays the wish is to swing for the fences, other...

May 9 Sermon

On Feeding, Mothering & Miracles  Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme John 6: 1-14 May 9th, 2021 Next month, we’ll be attending the graduation of our godson Emmet from Northwestern University. I keep flashing on images of him...

May 2 Sermon

You Took My Joy, I Want It Back  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Luke 15: 1-10; Matthew 13: 44-46 May 2, 2021  I don’t want you anymore, you took my joy.I don’t want you anymore, you took my joy.You took my joy, I want it back.You...

April 25 Sermon

But Deliver Us from Evil Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Matthew 17: 14-20; Matthew 6:9-13 April 26, 2021 What I wish to offer today amounts to an extended meditation on words we say every week in our worship service in the Lord’s...

April 18 Sermon

A Sacrament for the Weary[1] Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Mark 6: 1-13; Matthew 11: 28-30 April 18, 2021 There’s a book that generations of parents have read to their children.  If parents haven’t been the ones reading it, then...

April 11 Sermon

Know Their Names: Witnessing on Lyme Street  Sermon: Know Their Names: Witnessing on Lyme Street Luke 24:13-35 Habakkuk 2:11a 4/11/21 I stood on the lawn with my nephew, Fitz, and witnessed with joy his 9th birthday party drive-by a few weeks ago. He was dressed in...

April 4 Sermon

You are Not a Ghost Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Luke 24: 1-12; 36-43 April 4, 2021: Easter Sunday We’ve been waiting for you.  We’ve been preparing for this moment for a while now, getting ready for your arrival.  We had to figure...

March 28 Sermon

One Breath  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Mark 11: 1-11; I Corinthians 2: 9-12 March 28, 2021 Here’s a scene that occurs with some frequency every time my kids are swimming at a pool.  It’s a scene that bears upon Palm Sunday, and...

March 21 Sermon

Against Purity (For Complexity)[1] Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Genesis 3: 22-24; Matthew 12: 1-14; John 8: 2-11 March 21, 2021 There is something that I have been turning over in my mind for a long time now, a tasty morsel of...

March 14 Sermon

“​It is I you have been looking for”​: ​Meditations on the Pandemic, the Book of Ruth and the Practice of Kindness beyond Borders The Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Ruth 1:1-22 March 14th, 2021 I begin this morning with...

March 7 Sermon

Wheels of Justice: Stories from the Deep North, Part VII  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 14-19; Matthew 13: 1-9 March 7, 2021 Our Wheels journey is rolling into its final stops today.  We’ll be visiting two places...

February 28 Sermon

Wheels of Justice: Stories from the Deep North, Part VI  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Acts 9: 1-19 February 28, 2021 We’re coming in for a landing on our Wheels of Justice series – a mixed metaphor, I know.  We can actually see the...

February 21 Sermon

Wheels of Justice: Stories from the Deep North, Part V Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Text: John 3: 1-10 February 21, 2021 One of the most famous, if least understood, stories in all of the New Testament, takes place under cover of night. ...

February 14 Sermon

Wheels of Justice: Stories from the Deep North, Part IV  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Matthew 23: 1-12, 27-28; Mark 4: 22-23 February 14, 2021  By way of introduction to this week’s stories from the Deep North, I’d like to recall a...

February 7 Sermon

Wheels of Justice: Stories from the Deep North, Part III Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Text: Psalm 137 February 7, 2021 Picture first a boy, not yet out of high school, standing on the edge of the Atlantic.  He is in West Africa, at the...