October 10 Sermon

Seeking Soul in an ER World: The Sacred Art of Paying Attention Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Psalm 71:1-6; Jeremiah 6:16; Jeremiah 7:1-7 October 10, 2021  “Thus, says our God, stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for...

October 3 Sermon

New Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Challenge of Starting Anew Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Mark 2: 18-28October 3, 2021 In Gunter Grass’s novel The Tin Drum, a picaresque adventure about a young boy coming of age in Germany during...

September 26 Sermon

He is Going Ahead of You Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Isaiah 30: 18-21; Mark 16: 7; John 14: 1-6 September 26, 2021  “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that Jesus is going ahead of you…”-Mark 16: 7 That phrase, from the very end...

September 19 Sermon

I Call You Friends Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Psalm 102; John 15: 12-17 September 19, 2021 Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only...

September 12 Sermon

More Faithful In This Present Crucial Hour Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Isaiah 43: 1-3, 18-19; Jeremiah 19: 10-12; John 14: 1-6 September 12, 2021 I have a special message for each of the populations gathered in the Meetinghouse...

September 5 Sermon

Old Growth Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8; Matthew 16: 1-3 September 5, 2021 On occasion, I hear an opinion from one or another member of this community that I’m sure is exceedingly rare.  The service was good,...

August 29 Sermon

Unbow Your Head Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Exodus 19: 3-6; Psalm 121; Matthew 15: 29-31 August 29, 2021  One of the trickier moments in ministry – at least for me – occurs just about this time every year.  After some time away,...

August 8 Sermon

Conversations at the Well: I’ll Meet You There Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-NagerThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Philippians 4: 8-9; John 4:3-19, 25-26, 28-30August 8, 2021 Conversations at the Well: I’ll Meet You There “Where do you get that living...

July 25 Sermon

In the Spirit of Soup Joumou Rebecca Crosby The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Romans 12: 9-20; Ephesians 4: 1-6 June 25, 2021  Several weeks ago, we celebrated our Independence Day with traditional picnics, parades, and fireworks. It was great to...

July 18 Sermon

Public Art: What Did Jesus Draw In The Sand? David W. Good The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Ecclesiastes 1: 1-15; John 8: 1-12 June 18, 2021  One of the most dramatic stories in the bible is the story about how Jesus stood between a woman “caught in...

July 11 Sermon

In Praise of the Lowly Hummingbird  Carleen Gerber The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Psalm 24:1-2, 9-10; Job (selected verses from 38-42); Revelation 21:1-5 July 11, 2021 About two weeks ago, the Pacific Northwest lay nearly paralyzed under what...

July 4 Sermon

The Living Water We Share (a sermon by Ashley Makar) A few summers ago, a Sudanese woman named Azhar invited me to a 4th-of-July picnic with her family and friends. They were fasting for Ramadan. The sun would set at 8:40, just enough time to do iftar before the...

June 27 Sermon

Stray Pieces: Where All Things Lost Are Made Good Again  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme June 27, 2021 Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart,and try to love the questions themselves,like locked rooms and like booksthat are now...

June 13 Sermon

A Story of Departures and Returns Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Psalm 133; Zechariah 10: 6-8; Philippians 4: 4-7 June 13, 2021 During the colder months of spring, an interesting drama took place behind the parsonage, one that came...

May 30 Sermon

“We here resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain”: Reflections on Memorial Day  Carleen Gerber The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Exodus 3:1-12; Acts 2:17; John 15:5-17 May 29, 2021    The celebration of Memorial Day began in...