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...

January 31 Sermon

Wheels of Justice: Stories from the Deep North, Part II  Steve Jungkeit  The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme  Texts: Job 21: 7-13; Joel 2: 12-13a; Matthew 20: 16  January 31, 2021  We’re in the second week of a sermon series called Wheels of Justice: Stories...

January 24 Sermon

Wheels of Justice: Stories from the Deep North, Part I  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme January 24, 2021 Some twenty years ago, Paul Thomas Anderson released the film Magnolia, which followed a series of characters across several days.  Two...

January 17 Sermon

Withstanding the Furnace of Truth  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Daniel 3 January 17, 2021  A trial by fire and a trial by water – these two stand before us, confronting, challenging, instructing, and inspiring.  First, the trial by...

January 10 Sermon

The Jesus We Left Behind  Steve Jungkeit  The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme  Text: Luke 2: 41-52  January 10, 2021  In 1964, Shusaku Endo, a Japanese novelist I revere, published a book entitled The Girl I Left Behind.  It’s the story of a young man whose...

January 3 Sermon

On Brave and Startling Truths: Home by Another Way  Sermon: On Brave and Startling Truths: Home by Another Way  January 3rd, 2021  Matthew 2:1-12  “They left for their own country by another road.” Matthew 2:12 *   *   *   *   * The pandemic has brought out my inner...

December 20 Sermon

When I Waked, I Cried To Dream Again  Steve Jungkeit  The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme  Texts: Psalm 126; Joel 2: 28; Matthew 1: 18-25  December 20, 2020  One of the curious features of the Christmas narratives in the Bible is how often important...

December 13 Sermon

For Unto You   Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Luke 2: 1-20 December 13, 2020   Last week found us in a prison cell with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, where, in 1943, he wrote about the quiet Christmas he was preparing to celebrate that year. ...

December 6 Sermon

17 December 1943 Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Text: Philippians 2: 1-11 December 6, 2020             “No doubt it will be a very quiet Christmas everywhere, and the children will remember it for a long time to come.”[1]  So said Dietrich...

November 29 Sermon

Advent Meditation: Learning the New Song Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Text: Luke 1:5, 8-25a, 78-79 November 29, 2020 “The Commonplace is shot through now with new glory…despite all the crassness, life is saved by the singing...

November 22 Sermon

Silken Threads of Thanks  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Luke 17: 11-19; Psalm 100 November 22, 2020 O Sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in…you hang by a slender thread… -Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry...

November 15 Sermon

What are You Looking For?  Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Matthew 4: 18-22; John 1: 35-38 November 15, 2020              Some individuals and families have acquired pandemic dogs.  We’ve emphatically resisted.  Not because the kids...