January 29, 2023 Sermon

Becoming What We Endeavor To Be Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Exodus 18: 13-24January 29, 2023 There may be some among us this morning who expect a word about what has taken place in Memphis. Given the work around racial justice that...

January 22, 2023 Sermon

Considering Emily Dickinson So why Emily Dickinson on this January Sunday?  Why her?  Why now?  This past autumn I was standing with Carleen and David Good, and we were looking at a painting of David that had been commissioned at his retirement.  It’s actually a...

January 15, 2023 Sermon

“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Laura Fitzpatrick-NagerThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Amos 5:24January 15, 2023 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, we honor the living legacy...

January 8, 2023 Sermon

People Look East Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Isaiah 44: 24-25, 25-28, 45: 1-2; Matthew 2: 1-12  Biblical religion, at its core, is about the practice of human rights. Full stop. That is an insight given at Christmas, and reinforced...

December 11, 2022 Sermon

On the Banks of the East River: Belovedness Over Coffee Laura Fitzpatrick-NagerThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Matt 3:13-17December 11, 2022 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Matt 3:17...

December 4, 2022 Sermon

On and Off Ramps of the Holy Highway Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Isaiah 35: 8-10; Isaiah 40: 1-3; Isaiah 42: 16aDecember 4, 2022 There is a stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike that has always fascinated me.  Down around exit 4 or 5,...

November 20, 2022 Sermon

Shelter, Speech, and Solace: A Litany of Thanks Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Luke 17: 11-19; Philippians 4: 4-7November 20, 2022 A preacher in the pulpit is like a batter at the plate. Sometimes we swing for the bleachers, and...

October 16, 2022 Sermon

Should I Stay or Should I Go: On Walking Away from Omelas[1] Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Isaiah 53: 4-6, 10-11October 16, 2022 My offering today shall consist almost entirely of a story, and a peculiar story at that, for which I’ll...

October 9, 2022 Sermon

Love Is Its Own Rescue: Finding Strength and Shelter in the Storm Laura Fitzpatrick-NagerThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeTexts: Mark 4:35-41October 9, 2022 I’m usually not an early riser. But staying with my mother in Guilford after her cataract surgery for...

October 2, 2022 Sermon

A Communion Meditation: In Praise of the Lowly Spider Carleen Gerber The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; I John 3:18-24 October 2, 2022 This summer, on a particularly foggy morning, our lower yard was covered in what seemed...

September 25, 2022 Sermon

Days of Bread and Roses Steve JungkeitThe First Congregational Church of Old LymeText: Matthew 6: 19-21; Philippians 4: 8-9September 25, 2022 Our business manager shared a story the other day that I thought was worth repeating this morning.  He told me about a...

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...