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...

May 23 Sermon

The Heart of a Heartless World Steve Jungkeit The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Texts: Luke 1: 46-55; Luke 3: 1-3, 10-14; Acts 2: 1-4, 43-47 May 23, 2021    Churches around the world today mark what is called Pentecost Sunday, the 7th week after Easter. ...

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...