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March 2020

March 22, 2020 – 10 a.m. worship service – in 2 parts  – Sermon  –  The Rev. Elissa Johnk
Scripture: John 11:1-37

March 22, 2020: Part 1

March 22, 2020: Part 2

 

March 15, 2020 – 10 a.m. worship service – in 3 parts  – Sermon: Discipleship as Service: Then and Now  –  The Rev. Elissa Johnk
Scripture: John 9:1-41

Part 1 – 30 minutes

Part 2 – 30 minutes – includes sermon

Part 3 – 2 minutes at closing

March 8, 2020
Sermon: Discipleship Then and Now

The Rev. Elissa Johnk
Scripture: John 3:1-17

March 1, 2020
Sermon Series: I & Thou – Creating Sacred Relationships: God

The Rev. Elissa Johnk
Scripture: Matthew 3:16-4:11

February 2020

February 16, 2020
Sermon Series: I & Thou – Creating Sacred Relationships: Partner Relationships; The Rev. Elissa Johnk
Scripture:  Colossians 3:13-17   John 4:7-39

February 9, 2020
Sermon Series: I & Thou – Creating Sacred Relationships: Family; The Rev. Elissa Johnk
Scripture:  Hebrew Bible Reading: Ruth 1:3-5, 8-9, 16-17
Epistle Readings:  From 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy


February 8, 2020
The Installation Service for the Rev. Elissa Johnk; Sermon: “Yes!” –  The Rev. Martin Copenhaver       Order of Worship for Installation
Scripture:  2 Corinthians 1:16-22

February 2, 2020
Sermon: “I & Thou: Community” –  The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister
Scripture:  Ephesians 4:25-32 and Mark 12:28-31

January 2020

January 26, 2020 – Parts 1 & 2
Sermon: “I & Thou: Friendship” – Part 1 of 2 – The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister
Scripture: John 15:10-17  Genesis 2

Sermon: “I & Thou: Friendship” – Part 2 of 2 – The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister

 

January 12, 2020 – Star Sunday Sermon & Music

The Rev. Elissa Johnk:  Star Sunday Sermon & Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:2-23 and Patti Casey: “Into This Night” from her album “The Heart Of A Waiting Boy.”

January 5, 2020 – Epiphany Sunday Sermon: Journeys of the Modern Magi: Let Us Bend Toward Justice- The Rev. Elissa Johnk  Scripture Reading: Matthew 2: 1-11

December 2019

December 29, 2019 – 12 Days of Christmas Meditation: “Christmas Memories”  – Parts 1 & 2 – Wendy Whaples Scully   Scripture Reading: Psalm 148

 “Christmas Memories” Part 1:

 “Christmas Memories” Part 2:

December 22, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Advent Sermon: “Rejoice” – The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister   Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25

December 8, 2019 – Second Sunday of Advent Sermon: “Peace” – The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister   Scripture Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12

December 1, 2019 – Sermon: “The Hard Work of Hope” – The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister   Scripture Readings:  Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44

November 2019

November 24, 2019 – Sermon: “Sharing Gratitude” – The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister   Scripture Readings: John 6:25-35 (NRSV)


November 17, 2019  – Sermon: “Making All Things New” – The Rev. Elissa Johnk  Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25 NRSV

November 10, 2019 – Sermon: “Expanding Love”- The Gary Lewis,  Parental Leave Pastor    Scripture: Mark 12:28-30

 

September 15, 2019 – Sermon: “Turning Points” – The Rev. Gary Lewis, Parental Leave Pastor

Scripture Readings: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 and Luke 15:1-10

September 8, 2019 – Sermon: “Being Used” – The Rev. Gary Lewis, Parental Leave Pastor

Scripture Readings:  Luke: 1-11, 17-20

September 1, 2019 – Sermon: “Extending the Table” – The Rev. Gary Lewis, Parental Leave Pastor

Scripture Readings:  Hebrews 13:1-8; 15-16   and  Luke 14:1, 7-14

August 2019

August 25, 2019 – Sermon: “Beyond Limits” – The Rev. Gary Lewis, Parental Leave Pastor

Scripture Readings:   Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 13: 10-17

August 18, 2019 – Sermon: “Mary Magdalene” – Ava Bilton, Director of Programs and Development

August 11, 2019 – Sermon: “Look Up at the Stars” – Danielle Rochford

Scripture Readings: Hebrews 11: 1-3; 8-16  and Genesis 15: 1-6

The video below includes The Rev. Elissa Johnk’s introduction, welcome to worship, and scripture reading: Genesis 15: 1-6

LINK to written copy of “Look Up at the Stars”

August 4, 2019 – Sermon: “Holy Ground” – The Rev. Elissa Johnk

Scripture Readings: Psalm 103: 1-8  and Exodus 3:1-5

July 2019

July 7, 2019 –  Sermon  – The Rev. Elissa Johnk

Scripture Reading:  Acts 4:32-5:11

June 30, 2019 – Meditation  – Dr. David Neiweem

Fifth Sunday Meditation: “My Happy Home”

Dr. Neiweem is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church UCC/BTV

Scripture Reading is:  Psalm 150

June 23, 2019 – Sermon  – The Rev. Elissa Johnk

Scripture Readings are: Daniel 3:8-30 and Psalm 30

 

June 16, 2019 – Sermon  – The Rev. Elissa Johnk

Scripture Readings: Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

June 9, 2019 – Sermon for Pentecost and Jazz Sunday  – The Rev. Elissa Johnk

The Scripture Reading is: Acts 2:1-21

June 2, 2019 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter Sermon – The Rev. Elissa Johnk
Scripture Readings: John 17:20-26 and Acts 1:1-11

May 2019

May 26, 2019 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter Sermon – The Rev. Elissa Johnk

Sermon Theme: “Memorial Day Sunday”

Scripture Readings:   Revelation 21:10, 22-27 and John 5:1-9

Special Reading:
“Did the Sun Come Up This Morning?”  by Victoria Safford in “Walking Toward Morning” from Skinner House Books.

 

May 19, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Easter Sermon – Rev. Elissa Johnk

Sermon Theme: “The State of the Church”

Scripture Readings:  Revelation 21:1-6 and John 13:33-35

Link to video HERE or by clicking on photo/video link below.

May 12, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Easter Sermon – Rev. Elissa Johnk

 Scripture Readings:    Psalm 23  and  John 10:22-30
Link to video HERE or by clicking on photo/video link below.

 

May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday of Easter Sermon – Rev. Elissa Johnk

(Linked to NRSV) Scripture Readings:    Acts 9:1-20     John 21:1-19

Link to video HERE or by clicking on photo/video link below.

April 2019

April 28, 2019 – Second Sunday of Easter Sermon – Rev. Elissa Johnk

Scripture Readings:

Hebrew Bible – Psalm 150 – Francis McNab, interpretation – LINK
Second Reading: Reading – “Speak to Us of Religion” by Kahlil Gibran  –  LINK

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-30 – LINK
Link to video HERE or by clicking on photo/video link below.

April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday Sermon – Rev. Elissa Johnk

Scripture Readings:
Hebrew Bible – Isaiah 65:17-25;    Gospel Reading – Luke 24:1-12

Special Reading – “Seen” by Jan Richardson, from her book: Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons.

Link to video HERE.

April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday Meditation – Rev. Elissa Johnk 
Scripture Reading: Mark 11: 1-11; Luke 19: 28-38; Luke 19:41; Mark 14: 1-2, 10-11; Mark 14: 12-17
Link to video HERE.

April 7, 2019 – Sermon: “Spiritual Lessons from the Sample Cart at Costco”  –   Rev. Joan O’Gorman  

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21   John 12:1-8  –  Reader: James LaPierre

March 2019

March 24, 2019 –  Meditation: “Moving Toward Justice for All” –  Ava Kelly, Director of Programs and Development; Elise Polli, Trip Leader, and Representatives of the Puerto Service Travel Group – Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9 – Reader: Wendy Whaples Scully

 

March 17, 2019 –  Sermon: “Scattering… Gathering” – Rev. Gary Lewis* – Scripture: Luke 13:31-35 – Reader: Susan DeClue

  • Rev. Lewis joined in the fun of our new “Drum Choir” program before leading a “Word of God for All Ages” that is a good preview to his sermon:

  • *Rev. Gary Lewis, our guest minister on March 17, 2019, retired from the Vergennes Congregational Church UCC in May 2018, following nearly 29 years of service to church and community. Gary and his wife, Betty, moved to Williston and joined the Williston Federated Church, where they sing in the choir and enjoy coffee hour. Forty years ago, Gary and Betty joined First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington. They moved to southern Vermont in 1983 and three years later to Lancaster, PA so Gary could attend seminary. In 1989, following graduation, he was called to the Vergennes Church. Gary earned a doctoral degree (DMin) from Hartford Seminary in 2005. He is now in formal training as a Spiritual Director.

March 10, 2019 –  Meditation: “Walking Together in Faith, Hope, and Love in Search of Peace: Our Stories” – Wendy Whaples Scully – Reading: “Faith Is” by Ellen M. Cuomo Scripture: Proverbs 23:18; John 13:34-35  – Reader: Janice Claypoole.

To watch a video of the reading and sermon – use this LINK or click on the “play” symbol below.

March 3, 2019 –  Sermon: “Glimpses”  – Rev. Carrie Bail – Scripture: Luke 9:28-36 Reader: Rob Backus.

To watch a video of the reading and sermon – use this LINK or click on the “play” symbol below.

February 2019

February 24 – Sermon: “Love Your Enemies: Be Merciful”  – Rev. Carrie Bail.   Scripture Reading: Luke 6: 27-38  – Reader: Amy Mellencamp.
Use this LINK to access the video or by clicking on photo/video link below.

February 17 – Meditation: “Tales from India”
India Travel Group – Meditation Presenters: Ava Kelly, Jennifer Jorgenson, Mike Knauer, Nancy McClellan and Amy Mellencamp.
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 and James 2:14-18 –  Reader: John Floyd
Use this LINK to access the video or by clicking on photo/video link below.

February 10 – Sermon: “Listen and Love” – Rev. Carrie Bail
Scripture Reading: Luke 5: 1-11  –  Reader: Ellen Pine.
Use this LINK to access the video or by clicking on photo/video link below.

February 3Sermon: “Seeing Face to Face”   –  Rev. Carrie Bail;  Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13  – Reader: Mark Oettiinger;

Use this LINK to access the video or by clicking on photo/video link below.

January 2019

January 27 – Sermon: “How to Begin (and End) a Ministry” –  Rev. Carrie Bail; Scripture: Luke 4: 14-21 – Reader: Al Weldon.

Use this LINK to access the video or by clicking on photo/video link below.

January 13 – Sermon: “Beloved”  –  Rev. Elissa Johnk. Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22) – Reader: James LaPierre.

Use this LINK to access the video or by clicking on photo/video link below.

January 13, 2019:  It is with great joy that we announce that at today’s Congregational Meeting, the gathered congregation unanimously approved the recommendation from our Settled Minister Search Committee that Rev. Elissa Johnk be called to serve as the next Minister of First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington! Rev. Johnk has formally accepted our call and will begin her ministry with us on April 9. She will begin leading worship services on Palm Sunday, April 14.

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December Sermons 2018

December 23 – Sermon “Chosen”   (Scripture Reading:  Micah 5: 2-5a; Luke 1: 39 – 55 ) – Rev. Carrie Bail.   Use this LINK to access the video.

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