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March 2019

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.

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

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February 2019

February 24 – Sermon: “Love Your Enemies: Be Merciful”  – Rev. Carrie Bail.   Scripture Reading: Luke 6: 27-38  – Reader: Amy Mellencamp.
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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
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February 10 – Sermon: “Listen and Love” – Rev. Carrie Bail
Scripture Reading: Luke 5: 1-11  –  Reader: Ellen Pine.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

October Sermons 2017

October 29 – Sermon “The Greatest Commandment v. 2.0”   (Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 34: 1-1; Matthew 22:34-36 ) – Rev. Carrie Bail

October 22 – Sermon “Touch the Earth Lightly”   (Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:12-23; Matthew 22:15-22) – Rev. Carrie Bail

October 15 – Sermon “Come to the Feast”  (Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:1-13; Matthew 22:1-14 ) – Rev. Carrie Bail

October 8 – Sermon “Harvest of Love or Violence”   (Scripture Reading: Isaiah 5: 1-7; Matthew 21:33-46) – Rev. Carrie Bail

October 1 – Sermon “The Song Heard ‘Round the World”   (Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-13) – Rev. Carrie Bail

September Sermons 2017

September 24 – Sermon “Generosity”   (Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16) – Rev. Carrie Bail

 

September 17 – Sermon “Forgive Often-er”   (Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:21-35) – Rev. Carrie Bail  

September 10 – Sermon “Festival to the Lord”  (Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14) – Rev. Carrie Bail  (audio not available)

September 3 – Sermon “Fear and Courage”   (Scripture Readings: Daniel 3: 13-18; 1 John 4: 18-21; Matthew 6: 25-34) – Rev. Tom Taylor   PRINT

August Sermons 2017

August 27 – Sermon “Be the Church: Reject Racism”
(Scripture Readings: Galatians 3:26-29 and Ephesians 4: 1-5, 25-32) – Rev. Carrie Bail

August 20 – Sermon “Finding the Good News in 140 Characters or Less”
(Scripture Readings: Genesis 45:1-15, Matthew 15:21-28) – Danielle Rochford  PRINT

August 13 –  Meditation: “Look Again” – (Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13) – Steve Hyde, Church President

August 6 – “Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless and Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources” – (Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 43-47)  – Rev. Carrie Bail

July Sermons 2017

July 30 – “Worship and Song”- a 5th Sunday Meditation (Scripture Reading: Exodus 15: 20-21) – Ann Vivian    PRINT

July 23 – “Be the Church: Forgive Often and Embrace Diversity” (Gospel Reading: Matthew 18: 19-22; Acts 2:1-11) – Rev. Carrie Bail  PRINT

 

July 16  – “From Advent to Adventure: Getting Dirty” (Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23) – Rev. Sally May   PRINT

July 9  – ““Be the Church: Care for the Poor and Love God” (Gospel Readings: John 21: 12-17; Matthew 22: 34-40) – Rev. Carrie Bail      PRINT

July 2  – “Be Not Afraid” (Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:24-42) – Rev. Sally May   PRINT

June Sermons 2017

 June 25 – “Be the Church: Protect the Earth and Enjoy Life” – Rev. Carrie Bail
(Scripture Readings: Psalm 104 – With unison readings from the congregation and passages in song by David Neiweem and Rev. Carrie Bail; Matthew 6: 25-34 – read by Rev. Sally May)  PRINT


June 18 – “You Are the Miracle” (Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35 – 10:23) – Rev. Sally May  PRINT

June 11 – JAZZ SUNDAY – “Love in Three Parts” (Gospel Reading: Matthew 28:16-20) – Rev. Carrie Bail   PRINT

June 4 – “The Gifts of Pentecost”  (Acts 2:1-21)  – Rev. Carrie Bail  PRINT

May Sermons 2017

May 21 – “The State of the Church”  (John 17: 1-11) – Rev. Carrie Bail PRINT

May 14 – “The Physics of the Ineffable” (Gospel Reading: John 14: 1-14) – David Neiweem

May 7 – “Swamped” (Ps.23; Mt.8: 23-27) – Rev. Carrie Bail  PRINT

April Sermons 2017

April 30 – “5th Sunday – Our Stories” (Luke 24: 13-35 – “The Walk to Emmaus”) – David Lightbody, Darius Jonathan and Caroline Crawford

April 23 –  Pulpit Exchange Sunday – “Following the Path to the Holy From the Profane”
(Scripture: Parashat Shamin; Leviticus 9-6) – Rabbi Amy Small  PRINT

April 22 – Pulpit Exchange Saturday – “Playing With Fire” (Leviticus 10:1-10) – at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue – Rev. Carrie Bail   PRINT

April 16 – Easter Sunday – “Going Before You” (Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 28:1-10)  – Rev. Carrie Bail   PRINT   Order of Worship

April 9 – “An Entry Into Holy WeekPalm Sunday 2017″  Scripture Readings & Reflections – Rev. Sally May    Order of Worship     PRINT

April 2 – “Jesus Wept” (John 11:1-7, 14-28, 32-33, 38b-45) – Rev. Carrie Bail    

March Sermons 2017

March 26 – “One Thing I Know” (John 9: 1-41) – Rev. Carrie Bail       (Includes the Sanctuary Choir singing: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”)  PRINT

March 19 – “If You Knew the Gift of God” (Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-30) – Rev. Carrie Bail PRINT

March 12 – “A Love Story” (John 3:1-17; 7:45-52; 19:31-42) – Rev. Sally May PRINT

March 5 – “The Wilderness” (Matthew 4:1-11) – Rev. Carrie Bail

February Sermons 2017

February 26 – “Thin Places” (Ex. 24: 12-18; Mt. 17: 1-9) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

February 19 –  “Above and Beyond”  (Matthew 5:38-48) – Rev. Carrie Bail

February 12 – Youth Sunday: “Prayer” – Scripture Readings, Youth Prayers, Youth Choir    PRINT

February 5 –“How to Get Strong Bones” (Isaiah 58:1-9a) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

January Sermons 2017

January 29 – “5th Sunday – Our Stories” (Matthew 5:1-12) – Mark Oettinger

January 29 – “5th Sunday – Our Stories” (Matthew 5:1-12) – Donna A. Lee – PRINT

January 29 – “5th Sunday – Our Stories” (Matthew 5:1-12) – Jeffrey Comstock – PRINT

January 29 – “5th Sunday” (Matthew 5:1-12) – The Beatitudes in Word and Song – Soloist: Gail Compton

January 22 – “No Gloom” (Isaiah 9:1-4; Matthew 4:12-23) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

January 15 – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday Responsive Scripture Readings (PRINT) & “Reflections Of A Dream” – Rev. Carrie Bail  and  Rev. Sally May

Includes Choral Response composed by Director of Music Ministries, Dr. David Neiweem; the words are: “There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Create in me a heart that drives out hate. May love be all my thought and be the content of my character.”

January 8 – “Revealed” (Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

January 1 – “New Year’s Day Meditation” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Matthew 25:31-46) – Rev. Sally May   PRINT

December Sermons 2016

December 24 – Christmas Eve: Lessons, Carols & Meditation – Rev. Carrie Bail

December 18 – “A Sign” (Isaiah 7:10-17; Mt. 1: 18-25) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

December 4 – “On All My Holy Mountain” (Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12 ) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

November Sermons 2016

November 27 – “Gonna Lay Down My Burdens” (Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

November 20 – “Gratitude: Light Beyond the Darkness” (Deuteronomy 26:1-11) – Rev. Sally May

 

November 13 – Be of the Same “Mind” (Philippians 4:1-13 ) – Rev. Carrie Bail  PRINT

November 6 – “Like Brothers and Sisters” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17) – Rev. Carrie Bail PRINT

October Sermons 2016

October 30 – “Our Stories” (Luke 19: 1-10):

Susan Saunders PRINT    –    Rob Backus PRINT    –   Carol Ann Wooster PRINT

 

October 23 – “The Marketplace” (Psalm 84:1-7; Luke 8:9-140) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

 

October 16 – “Keeping On” (Psalm 121; Lk 18:1-8) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

October 9 – “Easy or Difficult?” (2Kings 5: 1-15c) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

September 25 – “A Messenger of Love” (Lk 16:19-31) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

September 18 – “Games People Play” (Am 8:4-7; Lk 16:1-13) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

September 11 – “Rejoice With Me!” (Ps 51; Lk 15:1-10) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

September 4 – “Choose Life” (Deut 30:15-20; Ps 1) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

August Sermons 2016

August 28 – “Humble” (Heb 13:1-8 & 15-16; Lk 14:1 & 7-14) – Rev. Carrie Bail  PRINT

August 21 – “Loving Resistance” (Jer 1:1-19; Lk 13:10-17) – Pastor Sally May

August 14 – “Wild Grapes” (Isa 5:1-7; Ps 80:1-2, 8-19) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

August 7 – “Set Out On a Journey” (Heb 11:1-3; Gen 15:6; John 21:18) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

July Sermons 2016

July 31 – “Imperishable” (Luke 12:13-21) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

July 24 – “Teach Us to Pray” (Luke 11:1-13) – Rev. Carrie Bail – Print Version Only

July 17 – “Mary, Martha and Me” (Luke 10: 38-42) – Meditation by Gail Compton

July 10 – “Called by Word and Moved with Pity” (Amos 7: 7-17; Luke 10: 25-37) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

July 3 – “Friends and Foes” (Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20) – Rev. Carrie Bail – PRINT

June Sermons 2016

June 26 – “… But … ” (Luke 9:51-62) – Pastor May – PRINT

June 19 – “Unlocking the Shackles of Fear” (Luke 8:26-39) – Pastor May – PRINT

 

June 12 – “Baptism: Life, Grace, Community, Beloved” (Matt 28:18-20) – Pastor May

June 5 – Senior Sunday (Matt 18:20); Sunday Seekers Reflection

May Sermons 2016

May 22 – “Illuminating God” (Pr 8:1-4, 22-31 and Jn 16:12-15) – Pastor May

May 15 – “We Are Church” (Acts 2: 1-21) – Pastor May – PRINT

May 1 – “Come, Holy Spirit, Come” (Jn 14:23-29) – Rev. Moore

April Sermons 2016

April 24 – “Welcoming the New” (Jn 21:1-6) – Rev. Moore

April 9 & 10: Pulpit Exchange with leadership from Rabbi Amy Small of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue and Pastor Sally May of First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington:

April 10 – Parashat Metzora – “Our Sacred Responsibility… To Care for Public Health” (Lev 13:47-59+) – Rabbi Amy Small – PRINT

April 9 – “The Open Sore of Race and Privilege” (Lev 13:47-59+) – Pastor May – PRINT

April 3 – “Living the Questions” (Jn 20:19-31) – Pastor May

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