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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

Sermons

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Holy Waiting: A Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

Holy Waiting: A Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

When we believe that God is our partner, that there is no situation without hope, we can co-create new life out of the worst situations.  If we can be clear-eyed about our challenges  – if we can take to heart the signs of the times – and listen for God’s still, small voice calling to us, we can find a way through dark times.  When we believe with all our hearts that God is present, even when hidden from our sight, we can approach our challenges with courage and confidence.  We can make a way where we may have first thought  there was no way. 

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Previous Sermons

Celebration of Shared Ministries

Celebration of Shared Ministries

Following Rev. Anne Deneen's reflection, based on the opening hymn, "Here I am Lord" as part of the Installation of the 46th Settled Pastor of the Annisquam Village Church & Celebration of Ministries, Rev. Sue offered these words: It was so worth the wait. I...

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Not Death, But Birth

Not Death, But Birth

“I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.  Which do you want to hear first?” How often have you heard or said that?   Throughout the Gospel of Mark, Jesus has been repeatedly sharing the bad news first. Three times he paused to tell his disciples that they...

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Stewardship as a Spiritual Practice

Stewardship as a Spiritual Practice

Bartimaeus’ whole life changed when he realized that becoming a follower of Jesus would allow him to go from a life of isolation and poverty to a life of community and true riches – a life in the presence of God. May we remember that the choices we make about how we share our resources are an expression of our love God and others as ourselves. May our giving be a true spiritual practice; our stewardship a gift from the heart. Amen. 

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True Greatness

True Greatness

The heart of Christian life is a willingness to be there for others at the worst moments of their lives. How willing are we to continue to companion others when they’ve lost a job, or had a mental health breakdown, or can’t seem to find their way out of addiction? How willing are we to be of service by simply being with others in the midst of life’s suffering?

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“True Riches”

“True Riches”

We all have met or know some people who seem to have everything the world could offer - including wealth beyond imagining - and yet are still unhappy, even miserable. We also have likely met or know others whose primary pursuit in life is wealth - people who put the...

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Like These Children

Like These Children

As parents like Caitlin and Nic know, little ones could never survive on their own.  They are totally dependent upon their parents for everything. And when a newborn is placed in a parent’s arms, there is an overwhelming  sense of love and protectiveness.  In most...

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“Talking it Over with God”

“Talking it Over with God”

There are certain messages we DON’T want  to hear: The pandemic is not over. The climate emergency is here.  Our nation is racist. Young families are not coming back to church each week. A loved one is going to die. I could go on…  Most every day, we are receiving...

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“All In”

“All In”

There is nothing quite like thinking you may be dying or knowing that you are going to die imminently to bring what’s most important in life into clear focus.  People trapped in the Twin Towers and on Flight 93 on 9/11 weren’t checking their 401ks in their last...

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Back to School

Back to School

Even though few of us have gone back to school this week, many of us feel the shift in seasons.  Whether or not we are going back into a classroom, this juncture can be an ideal opportunity to pause, reflect, and become conscious of how we want to learn and grow in...

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Grace & Gratitude

Grace & Gratitude

“Always give thanks to God for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” There was a point earlier in the month, when I was contemplating the fires out West and the increasing cases of the Delta variant, that I felt simply overwhelmed by the enormity of the...

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An Ethics of Love in the Midst of Conflict

An Ethics of Love in the Midst of Conflict

Following last week’s worship service, I engaged in a thoughtful email conversation with someone in the congregation. At one point he asked, “How are we to come together in our interpersonal relations while allowing for differences of opinions on specific issues?” I...

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