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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

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Baptized in Love

Baptized in Love

Who remembers the day of your baptism? Anyone? Maybe a few of us were baptized as adults. Perhaps some of us have not been baptized. But, I imagine most of us were baptized as infants. In some ways, this is really too bad because we cannot remember what it felt like or what it meant in the moment to be baptized.

Please close your eyes and let’s begin to imagine the day of your baptism.

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Into the New Year by Another Road

Into the New Year by Another Road

2021...2021… Say it with me...2021. Doesn’t it feel good?? A new year. A moment of hope, possibility, and promise. I don’t think I have ever been happier to turn the page on one year and begin another. How about you? Mind you, 2020 wasn’t ALL bad…There were silver...

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Seeing God in 2020: End-of-Year Examen

Seeing God in 2020: End-of-Year Examen

Since we are reaching the end of such an extraordinary, challenging year this seems like a good opportunity to reflect together, to engage in what is called an examen, a spiritual practice that helps us see God in our ordinary lives. Inspired by today’s gospel...

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Possible

Possible

She was an impoverished girl who knew what was expected of her - by her parents, her husband-to-be, her culture and her religion. Everything of consequence about her life - who she would marry, where she would live, what she would do from morning to night - was...

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A Love that Does Justice

A Love that Does Justice

Like millions of people around the globe over the last few weeks, David and I have been watching “The Crown.” How many of you have been watching? Two scenes we recently viewed bring to mind the lessons from today’s readings. In one scene, Michael Fagan, an unemployed,...

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The Path to a New Beginning

The Path to a New Beginning

Many years ago, in the midst of an excruciating break-up with a man I had been involved with for a long time, he turned to me with a steely gaze and said, “Unless you admit how you wronged me, you are going to repeat the same mistakes again.” It just so happens his...

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Keep Awake

Keep Awake

In preparing to light the Advent wreath at the beginning of worship, Wendy said, “We hardly know how to describe the year we are living through.”

Mark, the Gospel writer who will be our companion over the next liturgical year, which begins today, would know exactly how to describe this year.  Apocalyptic.

The section Ben read from Mark’s Gospel is referred to as “The Little Apocalypse” because of its resonance with the Great Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation. Often written in difficult times, this type of literature is meant to offer hope to people who are suffering.

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Generous Jud

Generous Jud

Weeks ago, when I was selecting scripture for our worship today, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, I could not have known that the message would be so fitting days after the death of our beloved, Jud Gale: “Your great generosity will produce thanksgiving to God through us.”

We gather this morning both broken-hearted and thankful:
Broken-hearted by Jud’s death and thankful for his life;

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Come, Share in God’s Joy!

Come, Share in God’s Joy!

Last week, in the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, we were given an image of the Christian life as a life of joy. Perhaps because Jesus knew how difficult it is for us to truly embrace the idea that we are called to share in the joy of God, he tries in the Parable of the Talents, to make the same point in another way.

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Prepare to Celebrate

Prepare to Celebrate

Since I was ordained, I’ve officiated over 300 weddings. Each has been special in it’s own way. One in particular, four years ago, felt like it was a foretaste of God’s kingdom, Under one tent there were the groovy, progressive White Quakers, Unitarians, and Atheists. There were conservative, proper, Black Catholics and Baptists. Present were straight, gay, and transgendered people; the very young and the very old; friends who danced the night away on two feet and some who danced the night away from their wheelchairs. Republicans and Democrats. I have never been to a more diverse or joyful celebration.

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Light in Liminal Days

Light in Liminal Days

Friday morning as I sat down to begin writing this sermon, I looked out my window to see the snow racing towards the ground, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. At one point, I looked over at my cat, Chloe, and she had her paw covering her face. I could relate. Halloween festivities in many places were cancelled or truncated last night. The city of Gloucester decided to temporarily remove its Ballot drop boxes from outside of City Hall because of threats of vandalism.

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The Test

The Test

By guest preacher, Lindsay Crouse. Matthew is writing after the fall of Jerusalem, which left the Pharisees, who are actively persecuting Christians, firmly in charge. Most scribes and lawyers at this time are Pharisees. They are teachers of the Hebrew scriptures, and...

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