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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

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“Our First Mission” – Ocean Sunday 2024 Sermon

“Our First Mission” – Ocean Sunday 2024 Sermon

Does anyone know how many planets scientists estimate are in our galaxy? Thousands? Millions? A billion?   How about 10 billion. 10 billion.  (I can’t even begin to visualize that.  Can you???) And of these 10 billion planets, how many likely have life on them? Most?  Many? Some? How about one? As far as we know, one. We live on the one known planet where there is life.   And life depends on the health of the ocean, which gives us 50% of our oxygen and so much more.  In the story from Genesis...

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Guided Reflection: “Pentecost Now”

Guided Reflection: “Pentecost Now”

Now what?   In the reading we just heard, Jesus has ascended to heaven. What are are his followers on earth supposed to do next? This was the conundrum the grieving inner circle of Jesus found themselves in. They were also likely afraid that the people who had killed...

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Care Team Sunday (April 28, 2024) Reflection

Care Team Sunday (April 28, 2024) Reflection

As David and I were unpacking after our move to the parsonage on January 28, 2020  we heard a knock on the door.  “I’m not expecting anyone, are you?” “No.”   We opened the door and standing there was Jaye Whittier.  She presented this box. “Welcome!” she said. ...

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3rd Sunday of Easter Sermon: “Anything to Eat?

3rd Sunday of Easter Sermon: “Anything to Eat?

The stories of the resurrection not only serve to try and convince us that Jesus is really present; they also serve as a powerful teaching, a reminder about the core purpose, the point, of Christ’s mission and ministry – to nourish others – not just spiritually, but physically.

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Easter Sermon: “Where Is The Risen Jesus?”

Easter Sermon: “Where Is The Risen Jesus?”

Where is the risen Jesus? The passage from the Gospel of Mark we just heard tells a curious story, a story depicted (though not accurately) by our stained glass window. Can anyone tell me who is portrayed here? (You can just shout it out…) Actually the women in this...

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Sermon for Lent 4B: “A Message of Healing and Hope”

Sermon for Lent 4B: “A Message of Healing and Hope”

Nicodemus. Was. Afraid.  Why else meet Jesus under the cover of darkness? Does anyone remember the message of my sermon last week? (The power of anger in the work of love.) Remember how angry Jesus was? Chasing out the money changers… overturning tables… exposing the...

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“The Power of Anger in the Work of Love”

“The Power of Anger in the Work of Love”

Jesus. Was. Angry. Furious.  What do we do with an angry Jesus?  I imagine that if I were to survey the images of Jesus we keep in our homes - perhaps framed pictures or prayer cards - I would see plenty of the Gentle Shepherd, perhaps Jesus with the little children,...

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