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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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“The Blessing of Weakness”

“The Blessing of Weakness”

I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my car on the I-890 off-ramp in Schenectady waiting for a long traffic light to turn, on my way to visit my first Hospice patient in my new role as chaplain, a position I had been reluctant to take.  The list of patients I was given to visit in my first week was long, formidable. Their illnesses, symptoms, and in many cases, family dynamics, overwhelming. A heaviness pressed on my chest. How was I ever going to manage my schedule of...

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Previous Sermons

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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2nd Sunday of Lent Sermon: “The Challenge of the Cross”

2nd Sunday of Lent Sermon: “The Challenge of the Cross”

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” That message is just as difficult for most of us to accept as it was for Peter.  It’s hard to blame him.  Peter had a front row seat to Jesus’ healings and...

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“A Divine Trailer”

“A Divine Trailer”

Often on a Sunday night this time of year at the parsonage, if the Celtics aren’t playing or its not Super Bowl Sunday, David and I will watch a movie. To help us decide what to see, I consult online reviews and then we view 2 or 3 trailers.  We compare notes and if...

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“A Conversation with God”

“A Conversation with God”

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” O God, yes… I once knew.  I once heard. I listened and understood. I knew where I could find you -  in the company of my...

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“Called”

“Called”

When you look at the world, it can appear that the bad guys are winning.  Simon, Andrew, James, and his brother John may have concluded the same thing.  After all, they were dealing with some disturbing and deeply distressing news - their beloved friend and spiritual...

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“Found” – A Sermon for MLK Sunday

“Found” – A Sermon for MLK Sunday

Does anyone remember what I preached about last week? I asked: “What are you seeking in the year ahead?” Then I suggested “Whatever you seek, you will eventually find. Why not seek God? If you seek God, you will find God.”  This Sunday, the lectionary offers a story...

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