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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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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 problems facing us.  The consequences for all of us of the lack of wisdom, short-sightedness, ego-centrism and divisiveness of many in our country can really get me down.  Can you relate? Today’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the...

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A New Covenant

A New Covenant

Have you ever looked around at the state of the world and wondered why God doesn’t just scrap the whole thing and start over?  Are there moments when you are so disgusted by human behavior that you wonder how God can put up with us?  The Book of Genesis begins with...

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Choose Love

Choose Love

The poet and short story writer Raymond Carver, who struggled mightily over his lifetime with alcoholism and broken relationships, ultimately found joy in relationship with another poet, Tess Gallagher. Days after picking out rings for their wedding, he was diagnosed...

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Love at Home

Love at Home

Since the pandemic began,  most of us have spent more time at home than ever before.  In ways that we could never have imagined just a year ago, our lives have been completely transformed by our need to shelter at home. At present, many of us work from home, go to...

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Answering the Call

Answering the Call

Over the centuries people have scratched their heads about why Simon, Andrew, James and John would hear Jesus’ call  and immediately follow him. Here they are, fishermen, doing what fishermen do. Simon and Andrew were casting their nets; James and John, mending...

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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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