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Pastoral Ponderings

Reflections on Faith, Ministry and Life Itself

Welcome!  As the title of this blog suggests, this is a collection of musings, reflections, random thoughts and a weekly sermon or two that arise out of the pastoral life, specifically my pastoral life, particularly amidst my current congregation at East Congregational United Church of Christ in Concord, New Hampshire.

  • Christmas, Now More Than Ever: Where Are You, Christmas?
    by revmwlowry on November 29, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    (a sermon for November 29, 2020, the 1st Sunday of Advent; first in a series, based on Isaiah 64:1-9) Let me just say this up front:  I get it.  That piece of scripture we just shared, the one from Isaiah?  I understand; given it’s the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the holiday

  • The Widow’s Might
    by revmwlowry on November 15, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    (a sermon for November 15, 2020, the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, based on Mark 12:38-44) In one of several essays he wrote about faith, theology and the Bible, the late author John Updike once made the apt observation that at its heart the gospel narrative is the story of “two worlds colliding.”  He wrote that

  • The Time to Be Ready
    by revmwlowry on November 8, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      (a sermon for November 8, 2020, the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, based on Matthew 25:1-13) OK… let’s do the math here… In our text for this morning, Jesus tells this story of ten bridesmaids waiting together on one particular night for the arrival of the bridegroom, at which point, as was custom at the time, the