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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.

  • Freedom
    by revmwlowry on July 4, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    (a sermon for July 4, 2021, the 6th Sunday after Pentecost and Independence Day, based on  Galatians 5:1, 13-25) It’s a familiar refrain that most of us have known how to sing from the time we were children: “My country, ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing: Land where my fathers

  • Taking Offense at Jesus
    by revmwlowry on June 27, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    (a sermon for June 27, 2021, the 5th Sunday After Pentecost, based on Mark 6:1-13) So here’s a little something to think about as we get into the message this morning:  it was the 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard who once said that the test of a good sermon is not that

  • Anchor Deep… and Hold On!
    by revmwlowry on June 20, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    (a sermon for June 20, 2021, the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, based on Mark 4:35-41) I’ll be honest here:  in the story we just shared of Jesus and the disciples in the midst of that storm on the Galilean Sea, I totally get why the disciples panicked and lashed out at Jesus!  Because so often