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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.

  • The Peaceable Presence
    by revmwlowry on April 11, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    (a sermon for April 11, 2021, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, based on John 20:19-23) Well… all I’ve got to say here is that it’s a good thing that we know the Easter story the way we do, because given the readings we’ve shared over the past couple of weeks, you’ve got to wonder where

  • Afraid of Easter!
    by revmwlowry on April 4, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    (a sermon for April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday, based on Isaiah 25:6‑9 and Mark 16:1‑8) It really is quite a story, isn’t it? The whole gospel story, I mean; the Bible is in large part narrative, part of the larger story of God’s relationship with his people throughout the course of history; but I have

  • Keeping Watch
    by revmwlowry on March 28, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    (a sermon for March 28, 2021, Palm Sunday, based on Mark 14:32-42) One of very first jobs in the “real world” was that of a midnight security guard on the weekends at the newspaper plant of the Bangor Daily News.   Actually, to call me a “security guard” was a gross exaggeration of the facts: