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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.

  • “But When You’ve Done the Wrong Thing…”
    by revmwlowry on September 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    (a sermon for September 15, 2019 , the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, based on Hosea 4:1-3, 5:15-6:6 and 1 Timothy 1:12-17) (The podcast version of this message can be found here) In biblical parlance, they are often referred to as “trustworthy sayings,” and there are at least five of them scattered throughout the so-called “pastoral […]

  • The Right Thing to Do
    by revmwlowry on September 8, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    (a sermon for September 8, 2019, the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, based on Philemon 1-21) (The Podcast version of this message can be found here) His name was Bernard Larlee, but to everyone in our little town, he went by the unlikely nickname of “Snigg.”  He was, in fact, the local postmaster and a stalwart […]

  • Beyond the Banquet
    by revmwlowry on September 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    (a sermon for September 1, 2019, the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, based on Luke 14:1-14) This week I heard a radio interview with David Burtka, a master chef and Hollywood caterer who has written this new book entitled Life is a Party, which was described as the quintessential and doable guide to throwing the perfect […]