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Rev. Michael’s Blog

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.

  • Made to Worship: What Do We Tell the Children?
    by revmwlowry on September 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    (a sermon for September 23, 2018, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost; third in a series, based on Proverbs 3:1-12 and Matthew 19:13-15) It is, at least from my perspective, by far the most unpredictable part of our worship service. I’m referring, of course, to our weekly “Ministry with the Children,” also known in many churches […]

  • Made to Worship: The Possibilities of Prayer
    by revmwlowry on September 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    (a sermon for September 16, 2018, the 17th Sunday after Pentecost; second in a series, based on Ephesians 3:14-21 and Matthew 7:7-12) The great Protestant reformer Martin Luther said it:  “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”  And to this I would add that nowhere is […]

  • Made to Worship: In Tune With Holiness
    by revmwlowry on September 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    (a sermon for September 9, 2018, the 16th Sunday after Pentecost; first of a series, based on  Exodus 19:1-8, 16-19 and 1 Peter 2:4-10) It’s now three months after crossing the Red Sea, and the Hebrews have found themselves at the base of Mt. Sinai, setting up camp in the wilderness desert there in front […]