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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.

  • An Ever-Widening Embrace
    by revmwlowry on January 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    (a sermon for January 19, 2020, the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, based on John 1:29-42) It starts somewhere high atop a mountain with a trickle of water: perhaps a bit of ice-melt from the fallen snow, maybe something bubbling up from an underground spring.  Whatever it is, though, wherever it comes from, it’s not much; […]

  • “It Begins with a Voice…”
    by revmwlowry on January 12, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    (a sermon for January 12, 2020, the 1st Sunday after Epiphany, based on Psalm 29 and Matthew 3:13-17) We are a church that is, by its very nature, sacramental. By definition, a sacrament is a holy act and visible sign declaring the promise of the gospel to those who receive it in faith and gratitude.  […]

  • A Life That’s Evergreen
    by revmwlowry on January 5, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    (a sermon for January 5, 2020, the 2nd Sunday after Christmas, based on John 15:1-11) (a podcast version of this message can be found here) We put the task off as long as we could, wishing to linger in the quiet afterglow of the season for as long as possible, but last night we finally […]