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Parade Justice, River Justice

November 12, 2017--The prophet Amos, who dares the people of the northern kingdom of Israel to "let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" [Amos 5:24, NRSV] challenges us today to strive toward justice beyond our episodic attempts to help people and to work together with purpose and consistency to lift up God's people as equal in God's and our sight. Rev. Adam refers to current events and veterans as examples of how justice is or is not pursued with river-like consistency. [ more ]


After the Hugs and Kisses

November 5, 2017 (All Saints Sunday)--After God justifies us by faith, God sanctifies us by forming us in God's image as the saints. Rev. Adam refers to three people from Milford who died in the past year as examples of sanctification.  [ more ]


Accessible Faith

October 29, 2017--To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Rev. Adam tells the story of Martin Luther and how the reformers made the Christian faith and Bible more accessible.  [ more ]


Keep the Change, Share the Change

September 24, 2017--Rev. Adam, in a sermon on Jesus' parable of the vineyard workers, declares that God's love and grace extend both to the MVPs and the regular Joes of life, to the newly faithful and the lifelong disciples alike; and that Jesus uses the parable to persuade his disciples as us in teh pews to share the Good News with those who will be formed in faith in the future. [ more ]


The "Us" in Jesus

September 10, 2017--A story by Barbara Brown Taylor and the story of Daryl Davis' work to get men to quit the KKK are two illustrations Rev. Adam uses to declare that God, who came to interact directly with humankind, calls us to confront wrongs directly and peacefully. [ more ]


Only One Person

August 27, 2017--In the fifth and final summer sermon on "What Are People For?", Rev. Adam traces the many players in the salvation of the baby Moses to declare the good news that it only takes one person to sustain life and faith in young people today.  [ more ]


New Under the Sun

August 13, 2017--Is there anything new under the sun? Ecclesiastes suggests no, while Mark says Jesus is declaring good news, and John the Evangelist suggests this Jesus is something old AND something new. Rev. Adam lays it out and finds God's work in innovation in this fourth of five sermons on "What Are People For?" [ more ]


Renewal of Praise

August 6, 2017--As part three in the "What Are People For?" sermon series, Rev. Adam describes the essential human tendency to give praise and how praise both lifts up the greatness of God and our own value as God's children. [ more ]


Handiwork

July 23, 2017--Sermon Two in the "What Are People For?" summer series--Despite the ways in which society has moved away from industry and making things, Rev. Adam discusses the God-given desire to create (especially with our hands) as a joy to continue to practice and another thing that people are for. [ more ]


What Are People For?

July 2, 2017--In the first of five summer sermons, Rev. Adam begins to ask what people are FOR from a Christian perspective, using both the high school youth group's mission trip and the upcoming 4th of July to reflect on how we are created to respond to God's love for us. [ more ]


The Evenhanded Bravo

June 11, 2017--Preaching on Colossians and Romans, Rev. Adam proclaims God's impartial and infinite love for all creation that applauds the ministry of all people when done in love. [ more ]


God's Y'All

May 7, 2017--Rev. Adam preaches to the young adults being confirmed and to all those present about what it means to live as members of God's Y'all, based on what we're told are the practices of the very first Christian community and the long religious tradition of y'all-ness leading up to that moment. What are the implications for today when we accept God's claim on us to be part of God's y'all? All y'all are welcome to read and listen to this sermon!  [ more ]


The Good Clues (Easter 2017 sermon 1)

April 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. service--Rev. Adam and the congregation follow Mary Magdalene as she tracks down where the body of Jesus has been laid, and the way that God breaks through the sting of Mary's sorrow through the resurrection. Get out your magnifying glasses and help us investigate what God is doing on the original Easter morning! [ more ]


Happy Blue Baloney But Bingo Blurt! (Easter 2017 sermon 2)

April 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. Service--Replacing the holiday's traditional name with the alliterative title, Rev. Adam explains how God's glorious power of the resurrection is met that first time with a variety of responses which parallel our own reactions today, and that the church gathers people from across the spectrum of responses to journey together. [ more ]


King for a Day (Palm Sunday '17)

April 9, 2017--What crowns do we care about? What authority do we bow down to and shout out to for salvation? Rev. Adam reflects on God's love on Palm Sunday to offer us power based on sacrifical love instead of violence and coercion.  [ more ]


Discipline of Neighborliness

Preaching on parts of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Rev. Adam lifts up for disciplines or practices to fulfill God's call to us as neighbors: trust in God; self-reflection, humility, and mercy. [ more ]


Animal House

January 22, 2017--Rev. Adam preaches on First Corinthians 1:10-18, proclaiming with the help of our Confirmation 2 young adults that no matter what our human or pet allegiances may be, God rules over all human powers and institutions and binds us as one living family through Christ. [ more ]


Have No Fear

December 24, 2017--At Christ's birth, God shares a peaceful love that casts out fear. [ more ]


Disciplines to Disarm a Divided Nation

November 13, 2016--On the first Sunday after the 2016 general election, Rev. Adam preaches on six Christian disciplines God offers us to put away our spiritual swords and participate in much-needed spiritual healing that our time requires. [ more ]


Here

October 23, 2016--Where is God? That's what the people wonder.
If you are wondering where God is, then 1. You obviously believe in God; therefore God must be somewhere.
2. You aren't feeling God is too close, if you are asking.
Or, 3. You think that whatever is happening in your immediate situation would be different, if God were here. Since it is not, where is God? [ more ]


Where We Go From Here

July 17, 2016--On the last Sunday before the Sanctuary's origami cranes "fly away", Rev. Adam preaches on Jeremiah, birds, Hansel and Gretel, and God's grace in a world filled with violence and chaos. [ more ]


Endures All Things

July 10, 2016--On the Sunday after African-American men had been shot to death in separate incidents and five caucasian Dallas police officers were killed after a peaceful protest, Rev. Adam continues his sermon series on fairy tales by connecting the endurance of the Hebrew people, Cinderella, and the American people today and lifting up God's love for all people. [ more ]


Out There

July 3, 2016--Rev. Adam kicks off a summer sermon series that integrates fairy tale references with interpretation of Scripture with engagin results. In this first sermon. we hear about the dangers of going into the world--"out there"--in fairy tale plots; in the case of disciples whom Jesus sends out to proclaim the Good News in Galilee; and in our case, today. [ more ]


Good News, Good Work and Good Bye

June 26, 2016--On the occasion of the retirement of the church's Office Administrator, Phyllis Mullins, and two weeks after the shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Rev. Adam preaches on the value of proclaiming and being good news in the moment. [ more ]


Here's the Kicker

May 15, 2016--On Pentecost, Rev. Adam preaches about the role of the Holy Spirit as Advocate (Paraclete/Pair o' Cleats) in our lives today. [ more ]


First Followers

May 1, 2016--Rev. Ashley Grant preached a sermon on Acts 16:9-21, considering First Followers of our Confirmands and those First Followers in the Bible.  Who was you First Follower? [ more ]


You Didn't Have To! (a.k.a. "Gladly!")

February 14, 2016-Rev. Adam connects Valentine's Day, taking up one's cross, and a cross-eyed teddy bear in this First Sunday in Lent sermon. [ more ]


We Bring Good News to Life

January 31, 2016--Just before the church's annual meeting, Rev. Adam preaches on Nehemiah 8 and Luke 4, considering how God brings Good News to life through our biblical tradition, us and Jesus. [ more ]


Spirit's Sinew

January 17, 2016--On Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Rev. Adam preaches on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, using the metaphor of sinew to describe how the Holy Spirit binds us as members of the body of Christ, and as sisters and brothers following in Christ's way of justice, peace and love for all people. [ more ]


The Peaceable Kingdom Anthem

During our annual Christmas Pageant we were blessed to debut "The Peaceable Kingdom," with lyrics by Rev. Ashley Grant, and music by Kendall Aldermann.  Jimmy Jeffrey, soloist. [ more ]


Christmas Pageant 2015, Part 1

View Part 1 of our 2015 Christmas Pageant. [ more ]


Christmas Pageant 2015, Part 2

View Part 2 of our 2015 Christmas Pageant. [ more ]


Future Perfect

November 29, 2015--Rev. Adam describes the basics of Christian eschatological hope as it relates to Jesus' words and current world events. [ more ]


What Cheer (Thanksgiving Eve 2015)

November 25, 2015--At Milford's Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Eve service, hosted by St. Mary Catholic Church, Rev. Adam preached a Roger Williams-inspired sermon on Psalm 126. [ more ]


1

Nov.1, 2015--This sermon was prepared by Rev. Ashley Grant for the occasion of All Saints Day. [ more ]


The Geese and the Cranes

October 4, 2015--In celebration of World Communion Sunday and the hanging of the cranes in the Sanctuary, Rev. Adam preaches on words from Isaiah 40 ("and they shall mount up with wings like eagles"). [ more ]


Pumped

July 19, 2015--With song and the metaphor of a beating heart, Rev. Adam lifts up Christ as one who drew in and sent out people and the Spirit as the one who continues to draw us in and send us out today.
To see the Gospel reading for the day, go to http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=211
Click on 'more' to read the sermon. [ more ]


The Easter "But"

April 5, 2015 - The Rev. Adam E. Eckhart preaching on Easter Sunday at the First United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Milford, CT. [ more ]


She-bears & Shamin’ rooster

On February 15, 2015, Rev. Ashley preaches on God Moments for this Transfiguration Sunday.  Do you remember your God Moment? [ more ]


That God's People Might Live

February 8, 2015 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart - In this sermon, Rev. Adam reflects on the how Jesus engages people early in his ministry and why Jesus articulates his mission to first and foremost be spreading Good News and secondarily healing people.    "Only a scratch; only a pinprick; yet large enough to form a gateway into the other world." With this phrase the narrator of the 1938 short film, "That Mother Might Live," unfolds part of the story of Ignaz Semmelweis. Semmelweis was a Vienna obstetrician during the 1840s who had an epiphany about the all-too-frequent deaths of new mothers ... [ more ]


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