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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 ]
October 23, 2016--Where is God? That's what the people wonder.
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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.
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 ]
January 25, 2015 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart - The last two weeks i have preached the first two out of a three part sermon series you might call "Restarting Our Faith Journey" or the "Faith Journey We've Begun." So two weeks ago I preached "On Your Mark," last week I Preached "Get Set," so this week's sermon, of course, has to be "Go" ... [ more ]
January 18, 2015 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart - The Beatles' song "Eleanor Rigby" describes a woman and priest whose lives appear lonely and meaningless. About half way through the song, Elenor Rigby dies, and when Father MacKenzie presides over her funeral, the lyrics inform us that "no one was saved" ... [ more ]
On Your Mark...
January 11, 2015 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart - Today, we start together again, for the very first time.
Rev. Adam E. Eckhart Candidating Sermon
December 7, 2014 - The Rev. Adam E. Eckhart preaching his Candidating Sermon at the First United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Milford, CT. Following the service Rev. Eckhart was overwhelmingly and enthusiastically confirmed by the Congregation to be First Church's new Senior Pastor. [ more ]
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