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Upcoming Services

June 25
VBS Sunday (in Plymouth Hall)
Our worship this morning will be held in Plymouth Hall followed by a congregational meeting and heavy hor d’oeuvres. Our children will lead us in worship as they share their journey as Super Heroes from Vacation Bible School.

July 2
The Reverend George Anastos
Psalm 13
One of the “hard” things about church is that we talk about things that others/society tend to shove under the rug. Things like depression, suicide, grief. But we cannot do that in the church, and for two reasons. First, we hold all of life in our embrace, not just the parts that feel good, make us look good, or are good; we hold it all. Second, the scriptures won’t let us get away with it: they demand we look at all of life in the face and, well, face it.

July 9
The Reverend George Anastos
Romans 7:15-25a
“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).

“I thought I was wrong once. I found out later I was mistaken” (David Harris, Dean, Ripon College).

“When I was a teenager my minister preached fire and brimstone sermons, railing against the sins of tobacco and alcohol. Then I saw him one day smoking a cigar with a brandy snifter in his hand. The bastard” (Will Belais, Member, Cedar Lane UU Church).

July 16
Alix Wright
Genesis 25:19-34
The Birth Story of Jacob and Esau – This is a story about sibling rivalry. What happens when parents pick a favorite child? What happens when it appears that God picks a favorite? In the big picture, this narrative has to do with two nations and their rivalry. Those who kept this record of course were on the winning side of this divine selection. While this part of the text only highlights a family and their estrangement, it ends with reconciliation and forgiveness.

July 23
The Reverend Dr. Eric C. Smith
Genesis 28:10-19a
Jacob’s Ladder–one of the most memorable images from all of scripture. In a dream, Jacob saw a ladder stretching between heaven and earth, and he was told by God that he would give rise to a nation of people. In this story of ladders and stones, we see how Jacob felt visited and called by God, and how he felt the presence of God even where he did not expect it.

July 30
The Reverend Dr. Eric C. Smith
Psalm 119:129-136
Today we revisit a First Plymouth tradition: Stump the Minister!