Sampling of Sermons

Encountering the Holy One

February 10, 2019 Reverend James R. HenryText: Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah is encountered by God, “the Holy One”, and his whole life is forever changed. God, through a vision, shows himself to Isaiah.Prior to the advent of Christ, God had revealed himself in various and striking ways to the prophets. Isaiah’s experience cannot be a fixed formula for us today, but it is instructive to...
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When the Church Makes Music

February 3, 2019 Reverend James R. HenryText: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 It’s an absolutely thrilling experience to hear and to see a full symphony orchestra making music together.The hall is alive with noisy chatter as the concert-goers arrive, finding their seats and talking loudly with each other. Anticipation builds as the musicians begin to take their places on the stage, all...
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They Have No Wine

January 13, 2019 Reverend James R. HenryText: John 2:1-11John’s account begins: There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Someone quipped that weddings are accidents waiting to happen. There are so many details to take care of in the planning and preparation and so many things to coordinate. So, there are a lot of things that can go wrong, and sometimes th...
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A Wise and Discerning Mind

August 19, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich ME1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Ephesians 5:15-20Prayer: Loving God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in your sight. Amen.I like rules and mostly I think we benefit from rules to guide our behavior and protect us. But in today’s sermon I want to talk about how, somet...
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A Herdsman and a Dresser of Sycamore Trees

July 15, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich MEAmos 7:7-15, Mark 6:14-29God has a mission for each of us. Using traditional religious language, God is calling . . . God is calling . . . each of us to a mission.Some in this congregation who are listening to my words have already been called to a mission and know it. Let this sermon be an encourage...
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Sent with Power

July 8, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich MEEzekiel 2:1-5, Mark 6:1-13The verb “to prophesy” in Greek means to speak for or on behalf of someone. A prophet is someone who speaks for or on behalf of someone. In the Bible a prophet is someone who speaks for or on behalf of God. Think about all the times in the Bible when someone, Isaiah or Jeremiah o...
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A High and Lofty Mountain

June 17, 2018Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich MEEzekiel 17:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17What is tallest tree in the world?The tallest trees in the world are redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), which tower above the ground in California. These trees can easily reach heights of 300 feet (91 meters).Among the redwoods, a tree named Hyperion dwarfs t...
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Tingling Ears

June 3, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich ME1 Samuel 3 and 4:1, 2 Corinthians 4:5–12Talked on Saturday to my mailman who was resting in the shade .... suggested to him that it would be great to have a day like Saturday transferred to January or February ... he grudgingly said yes, but unfortunately the weather was changing for the worse .... was go...
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Dry Bones and New Wine

May 20, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich, MEEzekiel 37:1-14, Acts 2:1-21We don’t like talking about Holy Spirit, do we? Makes us uncomfortable .... joke about man who doesn’t want to be hypnotized ... but we need the eggs!Nicene Creed:We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who ...
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The Arrival of Love

March 25, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich MEZechariah 9:9-13, John 12:12-16Last week I went to a meeting of clergy colleagues up in Waldoboro. Six of us meet each month to share with and help each other in our pastoral ministries. We do that taking turns talking about what is happening in our lives and in our churches. We seek advice from each ot...
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“a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to … Israel.”

February 4, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich MEHebrews 2:14-18, Luke 2:22-40In this season of Epiphany we have heard several readings from the Scriptures that make manifest to us the identity of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is Messiah, Son of God, the Christ, Savior of all Creation, Lord.How do we know that? Jesus told us. God told us. The Holy Sp...
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Here I am. Where will you send me?

January 14, 2018 Rev. Dr. Alan BaughcumDay’s Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich, ME1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:43-51After this sermon we are going to sing an old hymn, probably 70 or 80 years old now. It’s title is Lord Send Me ..... actually I remember it from the refrain ..... Here Am I, Lord Send Me. I like it because it is easy to sing and I was actually able to remember it from so...
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