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Unexpected Wisdom (Refresh: Lessons from Jesus’ Life to Ours)

January 10, 2021 Luke 2:21-38 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   2020 began as many years do – with resolutions to eat better, work out, learn something new. Resolutions quickly turned into a year of hitting reload on our computers and devices as we attended zoom meetings, tried to...
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Star Gifts 2021

Matthew 2:1-12 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman January 3, 2021 Almost exactly twelve years ago today, the First Congregational Church, UCC in Bristol, CT began the tradition and spiritual practice of Star Gifts; however the ritual of Star Gifts goes back much farther than that. I brought...
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God with Us through Unexpected People

December 20, 2020 Luke 1:26-38 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman When a baby is born, most parents, whether they admit it or not, have hopes and dreams for that child. Might they grow up to be a professional baseball player? A Nobel prize winner? Might they become a nurse? a doctor? A...
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God with Us in Small, Unexpected Ways

December 13, 2020 Samuel 16:1, 5-13 Isaiah 11:1-6, 8-9 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   It’s that little feeling deep inside that makes you turn around and go back to listen and help. It’s that indescribable pull that tells you that while surprising, challenging, or even...
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God with Us in the Little Things

December 6, 2010 Micah 5:2-5 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   It’s the most wonderful time of the year….for singing. Our hymnal is full of many beloved hymns to sing on Christmas Eve, like Hark the Herald Angels Sing. O Come All Ye Faithful. We Three Kings. I have a hard time...
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God in the Ordinary

November 29, 2020 John 1:1-15 Isaiah 9:2-7 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   At the top of a mountain with a sea of golden leaves below and the blue, blue sky a canopy overhead. In that place, we know that God is with us. Walking along the sandy shore, with the rhythmic waves...
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Kindness Rocks, Compassion Rules

November 22, 2020 Matthew 25:31-40 Ephesians 1:15-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   A pandemic, a census, a presidential election, racial injustice protests, and the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. 2020 had its fair share of memorable events. And it’s also...
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The Journey Before Us

November 8, 2020 Ephesians 4:1-6, 11-16 Matthew 25:14-21 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   The Parable of the Talents, as this passage from the gospel of Matthew is called, is often thought to be about money. I’d like to tell it to you in a different way. God has created this...
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Journey of Reconciliation

Nov 1, 2020 Matthew 5:38-47 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   As a five year old girl, she stood outside baseball games and military funerals and held signs that spoke of hate. She stood there with her family. She stood there with her church. And as a young woman, she took to social...
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The Journey Through

October 25, 2020 Exodus 13:17-22, 14:10-14, 15:22-27 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   After years of being slaves in Egypt, after years of oppression and hard labor, injustice and cruel treatment, God’s people were finally free. The Israelites were finally on their way back home to...
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