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Equally Loved, an Easter message

April 4, 2021 Easter John 20:1-18 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Mary Magdalene wept. Peter and John ran. Thomas doubted.   Early in the morning while it was still dark, when the Sabbath was over and she was finally allowed to go, Mary Magdalene went immediately to Jesus’...
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The Joy Vaccination

March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday John 12:12-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   I’d like to give credit to a member of Monday morning Bible study for their wisdom, which inspired this message’s title.   I can clearly picture this movie scene in my mind even though this past week, I...
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Prayer & Forgiveness

March 21, 2021 Matthew 5:43-45 Mark 11:22-25 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   At one time or another, we have all likely had issues with our neighbors. Maybe they make too much noise or consistently forget to shovel their sidewalks or maybe they think you don’t mow your lawn often...
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Thy Will

March 14, 2021 Matthew 26:36-46 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Your will be done. Three times, Jesus prays this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane “your will be done”. (Matthew 26:42) “not what I want but what you want” (Matthew 26:39) And what Jesus wants isn’t something small...
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Make Familiar

March 7, 2021 Luke 6:12-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   No matter what Jesus did, whether it was naming the twelve disciples, healing people, walking across water, or even accepting his impending death, no matter what extraordinary thing Jesus did, there was one thing he always...
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The Paths of Prayer

February 28, 2021 Luke 11:1-13 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   For Lent one year, the Rev. Rachel Hackenberg, a United Church of Christ pastor, took up the challenge of writing a prayer for each day of Lent. Sitting down with pen and paper was a spiritual practice that was already...
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Return and Give Praise

February 21, 2021 Luke 17:11-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   In general, I’m not much of a procrastinator; however when it comes to writing my annual report each January……. I am about the biggest procrastinator there is – and it’s likely because I’m a planner. I want to look...
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The Three N’s

February 14, 2021 John 11:1-6, 17-44 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   It’s Valentine’s Day today – a holiday filled with cards and candy, flowers and loved ones. Valentine’s Day is a day to think about love in all its forms; however thinking about your loved ones might leave you...
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Ice Castles, Green Cows, and God

February 7, 2021 Matthew 18:1-5 Luke 9:46-48 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Innocent, accepting, enthusiastic, playful, and carefree. There are so many reasons why adults should be more child-like. Our blood pressures would be lower; we would sleep better. Heaven knows there are...
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Persistent Community

January 31, 2021 Luke 5:17-26 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   “Truthfully, I was ready to give up on the idea by August, but they were not.” Many churches are pursuing ministry in new and creative ways due to the pandemic. The First Church in Sterling, Massachusetts is one of...
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