Sermons

“Teaching Jesus a Lesson” – Sermon for August 17, 2014

“Teaching Jesus a Lesson” A Sermon on Matthew 15:10-28 for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Preached August 17, 2014, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister This morning, I’m going to get right down to it… this is quite frankly a challenging story—a disturbing story even—this scene of Jesus and the Canaanite…

“The Abudant Feast” – Sermon for August 3, 2014

“The Abundant Feast” A Sermon on Matthew 14:13-21 for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A preached by The Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister, on August 3, 2014 “Nobody in the world eats better than the bereaved Southerner.”[1] At least this is the claim that Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays make in this wonderful…

“Why It Couldn’t Wait” – Sermon for August 25, 2013

“Why It Couldn’t Wait”  A Sermon on Luke 13:10-17 for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Preached August 25, 2013, at the Storrs Congregational Church, UCC, Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut, by the Rev. Matthew Emery Perhaps you, like me, are familiar with having some recurring stressful dream, some repeating “nightmare”, if you will.  From…

“A New Creation is Everything” – Sermon for July 7, 2013

“A New Creation is Everything” A Sermon on Galatians 6:1-16 for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C By The Rev. Matthew Emery, preached July 7, 2013 Back during the 2008 presidential election campaign, you may remember a small item for which then-senator Barack Obama was scrutinized and criticized.  No, I’m not speaking of his…

“Bound and Free” – Sermon for June 23, 2013

“Bound and Free” A Sermon on Galatians 3:23-29 for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C By The Rev. Matthew Emery, preached June 23, 2013 They say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, right?  What you can see on the outside, the wisdom would have us believe, doesn’t always match up with what’s on…

“Once Again, It’s Not About You” – Sermon for June 16, 2013

“Once Again, It’s Not About You” A Sermon on Galatians 2:15-21 for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C By The Rev. Matthew Emery, preached June 16, 2013 We here in Connecticut are no strangers to political disappointment, to that sense of being underwhelmed, let down, occasionally even betrayed by our political and legal and other…