Rev. Liz Goodman, Lenox & Monterey UCC

On the irrepressibility of the human spirit--or is it the pervasive, penetrative Holy Spirit? Or some combination of the two?

Monterey Church

Church on the Hill, Lenox (UCC)

Direct download: The_Wild_Divine.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:38am EST

We're still with Jesus has he preaches his Sermon on the Mount, and what started out as promising abounding blessing now seems like quite a heavy lift.

Can you manage it?

Monterey Church

Church on the Hill, Lenox UCC

Direct download: Anti-thesis.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

Christianity has been thought as a dangerously lawless enterprise. After all, if everything comes of God's grace, then what does it matter how we live? 

Church on the Hill, Lenox (UCC)

Monterey Church

Direct download: Thanks_for_the_Side-Eye.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

We could exhaust ourselves trying to grow the church or even to "save"the church. How much more delightful would it be, though, if we were simply to be the church. That would be its own appeal.

Monterey Church

Church on the Hill, Lenox

Direct download: To_Believe_or_to_Enact.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

Jesus gathered disciples who in turn were to gather other. What does that mean for us? Evangelism is no easy prospect, especially for those of us in the mainline church, and especially in a world where there's no shortage of people "selling" something. How then to do it, and why?

Monterey Church

Church on the Hill, Lenox

Direct download: Would_You_Like_to_Come_to_Church_with_Me.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

Church on the Hill is one of the most photographed meetinghouses in New England. So goes the legend. But what does it mean that it's not necessarily conducive to the on-going life of the church?

Church on the Hill, Lenox

Direct download: Our_251st_Year.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm EST

Little churches might seem an ineffectual way to make a change in the world--to improve things or influence things for the better. Consider, though, the gentle servant of Isaiah's imagining, or the gentle Christ who comes though expected to be harsh and decisive. Maybe little churches are just the vessel God needs to plant the kingdom in our midst.

Monterey Church

Church on the Hill, Lenox

Direct download: Tender_Shepherd.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

Why would the transcendent choose to submit to immanence?

Church on the Hill, Lenox 

Direct download: Christmas_Present.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

Anti-Semitism is like a virus in the brain that humanity just can't kick. The Church bears some responsibility for its perennially infecting us. Here's a sermon that makes a case against it as a habit of mind and a violation of our faith and our humanity.

Monterey Church

Direct download: Anti-Semitism_and_the_Church.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Christmas Eve comes with a lot of expectations. People bring to the service of lessons and carols a desire to feel a certain way, to be made to believe in magic and unadulterated happiness. This sermon won't necessarily enchant you into the Christmas spirit you might have felt as a child. You won't mistake your life as a existing within a snow globe. But you might learn how to live out Christmas hope even when all hope seems lost. The world isn't an easy place these days. Of course, the world Jesus was born into wasn't easy either. 

Monterey Church

Church on the Hill, Lenox

Direct download: Christmas_Eve_2019.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53am EST

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