Sermons

I Pledge Allegiance…

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 18, 2020 Video of entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/261947745213724 Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22 In 2017, right before I was appointed here to Hanscom Park church, I was ordained. To get ordained, I had to write lots of papers, fill out a bazillion forms, and interview with three subcommittees of the Board of Ordained Ministry. In one of my interviews, the committee and I got into a fairly lively conversation about my work for and commitment to the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. I sensed a lot of people in the room agreed with me. I ...
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Jesus, the Very Worst Savior

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 11, 2020 Video of entire worship service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/793647128103003  Scripture: Matthew 11: 2-15 I wasn’t kidding during the Children’s Time. I really hate Candyland. There’s just no way to make sure you win that thing! Those of you who know me well might have guessed this about me: I'm a naturally competitive person. Growing up, I was really into winning. I was competitive playing basketball (MVP on my team 7th & 8th grade…then I stopped growing). I qualified for a national speech competition in Washington, DC). I was my high school valedictorian, and came home from ...
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Bearers of Love

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen  October 4, 2020 Video of entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/340557987200215/  Scripture: Luke 23:32-38 32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved ...
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Reframing the Narrative

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen September 27, 2020 Video of whole service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/767646890685858  Scripture: John 3:1-8, John 7:45-52, John 19:39-42 I find the Nicodemus cycle of stories in John so fascinating. It is not common that there is this kind of minor character who we can follow: who sort of regularly pops up at different points in the gospel narrative. Nicodemus is quite unique. He’s so unique, that even though I know we’ve talked about him before, I want to revisit his story again. I will warn you that this is probably a different interpretation than what you’ve heard me share ...
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Truly Transformed

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen September 20, 2020 Video of the entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/317202786240128/ Scripture: Mark 10:17-22 Today’s reading is another great story from the biblical narrative. It’s not as messy as the one from last week, but just as interesting! Here we’ve got Jesus on the move, again, and this man runs up to him and kneels down before him. This man literally stops Jesus in his tracks. He has a very pressing question for Jesus. He asks, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus gives him a pretty straightforward answer. You have to follow the commandments. Don’t ...
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