The Abundance of Who We Are

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen Hanscom Park UMC February 25, 2018 Scripture: Mark 14:1-11   Well, it is the moment that you have all been waiting for… or perhaps the moment you’ve been fearing…depending upon your perspective. Ever since that crazy bishop decided to appoint a woman at Hanscom Park church, I know you have all been waiting for me to use the F-word. You know, the F-word…feminist. Well, today is your lucky day! I know. You’re excited. Or very concerned. But hey, at least it will be interesting, right? Today’s scripture is my favorite feminist scripture in the bible. And ...
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Listen Before You Speak

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen February 4, 2018 Scripture: Numbers 22:21-38 Donkeys rarely get a role – much less a speaking role – in the bible. Today, however, Balaam’s donkey is not only a main character but is actually the hero of our story. To understand what is going on in this admittedly unusual bible story, we need to know a little of what has come before. You know some of this background, I’m sure. Let’s start with the Israelites: God’s people. The Israelites have come out of Egypt because they were being oppressed by Pharaoh. They have been wandering in ...
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Keep the Miracle Bandwidth Wide

by Rev. Chris Jorgensen Hanscom Park United Methodist Church January 28, 2018 Scripture: Matthew 17: 24–27   When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?’ He said, ‘Yes, he does.’ And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?’ When Peter said, ‘From others’, Jesus said to him, ‘Then the children are free. However, so that we do not give offence ...
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Jesus Our Plumb Line

A Sermon by Rev. Chris Jorgensen January 21, 2018 ----- 2 Kings 2:23-25 Elisha went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!” When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and then returned to Samaria. ------- Friends, would you raise your hand if you ...
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Comply, Collaborate, Resist?

A sermon by Rev. Chris Jorgensen January 14, 2018 Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-16 So, you might be surprised that we are revisiting the story of the magi this week. I mean, we need to get moving here. Epiphany is over, right?! But here’s the thing! That scripture we usually hear about the magi. Where it ended last week… well, the scripture ends of a cliffhanger. Imagine it with lots of drama. “And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.” What?! Why?! What is King Herod going to do?! ...
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