2009 Sermons

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Sex, Sin and the Birth of Jesus: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
December 20th, 2009

The only Vermonter to ever attain the White House, Calvin Coolidge was known as a man of few words.

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Unstuffing the Holidays: by Lay Worship Committee
December 13th, 2009

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Guest Speaker: by Dr. Charlie Clements
November 29th, 2009

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Loaves and Fishes : by Reverend Gary Kowalski
November 22nd, 2009

Once upon a time a man had a dream that he had a chance to visit both heaven and hell.

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The Power of Connection: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
November 15th, 2009

A cartoon strip called "Hagar the Horrible" depicts Hagar standing astern his Viking boat, which sits dead in the water, drifting aimlessly, with the crew in disarray.

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This I Believe: by Lay Worship Committee
November 8th, 2009

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Pillars and Windows: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
October 18th, 2009

Great works of art are often anonymous. The names of the masons and craftsmen who erected the magnificent cathedrals of the Middle Ages remain unknown to history.

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The Ghost in the Machine: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
October 11th, 2009

Several years ago there was a movie called "O God!" that featured George Burns in the title role of Our Heavenly Father. One of the actor’s persistent problems is convincing the people he meets that he really is God Almighty, since few people seem to picture the Supreme Being as a balding, squinty-eyed, cigar chewing old man.

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At Home in the Cosmos: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 20th, 2009

Probably since the dawn of time, individuals have been looking up at the starry firmament, the luminous moon, the bright beacon of the planets, the immense orb of space, and pausing to ask themselves, "I wonder what’s on TV tonight?" But sometimes—when nothing’s on--more cosmic questions pass through our minds, as well.

 

Not Very Good Wizards: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
September 13th, 2009

The Wizard of Oz is a forever favorite that’s been revisited and revised again and again. The story keeps changing faces, from Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as Scarecrow in the Wiz to the Tony award winning Wicked which explores things from the witches’ point of view. The tale keeps getting repeated, as though we can’t quite put it down.

 

Nuthin' Doing: Changin the World By Sitting Still: by Rachel Stampul
August 9th, 2009

Now, I am no master when it comes to doing nothing. In fact, although I’m not a complete failure, intentional stillness still somehow evades me most of the time.

 

Church Shopping: A Consumer's Guide: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
August 2nd, 2009

Maybe it’s true that every religion has it’s favorite comic strip. Evangelicals and fundamentalists like The Family Circle and B.C., for instance. Most of us probably prefer Doonesbury, whose creator, Gary Trudeau, based his imaginary character the Reverend Scott Sloan on the real life figure of Scotty McLennan, his former roommate from undergraduate days at Yale who’s now an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.

 

A Sense of Wonder: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
May 31st, 2009

I want to thank Dean Corrigan, a member of our congregation who last week sent me a tribute he’d written for his favorite teacher, Mary Finnegan. He’d been in her classroom many years before in the little town of Gorham,

 

Mother's Day Meditation: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
May 10th, 2009

I went to the dances at Chandlerville,
And played snap-out at Winchester.
One time we changed partners,
Driving home in the moonlight of middle June,
And then I found Davis.

 

Our Brother's Keeper?: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
May 3rd, 2009

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” The question is as old as the Bible, and the answer, at least in Jewish and Christian tradition, is clear that we do have obligations to each other.

 

To April's Breeze Unfurled: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 19th, 2009

It all started on this day, before the crack of dawn. Eight hundred British soldiers under the command of General Thomas Gage had been tramping through the night, ordered to capture the stores of gunpowder and muskets that the Americans had mustered in Concord, where their Provincial Congress had been meeting.

 

Saving Paradise: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
April 12th, 2009

I’m not sure how Saint Peter would feel about having a small river in Arizona named after him. San Pedro, after all, is traditionally the keeper of the keys, the guardian of the Pearly Gates, and the subject of a hundred jokes about who’s going to heaven, like the one about the three stupid guys who die and find themselves at the entrance of Paradise.

 

To Thine Own Self: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
March 9th, 2009

What’s the difference between an original and a counterfeit? Between authenticity and imposture? How do you differentiate a cheap knock-off from the real thing? Sometimes the telltale signs are so slight that even experts have trouble telling them apart.

 

Questions You Might Ask: by Reverend Gary Kowalski
February 22nd, 2009

Who are you? And where do you come from? Those are questions I might ask newcomers or visitors to the congregation or folks I’m just meeting for the first time.

 

Staying Mindful When You're Out on a Limb: by Gay Symington
February 15th, 2009

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.

 

The Elevator Speech: by Jane Dwinell
January 4th, 2009

Just what is this religion? Why should anyone come here and participate in the life of this congregation?