Thanksgiving (with enthusiasm)

This is Willie, our beagle, with the peanut butter jar, licking until it is just the scent of nuts past. In fact, he’s never given a jar until it has been cleaned with a rubber scraper. But this joy isn’t about amounts of peanut butter, it’s about sharing something we love, it’s about the challenge of getting snout and tongue down to the bottom, and it’s about having us as an audience to his joy ready to help if (when) the snout gets stuck.

Read More
Jennifer Gray
Squirrel!

Squirrel!

All October last year I was in Aotearoa New Zealand, as a scholar-in-residence at the Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre. It was a wonderful experience and I will share tidbits of New Zealand Pakeha and Maori culture in future sermons. People were incredibly gracious to me and showed me so much of the scenery and culture. I made wonderful friends.

Read More
Jennifer Gray
Spiritual Practice at First Congregational Church of Kittery

We have spent the month of September exploring the power and impact of 5 particular spiritual practices in our lives and relationships. Our church is built on Covenant Relationships, the kind of relationship we discover first with God, which we then share with one another, our neighbors and our world; we believe these relationships can be strengthened and deepened when we begin “growing in faith,” focusing on 5 central areas of our humanity. Yesterday in worship, we invited everyone in our congregation to claim one of these spiritual practices as something they will begin nurturing and enhancing in their own lives. Each of our choices are represented by wearing a particular color lanyard with our church name tags. Here’s what each color lanyard means:

Read More
Brian Gruhn
Trust

You are invited to participate in a ritual we offered yesterday in worship. Yesterday we asked a simple question, and we gave everyone in attendance an opportunity to answer that question for themselves:

We are all hurt in this life…and hurt breaks Trust…and makes it difficult to Trust again. Can you name

the person, event, or thing that broke your sense of Trust?

We have already received nearly 100 responses to this question. We would like to know your response as well.

Read More
Humility

This week’s blog post is from a talk about Humility given by Geneve Hoffman during the worship service on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Read More
Jennifer Gray