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Sermons at First Parish Church

We have a number of Rev. Kemler’s sermons in audio form. These files are large, but they should begin to play in your browser (in a new window) soon after you click on the links. Click the triangle next to a year for links to that year’s sermons.

We have transcribed a couple of dozen of Rev. Kemler’s sermons (and a few from guest ministers). Again, click the triangle next to Transcripts for the links.

  2017

March

19

Blessed Are We

12

Every Hour. Even Here. Even Now.

05

Out of a Great Need
February

19

The We of Me

12

Nevertheless, We Persist

05

The Time Has Chosen Us
January

29

We Can Do Hard Things

22

Reflections on the Kigali Reading Center (Parfait Gasana)

15

What if the Mightiest Word is Love

08

How Brightness Makes a Home in You
 

  2016

December

24

(transcript) Some­thing New Is Trying to Get Itself Born

11

Joy Strewn All Around

04

How We Bear the Light
November

13

We’re All Just Walking Each Other Home

06

Love and Grace Bat Last
October

23

This is the Sound of All of Us

16

Open to the Stars and Weather

09

Clumsy Transformations

02

Active Hope: A New Story for a New Year
September

25

Our Project (Rev. Aaron Stockwell) | Gather the Sparks (Rev. Elea Kemler)

18

More Beautiful for Having Been Broken ( audio | transcript )
June

19

An Invisible Thread: A Farewell Sermon (Rev. Karen G. Johnston) (audio | transcript)

05

If You Want God to Laugh, Make Plans (Rev. Elea Kemler)
May

29

Listening as an Act of Love: The Stories that Heal, Transform and Bring Us Home

15

Chalice Lighting (Rev. Elea Kemler)
You Say Hello... (Almost-nearly-but-not-quite-yet-Rev. Karen G. Johnston) (transcript)

08

Litany of Endearments (Rev. Lilia Cuervo)

01

Three sermonettes: It Was Designed That Way (Sarah Iacobucci); Building a Moral Compass (Jack Wool); Where Do We Go from Here (Steve Boczenowski)
April

24

Holy Envy (Karen G. Johnston, Sabbatical Minister)

17

Small (Karen G. Johnston, Sabbatical Minister)
March

27

The Limits of Our Senses (Karen G. Johnston, Sabbatical Minister): audio | transcript

20

The Paradox of Generosity & Scarcity (Karen G. Johnston, Sabbatical Minister): audio | transcript

13

A Great Cloud of Witnesses (Matt Meyer)

06

The Work (in Progress) Written by Rev. Peter Boullata and originally de­liv­ered at the ordina­tion of Rev. Aaron Stockwell. Deliv­ered today by Gregg Baker, Chair of the FPCoG Joint Board
February

28

Illuminating the Ministry of Joshua Young (Karen G. Johnston, Sabbatical Minister) audio | transcript

21

Always Creating, Always Building (Rev. Tom Nalesnik, guest minister)

14

Redemption Song (Jeanne Nieuwejaar, guest minister)
January

31

Practicing the Art of Losing (Karen G. Johnston, Sabbatical Minister)

24

We Stand at a New Doorway

17

Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Multiculturalism: What’s In It for White People (Ken Wagner)

10

Persistently, Abundantly, Miraculously the Way It Is

03

What Ships Are Built For
 

  2015

December

24

Lift Your Face Toward the Light ( audio | transcript )

13

If We Don’t Believe in Hell, Does It Still Exist? (Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister)

06

Go Lightly, Toward Light, Toward Beauty

November

29

Reflections on Making the Way by Walking: Christina Rogers | Marisa Benson

15

We Make the Way by Walking

08

Reflections on Veterans in Two Voices: Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister | Rev. Elea Kemler

01

Reflections on Love and Grief (Frank Sapp)

October

25

Imagine a World

18

Invite Wonder

11

Everything Possible: On the Fluidity of Humanity (Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister) audio | transcript

04

Ten Thousand Prayers, Ten Thousand Paths to Hope

September

27

Hearing the Call of Your Heart

20

Hearing the Call to Renewal: audio | transcript

June

24

Love Is Best But Baseball Is Pretty Good

May

24

On Not Waiting to Be the Humming­bird (Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister): audio | transcript

17

Why We Are Here

03

Let Me Show You Beauty

April

26

Holding this Earth: Our Gratitude, Our Pain, Our Hope (Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister): audio | transcript

05

A Call to Such Rising

March

29

See What Road Appears

22

Youth Service Re­flec­tions — Anya | Ale­jandro | Emma | Kaitlin | Brayden

15

Begin Again in Love (Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister)

08

Hope is a Road

February

22

Choosing Open Eyes (Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister)

08

To Save What Matters Most

01

Thanks for the Memories (Rev. Charles Gaines)

January

25

Abundance Scooped From Abundance (Karen G. Johnston, Intern Minister) | Always Enough (Rev. Elea Kem­ler)

18

Who Is My Neigh­bor? Rev. Elea Kem­ler | Rev. Eustace D. Payne Jr. | Charles Bogues

11

Come With Your Wild Imaginings

 

  2014

December

14

The Shared World: Lessons in Joy and (Dis)Comfort (Intern Minister Karen G. Johnston):

07

So Bold, So Brave, So Loving: audiotranscript

November

30

Two reflections on growing up UU: Chris Funch; Grace Flannagan

16

Transcript: The Blessing of a Quiet Heart

09

Calling on Wholeness

02

How They Move in Us

October

26

Who Do We Shelter Now?;
Opening the Doors

19

This Holy Ground Called Love

12

Nobody, but Nobody Can Make It Out Here Alone (Intern Minister Karen G. Johnston): audiotranscript

05

The Language of Love (Rev. Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar)

September

28

Engaging Life with Tenderness

21

Taste This Sweetness

14

Out of a Great Need: This Shared Faith

May

25

Who Is With Us On The Road? (Laura Geoghegan Kellner)

18

The Annual State of the Congregation Address

11

Teach Us All You Can of Saying Yes

04

And That Has Made All the Difference

April

20

Rolling the Stone from the Tomb of Longing

13

Pilgrims on This Road of Love and Ashes

06

Four Short Sermons on Courage: Will Frey | Hannah Tellier | Tom Grigglestone | Abbie Clark

March

30

Eat What Is Good

23

Invocation | The Giants Are Dancing (Laura Geoghegan Kellner)

16

Not So Fast — Beyond Loaves and Fishes (Aaron Stockwell)

09

A Season for Wandering

02

A Quiet Source of Strength

February

23

On Wonder and Imagination (Laura Geoghegan Kellner)

16

Now is the Time

09

Spirituality of Imperfection (Rev. Kimberly Toma­szewski): audio – – transcript

02

People Get Ready: In Celebration of the Generous Life

January

26

The Gratitude Project: audio – – transcript

19

Reflections on service by Sara Woods, Brenna Mayer, and Steve Boczenowski — Transcript

12

Every Luminous Moment

05

Waste Your Heart on Fear No More: Reflections on the New Year

 

  2013

December

24

Make Your Life an Answer

15

It Will Astonish You: Reflections on Joy

01

A Plan for Existence, a Plan for the Sublime (Joel Wool): audiotranscript

November

17

The Heart is an Unerring Compass

10

What If?

03

Open Door and the Strategic Plan

October

27

Loosen Your Hands

20

A Sanctuary of Peace and a Welcome Table

13

Ja Helo (Czech Mountain Greeting) — Libana

06

And We Call This the Repair of the World

September

29

Taste and See |
Reading (Laura Geoghegan Kellner)

22

A Life Constructed Around Love

15

The Restoration of our Hearts

08

Gathering of the Water

June

02

Summer Spirit, Summer Mind

May

19

A Long Road Together: The Minister’s Annual Report to the Congregation

March

24

The Terrible Blessings of the Journey

17

Reflections

10

Sacred Time

03

Finally To Unfold Again: Spiritual Renewal and the Practice of Prayer [truncated]

February

24

Going Deeper, Coming Home: Spiritual Renewal and the Practice of Prayer

17

Our Song at the Sea (Matt Meyer)

03

Truth and Emptiness: Reflections on the Fourth Principle

January

27

One Sun, One Ground, One Sky

20

Lay-led service for Martin Luther King Day

Chalice lighting – Betty Keddy

Excerpts from Drum Major Instinct by Dr. M. L. King Jr. – Paul Harter

Restorative Justice – Barbara Rich

Prison Ministry/ AVP – June Adams Johnson

Groton Interfaith Council – Donna Nowak

13

Paint From the Inside

 

  2012

December

24

The Blessed Light That Comes

16

Words for Dec. 16: audiotranscript

November

18

Around Our Grateful Table

04

The Passionate Heart of Joshua Young (Rev. Elz Curtiss)

October

28

Beloved Then, Now and Always

21

The Heart of a Sojourner

14

Get Found, Sing Loud!

07

Eye to Eye and Soul to Soul

September

30

The Shelter of Each Other

23

Carbonated Holiness — On Laughter and Forgiving

16

Who We Haven't Yet Become

May

27

Memorial Day Reflections (Ellen Todd)

Bless the Poets and Those Who Mourn (Rev. Elea Kemler)

13

To Bless the World

06

A Call to Those Who Remember the Dreams of Our Youth

April

29

The God Who Knows Only Four Words: Come Dance With Me: audiotranscript

22

We are Grateful, Good Earth

15

Dancing on the Edge of Maybe

08

Woken from the Sleep of Ages

01

Pilgrims on the Road of Dust and Ashes

March

25

Reflections (Clara O'Rourke)

Reflections (Meghan McNierney)

Reflections (Grace)

18

Over and Over Again [truncated]

11

Use Your Wings to Show You're Alive

04

The Open Doors of the Heart: audio | transcript

February

26

Let This be a Season for Wandering

12

The Gift of Deeper Sight

05

Bring Your Broken Heart to This Altar of Life

January

29

Put a Pebble in My Shoe (Melinda Green)

22

The Holy Thing Inside You

15

Reflections on CityReach (Gregg Baker & Braydon Woods)

Reflections on Prison Ministry (Pat Parker-Roach & Justin Holmes)

Reflections on Nicarugua (Ed O’Rourke & Clara O’Rourke)

Reflections on TADS (Teenage Anxiety and Depression Solutions) (Steve Boczenowsk)

08

Heeding the Signposts of Intuition and Dream

 

  2011

December

24

Life is So Generous: Christmas Eve Message 2011: audiotranscript

11

To Reteach a Thing Its Loveliness

04

Say the Thing That You Most Need and the Door Will Open Wide: audiotranscript

November

27

Return to the Place Where Your Heart Is (Aaron Stockwel)

13

Every Small Spring Rising

06

Reflections on Ten Years as a Wel­com­ing Congregation

October

23

Touch Wonder

16

We Stand As In An Open Field

09

Walking Our Paths

02

Open Your Fists: A Reflection on Yom Kippur

September

25

Sweet and Thankful For Any Small Gesture

18

Strong and Strong Again: Steeple Navigation Part Two

June

05

What Sustains Us: The Taste of Honey and the Touch of Stone

May

29

Making Real A Dream Once Lost Among Sorrows and Songs

22

The Answer to Every Question

15

The Doorway into Thanks and Silence

08

A Great, Common Tenderness

April

24

What Makes You Come Alive

17

If You Have Seen

10

Perfection

03

The Road to Holiness

Marvh

27

You Must Answer This Question

20

Hearts Opening, Very Wide

13

The Shared World

06

Ten Year Reflections

February

27

Whose Silence Are You?

January

30

Reflections on Fifty Years in Ministry (Rev. Charles Gaines)

23

Stories of Power, Stories of Repair

16

Everybody Can be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve

09

Inspiration, Art, and Spirit

02

These Ways of Seeing

 

  2010

Dec.

24

A Man Who Listened to Dreams

12

While Waiting for Light, Bring Light

05

Hannukah To Haiti (Joel Wool)

Nov.

28

Seven Gifts (Michael Roberts)

14

Choosing To Be True Human Beings

7

Dramatic Reading: Rev. John Farwell Moors

Oct.

31

Eternity Breaking In

24

Then, Love the World

17

Room In the House of the Heart

10

To Be (Arron Stockwell)

Sep.

26

Our True Home is Under the Stars

19

How the Heart Wants to Be Alive

May

30

The Responsibility of Memory, The Strength of Hope

16

The Compass of the Heart

9

Filling In the Silences

2

Quiet In Heart

Apr.

25

Reflections For Earth Day

18

The Ground on Which We Walk Together

4

There Is Time Left

Mar.

28

Telling a New Story

21

Is Anyone Thirsty? Come and Drink

14

We Are Saying Thank You

7

Lifted Out Into the Light

Feb.

28

Go Into the Place Called Barren; Stand In the Place Called Empty

21

Dancing With Shadows and Light

7

Waiting to See Us Once Beautiful and Brave

Jan.

31

Welcome to the Mountain of Fire and Miracles

24

The Passing of a Threshold is at Hand

17

Reflections On Service

10

The Dream of a Common Language

3

No Smoldering Twig

 

  2009

Dec.

24

The Turning Open of Each Life

13

While Waiting for Hope, Be Hope

6

Waiting for the Light, Being the Light

Nov.

15

Come to Prayer, Come to Well-Being

8

Service of the Heart

Oct.

15

Laughing in Aston­ishment, Bowing Our Heads: The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

8

Perhaps This Gift Is Your Answer

Sep.

27

Go Lightly Toward Light

20

Dawn By Dawn: Seeing Our Way Clear

May

31

Bless Us With Fool­ishness & Bridges to Community

24

The Responsibility of Memory, The Strength of Hope

17

Reflections on Mental Health

10

The Great Human Family

Apr.

26

Glad to the Brink of Fear (Sue Phillips)

12

New Life Always Arriving

5

The Terrible Blessing of the Journey

Mar.

29

Quiet In Heart, and In Eye, Clear

22

Wisdom Ancient & Emerging

8

Holding the World in Trust

Feb.

22

What Time, Grace, and Circumstances Will Make Us

15

Common Love

1

To Save What Matters Most

Jan.

25

Walking Forward In that Light

11

The Great Gift of Time: Stories That Transform Our Lives

4

Can You Imagine It: Reflections for the New Year

 

  2008

Dec.

24

Fear Not the Strangeness

14

Sing Sturdy Songs

7

At the Threshold

Nov.

16

Member Expectations, Caring For One Another

09

Building the Be­loved Community, Honor Differences

02

Remembering Our Journey(George Downey)

Oct.

26

Building a Beloved Community

19

Building a Beloved Community

12

Living a Life of Meaning and Purpose

5

Praise the Light That Shines Before Us, Through Us, After Us

Sep.

28

Every Stone on the Road, Precious

14

Navigating By Steeple: A Vision For the Year Ahead

 

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