Pastors' Blog

Archives: March 2017

Mar 31, 2017 - Kent French

This recent orthopedic setback has given me time to look at life slightly differently. It has definitely forced me to slow down. It has given me an opportunity to receive kindness and care from this beloved community, in emails, cards and delicious food. I am deeply grateful. You, along with my mother and better half and close friends, have encouraged me not to rush things. Thank you for your kind admonitions, your love, prayers and generosity. I look forward to being back with you in...

Mar 24, 2017 - Kent French

A few years ago, I shared with you in a sermon about a 45-second video that the Mindfulness expert, Jon Kabat-Zinn often shows in his talks. You can watch it here. Go ahead, it will only take you a minute. Best to watch it full screen.

The first time, you just look for how many times the people wearing the white t-shirts pass the balls. And then…if you watch further you may have noticed that you missed...

Mar 16, 2017 - Kent French

At some point today, you turned on the faucet and out came a rush of clean, sanitary, drinkable water. You used it to brush your teeth, to wash your hair, to make your coffee, to take a shower, to clean the dishes and the clothes, to flush the toilets, and simply to have a cool, refreshing drink. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day....

Mar 09, 2017 - Kent French

There’s an old spiritual with the words:

Now there was a man of the Pharisees,His name was Nicodemus and he didn't believe.The same came to Christ by night.Wanted to be taught out of human sight.

Nicodemus was a man who desired to knowhow a man can be born when he is old.Christ told Nicodemus as a friend,"Man you must be born again."Said, "Marvel not, man, if you wanna be wise,Repent, believe and be baptized".

It’s a paraphrase of this week’s Gospel, the story of...

Mar 02, 2017 - Kent French

On this First Sunday in Lent, we will welcome once again our friends from Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland and join them Friday night in shabbat services at 6:15pm. We continue to be grateful for this collaboration, centered in shared music and our Minister of Music Susan DeSelm’s long association with both congregations...