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December 27, 2012                   Paul Atwater                mp3

A Series on: The Lord’s Prayer   lead us not into temptation

 

Matthew 6:5-15

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

Matthew 4:1-11 (The Temptation of Jesus)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%204:1-11&version=NIV

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

December 20, 2012                   Mark Booker                mp3

We need the Truth to Live

 

John 1:14-18

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201:14-18&version=NIV

 

Mark wrote: Given that the one question was about a response to Newtown and that several others spoke with me about the Newtown event afterwards, I thought I'd point you to the link of the audio of the sermon I preached in response to the tragedy this past Sunday: http://www.cotcboston.org/MP3s/A_Response_to_Tragedy.mp3 - in the event that you would like to put this link underneath the audio of this morning's talk on the Thursday morning website. 

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

December 13, 2012                   Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #100    “Paul in Athens”

 

Acts 17:16-31

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2017:16-31&version=NIV

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

December 6, 2012                     David Franks                mp3

A teaching on the First Book of Samuel – “Brought along by Curriencies of Power or by Spirit”

1 Samuel 19:18-21:9

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2019:18-21:9&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

November 29, 2012                   Christopher Sherwood mp3

Our Christian Hope

 

Revelation 21:1-5

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2021:1-5&version=NIV

 

Chris is the Assistant Minister at Park Street Church, Boston

 

November 15, 2012                   Mark Booker                mp3

Do not make a Relative Good into the Ultimate Good

 

Mark 10:17-31

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2010:17-31&version=NIV

 

link to David Foster Wallace commencement address, Kenyon Clooege, 2005

http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

November 8, 2012                    David Franks                mp3

Pray, and Study

Jeremiah 32:1-23

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2032:1-23&version=NIV

 

Jeremiah 1:17-19

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%201:17-19&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

November 1, 2012                    Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #99    “Going To Athens”

 

Acts 17:14-17

14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

October 25, 2012                      Paul Atwater                mp3

A Series on: The Lord’s Prayer   And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 

teaching notes pdf

 

Matthew 6:5-15

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

October 18, 2012                      Mark Booker                mp3

Pursue Excellence, not Greatness

 

Mark 9:30-37

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three dayshe will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

October 11, 2012                      Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #98    “In Berea”

 

Acts 17:10-15

10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

October 4, 2012                        David Franks                mp3

A teaching on the First Book of Samuel – “Freedom of the Beloved”

1 Samuel 18:6-19:16

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2018:6-19:16&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

September 27, 2012                  Paul Atwater                mp3

A Series on: The Lord’s Prayer   “Give us this day our daily bread

 

Matthew 6:9-13

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

September 20, 2012                  Dave Swaim                 mp3

My word for you today is … “Wait”

 

Acts 1:1-8

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%201:1-8&version=NIV

 

Dave is Lead Pastor at Highrock Church – Arlington, MA  http://www.highrock.org/about/staff/

 

September 13, 2012                  David Franks                mp3

A teaching on the First Book of Samuel

1 Samuel 15:34-17:50

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2015:34-17:50&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

September 6, 2012                    Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #97    Choosing Faith

 

Acts 17:4-10a

Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women. But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[a] But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go. 10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

August 30, 2012           Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 11:2-16 (English Standard Version)

 

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditionseven as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife[a] is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife[b] who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.[c] 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

 

August 23, 2012           Paul Atwater                mp3

A Series on: The Lord’s Prayer   “Give us this day”

 

Matthew 6:9-13

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

 

Proverbs 30:7-9

New International Version (NIV)

“Two things I ask of you, Lord;
    do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
    but give me only my daily bread. 
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
    and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ 
Or I may become poor and steal,
    and so dishonor the name of my God.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

August 16, 2012           Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #96    Jürgen’s Testimony

 

Acts 17:1-3

When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

August 9, 2012 David Franks                mp3

A father’s care enables the young – Saul is a bad father

 

1 Samuel 13:6-15:35

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2013:6-15:35&version=NIV

 

a selection from Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin (click here for the doc)

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

August 2, 2012 Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #95       

 

Acts 17:1-3

When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said.

 

poem from “The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread” by Richard Booker

I find my Lord in the Book, wherever I chance to look. He's the theme of the Bible, the center and heart of the Book. He's the Rose of Sharon, the Lily fair. Wherever I open my Bible, the Lord of the Book is there.

He, at the Book's beginning, gave to the earth its form. He is the ark of shelter bearing the brunt of the storm. He is the burning bush of the desert, the budding of Aaron's rod. Wherever I look in the Bible, I see the Son of God. The ram upon Mount Moriah, the ladder from earth to sky, the scarlet cord in the window and the serpent lifted high. The smitten rock in the desert, the shepherd with staff and crook, the face of my Lord I discover wherever I open the Book.

He is the seed of the woman, the Savior virgin-born. He is the Son of David whom men rejected with scorn. His garments of grace and of beauty, the stately Aaron deck, yet He is a priest forever, for He is Melchizedek. Lord of eternal glory whom John the apostle saw, light of the golden city, lamb without spot or flaw. Bridegroom coming at midnight for whom the virgins look; wherever I open my Bible, I find my Lord in the Book.

 

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

July 26, 2012                Paul Atwater                mp3

A Series on: The Lord’s Prayer   “on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

The Seven Most Dangerous Words in the Bible

 

Matthew 6:9-13

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

July 19, 2012                Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #94        Paul teaching in a Jewish Synagogue

 

Acts 17:1-3

When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

July 12, 2012                Tim Leary                     mp3

The Wedding Banquet

 

Matthew 22:1-10

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2022:1-10&version=NIV

 

Matthew 22:11-14

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend ?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

 

Tim just finished his 14th year working for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  He started at Johns Hopkins (where he went to college), then did 2 years in Asia, and now is at BU and MIT Sloan reaching out to internationals and graduate students (MBA types).  He is married to Sarah and now has 2 children and worships at Park Street Church (and serves as their director of Grad ministries).

 

July 5, 2012                  Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #93        Christian Joy

 

Acts 16:34

34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

 

Acts 16:35-40

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2016:35-40&version=NIV

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

June 28, 2012               Dave Swaim                 mp3

a teaching on Work

Genesis 1:26-31

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%201:26-31&version=NIV

 

Ecclesiastes 2:17-19

17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.

 

John 5:17

17 In his defense, Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”

 

Psalm 104

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20104&version=NIV

 

Dave is Lead Pastor at Highrock Church – Arlington, MA  http://www.highrock.org/about/staff/

 

June 21, 2012               David Franks                mp3

Samuel executes the Lord’s Will by annointing Saul

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

June 14, 2012               Bradley Barnes            mp3

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the 
Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

 

A link to website for Christ the King Church - Newton   http://www.ctknewton.org/CTK-Newton-Staff 

 

June 7, 2012                 Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #93        “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”

Collect for The Feast of Corpus Christi

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful

Sacrament has left us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to

venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may

ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who lives

and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Acts 16:25-34

 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

 

Austin Farrer, in a Christmas sermon A Faith of Our Own, page 34

“God does not give us explanations; we do not comprehend the world, and we are not going to. It is, and it remains for us, a confused mystery of bright and dark. God does not give us explanations.; he gives us a Son. …

A Son is better than an explanation. The explanation of our deaths leaves us no less dead than we were, but a Son gives us a life in which to live.”

 

Pascal in the PensŽes:
Not only do we only know God through Jesus Christ, but we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ; we only know life and death through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ we cannot know the meaning of our life or our death, of God, or of ourselves. (no. 417)

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics, 6th ed., 1965, p. 194

In Jesus Christ the reality of God entered into the reality of the world. The place where the answer is given, both to the question concerning the reality of God and to the question concerning the reality of the world, is designated solely and alone by the name Jesus Christ. God and the world are comprised in this name. In Him all things consist (Col. 1:17). Henceforward one can speak neither of God nor of the world without speaking of Jesus Christ. All concepts of reality which do not take account of Him are abstractions.

 

Alan Richardson, "Salvation" in The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 5 vols. (Nashville: Abingdon, 1980), 4:168.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

May 31, 2012                Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 10:1-13

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2010:1-13&version=NIV

 

John 3:14-15

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[a] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[b]

 

May 24, 2012                Paul Atwater                mp3

A New Series: The Lord’s Prayer            “Thy Will Be Done”

 

Matthew 6:9-13

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

Amazon link to Desiring God by John Piper

 

1 – Sovereign Will

2 – Moral Will

3 – Individual Will

 

The WISE Plan for Discerning God’s Will:

1 – Word

2 – Intersession

3 – Seek

4 – Exercise

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

May 17, 2012                Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

Jesus’ Farewell to His Disciples

 

John 14:15-21

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2014:15-21&version=NIV

 

Rev. Dorsey McConnell is chnaging jobs from the Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

to the 8th permanent Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh: 

http://www.episcopalpgh.org/episcopal-diocese-elects-the-rev-dorsey-mcconnell-as-bishop/

 

May 10, 2012                David Franks                mp3

Sonship and the Kingdom

 

1 Samuel 3:11-14

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%203:11-14&version=NIV

 

1 Samuel 8

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%208&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

May 3, 2012                  Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Time of Personal Privilege

 

1)       Listen to God speaking to you

2)       Ecclesiology (the Study of the Church), and Pneumatology (the Study of the Holy Spirit)

3)       The Unity of the Church

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

April 26, 2012   Paul Atwater                mp3

A New Series: The Lord’s Prayer            “Thy Kingdom Come”

 

Matthew 6:9-13

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

April 19, 2012   Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

Talk #3 on The New Humanity

 

Paul’s Letter to the Romans 14:7-12

7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:

   “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, 
‘every knee will bow before me; 
   every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
[b]

 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

 

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2:1-11

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%202:1-11&version=NIV

 

Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

April 12, 2012   Patrick Moyniham                    mp3

The Trivialization of Evil in this world

 

Luke 23:27-31

27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then

   “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” 
   and to the hills, “Cover us!”’
[a]

   31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Patrick is currently the president of The Haitian Project (a Catholic Mission which 

supports and operates Louverture Cleary School for Haitian children), 

and also writes a weekly column for the Catholic News Agency.

 

April 5, 2012                 David Franks                            mp3

 

Three songs to spread the Spirit of the Lord                     mp3

Breakfast attendee Matt Paknis from Marion, Mass.

 

David’s Teaching: Light and Darkness

 

Luke 22:7-22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2022:7-22&version=NIV

 

John 13:1-21

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2013:1-21&version=NIV

 

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2:1-18

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%202:1-18&version=NIV

 

reading from Hans Urs von Balthasar Heart of the World, pages 104-105

amazon link to the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-World-Hans-Urs-Balthasar/dp/0898700019/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333708693&sr=1-1

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

March 29, 2012 Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #92        Spiritual Actions have Economic Consequences

 

Acts 16:19-30

19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

March 22, 2012 Paul Atwater                mp3

A New Series: The Lord’s Prayer            “Hallowed By Your Name”

 

teaching notes

 

Matthew 6:9-13

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

March 15, 2012 Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

Talk #2 on The New Humanity

 

Isaiah 6:1-8

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%206:1-8&version=NIV

 

John 2:13-22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%202:13-22&version=NIV

 

Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

March 8, 2012   Jürgen Liias                             mp3

A Series on Acts  #91                Spiritual Warfare: Casting Out Demons

Collect for the First Week of Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan: Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

Acts 16:16-18

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

 

amazon.com link to Francis MacNutt “Deliverance from Evil Spirits: A Practical Manual” link here

 

Four categories of fighting evil: Resist Temptations, Infestations, Obsessions, Possessions

 

Jim Pocock testimony & Closing Prayer              mp3

 

March 1, 2012   David Franks                            mp3

Eli – The Glory of God will shine through

 

1 Samuel 1

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%201&version=NIV

 

1 Samuel 2

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%202&version=NIV

 

1 Samuel 3

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%203&version=NIV

 

1 Samuel 4

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%204&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

February 23, 2012         Paul Atwater                mp3

A New Series: The Lord’s Prayer            “Who Art in Heaven”

 

teaching notes

 

Matthew 6:5-13

    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

February 16, 2012         Rev. Dorsey McConnell           I apologize – no recording today

Paul sees, in Jesus, a New Creation

Romans 8:18-25

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

The Isenheim Alterpiece - The image of the crucified Christ is pitted with plague-type sores, showing patients that Jesus understood and shared their afflictions.

File:Mathis Gothart Grünewald 019.jpg

 

Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

February 9, 2012           David Franks                            mp3

“Parrhesia” – to speak boldly, as within a family

 

John’s First Letter 5:13-21

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20John%205:13-21&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

February 2, 2012           Jürgen Liias                             mp3

A Series on Acts  #90        Modern Man dealing with Ancient Miracles

 

Acts 16:16-18

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

 

January 26, 2012          Paul Atwater                            mp3

A New Series: The Lord’s Prayer            “Our Father”

 

teaching notes

 

Matthew 6:5-13

    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

   9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
   on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
   as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

January 19, 2012          Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

The Waters of Baptism

Mark 1:4-11

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%201:4-11&version=NIV

 

John Donne, from Sermon Number LXXX (2) given at St. Paul's Christmas Day in the Evening, 1624:

 

The aire is not so full of Moats, of Atomes, as the Church is of Mercies; and as we can suck in no part of aire, but we take in those Moats, those Atomes; so here in the Congregation we cannot suck in a word from the preacher, we cannot speak, we cannot sigh a prayer to God, but that that whole breath and aire is made of mercy. But we call not upon you from this Text, to consider Gods ordinary mercy, that which he exhibites to all in the ministery of his Church, nor his miraculous mercy, his extraordinary deliverances of States and Churches; but we call upon particular Consciences, by occasion of this Text, to call to minde Gods occasionall mercies to them; such mercies as a regenerate man will call mercies, though a naturall man would call them accidents, or occurrences, or contingencies;    If I should declare what God hath done (done occasionally) for my soule, where he instructed me for feare of falling, where he raised me when I was fallen, perchance you would rather fixe vour thoughts upon my illnesses and wonder at that, than at God’s goodnesse, and glorifie him in that; rather wonder at my sins, than at his mercies, rather consider how ill a man I was, than how good a God he is. If I should inquire upon what occasion God elected me, and writ my name in the book of Life I should-sooner be afraid that it were not so, than finde a reason why it should be so. God made Sun and Moon to distinguish seasons, and day, and night, and we cannot have the fruits of the earth but in their seasons: But God hath made no decree to distinguish the seasons of his mercies; In paradise, the fruits were ripe, the first minute, and in heaven it is alwaies Autumne, his mercies are ever in their maturity. We ask panem quotidianum, our daily bread, and God never sayes you should have come yesterday, he never sayes you must againe to morrow, but to day if you will heare his voice, to day he will heare you. …

 

Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

January 12, 2012          David Franks                mp3

Live in the New Commandment of Love – Being Birthed Again

 

John 19:31-35

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.

 

John’s First Letter 5:1-12

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20John%205:1-12&version=NIV

 

part of “The Blessed Virgin Compared To The Air We Breathe” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

If I have understood,
She holds high motherhood
Towards all our ghostly good
And plays in grace her part
About man’s beating heart,
Laying, like air’s fine flood,
The deathdance in his blood;
Yet no part but what will
Be Christ our Saviour still.
Of her flesh he took flesh:
He does take fresh and fresh,
Though much the mystery how,
Not flesh but spirit now
And makes, O marvellous!
New Nazareths in us,
Where she shall yet conceive
Him, morning, noon, and eve;
New Bethlems, and he born
There, evening, noon, and morn—
Bethlem or Nazareth,
Men here may draw like breath
More Christ and baffle death;
Who, born so, comes to be
New self and nobler me
In each one and each one
More makes, when all is done,
Both God’s and Mary’s Son.

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

January 5, 2012            Rev. Christopher Sherwood     mp3

The Hope, The Assurance, of What Is To Come

 

Revelation 21:1-6a

A New Heaven and a New Earth

 1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

 

Rev. Christopher Sherwood is currently assistant minister at Park Street Church

 

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