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In the beginning, God…

by Rev. Richard Haley

The first verse of the first book of the Bible reminds us that God was the source, the foundation, the “prime mover,” the Creator of all things. It ought not be lost to us that this remains true today. Every time something new begins, the acknowledgement of God’s “fingerprints” on whatever it is that is […]

See, I am sending my messenger…

by Rev. Richard Haley

Mark’s gospel begins with this simple declaration of Jesus’ origin – a messenger would precede him. No birth stories as in Luke’s and Matthew’s gospels regarding what we have come to call the Christmas story. It gets me to thinking what kind of “good news” about Christmas has our culture appropriated and seen worthy of […]

… you shall find the babe … lying in a manger

by Rev. Richard Haley

So stated the angels to the shepherds on the day Jesus was born. Notice two things about the statement. First, this was a declaration of fact not a statement of a possibility: “You SHALL find…,” not MAYBE you’ll find. And that ought to say something to us about Jesus – if, like the shepherds, we […]

Thanksgiving 2017

by Rev. Richard Haley

I assume you notice a pattern that St. Paul uses in beginning may of his letters to the various early churches in the first century — always with a word of gratitude. I suppose this is a wise thing to emphasize given that November is the month in which we are called to be a […]

Sukkot 2017

by Rev. Richard Haley

Sukkot – or “The Feast of the Tabernacles” – is a Jewish holy celebration that takes place this year from October 4-11. It commemorates the 40 year long wilderness wandering of the Israelites after their escape from Egypt. It also serves a dual purpose of being a time of gratitude that celebrates abundant harvest. During […]

September

by Rev. Richard Haley

What does the month of September mean to you? When I was a child and teenager between the ages of 5 and 17, the Wednesday after Labor Day in September meant the beginning of school – there was an unstoppable rhythm September brought to our young lives back then. For neighborhoods located close to colleges […]

Do this in remembrance of me

by Rev. Richard Haley

The above phrase from I Corinthians should be familiar to all of us as part of our regular communion liturgy when we gather at the communion table and remember the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord. Every communion event becomes for us a holy “Memorial Day.” The same holds true for our weekly Sunday […]

He is Risen

by Rev. Richard Haley

Dear Friends, As noted above, the message to the women who were at the empty tomb on the first Easter morning was this: “Go quickly and tell…” And they did. And it gets me to thinking about our own reactions to “God moments” in our lives. How quickly are we to tell of them, or […]

The Boys of Summer

by Rev. Richard Haley

The above phrase is the title of a critically acclaimed book by author Roger Kahn published in 1971. It is both a memoir of his childhood in Brooklyn and a history of the old National League baseball team the Brooklyn Dodgers from the late 1940’s to 1955 when they won the World Series. It is […]

Ash Wednesday

by Rev. Richard Haley

Historically we Baptists take scant notice of Ash Wednesday. Indeed, when I was growing up we paid little attention to Lent and it was only after I returned from military service when my home church called a new pastor that we began to deal with Maundy Thursday! Times have changed and most American Baptist Churches […]