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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 […]

This is my story, this is my song…

by Rev. Richard Haley

So begins the chorus of “Blessed Assurance,” one of the most beloved gospel hymns of the Christian Church written by the blind poet and lyricist Fanny Crosby back  in 1873. It remains to this day one of my favorite hymns. It begs the question, “What is my story when it comes to God?” I went […]

Where is he…?

by Rev. Richard Haley

So begins the visit of the Magi, or “wise men” sometime after Jesus was born. Traditionally remembered on January 6 or the Sunday nearest that date, Epiphany (the “official” name of the visit of the wise men) is the time the wider Christian church remembers that Jesus came into the world, not just for a […]

Unto you is born this day a Savior

by Rev. Richard Haley

Dear Friends, The above verse from Luke’s gospel can personalize Christmas in a very intimate way. While the “you” in the verse is plural and in its context is directed to the shepherds on the hillside as the angels announced the birth of Jesus, may I suggest we suspend “proper” biblical scholarship and pull this […]

… and his name shall be called …

by Rev. Richard Haley

Christians over the centuries have understood these ancient words from the Prophet Isaiah to be a “Messianic Prophecy” about the Messiah in general and Jesus in particular. As we think about and remember Jesus’ birth this Christmas maybe we should ask ourselves, “Did Jesus grow up to become the fulfillment of this vision from Isaiah?” […]