Tyringham Road and Rte. 23, Monterey, MA Worship Time: 10am Sundays


Sermons


Below are texts of Liz’s sermons. If you’d prefer to listen rather than to read, you can find podcast versions of these on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, under the name “Monterey UCC: Rev. Liz Goodman.” If you like what you hear, tell a friend about it, write a review, or just be in touch. Let us know also whatever suggestions for improvement you might have. We welcome all feedback! Email the church/pastor at liz@goodman.md.

February 10, 2019: Making Me Feel Bad

We prayed this adaptation of George Herbert’s poem, “Beauty” as our gathering prayer in worship. It leads nicely into the sermon so we include it here too.

Gracious Lord, your love bids us welcome. Yet our souls draw back, guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing us grow slack from our first entrance in, draws nearer to us, sweetly questioning if we lack anything. “A guest,” we hope, worthy to be here, and Love says, “So you shall be.” But even I, unkind, ungrateful? No, we cannot look on Love. Love, though, takes us by the hand, and smiling replies, “Who made the eyes but I?” Yet we have marred them, so let our shame take us where we deserve to go. But know we not who bore the blame?  “Let us serve, then,” we say. “You must sit down,” says Love, “Taste and see.” So we shall, forgiven and loved, sit and eat. In Christ, amen. 

February 3, 2019: Mobbed Up

January 27, 2019: What Are We Doing?

January 13, 2019: Messed Up

January 6, 2019: It’s Epiphany! Well, What Do You Know! (And How Do You Know It?)”

Christmas Eve: Christmas Eve 

December 23, 2018: About to Get Real

December 9, 2018: No Regerts

December 2, 2018: Start at the Very Ending, a Very Good Place to Start

November 25, 2018: “Words: Matter”

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November 11, 2018: “Veterans’ Day”

Follow this link to read a poem featured in today’s sermon, and this one to listen to the end of the First World War.

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November 4, 2018:All Saints’ Day”

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October 28, 2018: “Loopholes”

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October 14, 2018: “Of Flatterers and Friends”

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September 23, 2018: “I Believe Christine Blasey Ford”

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September 2, 2018: “A(t) Risk”

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August 26, 2018: “Time and Tide”

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August 12, 2018: “Gnawing Question:

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August 5, 2018: “Grow Up”

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July 22, 2018: “Unnatural”

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July 8, 2018: “Good Judgement”

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July 1, 2018: “On Power”

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June 24, 2018: “The Sessions Verses”

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June 10, 2018: “Meek? Mild?”

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June 3, 2018: “Labor Movement”

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May 27, 2018: “Magnus George”

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May 13, 2018: “Authentic Reproduction

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April 22, 2018: “Good Shepherd Sunday”

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April 8, 2018: “Are We There Yet?”

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April 1, 2018: “Easter Sunday”

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March 11, 2018: “Medicinal Purposes”

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March 4, 2018: “Critical Care”

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February 25, 2018: “Something Sweet”

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January 28, 2018: “Monster Mash”

Hello! Liz here. The audio version of this features a slip of the tongue. I accidentally said “Jesus” when I was talking about my son, Tobias. Embarrassing, it shouldn’t suggest to you a weird Christology on my part, or unrealistic expectations for my son. It might suggest that I don’t want to re-record the whole thing, and I can’t take the time to figure out how to correct it mid-stream. 🙄 Enjoy!

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January 14, 2018: “Fight Club”

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January 7, 2018: “Showing Up”

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December 31, 2017: “Hungry for More”

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December 17, 2017: “Talking Points Sermon (Just This Once, I Promise)”

Is this sermon, I reference a letter to the editor of our town newspaper. You can see that edition here if you like. 

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December 10, 2017: “What Are We Waiting For”

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December 3, 2017: “Now’s the Time”

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November 26, 2017: “Hell Hath No Fury…”

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November 12, 2017: “Thoughts and Prayers”

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November 5, 2017: “Profits and Loss”

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October 22, 2017: “The Things of this World”

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October 8, 2017: “Bart’s Last Sunday”

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October 1, 2017: “Flirting with Disaster”

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September 24, 2017: “Spicey’s Back”

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September 10. 2017: “Row, Row, Row Our Boat”

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September 3, 2017: “Open Flame”

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August 13, 2017: “Thinking Twice”

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August 6, 2017: “Grief and Grievance”

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July 2, 2017: “Going Out”

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June 11, 2017: “F, S, & HS”

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May 14, 2017: “Amos David!”

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May 7, 2017: “It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way”

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April 30, 2017: “All About Whataboutism”

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April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday

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April 9, 2017: “All a Big Joke”

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April 2, 2017: “Not Nothing”

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March 26, 2017: “Strays”

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March 12, 2017: “Out of Our Minds”

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February 26,2017: “Good to Be Here”

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February 12, 2017: “Shrugging It Off”

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February 4, 2017: “The Untrue and the Absurd”

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January 29, 2017: “Where to Go From Here”

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January 22, 2017: “No.”

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January 8, 2017: “Of Racer Snakes and Near-Sightedness”

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January 1, 2017: “Holiday Embellishments”

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December 11, 2016: “Right? Wrong.”

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November 27, 2016: “The Beginning”

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November 20, 2016: “The End”

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November 13, 2016: “In the Wake”

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November 6, 2016: “Picking Fights”

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October 30, 2016: “Catchment”

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October 9, 2016: “Thanks a Lot”

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October 2, 2016: “Minority Report”

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September 25, 2016: “A Gentle Reminder”

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September 11, 2016: “Sixteen and Counting”

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September 4, 2016: “Found Out”

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August 28, 2016: “Love of the Strange”

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August 7, 2016: “Critical Thinking”

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July 31, 2016: “What Is Good”

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July 24, 2016: “Teach Us to Pray”

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July 10, 2016: “Black Lives Matter”

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July 3, 2016: “One of These Things Is Not Like the Others”

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June 12, 2016: “Monstrous”

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June 5, 2016: “Damsels without Distress”

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May 22, 2016: “Not Why But Why Not.”

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May 8, 2016: “When Being Is Doing”

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May 1, 2016: “Vagabondage”

A haiku to go with it:

     Of vagabondage,

     a path of least resistance

     beckons and lies, right?

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April 24, 2016: “Room for One More”

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April 17, 2016: “New Normal”

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April 3, 2016: “Blame Game”

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March 27, 2016: Easter Sunday.

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March 13, 2016: Guest Preacher–Rev. Nancy Taylor

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March 6, 2016: “Unforbidden”

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February 21, 2016: “Hen in the Fox-House”

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February 7, 2016: “Moving On?”

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January 24, 2016: “What He Didn’t Say”

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January 10, 2016: “Cows in the Meadow”

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January 3, 2016: “Weird Pleasures”

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December 13, 2015: “John II”

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December 6, 2015: “John I”

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Latest Sermon: February 10, 2019--"Making Me Feel Bad" |  For audio, find this on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. |