Sermons by Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith

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November 3, 2019 “Be the Church: Enjoy This Life”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT November 3, 2019 Be the Church: Enjoy This Life The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 Send out your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will get it back. 2Divide your means seven ways, or even eight, for you do not know what disaster […]

October 27, 2019 “Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT October 27, 2019 “Be the Church: Fight for the Powerless” The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Luke 4:14-21 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues […]

Oct. 20, 2019 “Be the Church: Reject Racism”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT October 20, 2019 Be the Church: Reject Racism The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Colossians 1:1-14 (The Message – adapted) As we continue on the journey to Be the Church, we turn once again to the letters of the early church. Today, we hear from Paul’s letter to […]

September 29, 2019 “Be the Church: Forgive Often”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT September 29, 2019 “Be the Church: Forgive Often” The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Matthew 5:23-24 (NRSV) 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; […]

September 22, 2019 “Living Into the Sixth Day”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT September 22, 2019 “Living Into the Sixth Day” Part 1 of a series on “Be The Church: Protect the Environment” The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Genesis 1:26-31 (NRSV) 26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion […]

September 15, 2019 “Being Church”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT September 15, 2019 “Being Church” The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Scripture Matthew 25:32-40 (NRSV) 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his […]

September 1, 2019 “Hospitality: It’s a God Thing”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT September 1, 2019 “Hospitality: It’s a God Thing” The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Proverbs 25:6-7 (NRSV) 6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; 7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to […]

August 25, 2019 “What’s Up With ‘Sabbath?'”

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Great Falls, MT August 25, 2019 “What’s Up With ‘Sabbath’?” The Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith Luke 13:10-17 (NRSV) 10Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent […]