Sermons

Read recent sermons delivered by Pastor Jean.

Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-15 | Sermon: “The Health in Humility”

Fanny Crosby wrote a lot of hymns in the 19th century, and we will be singing one at the close of this sermon. The verse and chorus is a plea to God: “Heal my wounded, broken spirit…Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry. While on others thou art calling, do not pass me by!” (read full sermon [PDF])

Scripture: Psalm 146 | Sermon: “Who to Trust”

— An interactive, dialogue sermon between Pastor Jean and the children, youth, and adults

When I was younger, I remember going to the dentist, and he told me: “You need a filling. I’ll have to drill into your tooth, but it won’t hurt, because I’m going to give you a shot of Novocain. Trust me.” And it didn’t hurt. Has anyone ever said, “Trust me” to you? It might be in a different kind of situation… (read full sermon [PDF])

Scripture: Amos 8:1-7 | Sermon: “Economic Justice and Us”

There is a dramatic scene in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities when the rich and powerful Marquis St. Evremonde orders his carriage to be driven recklessly fast through the crowded streets of Paris. It hits and kills a small child. The Marquis barely notices, but throws a coin to the boy’s father to compensate him for his loss, and then resumes his commute!1 The grief and anger over this and many other incidents of injustice fuel the French Revolution. (read full sermon [PDF)]

Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 | Sermon: “Worth the Search”

School has started back, and you can be sure that a lost-and- found box has already been established in its front office. I bet that it contains by now some notebooks, a windbreaker, an umbrella, and possibly a backpack with a compass on it. One of the saddest sights, however, is when the same objects from September are still in the lost- and-found box come June, unclaimed by their owners. (read full sermon [PDF])

Scripture: Jeremiah 18: 1-11 | Sermon: “On the Potter’s Wheel”

Jeremiah had reason to feel frustrated and disheartened. God had called him to turn the hearts of the people of Jerusalem and all of Judah back to the Lord, but so far, he had been unsuccessful. He had been faithful to the divine Word, “but the people did not listen to him.” (13:11) His warning that they were on the road to destruction if they didn’t return to the Lord was clear, and Jeremiah was also constructive; he told them how to change: “Act justly with one another; do not oppress the foreigner, orphan, and widow; follow God’s commandments, and do not go after other gods.” (7:5-11) But the scripture tells us that “they stiffened their necks” (17:23) and continued in their own ways. Unheeded, the prophet had no reason to think that things would change for the better. (read full sermon [PDF])

Scripture: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15 | Sermon: “Put Down the To-do List”

Many years ago, in another church, a member showed me his worship bulletin after the service. I was surprised to see that he had taken a pen and checked each line. He told me that it was his habit as we completed each part of worship to check it off: Prelude – check; Hymn – done; Prayer – completed; all the way through to the Benediction – check, check. As if worship was a to-do list! (read full sermon [PDF])

Scripture: Hebrews 12:12-24, 28 | Sermon: “On The Way There”

It’s been thirty-six years since moviegoers watched the Clark Griswold family make their crazy road trip from the Chicago suburbs to the Southern California amusement park called Walley World. National Lampoon’s Vacation really brings to the fore the pros and cons of the great American summer road trip as the Griswolds faced one bizarre mishap after another. Amazingly, through it all, they stayed together and grew even closer. (read full sermon [PDF])

Scripture: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 | Sermon: “Born to Run”

Nathan Baker is an 18 year-old cross-country runner at Green Hope High School in Cary, North Carolina. He also happens to be living with cerebral palsy! Nathan says, “I just like to run like the wind. I run to get to where I need to be. God gave me some traits, and I think that one of those was to run.” In other words, Nathan was born to run. (read full sermon [PDF])

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-16 | Sermon: “Going Forward By Faith”

I’m so looking forward to learning more about you! Bits of my story and who I am will come out over time in sermons and in our dealings with each other. Here’s one thing: My husband Steve and I live in a part of Quincy called Hough’s Neck, where he serves as the Congregational pastor. Hough’s Neck is a little peninsula that juts out between Quincy and Hingham Bays, and across the water from Boston and Hull. One of the perks of the place is that we can walk five minutes in any of three directions and see the water. It’s wonderful!

One morning on my walk, the fog was so thick that I was not able to see the water. There were no boats in view, no skyline to orient me, and no ocean horizon. I had to get right up to the shoreline to see even the first line of waves breaking on the beach! It was kind of spooky. I felt a mixture of awe and trepidation standing on this edge of the unseen and the unknown. (read full sermon [PDF])