Reflections of Peace

December 6, 2015 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Micah 4: 1 – 5 & Philippians 4: 4 – 9   What Put an End to War :  Jen Comeau   Recently, I awoke from a brief, but powerful dream. So compelling was this dream, that my wildly hopeful heart longed to tell it as a […]

The Advent Conspiracy

November 29, 2015 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 65: 17-25   Were you one of the eager shoppers on Black Friday….or will you spend tomorrow at your computer for Cyber Monday!? While some of us recoil from that shopping mania, others relish it…find it a fun part of the holidays. To each his or […]

Grateful for Quantum Entanglement!

Grateful for Quantum Entanglement! November 15 , 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz   Text: Psalm 100 & Colossians 3: 12 – 17   Thank you all for expressing the little things in your lives that inspire gratitude and praise….moments that brighten your days, lighten your hearts, lift your spirits and make you smile. Many of […]

The Incredible Gift of Life

The Incredible Gift of Life (Inspired in part by the poetry of Mary Oliver) November 8, 2015   Text:  Psalm 100 excerpt & 1st Peter 4: 8 – 11 My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—      equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the […]

No Pain, No Gain!?

October 25, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Psalm 36:  5 – 9 & Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19 Author Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her best selling book Eat Pray Love:  “I’ve had a lot of time to formulate my opinions about divinity since that night on the bathroom floor when I spoke to God […]

What’s YOUR Reason?

October 18, 2015 Text:  Isaiah 55: 1 – 13 & 1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 7 Lady Edith Crawley of Downton Abby experienced a big disappointment in her life. She was jilted at the altar by her fiancé́ who said “ I can’t go through with this” and walked away. Time passes, and she ventures […]

Entertaining Angels Unaware

October 11, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Hebrews 13: 1 – 3 & Romans 15: 1 – 7   Last week we discussed Barbara Brown Taylor’s inspiring book An Altar in the World, a geography of faith focusing on the importance of being present to God….the practice of waking up to the Divine Spirit […]

Encountering Altars

October 4, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Genesis 28: 10 – 22 Isn’t it interesting how precious time becomes when we know its running out?  How we savor the remaining warm days, the lingering flowers and vegetables in our fading gardens, one last swim or boat ride… a final ice cream cone at Goose Rocks […]

The Joy of Being Found

September 27, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Psalm 23 & Luke 15: 1 – 10 During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level. He described a typical day this way: “Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, marched […]

Created for Love

August 30, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Union Church, Biddeford Pool, Maine Text:  Hosea  14: 4 – 9 &  John 15: 9 – 17 “Hi Sarah, hey listen I only have a minute.  I’m about to get picked up for a blind date, can you call me in a half hour just in case it’s going […]