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Embracing Uncertainty

Embracing Uncertainty

Hancock Church Sermon  http://youtu.be/bYHQuoehBMY Becca Lockwood April 7, 2013 John 20:19-31 Embracing Uncertainty     What if I told you that Thomas is a faithful disciple. What if I told you that the title usually given to Thomas, “Doubting Thomas” is a potentially inaccurate interpretation of this text? What if I told you that Thomas is brave. What if I told you that the author of John is actually lifting up Thomas? But who am I? Why would you take my word for it? What does...
Easter: Continuous Discontinuity

Easter: Continuous Discontinuity

Hancock Church Easter Sunday Sermon  http://youtu.be/K2aFRgxZzkY Rev. Paul Shupe Psalm 118:1-2, 18-24 Acts 10:34-43 Luke 24:1-12 March 31, 2013 LUKE 24:1-12     The Good News of Easter morning according to Luke: the women disciples of Jesus have gone to his tomb to prepare his broken body for burial.  They are astounded to find instead that the tomb is empty but for a messenger who tells them they are wasting their time looking for one who is living among those who are dead. But on the...
Holy Week at Hancock

Holy Week at Hancock

The heart of Christian faith is experienced in compressed fashion during the seasons of Lent and Easter.  During Lent we remember the life and teachings of Jesus, and Easter is the culmination of God’s work in and through his death and resurrection.  And all comes together in Holy Week, the eight days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  We hope that you will join us often for worship during these days. If you are thinking of joining us for the first time during Holy Week,...
Old(er) Dogs, New Tricks

Old(er) Dogs, New Tricks

Hancock Church Sermon  http://youtu.be/o1XTEJut2bM Rev. Paul Shupe Luke 12:13-31 March 17, 2013 Fifth Sunday In Lent Middle Age in the “Faith Across the Lifespan Series” Luke 12:13-31     Responding to a voice in the crowd, Jesus tells a parable about the dangers of wealth, and follows it with assurances that all that we need, God will provide. Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to...
The Good Disciple

The Good Disciple

Hancock Church Sermon  http://youtu.be/gIRK-iVjlhk Becca Lockwood March 10, 2013 John 12:1-8 The Good Disciple I have to wonder, what does it mean to be a good disciple. The text read today is quite straightforward in some ways, though I hesitate to say that about any text in the Bible. This story like so many others has a climax, a heroine, a villain, and a mediator. It’s clear who we should like and who we should dislike. And yet, as I hesitate to take this in...
Scout Sunday at Hancock March 10th & National Boy Scouts Policy

Scout Sunday at Hancock March 10th & National Boy Scouts Policy

Wear your Scouting uniforms to church this Sunday! Scout Sunday  is meant to mark the founding of the Scouts in the United States and to celebrate the relationship of Scouting and religious organizations. . Scouts go to their places of worship in uniform and help with the service. In the United States, Scouting has been used by churches, synagogues, and many other religious organizations as part of their youth ministries. Approximately 50 percent of all Scouting units are chartered to religious groups. These observances offer...
Ever Changing, Never Ending

Ever Changing, Never Ending

Hancock Church Sermon  http://youtu.be/E0EIoU2fXJE Rev. Paul Shupe March 3, 2013 Luke 13:6-9   Luke 13:6-9 Jesus invites us to think with him through the use of a parable.  In this story of an unproductive fig tree, the gardener intervenes with the owner of the vineyard to obtain another opportunity for an unproductive fig tree to become productive. Then [Jesus] told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he...
The New Herald: Spring 2013 v.2 issue1

The New Herald: Spring 2013 v.2 issue1

2013_Herald_v2,1 Spring

Into Life’s Fullness

Hancock Church Sermon Rev. Paul Shupe February 17, 2013 Matthew 4:18-22   In this passage, Jesus calls his first disciples to follow him.  We notice this morning that they pay a price for their decision to follow: they must leave their former lives behind, including their fishing boats and nets, and, in the cases of James and John, their father. As [Jesus] walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into...
Open Letter to Hancock Church from Jim Weston Concerning Boy Scouts Vote

Open Letter to Hancock Church from Jim Weston Concerning Boy Scouts Vote

February 6, 2013   Dear fellow members of Hancock United Church of Christ, As you may be aware the Boy Scouts of America National Council postponed a vote this week on whether to change its long standing policy against allowing gay scouts and leaders in the organization. Since Hancock Church is the sponsoring organization for both a Boy Scout Troop (Troop 119) and a Cub Scout Pack (Pack 137) as the Chartered Organization Representative of Hancock Church to the Troop and Pack, I am providing...