Hancock United Church of Christ, Congregational

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Pointing to Kindness

Pointing to Kindness

Rev. Paul Shupe preaches Sunday’s Hancock Church sermon titled “Pointing to Kindness”. December 7, 2014 – Mark 1:1-8 http://youtu.be/c-TYmlngBYU
Another Road

Another Road

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – January 5, 2014 – Matthew 2:1-12 http://youtu.be/oFYpKQvuDyc            “Another Road” And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.  So ends the great story of the visit of the wise men and their odd gifts for the child of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  It is a marvelous story with stars appearing and dreams revealing and schemes a-hatching, and only God knows what’s really going on. ...
Thanks for What Is to Be

Thanks for What Is to Be

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – November 17, 2013 – Isaiah 65:17-25 http://youtu.be/Y8cfY4qQEfY “Thanks for That Which Is to Be”         For the past several days our eyes have been riveted to our television screens as horrific images of suffering in the Philippines have dominated the news. The pictures of the dead are awful; how can we gaze at the lifeless bodies of sisters and brothers and not be moved. But more harrowing for me have been the images of the living: tear-stained...
A Well Fitting Yoke

A Well Fitting Yoke

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Dana Allen Walsh – July 7, 2013 – Matthew 11:16-30 http://youtu.be/_HFg04vkFv0 “A Well Fitting Yoke” On this Independence Day weekend, we are reminded of our country’s great leaders, those who have fought the status quo and worked tirelessly for a new and different future. It’s hard not to think about Washington, Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Rachel Carson, Alice Walker, Harvey Milk, and so many others. But then we can’t help but wonder…who is the Washington of our...
From Days of Youth to Days of Grey Hair

From Days of Youth to Days of Grey Hair

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – June 16, 2013 – Psalm 71:14-23 http://youtu.be/SL1KjpY_AOA           In this psalm, the poet is in distress.  Surrounded by forces that would do him harm, still he remembers that God has been steadfast with him throughout his life, from the days of his youth until his current age of grey hair, God has been a refuge for him.  And so he declares that he will continue to trust in God.  I will hope continually, and will praise you...
Leaving in the Middle

Leaving in the Middle

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – May 26, 2013 – Deuteronomy 34:1-12 http://youtu.be/AeVRxAs4sC8           Listen, as we learn of the death of Moses, the great prophet through whom God brought forth the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, but who died just before the moment of final vindication, in sight of the Promised Land. Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the...
O, Mercy, Mercy, Me

O, Mercy, Mercy, Me

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – May 12, 2013 – Isaiah 55:6-13 Romans 12:3-5 http://youtu.be/b8UFbsMxgG0   Isaiah 55:6-13     The prophet Isaiah exhorts the people to turn once more toward God, and to seek God’s mercy.  God’s purposes are not thwarted, and God seeks partners to join in the work that God has begun. Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near; 
let the wicked forsake their way,
 and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he...
Yearning to Be Somewhere You're Not

Yearning to Be Somewhere You’re Not

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Sarah Drummond – May 5, 2013 – Acts 16:9-15 http://youtu.be/8yNrG1z3kGg  
Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming

Hancock Church Sermon – Rev. Paul Shupe – April 28, 2013 – Acts 11:1-18 http://youtu.be/el5v_p4yofk   April 28, 2013   Fifth Sunday of Easter   Acts 11:1-18     Listen, as Peter and the early church wrestle with a question concerning membership in the early community: can Gentiles be included as well as Jews?  Peter is given a vision that opens the doors to an open church. Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God....
Youth Sermons from our Youth Group Seniors

Youth Sermons from our Youth Group Seniors

Hancock Church Youth Sunday Sermon  – Russell Gens April 21, 2013 http://youtu.be/qIl4lIz-1Us   Shared Perspectives   What is perspective? Messrs Meriam and Webster define it as “the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.” Sounds pretty important. I think we could all benefit from some true relations and relative importance. Unfortunately, speaking as a someone who has lived his whole life in the little blue and gold bubble that is Lexington, I feel perspective is one thing I have an acute lack...