Sound Meditation on Luke, Advent 12-18-22

For the fourth Sunday of Advent, Love Sunday, the New Church of Montgomery welcomed Guest Minister, Rev. Catherine Lauber over zoom. She performed a sound meditation on the Gospel of Luke 1:26-56 using crystal singing bowls during her sermon entitled, “Faith Grounded in Love”.

Please listen/watch here and enjoy.:

#PsalmOfTheDay: #Psalm1

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Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


New International Version

#MusiCalm : Sunday Meditation

violin-headTomorrow’s service, led by Pete Toot is on “Music and Meditation”. Explore the Five Ages of the Church; how do they apply to people?” This sermon is inspired by Rev. McCluskey  who gave a mini-course at our church’s recent convention at West Chester University, West Chester, PA. Please join us Sunday Morning, July 23, 2017, at 845 Congress Ave, Glendale, OH at 10:30 AM for Hospitality and 11:00 AM for Service and/or Sunday School

Sunday Sermon, August 21, 2016

The following readings and message are selections from Reverend Connelly’s service:


Jeremiah 1:4-10

1:4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,

1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

1:6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”

1:7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you,

1:8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.”

1:9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.

1:10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Psalm 71:1-6

71:1 In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

71:2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

71:4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

71:5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

71:6 Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

Hebrews 12:18-29

12:18 You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,

12:19 and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them.

12:20 (For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.”

12:21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”)

12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

12:23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

12:24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

12:25 See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven!

12:26 At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”

12:27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken–that is, created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe;

12:29 for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

Luke 13:10-17

13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

13:11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.

13:12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.”

13:13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.

13:14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.”

13:15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water?

13:16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”

13:17 When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing…

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly
New Church of Montgomery, Glendale, CA
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Jeremiah was designated a prophet by the Lord, even though he did not wish it.
God promised to be with him always, and the Lord promised to protect him.
From the readings we are promised that the Lord is a Rock, a steadfast companion in all manner of circumstances, a protector of the people of the Bible, and a protector for us too.
The world these days seems more chaotic, with terrorist attacks in Europe and Syria, and closer to home with sudden flooding storms in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and deadly car wrecks all too often close to home.
In our personal lives we have both moments of chaos, moments of satisfaction, and moments of grace.
            Houses and apartments need to be cleaned and organized, or chaos will overtake us.
            Meals need to be prepared, and bills need to be paid.
            Paper piles need to be sorted, and somebody needs to mow the lawn.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
Things change, and swirl, and shake, but not all is shaken.  The promised Kingdom, above all, cannot be shaken.  This is a promise.
And in this promise of an unshakable firmament we find solace, comfort, and grace.
We are asked by Scripture to accept its Word, as if from Heaven, to allow its wise words to lead us and guide us.
We are promised that Jesus brings us a New Covenant, with the Law of Love supplanting old laws and prohibitions.  And that love reaches its summit in the healing of the crippled woman.
We embrace the WORD as a vehicle of the Lord’s Presence.
“Not to be shaken” suggests steadiness, wholeness, completeness, and balance.
It teaches us that the joining of love and wisdom is moving toward right action and uses.
As the Word, and Jesus the Divine Human, fill our hearts, our ears and our mouths, to read and to sing, we can move more and more toward our own states of stillness.
In quiet stillness, perhaps a meditative state of “stillpt,” we appreciate the steady graceful presence incarnate, as Jesus Christ teaches, challenged by the authorities, even leading to his suffering in his crucifixion, and then being raised with glory forever.
Appreciating the Lord’s continuing presence, in Jesus’ calm, may we open our hearts to receive this peace, and carry this loving harmony forth in all that we do and in all that we are.
And so it is, the peace that passeth all understanding.  Amen.