First Congregational Church

Because He Lives

Rev. Michael Swartz First Congregational UCC A Easter; 5/21/17 Link to Texts | Bulletin I am a baby boomer and for most of my life I have been a city person.  Born in Indianapolis when the population of that city was about 750 thousand; grew… Read More

Sermon: Mother’s Day

Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon First Congregational UCC A Easter; 5/14/2017 Link to Texts | Bulletin

Easter

Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon First Congregational UCC A Easter; 4/16/2017 Link to Texts | Bulletin

Good Friday

Rev. Michael Swartz First Congregational UCC A Holy Week; 4/14/2017 Link to Texts | Bulletin What language shall I borrow? Matthew 28 8 28%  Mark 16 7 37% Luke 24 5 21% John 21 6 28% The first four books of our Christian scripture, Matthew, Mark,… Read More

The Hell of It: Maundy Thursday

Rev. Michael Swartz First Congregational UCC A Holy Week; 4/13/2017 Link to Texts | Bulletin   When I was a youngster in Indianapolis and was learning how to read I took pride in reading the comics in the newspaper, which we as a family called the… Read More

Sermon: Just Say No To Cheeses

  Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon First Congregational UCC A Epiphany +6; 2/12/2017 Link to Texts | Bulletin Wilderness Rules There are times and places when it is pretty simple and easy to follow the rules grow from necessity and  survival, as, for example, when you… Read More

Sermon: Give Me Jesus

Rev. Michael Swartz First Congregational UCC Transfiguration; 2/26/2017 Link to Texts | Bulletin Today concludes the season of Epiphany.  The theme of the season of Epiphany is moments when the nature and meaning of the birth of Christ is revealed.  We have the visit… Read More

Sermon: Love Your Local Klansman

Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon First Congregational UCC Transfiguration; 2/19/2017 Link to Texts Snap Judgement Podcast: The Rabbi and the KKK To be a son or daughter of God is to participate in the divine nature by reflecting God’s unconditional love for all people made… Read More

Sermon: Simple to Say

Rev. Michael Swartz First Congregational UCC A Epiphany +4;  1/29/2017 Link to Texts | Bulletin   I’ve told the confirmation class that if we had a thumb and three fingers, as do the Disney cartoon characters, we would probably only have eight commandments… Read More

Sermon: Longest Night

Rev. Michael Swartz First Congregational UCC Longest Night; 12/21/2016   Last Sunday both the Old Testament, Isaiah, reading and the Gospel Reading from Matthew featured the word Emmanuel – God is with us – God dwells with us – for the name of… Read More