Sunday Worship

For now, church is being broadcast on the radio (only within a half-mile of the church). Come to the parking lot (wear masks) and tune in to 102.9.

  The pastor also pre-records a short version of the service and posts it on Facebook every Sunday morning at Facebook.com/Stephen.Finlan1 and you can click on the video that'll be there.

The First Church. Preaching the Gospel of Jesus.

29 Howard St., West Bridgewater, MA​​                    Established 1651.

​Sunday worship, 10:00 a.m.                                      (508) 587-3118

Different Bible studies on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Our folks at the School on Wheels fundraiser, May 2019:

Pastor

Pastor Steve Finlan (MTS, Boston University, 2013; Ph.D. University of Durham, 2004) began serving at First Church in August 2018. Some of his sermons are posted below.

Bible Studies:​​

  We have a Bible study on Thursdays, at 10:30 am. It is now resuming at the church, downstairs with social distancing and masks. We will be reading 1 Samuel, then 2 Samuel.

United by love and guided by ​the teachings of Jesus,we maintain a

   welcoming house for the worship of God.

We study the Bible, and teach in Spirit and in truth. We seek to build 

   a sustaining and caring community of faith. Reflecting our

   history, we have affiliation with both the UCC and the UUA.

Quote of the Week:

“Helpfulness is a companion virtue of gratitude. To ‘pay it forward’ is to offer unearned help and generosity without expecting anything in return. It may be motivated by gratitude for help received from others along the way, a passing along of past generosity in your own life. It reflects concern beyond yourself for the well-being of others.”        — William R.Miller, Lovingkindness, 71 

Partial Index:

​Micah
3:3 > 6-16-19               
6:6-8 > 1-29-17, 2-11 & 12-23-18, 10-6-19
6:7 > 10-27-19
Zechariah
​4:6 > 7-15-18                       9:9-10 > 8-19-18, 4-14-19
12:10 > 1-27-19

Luke
1:39-53 > 12-22-19                2:25-36 > 12-24-19
2:42-52 > 12-30-18                3:1-6 > 12-9-18
3:15-17 > 12-16-18                3:21-23 > 1-13-19
4:16-21 > 8-19 & 12-30-18, 2-3-19
4:24-30 > 9-9-18, 2-3-19         5:31-32 > 9-15-19
6:17 > 6-14-20                         6:17-21 > 2-17-19
6:27-36 > 2-17-19                    6:35-36 > 9-9-18, 6-28-20

7:50 > 10-7 & 12-23-18           8:15 > 10-7-18

8:17 > 2-17-19                         9:4 > 6-14-20

9:52 > 6-14-20                         9:52-55 > 1-28-18

10:5-11 > 7-7-19                      10:16 > 5-10-20

10:18-20 > 8-26-18, 7-7-19

10:25-37 > 9-9-18, 7-14-19
10:39 > 4-12-20                       10:42 > 4-7-19, 4-12-20

11:50-51 > 3-17-19                  12:13-21 > 8-4-19

12:32 > 4-5-20                         12:32-36 > 8-4 & 8-11-19
13:1-5 > 3-17-19                      13:20-21 > 9-8-19
13:31-35 > 3-17 & 12-22-19        14:7-11 > 9-22-19
15:8-10 > 9-15-19                    15:11-32 > 3-31-19
​16:10-13 > 9-22-19                  17:11-19 > 10-13-19
17:21 > 8-12-18, 7-14 & 10-6-19  
​18:1-8 > 10-20-19                    18:9-14 > 10-27-19
18:38-42 > 5-10-20                  18:42 > 10-7-18

19:1-10 > 11-3-19                     19:9 > 5-10-20

19:12-24 > 12-22-19                 ​19:29-40 > 4-14-19
20:27-38 > 11-10-19                 22:31-34 > 4-5-20

22:54-62 > 4-5-20                     22:61 > 1-28-18
23:34 > 12-1-19                        23:43 > 12-1-19
24:10 > 4-12-20                        24:11 > 4-12-20

24:13-32 > 4-26-20                   24:49-52 > 6-16-19

Colossians

​1:15 > 6-28-20                       2:9-10 > 12-22-19

2:15 > 8-26-18                       ​2:16 > 10-7-18, 5-24-20

​3:3-4 > 6-21-20

3:12-17 > 1-6-19                    ​3:22 > 9-8-19


James

1:17-22 > 9-2 & 9-30-18, 7-14 & 12-1-19, 6-28-20

1:27 > 9-2 & 9-30-18                     3:9-11 > 10-7-18
2:12-18 > 9-9 & 9-30-18
​2:24 > 6-28-20                                3:1-6 > 9-16-18
​3:16-17 > 7-15 & 9-23 & 9-30-18       4:1-8 > 7-15 & 9-23-18
5:13-20 > 9-30-18​​


READ A SERMONClick on a title. A tab will open at far lower left of screen. Click on that to open the Word file.
2017:
1-29: The Pure in Heart
3-19: In Spirit and in Truth
10-22: Forgive, Hand It On
2018:
1-21: Pour Out Your Heart
1-28: No Deceit
2-11: Healing the Broken Hearted

SERMONS AT THE FIRST CHURCH:
7-8: Who Does He Think He Is?
7-15: Righteousness and Peace Will Kiss
8-5: Bread from Heaven
8-12: Be Imitators of God
8-19: That I Should Lose Nothing
8-26: What Gives Life
9-2: Be Doers
9-9: Children or Dogs?
​9-16: Divine Things
9-23: First Pure
9-30: Whoever Is Not against Us

10-7: Created the Worlds

10-21: Lord It Over

10-28: May the Lord Deal Kindly w/ you (Ruth)

11-4: Love 'm Both?

11-18: Shine Like the Stars

11-25: The Letter and the Spirit

12-2: With the Clouds

12-9: All Flesh: The Theme of Peace

12-16: With All Joy

more sermons

11-3: A Son of Abraham

11-10: My Redeemer Liveth!

11-17: Rivers of Living Water

12-1: While It Is Day

12-8: Fulfills the Law

12-15: The Least in the Kingdom

12-22: Scattered the Proud

12-24: From the East

12-29: The Fear of Death

​2020:

1-5: Children of God

1-12: To Fulfill All Righteousness

1-19: Arise and Shine

1-26: The Time Is Fulfilled

2-2: The Meek Will Inherit

2-9: Let Your Light Shine

2-16: First Be Reconciled

2-23: My Holy Hill

3-1: Joseph Aoude's sermon:

​       Lead Me Not Into Temptation

3-8: Born Again

3-15: Gushing Up

3-22: Who Sinned?

3-29: Speaking the Truth

4-5: The Sheep Will Be Scattered >

​ >    video link

4-12: There They Will See Me

     video link

4-19: Suffer Trials

4-26: Burning within Us

5-3: They Know His Voice

5-10: If You Know Me

5-17: Another Advocate

5-24:Taken Up from You

5-31: I Will Pour Out My Spirit

6-7: Make Disciples

6-14: Freely You Received

6-21: Everything Secret Will Be Known

6-28: A Cup of Water

7-5: Revealed to Infants

7-12: It Shall Not Return to Me Empty

7-19: (not yet)



Links to Pastor Steve's books

browse Salvation Not Purchased: Overcoming the Ransom Idea to Rediscover the Original Gospel Teaching

browse The Family Metaphor in Jesus' Teaching

browse Bullying in the Churches

a chapter from Problems with Atonement

chapter The Apostle Paul & the Pauline Tradition

excerpt from Sacrifice and Atonement: Psychological Motives and Biblical Patterns

Link to writings at ResearchGate.

Link to writings at Academia.edu


Steve's email: sfinlan@bu.edu

Link to Steve's own website, with more sermons, book links, and research links.