Pastor

From Blessing of the Animals, 2020:

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The First Church. Preaching the Gospel of Jesus.

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

​Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m. (for July and August)           (508) 587-3118

Bible study on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. 

Sunday Worship

We have resumed in-church services 

limited to 75 in the sanctuary and 50 in Fellowship Hall. Mask-wearing is optional, if you have been vaccinated. The service is also broadcast on the radio (within a half-mile of the church) on 102.9. Come join us at 10:00 am. 

  The pastor pre-records the sermon at home and posts it Sunday morning at Facebook.com/Stephen.Finlan1. You can click on the videos that'll be there. Video links of the most recent sermons are also posted here.

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

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 Study:​​

  We have a Bible study on Thursdays, at 10:30 am. It has resumed at the church, downstairs with social distancing but mask-free now. It can be reached by Zoom. We are reading Sirach now.

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:

“Oh, the cowardice stories I could tell! How much of me I’ve kept hidden, out of fear of rejection; how warily I’ve let out my kite string; how often I hold my breath in fear. Wedge me open, I pray. These kids will have their own cowardice stories someday. We all do. The fear of dying, of living, of making mistakes, of being known, of anyone anywhere being mad at us. I’m so brave in many ways that it can make people teary, and so often afraid.” 

 — Anne Lamott, Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage, 35–36


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 > 1-29-17, 7-15-18                     

9:9-10 > 8-19-18, 4-14-19, 10-18-20, 3-7 & 3-21-21
12:10 > 1-27-19


Luke
1:33 > 12-6-20                      1:35 > 2-7-21

1:35-45 > 12-20-20               1:39-53 > 12-22-19

2:10 > 2-7-21                         2:22-40 > 12-27-20

2:25-32 > 7-18-21                 2:25-36 > 12-24-19

2:30 > 7-26-20                       2:38 > 7-26-20

2:42-52 > 12-30-18               3:1-6 > 12-9-18

3:7-9 > 1-10-21                      3:15-17 > 12-16-18

3:21-23 > 1-13-19
4:16-21 > 8-19 & 12-30-18, 2-3-19        4:18, 21 > 1-10-21

4:24-30 > 9-9-18, 2-3-19         4:29 > 8-9-20

5:10 > 1-24-21                         5:31 > 6-27-21

5:31-32 > 9-15-19                    6:17 > 6-14-20

6:17-21 > 2-17-19                     6:20 > 3-21-21

6:27-36 > 2-17-19

6:35-36 > 9-9-18, 6-28-20           6:42 > 1-31-21

7:50 > 10-7 & 12-23-18, 1-31-21

8:15 > 10-7-18,2-7-21              8:17 > 2-17-19, 7-25-21

8:19 > 7-25-21                         8:48 > 1-31-21

9:4 > 6-14-20                            9:52 > 6-14-20

9:52-55 > 1-28-18                     9:54 > 1-3 & 1-10-21

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

10:18 > 3-14-21                        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

12:28 > 1-10-21                       12:32 > 4-5 & 8-30-20

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                    18:8 > 7-19-20, 4-11-21

18:9-14 > 10-27-19                  18:19 > 12-27-20

18:25, 27 > 1-31-21                 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                  19:41-44 > 2-14-21

19:46 > 7-11-21                        20:27-38 > 11-10-19

21:2-4 > 7-11-21                       22:31-34 > 4-5-20

22:43 > 2-7-21                          22:54-62 > 4-5-20

22:61 > 1-28-18                        23:34 > 12-1-19

23:43 > 12-1-19                        24:10-11 > 4-12-20

24:11 > 4-4-21                           24:13-32 > 4-26-20

24:35 > 4-4-21                           24:38 > 4-4-21

24:47 > 5-16-21                         24:49-52 > 6-16-19

Colossians

​1:15 > 5-10 & 6-28-20           

1:16 > 10-7-18, 5-24 & 8-2-20, 4-25 & 5-16-21

1:19 > 5-16-21                        2:9 > 5-16-21

2:9-10 > 12-22-19                   2:15 > 8-26-18, 5-16-21

3:3-4 > 6-21-20                       3:10 > 8-9-20

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​​


Easter, 2021:

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

12-23: To Love Kindness

12-24: What Child Is This?

12-30: Debating with Scholars

2019

1-6: The Word Dwells in You Richly

1-13: I Will Be with You

1-27: Drink of One Spirit

2-3: To Proclaim Release

2-17: Be . . . As Your Father

2-24: A Spiritual Body

3-3: From One Degree of Glory to Another

3-6 (Ash Wed.): Too Great a Burden

3-10: Hearts and Mouths

3-17: Under His Wing

3-24: Spiritual Drink

3-31: We Had to Celebrate

4-7: Con-formed

4-14: A New Thing

4-19 (Good Friday): Who He Is

4-21 (Easter): My Father and Your Father

4-28: Swallow Up Death

5-5: Feed My Sheep

5-12: I Will Comfort You: ​Hear My Voice

5-19: Alpha and Omega

6-2: The Secret of Unity

6-9 (Pentecost): The Spirit of Truth

6-16: Was Carried Up


more sermons

4-26-20: 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: Groaning for Redemption

7-26: A Pearl of Great Value

8-2: Increasing and Yielding

8-9: Where Are Prophets w/o Honor?

8-16: From the Heart

8-23: The Living God

8-30: Even the Dogs

9-6: Regaining That One >

>   video link

9-13: Live to the Lord > video link

9-20: May Not Perish > video link

9-27: Change Your Minds > video link

10-4: To Collect His Produce > video link

10-11: Invite Everyone > video link

10-18: Not the Son of David > video link

10-25: Render to God > video link

11-1: One Father > video link

11-8: Reveals His Thoughts > video link

11-15 (at home): Friends of God > video link

11-22: The Least of These > video link

11-29: One Like a Son of Man > video link

12-6: Prepare the Way > video link

12-13: Cause to Spring Up > video link

12-20: She Who Believed > video link

12-24: The Whole Life 

12-27: Living on Hope > video link

​2021

1-3: He Has Made Him Known > video 

1-10: Why the Baptism? < video link

1-17: Baptizes with the Holy Spirit > video

1-24: Drop What You're Doing > video 

1-31: Teaching with Authority > video

2-7: In Whom There Is No Deceit > video

2-14: Many Who Were Sick > video

2-17: ​The Moth Does Not Consume > video

2-21: Sharon Fenn's sermon:

      Search for the rainbow in your heart!

2-28: What Were You Arguing About?video

3-7: Overturning the Tables > video link

3-14: Falls into the Earth > video link

3-21: Not by Might > video link

3-28 (Palm Sun.): Deeply Grieved > video

4-4 Easter: Why Are You Weeping? > video

4-11: God Is Love > video link

4-18: ​We Will Be Like Him > video

4-25: There Will Be One Flock > video

5-2: Abide in Me > video link

5-9: I Call You Friends > video link

5-16: The Fullness > video 

5-23: He Will Declare It to You > video

5-30: Born of the Spirit > video

6-6: My Mother and My Brothers > video

6-13: Jenny Williams's sermon:Be Kind

6-20: It Grows, He Knows Not How > video

6-27: Wholesome Forces > video

7-4: A Prophet Among Them > video

7-11: Troubling Prophets > video

7-18: Sheep without a Shepherd > video

7-25: Take Him by Force > video

8-1: (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

a chapter from 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.