Pastor

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 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.

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.

Bible Studies:​​

  We have two Bible studies on Thursdays, at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. The morning session is studying Galatians, and the afternoon study is reading Acts of the Apostles. We will do these studies by Zoom for the time being. I'll invite church members. Or write me at sfinlan@bu.edu. You can download Zoom for free at zoom.us

Quote of the Week:

“The perfect Christian is not one who is necessarily impeccable and beyond all moral weakness; but he is one who, because his eyes are enlightened to know the full dimensions of the mercy of Christ, is no longer troubled by the sorrows and frailties of this present life. . . For such men, true lovers of God, all things, whether they appear good or evil, are in actuality good. . . All things enable them to grow in love.”        — Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness, 118–19

Sunday Worship

Church is suspended for now. Be cautious and keep safe!

  The pastor is doing a sermon, song, and prayer on Facebook Live every Sunday at 10:00. If you can go to Facebook.com/Stephen.Finlan1 , you should be able to see the live stream, or come back later and click on the video that'll be there. Starting June 21 we plan to do our Sunday services by Zoom. You need to be on our email list to get the invite.

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
6:17-21 > 2-17-19
6:27-36 > 9-9-18, 2-17-19       7:50 > 10-7 & 12-23-18
8:15 > 10-7-18                         8:17 > 2-17-19
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

​1:16 > 10-7-18, 5-24-20         2:9-10 > 12-22-19

​2:15 > 8-26-18                        3:12-17 > 1-6-19

​3:22 > 9-8-19


James

1:17-22, 27 > 9-2 & 9-30-18, 7-14 & 12-1-19
2:12-18 > 9-9 & 9-30-18
​2:9-11 > 10-7-18                             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: (not yet)



Links to Pastor Steve's books

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.