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.


Bible Studies:​​

  We have a Bible study on Thursdays, at 10:30 am. It has resumed at the church, downstairs with social distancing and masks. It also can be accessed by Zoom. We are reading Isaiah.

Pastor

Sunday Worship

We have resumed in-church services, limited to 25 in the sanctuary and 25 in Fellowship Hall, with mandatory mask-wearing. The service is also broadcast on the radio (only within a half-mile of the church) on 102.9. Come join us at 10:00 am. Wear a mask.

  The pastor also pre-records the sermon at home and posts it 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.

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:

“Our whole Christian life is then a life of union with the Holy Spirit and fidelity to the divine will in the depths of our being. Therefore it is a life of truth, of utter spiritual sincerity, and by that token it implies heroic humility.” 

— Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness, 68



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, 10-18-20
12:10 > 1-27-19


Luke
1:33 > 12-6-20                      1:35-45 > 12-20-20

1:39-53 > 12-22-19               2:22-40 > 12-27-20

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

5:31-32 > 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

9:54 > 1-3 & 1-10-21               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

12:28 > 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

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

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

24:10-11 > 4-12-20

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

Colossians

​1:15 > 5-10 & 6-28-20            1:16 > 10-7-18, 5-24 & 8-2-20

2:9-10 > 12-22-19                   2:15 > 8-26-18

​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​​


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


From Blessing of the Animals, 2020:

more sermons

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: 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: (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.

More Sermons at The First Church

1-27-19: 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

​6-23: Jew or Greek

6-30: For Freedom

7-7: The Dust of Your Town

7-14: The Word Is Very Near

7-21: Hospitality

7-28: Jenny Williams's sermon:

​      For the Beauty of the Earth

8-4: How Can I Give You Up?

8-11: The Real Treasure

8-18: A Better Country

8-25: Warren Turner's sermon:

   The Jesus Ethic

9-1: Repairer of the Breach

9-8: You Will Do Even More

9-15: A Broken Spirit

9-22: Faithful in a Little

9-29: The Good Fight

10-6: The Kingdom Within

10-13: Cleansing or Saving?

10-20: Build Houses

10-27: Other Rogues

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