6-30-19: 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

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: (not yet)


Partial Index

Micah

3:3 > 6-16-19               

6:6-8 > 1-29-17, 2-11 & 12-23-18, 10-6-19

Zechariah

​4:6 > 7-15-18                       9:9-10 > 8-19-18, 4-14-19

12:10 > 1-27-19

Luke

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

3:15-17 > 12-16-18              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

10:18-20 > 8-26-18, 7-7-19       10:25-37 > 9-9-18, 7-14-19

10:42 > 4-7-19                          11:50-51 > 3-17-19

12:13-21 > 8-4-19                   12:32-36 > 8-4 & 8-11-19

13:1-5 > 3-17-19                     13:20-21 > 9-8-19

13:31-35 > 3-17-19                 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  

18:42 > 10-7-18                      19:29-40 > 4-14-19

22:61 > 1-28-18                       24:49-52 > 6-16-19

James

​1:17-22 > 9-2 & 9-30-18, 7-14-19

2:12-18 > 9-9 & 9-30-18

​2:9-11 > 10-7-18                      3:1-6 > 9-16-18

​3:16-17 > 9-23-18                    4:1-8 > 9-23-18

5:13-20 > 9-30-18​​


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.


Steve's email: sfinlan@bu.edu

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

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 6:30 p.m.

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.

more sermons

Sunday Worship Time

Quote of the Week:

“I have often wondered what might lie beyond the Age of Reason. I don’t know. But I hope it will be the Age of Integration. In that age science and religion will work hand in hand, and both will be more sophisticated as a result.”​       — Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled and Beyond, 256–57​

Bible Studies:​​

  Our Thursday morning study (10:30 am) is reading Daniel.
   Our 6:30 pm Thursday study is studying Second Corinthians.

   There is so much to learn!

All are welcome. You do not need to be a Bible wizard. 

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


Pastor

We are back to our normal meeting time of 10 a.m. We have a hymn sing (requests) at about 9:50.

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.

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)