Myth? Or Promise?

Hi friends... In these days when there is so much difficulty, I decided to present you a sermon of hope and peace. However, you are all invited to join me in dialogue and prayer over the discord in our land on Monday evening. I sent that gotomeeting info previously, but let me know if you want me to send it to you again. For today, hope and peace... -Pastor Steph Today's Sermon: Myth: God Never Gives You More Than You Can Handle Sermon by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Salinas Scripture: Judges 16:4-30 References: Peter Rees, Jonathan Lung, Brian Louden. "Myth Busters." DSC Network, 2003-2018. Mindy Smith. "Hard To Know." From "One Moment More." 17 Grand Studios, 2004.

Dialogue & Prayer over recent issues of Racism & Violence - an invitation

Friends... I invite you to join me in a time of conversation and prayer on Monday evening, June 1, at 7:20pm. Our topic will be the recent issues of racism and violence we have been seeing in our nation, and we will join together in prayer for ALL. Here's the meeting invite and information. All welcome. FBC Folk: please help me by alerting those without email or internet access who may have interest. Dialogue & Prayer over recent issues of Racism & Violence Mon, Jun 1, 2020 7:20 PM - 8:20 PM (EDT) Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone. (For supported devices, tap a one-touch num

MythBusters part 1

MythBusters,[i] Pastor in the Parsonage Edition This week, I’m offering several brief devotions, plus a sermon, inspired by the show MythBusters. I hope you enjoy! – Pastor Steph Thursday, May 28, 2020 Myth: Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Scripture: Luke 11:37-41 This myth was one we likely heard growing up, when our parents or teachers or some adult wanted us to wash up, or get ourselves cleaner in the bath or shower. They told us that “cleanliness is next to Godliness” assuming that we of course wanted to be, well, Godly. Whether or not we actually Want to be Godly is a whole other message, and we’re not going to tackle that one right now, but we will look at whether or not there is a

Memorial Day

This week, I'm starting off with sharing the Town of Westwood virtual Memorial Day ceremony. Yours truly is featured giving the innovation near the beginning of the service (although Westwood Media incorrectly listed me as the pastor of First Parish!). Near the end of the service is a beautiful bit of music played by Jan Randlett, with photography by Kayla Dolley, which isn't credited on the video. Please enjoy: Also, please remember that we will again hold a prayer and communion via GoTo Meeting on Thursday evening at 7:20pm. Same sign on information - contact me if you need it. Looking ahead, from Thursday, May 28 through Thursday, June 4,

Lovin' Your Ex(ile)

Hi all. Here's Sunday's sermon! Lovin’ your Ex (ile) A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Salinas Jeremiah 29:4-14 May 24, 2020 Reference: Accessed May 18, 2020.

mission moments

Friends... please enjoy some mission moments today. These 2 videos contain scenes from February's TABCOM trip to Puerto Rico, and some commentary from Christine Keddy who attended that trip. Enjoy, Pastor Steph Intro video:[i] Mission video:[ii] [i] Christine Keddy, video. For The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. 2020. [ii] Steve Stuart, video. For Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico. 2020.

Musical Meditation

Hi friends. Here's today's musical meditation, from Steve Barrett. I hope you enjoy... -Pastor Steph Musical Meditation for Tuesday May 19, 2020: [i] [i] Robert Lowry. I Need Thee Every Hour. 1872. Sung by Steve Barrett, 2020.

Get a Job

Sermon for Sunday, 5/17/2020. Get a Job, a sermon by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Salinas, 5/17/2020 Job 1:1—2:10

noticing, part 2

What do we notice? (Part 2) Earlier in the week I showed you a painting and asked you to notice the small flower in the midst of bold shapes and colors. Today, Jesus asks us to notice people in the same way. Listen to this passage from scripture: Luke 7:36-38, 44, New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37 And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38 She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she con

noticing, part 1

Message for Tuesday, 5/12/2020 What do we notice? (Part 1): [i] Look at this piece of art. It was painted in 1890 by Paul Signac. It’s a riot of color and shape. As we look at it, our eyes are drawn to the swirls and the stars, or perhaps to the bright jacket of the man in the photo. What do you notice first, and what in this photo most grabs your attention? Notice those things, and relish the emotions they bring forth… Now, join me in looking at what the man in the painting is noticing. Although he has fine clothing and is surrounded by amazing colors, his focus is on one thing only: a small white flower. One pure lily. No leaves, no flower pot, no big bouquet, no church full of lilies on E

music, photos, & message

Beauty School Dropout, sermon by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Salinas Matthew 10:30 And It Is Well, music by Jan Randlett, photography by Kayla Dolley If you desire the beautiful music and photography on their own, they are repeated in this video: References: Jim Jacobs & William Casey. Beauty School Dropout. From musical Grease. 1971. It Is Well With My Soul. Lyrics written by Horatio G. Spafford. 1873.


Friends… There are many ways that we can connect with God. While we may want very much to have God show us power or healing or mercy, the one constant that we all need, and we all seek in some way or another, is to connect. To be in some way connected to God. People seek connection to that which is beyond us, and to that which defines us. Sometimes we seek that in ways that provide disconnect instead. What we want, what we need, is to feel something, someone, some connection beyond our own selves. We seek… God. Attached is a video of our friend from Kodiak, Alaska, Ellamy Tiller, singing the song Peace (originally by Jennifer Knapp). [i] I love the refrain: Oh,

With apologies to Master Yoda

With Apologies to Master Yoda... “You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. Instead, we are God’s accomplishment…” (Ephesians 2:8-10a, CEB) May the 4th be with you! If you’re a Star Wars fan, you know that every year, at least in recent years, the Star Wars empire is celebrated on May 4th. This is because the famous blessing given in the Star Wars movies is “May the Force be with you.” So, May the 4th rhymes… get it? Usually on May 4th there are all sorts of inspirational Star Wars quotes that are shared. Today, I want to focus on just one: In The Empire Strikes Bac

God Helps Those

“God Helps Those” – a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Salinas Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV) & John 5:1-9a (CEB) Westwood, MA, 5/3/2020 Video with Music: [i] [i] Music: The Promise original by the Martins, sung By FBC Bangor Youth Choir, Bangor, ME. Art:;;, accessed 4/29/2020.

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