The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737

  Now back in our beloved Meetinghouse, we naturally ask the Spirit: what’s next?  What big challenge awaits us? What moves would God have us make just now? We’re at one of those rare, inviting “blue sky and clean sheet Read More

A Heart of Compassion
May 25, 2017

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  Every year, the week before Memorial Day, I spend my time in prayer asking God to wash Read More

  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:8 Next week we wade into a graduation season of pomp and circumstance, caps and gowns. Huge, gushing, wild-eyed expectations will be articulated by tongues, Read More

Our hope is that so much occurs on Sundays of such a vital nature that you will feel like you missed out big time by being away from worship on a given Sunday. We hope that not because we aspire Read More

  You have heard me say more than once that in the course of the gospels, Jesus asks 365 questions but only answers seven of them. Maybe rather than ‘Jesus is the answer’ we might say ‘Jesus is the question,’ Read More

THE ARC OF MINISTRY
April 27, 2017

Confirmation rolls around again this Sunday and I find myself eagerly anticipating it every year. Even if this is only a first confirmation for these 13 young people, and not a final confirmation of anything, with other confirmations of faith Read More

  This Sunday you are invited to a dialogue between faith and reason, religion and science.  I will preach on the foundations of truth underlying science and religion. Dr. Fraser Fleming will use my sermon as his point of departure Read More

Hearing the story of Christ’s passion, as we did last Sunday, I can hardly believe the likes of Gary and I must retell that story, and that you must hear it again. Why is that? The story is so heartbreaking. Read More

Hosanna and Passion
April 6, 2017

Hosanna!  Hosanna!  Hosanna in the highest!  The word hosanna (especially in biblical, Judaic, and Christian use) is used to express adoration, praise, or joy.  But the actual definition of the word means: save us. Imagine yourself standing in a line Read More