Sunday Services Archive

Sunday Services at the Memorial Church

December 21, 2014
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Preacher: Dr. William O. Paulsell
President, Emeritus, Lexington Theological Seminary

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Sermon: Take By Surprise
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


December 14, 2014
The Third Sunday of Advent
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Stephanie Paulsell
Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies,
Harvard Divinity School; Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: Sacred Humanity
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


December 7, 2014
The Second Sunday of Advent
Holy Communion & Holy Baptism

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: Why We Can’t Wait!
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 30, 2014
The First Sunday of Advent
Preacher: The Reverend John H. Finley IV
Co-Founder and Head of Epiphany School, Dorchester, MA

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Sermon: *This sermon has no title.
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November 23, 2014
Thanksgiving Sunday
The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Preacher: Alanna Copenhaver
Ministry Fellow in the Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Love Supreme"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 16, 2014
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Emilie M. Townes
Dean of the Divinity School, Vanderbilt University

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Sermon: "Songs of Zion"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 9, 2014
The Commemoration of Benefactors and of The War Dead
The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Preacher: Colonel Everett Spain
Academy Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point

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Sermon: "Who Will You Send Lord? Send Me."
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 2, 2014
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
The Commemoration of All Saints and All Souls
Holy Communion

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "What Do You See?"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 26, 2014
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Pastor Deb Richardson-Moore
Triune Mercy Center, Greenville, SC

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Sermon: "Seeing Navy"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 19, 2014
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Jedediah Mannis
Founder, The Outdoor Church of Cambridge

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Sermon: "The Outdoor Church in Cambridge"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 12, 2014
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
Installation Service for the Sedgwick Chaplain to Harvard University
and Senior Minister in the Memorial Church

Preacher: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann
Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life, Stanford University

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Listen to Full Service: Part 2
Sermon: "Holy Hospitality: Sharing Knowledge, Sharing Nourishment"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 5, 2014
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Baptism and Holy Communion

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Do Not Fear Being Afraid"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 28, 2014
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Alison L. Boden
Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel,
Princeton University

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Sermon: "The Peace for Which We Yearn"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 21, 2014
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Grace Ain’t Fair!"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 14, 2014
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Getting Stuck in the Mud"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 7, 2014
Opening of Fall Term
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith
Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister
in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "A Tall Order"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


August 31, 2014
Freshman Sunday
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Why Not You?"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


August 3, 2014
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
The Last Sunday of Summer Term

Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith
Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister
in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "Facing Up"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


July 27, 2014
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Alanna Copenhaver
Ministry Fellow in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "Aim Small to Think Big"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


July 20, 2014
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dudley C. Rose
Associate Dean for Ministry Studies and Lecturer
on Ministry, Harvard Divinity School;
Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "Building Up the Wheat"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


July 13, 2014
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Kaia Stern
Director of the Prison Studies Project and Lecturer
in the Department of Sociology, Harvard University;
Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "The Face of God"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


July 6, 2014
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Sarah B. Drummond
Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Andover Newton Theological Seminary; and Affiliated Minister
in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "Choosing Our Burdens With Care"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


June 29, 2014
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Opening of Summer Term

Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith
Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister
in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "You Never Know"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


May 25, 2014
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Senior Sunday, The Last Sunday of Spring Term

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Other People’s Problems"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


May 18, 2014
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Preacher: Professor R. Gustav Niebuhr
Associate Professor of Religion and the Media,
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

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Sermon: "Speaking and Listening"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


May 11, 2014
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Mother's Day

Preacher: Dr. Kaia Stern
Director of the Prison Studies Project and Lecturer
in the Department of Sociology, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Faith and Trembling"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


May 4, 2014
The Third Sunday of Easter
Holy Baptism, Holy Communion

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Keeping Good Company"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


April 27, 2014
The Second Sunday of Easter
Preacher: Sharon Kugler
University Chaplain, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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Sermon: "Joy, Angst, Resurrection: Stumbling Into Wonder"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


April 20, 2014
Easter Sunday
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Dying Beyond Our Means"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith
Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister
in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "Holy Turmoil"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


April 6, 2014
The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Holy Communion
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Filing Personal Exemptions"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


March 30, 2014
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Alanna Copenhaver
Ministry Fellow, The Memorial Church

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Sermon: "Farsighted Faith"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


March 23, 2014
The Third Sunday in Lent
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Robert Allan Hill
Dean of Marsh Chapel, Chaplain to the University,
and Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology,
Boston University

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Sermon: "Exit or Voice?"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


March 16, 2014
The Second Sunday in Lent
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Luke Powery
Dean of Duke Chapel and Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics,
Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC

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Sermon: "Good Grief"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


March 9, 2014
The First Sunday in Lent
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Former Director of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

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Sermon: "Roll Jordan Roll (Hope in the Face of Hopelessness)"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


March 2, 2014
Junior Parents Weekend
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Communion

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "A Conversation Worth Having"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


February 23, 2014
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith
Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "Foundation and Aspiration"
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February 16, 2014
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Ray A. Owens
Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK

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Sermon: "Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


February 9, 2014
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Preacher: Dr. Diane D'Souza
Director of Continuing Education at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

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Sermon: "Jonathan Daniels, Civil Rights, and the Unfinished Work"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


February 2, 2014
The First Sunday of Spring Term
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Communion 

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Persecuted for a Purpose"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


January 26, 2014
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Power to the People!"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


January 19, 2014
Commemoration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany 

Preacher: Professor Richard Lischer
James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC

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Sermon: "The Weapon of Love"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


January 12, 2014
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Claudia Highbaugh
Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Connecticut College, New London, CT

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Sermon: "Bring Forth Justice to the Nations"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


January 5, 2014
The Second Sunday after Christmas
Preacher: The Reverend Kerry Maloney
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Harvard Divinity School

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Sermon: "In the Beginning"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "The Gift of Gratitude"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


December 22, 2013
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Anthony L. Bennett
Pastor, Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, CT

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Sermon: "Hope Beyond Herod"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


December 15, 2013
The Third Sunday of Advent
Preacher: The Reverend Dudley C. Rose
Associate Dean for Ministry Studies and Lecturer on Ministry, 
Harvard Divinity School

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Sermon: "Taking No Offense"
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December 8, 2013
The Second Sunday of Advent
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Bill J. Leonard
Founding Dean and Professor of Church History,
Wake Forest University School of Divinity,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Sermon: "Pursuing the Prophetic"

Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


December 1, 2013
The First Sunday of Advent
Holy Communion

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "The Road Less Traveled"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 24, 2013
The Last Sunday after Pentecost — Christ the King
Thanksgiving Sunday

Preacher: The Reverend Ann Stevenson
Associate Minister in the Memorial Church

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Sermon: "King of the Road"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 17, 2013
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Get a Life!"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 10, 2013
The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Commemoration of Benefactors and of The War Dead

Preacher: Dr. Brian K. Blount
President, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA

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Sermon: "Live Like Your Life Means Something"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


November 3, 2013
Freshman Parents Weekend
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The Commemoration of All Saints and All Souls
Holy Communion

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Delayed But Not Denied"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 27, 2013
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Stephanie A. Paulsell
Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies, Harvard Divinity School

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Sermon: "The View From Above"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 20, 2013
The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Professor Dan McKanan
Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist
Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity,
Harvard Divinity School

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Sermon: "A New Covenant with the Earth"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 13, 2013
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Henry G. Brinton
Senior Pastor, Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, VA

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Sermon: "Coram Deo"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


October 6, 2013
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Stir Up the Gifts"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 29, 2013
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Stephanie A. Paulsell
Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies,
Harvard Divinity School

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Sermon: "In Each Other's Care"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 22, 2013
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Serene Jones
President of the Faculty and Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology
Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

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Listen to Full Service: Part 2
Sermon: "Pleasantly Falling Boundaries"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 8, 2013
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The First Sunday of Fall Term

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "Counting the Costs"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)


September 1, 2013
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Freshman Sunday

Preacher: Professor Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister,
The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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Sermon: "A Space of Grace"
Sunday's Service Program & Announcements (PDF File)