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Monterey Church: Elizabeth Goodman, produces the weekly preaching of Rev. Elizabeth Goodman, pastor of the Monterey United Church of Christ (UCC). Mindful of the challenges of today, Rev. Goodman approaches scripture with wisdom and wonder in the hope of hearing the word of God who still speaks and in the faith that it will, as ever, enlighten our path and guide our steps from life to life.

Rev. Liz Goodman, Lenox & Monterey UCC Elizabeth Goodman

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Monterey Church: Elizabeth Goodman, produces the weekly preaching of Rev. Elizabeth Goodman, pastor of the Monterey United Church of Christ (UCC). Mindful of the challenges of today, Rev. Goodman approaches scripture with wisdom and wonder in the hope of hearing the word of God who still speaks and in the faith that it will, as ever, enlighten our path and guide our steps from life to life.

    Would You Like to Come to Church with Me?

    Would You Like to Come to Church with Me?

    Jesus gathered disciples who in turn were to gather other. What does that mean for us? Evangelism is no easy prospect, especially for those of us in the mainline church, and especially in a world where there's no shortage of people "selling" something. How then to do it, and why?
    Monterey Church
    Church on the Hill, Lenox

    • 31 min
    Our 251st Year

    Our 251st Year

    Church on the Hill is one of the most photographed meetinghouses in New England. So goes the legend. But what does it mean that it's not necessarily conducive to the on-going life of the church?
    Church on the Hill, Lenox

    • 29 min
    Tender Shepherd

    Tender Shepherd

    Little churches might seem an ineffectual way to make a change in the world--to improve things or influence things for the better. Consider, though, the gentle servant of Isaiah's imagining, or the gentle Christ who comes though expected to be harsh and decisive. Maybe little churches are just the vessel God needs to plant the kingdom in our midst.
    Monterey Church
    Church on the Hill, Lenox

    • 25 min
    Christmas Present

    Christmas Present

    Why would the transcendent choose to submit to immanence?
    Church on the Hill, Lenox 

    • 20 min
    Anti-Semitism and the Church

    Anti-Semitism and the Church

    Anti-Semitism is like a virus in the brain that humanity just can't kick. The Church bears some responsibility for its perennially infecting us. Here's a sermon that makes a case against it as a habit of mind and a violation of our faith and our humanity.
    Monterey Church

    • 35 min
    Christmas Eve

    Christmas Eve

    Christmas Eve comes with a lot of expectations. People bring to the service of lessons and carols a desire to feel a certain way, to be made to believe in magic and unadulterated happiness. This sermon won't necessarily enchant you into the Christmas spirit you might have felt as a child. You won't mistake your life as a existing within a snow globe. But you might learn how to live out Christmas hope even when all hope seems lost. The world isn't an easy place these days. Of course, the world Jesus was born into wasn't easy either. 
    Monterey Church
    Church on the Hill, Lenox

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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Good(wo)man is a Gift

If you need such a thing from me, then hear my voice say it: “It’s good” ;->
Rev. Liz is a gifted orator who consistently elevates with her musings. One never feels “preached to” while listening. Instead, Liz delivers a sermon like she is both traversing a new path and traveling a familiar one. It’s like we skip along beside her through her thoughtful digressions, and end up exactly where we need to be...looking for ways to live better and love better.

Southfield Pastor ,

Thankful

I am an unordained, untrained lay pastor at a tiny church not far from the Monterey church and am thankful I have found these podcasts. I consider listening to these podcasts part of my eternally ongoing training I need to pastor my little church. Full disclosure: I know Liz and am thankful for the support she has given me over the years.

Avalon ,

Church from afar

I listen to the Monterey UCC podcasts from NC and greatly appreciate being able to stay connected to my "home church" in this way. Rev. Liz Goodman is a wise, charismatic, and thought-provoking pastor presiding over a very special place of worship.

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