Rev. Daniel focuses on the events of the week, particularly racial injustice as he leads into the service of Communion.
Communion Homily: The Way Home
Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Somewhere in Sands of the Desert…
Monday, December 1st, 2014
Rev. Ben Daniel enters into Advent with a discussion of The Second Coming: its popularity as a concept in American religion, the ways the original text was used to describe contemporary events, and the way it calls us to bring about the Kingdom now by being Christ for one another.
Christ the King
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
On Christ the King Sunday, Rev. Ben Daniel reminds us to think of Christ as the door that welcomes us in from the storms of life — and that we, too, can welcome the downtrodden with kindness and compassion, showing gratitude for all that we have received.
Untitled Sermon: Don’t Label Me
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Guest preacher Talitha Phillips discusses Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents”, encouraging us to remove our “stained glass blinders” and understand it as Jesus’ audience — the poor, marginalized, and oppressed — would have done.
Life is What’s Happening on the Other Side of the Door
Monday, November 10th, 2014
Guest preacher Rev. Kathy Ray discusses Matthew’s story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, drawing out lessons about the importance of staying open to God’s presence at all times, even when it leads us in unexpected and life-changing directions.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
On the occasion of “Remberance Sunday”, when we remember loved ones who have died in the past year, Rev. Daniel takes time to Remember the gift of our faith and “the witness of generations who have told and retold the story so that we can make it our own.” Scripture – Hebrews 11:1 – 12:2
The Divinity of Ray Charles
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
God is Love. Love is Blind. Ray Charles is Blind. Therefore Ray Charles is God.
On the occasion of Reformation Sunday Rev. Daniel talks about church history and what does and does not make sense and exhorts the church to speak up when something does not make sense and thus keep the Reformation alive and make the world a better place. Scripture: Matthew 22:34-46
Something Like A Star
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
music by Randall Thompson, poem by Robert Frost
Kim Rankin Conducting the Montclair Presbyterian Church Choir
Marcia Roy, piano
Rendering to Caesar the Things of God
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22
Where Is Your Robe?
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Mixing metaphors about Journeys and Banquets Rev. Ben Daniel speaks about “putting on new robe” as we are changed by an invitation to the feast.