Cover art for podcast Sunday on the Commons

Sunday on the Commons

85 EpisodesProduced by United Church, Little ComptonWebsite

Weekly podcast of sermons from the United Congregational Church of Little Compton, Rhode Island. Most weeks will feature our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Rebecca Floyd Marshall, in the pulpit, but guest preachers step in from time to time as well. Support this podcast:… read more

85 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Mountaintop Experiences | February 27, 2022

March 4th, 2022

17:36 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month 

“The soul can split the sky in two

And let the face of God shine through”

–Edna St. …

Its Not Just About Winning Gold | February 20, 2022

February 25th, 2022

21:52 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month 

“Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and …

Where Do We Go From Here? | January 23, 2022

January 26th, 2022

24:16 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month 

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” –Thomas Merton

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

John 17:20-23

Special thanks to our new …

God With Us: Baptism of Jesus | January 9, 2022

January 14th, 2022

16:53 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month 

"“How about infant baptism? Shouldn't you wait until the child grows up enough to …

Subversive Wisdom | Jeremy Langill | August 15, 2021

August 17th, 2021

22:10 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month 

"You do not have to be good.

You do no have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal …

Satisfied | August 1, 2021

August 5th, 2021

18:03 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month 

Gracious God, it would have been enough if you had given us life and breath,

but you …

Space for Silence | Sermon from July 25, 2021

July 27th, 2021

22:10 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month 

“Not all of us are called to be hermits, but all of us need enough silence and …

“Unbearable Words” | Guest Minister: Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | July 11, 2021

July 11th, 2021

53:04 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

“What I love about the Bible is that the story isn't over. There are still prophets in our midst. There are still dragons and beasts. It might not look …

“Re-imagining the Vision” | Guest Minister: Rev. Dr. Patricia Kogut | July 4, 2021

July 4th, 2021

45:15 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” - Peter Marshall

Scripture Reading 1: Isaiah …

“A Service on Haiti” | Guest Minister: Shirley Hardison & Jonas Azolin | June 20, 2021

June 20th, 2021

36:31 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

“Life’s hard in Haiti right now. And the hardest thing is that the future does not lie with one person.” -- Edwidge Danticat

“We must all find the spirit …

“In God We Trust” | Guest Minister: Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | June 6, 2021

June 6th, 2021

38:02 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

“Religion is never a good force per se, but merely the final conflict between human self-esteem and divine mercy, and the one is as frequently victorious …

"Can These Bones Live?" | Guest Minister: Rev. Beverley Edwards | May 30, 2021

May 30th, 2021

42:15 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait, you watch, and work: You …

“When the Spirit comes”| Pentecost Sunday | May 23, 2021

May 23rd, 2021

32:37 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

"Without Pentecost the Christ-event - the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus - remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and …

“Sent” | Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | May 16, 2021

May 16th, 2021

28:33 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

“Prayer is commission. Out of the quietness with God, power is generated that turns the spiritual machinery of the world.  When you pray, you begin to feel …

Abiding in God's Love | Guest Preacher: Rev. Lindsay Popperson | May 2, 2021

May 5th, 2021

30:40 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

 I know that I have life only insofar as I have love. 

I have no love except it come from Thee. 

Help me, please, to carry this candle against the wind.  

I am the good shepherd | Third Sunday after Easter | April 25, 2021

April 25th, 2021

34:48 | Support Our Ministry with $5 a Month

“We have all things and abound; not because I have a good store of money in the bank, not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread, but …

Who Will Roll Away the Stone? | First Sunday after Easter | April 11, 2021

April 18th, 2021


“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” - Albert Camus

Scripture Reading 1: Isaiah 25:6-9  — Read by Linton Harrington

Scripture Reading 2: Mark 16:1-8  — Read by Prudence …

Christ is Risen! Allelulia! Easter Sunday 2021 | April 4, 2021

April 4th, 2021

21:14 | Support Our Ministry - Give $5 a month

“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light”  -Madeleine L’Engle

Romans 6:3-11 - Read by Charlie Thomas

John 20:1-18 - Read …

Palm Sunday! March 28, 2021

March 30th, 2021

29:10 | Support Our Ministry - Give $5/week

All glory, laud, and honor

to you, Redeemer, King,

to whom the lips of children

made sweet hosannas ring.

You are the King of Israel

and David's royal Son,

Cleansing the Temple | Third Sunday of Lent | March 7, 2021

March 7th, 2021

25:35 | Support Our Ministry - Give $5/month

“I imagine Lent for you and for me as a great departure from the greedy, anxious anti-neighborliness of our economy, a great departure from our …

Compassion | Second Sunday of Lent | February 28, 2021

February 28th, 2021

25:26 | Support Our Ministry

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”  ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Isaiah 49:8-16 - Read …

Through the Wilderness | First Sunday of Lent | February 21, 2021

February 21st, 2021

28:18 | Support Our Ministry

“...Perhaps this blessing became the path beneath your feet,

the desert that stretched before you,

the clear sight that finally came.”

--Jan Richardson

Psalm 25:1-10 - …

Ash Wednesday | February 17, 2021

February 17th, 2021

17:17 | Support Our Ministry

“Human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” …

Another Chance | Guest Preacher the Rev. Dr. Richard L Floyd | February 14, 2021

February 14th, 2021

32:34 | Support Our Ministry

“Repentance is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let …

Faith is an Action Verb | February 7, 2021

February 7th, 2021

27:09 | Support Our Ministry

“It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly put on display.” …

Confronting Our Demons | January 31, 2021

February 1st, 2021

24:25 | Support Our Ministry

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to …

Your Calling | January 24, 2021

January 24th, 2021

27:23 | Support Our Ministry

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  --Frederick Buechner

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 - Read by Russell …

A Service in Honor of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr | January 17, 2021

January 17th, 2021

41:48 | Support Our Ministry

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

--The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us as we …

Christmas Eve 2020

December 25th, 2020

46:06 | Support Our Ministry

Watch the video version of this service.

Celebrate the arrival of Christ with us in a service full …

No Room in the Inn | Fourth Sunday of Advent 2020

December 20th, 2020

27:07 | Support Our Ministry

Watch the Video Version of this Service

As Advent draws to a close, we remember the story of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, where there was no room for them in …

How Can We Keep From Singing? | Third Sunday of Advent, 2020

December 13th, 2020

22:32 | Support Our Ministry

Watch the video version of this service

On the Third Sunday of Advent, Mary's Magnificant reminds us that this season of waiting and anticipation is also a season of joy. …

Confession and Repentance | Second Sunday of Advent | December 6, 2020

December 8th, 2020

28:12 | Support Our Ministry

View the Video Version of this Service

The stark image of John the Baptist, prophet in the wilderness, calling all who listen to repent, greets us on the Second Sunday of …

Entering the Conversation | November 8, 2020

November 8th, 2020

34:22 | Support Our Ministry

Watch the video version of this service.

When we pray, we aren't giving God new information, we are opening ourselves up to the conversation God is already having. To …

A Service of Remembrance (Live) | All Saints Day | November 1, 2020

November 1st, 2020

26:39 | Support Our Ministry

Watch the video version of this service.

This is audio from our in-person All Saints Service, honoring the lives of those who have died in our community in the past year. …

Being a Witness | October 25, 2020

October 25th, 2020

31:54 | Support Our Ministry

This week, we discuss what it means to give testimony to our faith. Special thanks to Sarah Whitehead for gracing us with her singing voice this week and to Tara Bradley …

Blessing of the Animals (Live) | Oct. 4 2020

October 6th, 2020

28:26 | Support Our Ministry

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we held a special outdoor service and "blessing of the animals" on a farm overlooking Sakonnet River. Listen here to the audio version, …

In Our Time | Sept. 20, 2020

September 20th, 2020

23:51 | Support Our Ministry

Throughout history, Christians have had to make intentional, and sometimes sacrificial and even risky decisions to practice their faith in spite of their surrounding …

How to Swim (Live) | Sept. 13, 2020

September 16th, 2020

25:24 | Support Our Ministry

This was recorded live at our Beach Service (apologies for the wind noise in the recordings), during …

Sabbath | Sept. 6, 2020

September 6th, 2020

20:08 | Support Our Ministry

Why the Sabbath may be the most important of the Ten Commandments and how to practice it today.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Matthew 12:1-8

--- Send in a voice message:

This is It | August 30, 2020

August 30th, 2020

24:58 | Support Us

How well do your stated values measure up to how you actually live your life? When push comes to shove, what really matters?

Exodus 1:8-1:22 | Exodus 2:1 - 2:10

--- Send in a …

Sunday on the Commons Corona Virus Update

March 18th, 2020

0:49 | Donate to Our Ministry

We are following the guidance of the CDC and shutting down all of our in person gatherings for the …

When You Can't Fix It (Special Episode)

March 10th, 2020

14:56 | Donate to Our Ministry

This message is from a few weeks ago. Originally, we were not going to publish it because it dealt with a number of personal and tragic losses in our community. But …


March 3rd, 2020

24:44 | Donate to Our Ministry

Explore what it means to be 'children of God' and why this identity of ours is so important to remember as we begin our Lenten journeys.

First Reading: 1 John 3:1-2

A Case for Love | February 9, 2020

February 11th, 2020

23:29 | Donate to Our Ministry

For Christians, loving our enemies is not an option, it is a command from our God.

First Reading:

Revolutionary | February 2, 2020

February 6th, 2020

28:27 | Donate to Our Ministry

Jesus' sermon on the mount, especially the litany of "Beatitudes," is one of the most well-known passages in Scripture.  Many of its lines are familiar to us:  "Blessed …

Turn Toward the Light | January 26, 2020 | Alex Floyd Marshall, Substitute Preacher

January 28th, 2020

14:44 | Donate to Our Ministry

We have a choice in how we direct the movement of our lives. One option is to flee from the darkness of our world, to hide, letting fear guide us. The other is to turn …

Consider the Stars | January 19, 2020

January 24th, 2020

26:31 | Donate to Our Ministry

After a couple of weeks away, Rev. Rebecca is back, sharing reflections with us about the stars, her time at a conference in Arizona, and the season of Epiphany. Let's …

"Emanuel" | Third Sunday of Advent | December 15, 2019

December 18th, 2019

15:40 | Donate to Our Ministry

This week, we mark the third Sunday of Advent, waiting for Emanuel, God with Us, to come. Let's listen as Rev. Rebecca explores with us what it means for God to be with …

"Heads Up" | Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | December 1, 2019, First Sunday of Advent

December 3rd, 2019

28:14 | Donate to Our Ministry

This week, we welcome back the Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd to share with us a sermon on the First Sunday of Advent. Let's listen as he invites us to consider how God may be …

"Give Thanks" | Who's My Neighbor? Lessons on Life and Faith From Mr. Rogers | Nov. 24, 2019

November 27th, 2019

24:37 | Donate to Our Ministry

This Sunday was Thanksgiving Sunday, where we marked the end of our stewardship season by consecrating the pledges we've received and where we reflect on our many …

"St. Fred" | Who's My Neighbor? Lessons on Life and Faith From Mr. Rogers | Nov. 3, 2019

November 5th, 2019

21:43 | Donate to Our Ministry 

This Sunday Rev. Rebecca returned to her sermon series about Mr. Rogers for All Saints Sunday. Let’s listen to a reflection on what it means to be a “Saint” in our …

Bonus! Kid's Lead Worship: The Call of the Disciples Skit | From the ctober 27th 2019 Worship Service

November 3rd, 2019

9:46 | Donate to Our Ministry 

Last Sunday we had a children and youth led worship service at UCC Little Compton. Hear a play/skit put on by our kid's that incorporated many of the elements of our …

"No Big Deal, Just Change the World" | Guest Sermon by Alex Floyd Marshall | Oct 27, 2019

November 1st, 2019

17:40 | Donate to Our Ministry 

This Sunday: we had a children-and-youth led service and Alex gave our sermon and our confirmands did the readings. Let’s listen and reflect on the story of Jesus …

Bonus: Peter Fallon Stewardship Testimony

October 28th, 2019


During stewardship season we invite members of our congregation to share stories of how the church has impacted their lives and why they are choosing to support our ministry. Our first testimony this year is from Peter …

Generous | October 20, 2019

October 22nd, 2019

32:33 | Donate to Our Ministry 

This week is the beginning of our stewardship season here at UCC Little Compton, and so Pastor …

"Winning" - Who's My Neighbor? Lessons from the Life and Faith of Mr. Rogers | Oct. 13, 2019

October 16th, 2019

22:05 | Donate to Our Ministry 

This week Pastor Rebecca continues her sermon series on the life and faith of Fred Rogers. We’ll …

"Look to the Children" | Who's My Neighbor? Lessons from the Life and Faith of Mr. Rogers, Ep. 2 | Sept. 29, 2019

October 3rd, 2019

24:56 | Donate to Our Ministry 

This Sunday we continue our sermon series on the life and faith of Mr. Rogers. We'll look more closely at Mr. Roger's ministry to children and how he took very …

"Good Neighbors" | Who's My Neighbor: Lessons on Life and Faith From Mr. Rogers, Ep. 1

September 24th, 2019

24:56 | Donate to Our Ministry 

This Sunday we begin a sermon series titled "Who's My Neighbor: Lessons on life and faith with Mr. Rogers."  Fred Rogers was ordained by the Presbyterian church to a …

"The Cost" | September 8, 2019

September 11th, 2019

18:48 | Donate to Our Ministry 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said: “Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man …

How to Sabbath | September 1, 2019

September 6th, 2019

23:37 | Donate to Our Ministry 

Labor Day was established in honor of the workers and tradespeople of our nation as a day of celebration and a day of rest. Our faith has much to say about the value of …

God Is In This Place and I Did Not Know It | August 18, 2019

August 20th, 2019

25:32 | Donate to Our Ministry 

From Jacob's pillow to the Road to Emmaus, people of faith have found God in unexpected places. Perhaps you, too, have had an experience like this of God's presence …

"You Can't Take it With You" | Guest: Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | August 4, 2019

August 8th, 2019

26:53 | Donate to Our Ministry 

For his final sermon with us, the Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd spoke about the story Jesus tells in response to a man who asks him to settle a family feud over inheritance. …

"Ask, Search, Knock!" - July 28, 2019 | Guest: Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd

July 30th, 2019

41:51 | Donate to Our Ministry 

One of Jesus's disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us how to pray." This pas Sunday we explored the theme of prayer. Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd's sermon inspired our …

Taking on the Mantle | Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | June 30, 2019

July 8th, 2019

28:49 | Donate to Our Ministry 

Who is Jesus? Albert Sweitzer famously remarked that "looking for Jesus is like looking down a well. You see only your own reflection: that Jesus remains a stranger and …

The God Who Still Speaks | The Rev. Dr. Richard L Floyd | June 16, 2019

June 21st, 2019

22:32 | Donate to Our Ministry 

This week we welcome back the Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd, stepping in for Pastor Rebecca on maternity leave. This week is Trinity Sunday, and Rev. Floyd leads us in an …

Open Doors, Broken Chains | Guest Preacher the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | June 2, 2019

June 6th, 2019

22:13 | Donate to Our Ministry 

Once again, while Pastor Rebecca is on maternity leave, we have the Rev. Dr. Richard L Floyd in …

"By the River" | Guest Preacher the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd | May 26, 2019

May 31st, 2019

28:49 | Donate to Our Ministry 

Pastor Rebecca is on maternity leave, and this Sunday we have the Rev. Dr. Richard L. Floyd in our …

"The Gardner" | Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

April 21st, 2019

28:40 | Donate to Our Ministry 

It's Easter, and we are celebrating! Today we remember the extraordinary claim of our faith: that …

"These Stones Would Cry Out" | Palm Sunday | April 14, 2019

April 14th, 2019

23:24 | Donate to Our Ministry 

Holy Week begins this Sunday as we travel with Jesus into Jerusalem where he is hailed as the …

"The Joy of Giving" | April 7, 2019

April 7th, 2019

27:50 | Donate to Our Ministry 

During this season of Lent, we have been exploring "habits of joy." This week, Rev. Rebecca invites us to examine the relationship between generosity and joy. Contrary …

"Slow Down and Listen" - Guest Preacher Alex Floyd Marshall | March 31, 2019

March 31st, 2019

17:05 | Donate to Our Ministry 

During this season of Lent, we have been exploring "habits of joy." This week, we are examining the relationship between listening to God and the joy of purpose and …

Loading ...

Are you the creator of this podcast?

Verify your account

and pick the featured episodes for your show.

Listen to Sunday on the Commons


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens