Second Congregational minister to be featured on national program

The Rev. Maxwell Grant will be the featured preacher Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 on Day 1 with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.

Rev. Grant is senior minister of Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Greenwich. Before coming there in early 2012, he was pastor of Community Church of the Pelhams UCC in Pelham, N.Y. and chair of the executive committee of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ. He has also served as the Chaplain for Pediatrics and Obstetrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, and as School Chaplain and Religion Department Head at Collegiate School, an independent day school in New York City.

He is a 2006 graduate of Yale Divinity School, where he was awarded the Mersick Prize for Preaching. A graduate of Yale University, he also received a master’s degree in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

“The Troubling Star,” his sermon for Epiphany, Jan. 4, is based on Matthew 2. The magi appear asking where the king of the Jews is; they have followed his star to Jerusalem. Herod is disturbed when he hears this. “When we hear that Herod was frightened … it makes sense,” Rev. Grant said. “Because, hey, when the heavens themselves begin to defy prediction, then there is no telling what might happen.”

His sermon for Jan. 11, based on Mark: 4-11, is entitled “Torn Open, by God.” Rev. Grant said, “What if instead of a little chaste sprinkling of water on the forehead, or even a full immersion on the banks of a local river, or something in between…what if the only way to join the church was by skydiving?”

The programs include interviews with Rev. Grant conducted by Mr. Wallace, who is also executive producer.

“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for more than 69 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website, Day1.org.

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