What I’m Thinking: First Step

When Moses and Elijah suddenly appeared to speak with Jesus, Peter wanted to build a booth. There was something he should have attended to first. Here’s a transcript: We come to the end of the season after Epiphany. As is typical of the Revised Common Lectionary, we end this season with the story of the […]

February 18, 2020 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Can We Skip This Part?

February 16, 2020Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:21-37 by Eric Anderson Can we skip this part? I gave that title to the sermon without quite realizing that it was an invitation to, well, to skip the sermon. Friends who heard the story got quite a few giggles out of it this past week. And […]

February 16, 2020 in Sermons by

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Annual Meeting, February 23

Our Annual Membership Meeting will be on Sunday, February 23, 2020 immediately following our 10 AM Worship Service. The Annual Report has been distributed for your review. We look forward to seeing you!

February 15, 2020 in Uncategorized by

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What I’m Thinking: Rising Bar

Jesus keeps raising expectations – raising the bar – for us. Does it look whether it’s in reach? Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 5:21-37). Yes. Still. The Revised Common Lectionary continues on through the Sermon on the Mount. This section follows right along from the end of […]

February 9, 2020 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Preacher Obvious

February 9, 2020Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:13-20 by Eric Anderson Hotels.com cannot be credited with the creation of Captain Obvious. The Urban Dictionary has entries going back to 2003, and I seem to remember using the phrase while a public school student, which was not, shall we say, during this century. Captain Obvious, […]

February 9, 2020 in Sermons by

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What I’m Thinking: Obvious

Sometimes Christianity seems as, well, obvious as a lamp on a lamp stand. Other times, less so. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the fifth chapter of Matthew still (Matthew 5:13-20). The Revised Common Lectionary stays with the Sermon on the Mount through the Sundays after Epiphany, at least until just before the beginning of […]

February 2, 2020 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: They Will

February 2, 2020Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:1-12 by Eric Anderson All of the gospel writers faced a common question: What to say first about the ministry of Jesus after his baptism by John and the gathering of the first disciples? Mark began by describing several of the healings Jesus performed. Luke told of […]

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Pastor’s Corner: The Beauty Remains

January 22, 2020 I didn’t expect to see much during morning walks by the Bay last week. Low clouds seemed like a permanent companion for us here in Hilo, matched by extraordinarily high tides and repeated downpours. Most days, my experience matched my expectations. One morning, however, I glanced up to see the snowpack on […]

January 28, 2020 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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What I’m Thinking: Raised Standards

Micah 6:8 is difficult enough: to do justice, to love faithfully, and to walk humbly with God. In the Beatitudes, Jesus raised the bar. Poverty of spirit, meekness, pureness of heart, and more become the challenge of a faith life. Here’s a transcript: The Revised Common Lectionary has brought two of my favorite Scriptures to […]

January 26, 2020 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Just a Little Fear

January 26, 2020Third Sunday after the Epiphany Psalm 27:1, 4-9 by Eric Anderson Just a Little Fear. That’s the title of this sermon, and some of you might wonder where that came from. Some of you, and I have my ideas about who that might be, have guessed and are wondering whether I’ll admit it. […]

January 26, 2020 in Sermons by

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