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Each week, we post Sunday’s sermon by Rev. Eric Anderson. If you can’t join us on Sunday morning, try following #3tweetsermon on Twitter.

Sermon: What Has God Cleansed?

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May 19, 2019Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 11:1-18 by Eric Anderson Not to oversell you, here, but this is one of the most important texts in the entire Bible. The story is so important the Luke, the gospel writer who also wrote the Acts of the Apostles, told it not once, not twice, but three…
Tags: Egalitarianism, Openness, Purity

Sermon: Please Come to Us

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May 12, 2019Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 9:36-43 by Eric Anderson I’m sure you’ve received the call. You know the one: not the call to some great task with the prospect of honor and reward, not the call to a new vocation (sorry, graduates), not the call to some new deeper relationship with God. The…
Tags: #courage

Sermon: Apocalypse Now

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May 5, 2019Third Sunday of Easter Revelation 5:1-14 by Tracy Barnowe Pastor's Note: We hope to produce a transcript of this sermon this week. Rev. Barnowe preaches without notes or a prepared manuscript. The audio recording is below: Listen to the Recorded Sermon Apocalypse Now Photo of the Rev. Tracy Barnowe taken at her workshop…
Tags: #GuestPreacher, #safety

Sermon: We Must Obey

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April 28, 2019Second Sunday of Easter Acts 5:27-32 by Eric Anderson Among certain circles, this text gets a lot of attention. Oh, I don’t mean the one we’ve just read. I mean these words from the 13th chapter of Romans: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except…
Tags: #Love, #Peter, GoldenRule

Sermon: First Apostle

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April 21, 2019Easter Sunday John 20:1-18 by Eric Anderson Let me see if I can get you to step back in time a few hours. Actually, I’d like you to step back a couple thousand years, but let’s start with a couple hours. Well, more like four. Or five. Are you willing to go back…
Tags: #Easter, #GoodNews, Apostles

Reflection for Maundy Thursday

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April 18, 2019Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 by Eric Anderson The Gospel reading leaves out a couple of things. In the section we skipped, verses 18 through 30, Jesus predicted that one of his disciples would hand him over. He even identified Judas, though in a way only one or two could recognize in the…
Tags: #aloha, #HolyWeek, #Love, #MaundyThursday

Reading of the Passion from Luke

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On Palm Sunday, worship at Church of the Holy Cross began with an exultant march around the sanctuary, waving palms and singing. The children, of course, took the lead. Later in the service, four readers took on the task of sharing the story of Jesus’ last two days: his Passover dinner with his closest friendshis…
Tags: #PalmSunday, #PassionSunday

Sermon: God’s Not Done with Me

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April 7, 2019Fifth Sunday in Lent Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8 by Eric Anderson Preacher's Note: The recording includes brief comment on a verse I essentially ignored in preparing the sermon: John 12:8, which reads, "You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." We had just sung the first three verses…
Tags: #growth, Anointing, Patience

Sermon: This Fellow Welcomes Sinners

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March 31, 2019Fourth Sunday in Lent Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 by Eric Anderson I think my favorite new perspective on this parable this morning was literally this morning. It was a tweet from JesusofNaz316. If you're on Twitter, you should follow Jesus. OK, you should follow Jesus anyway. But his tweet this morning went something like…
Tags: #grace, #Love, ProdigalSon

Sermon: Fresh Figs

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March 24, 2019Third Sunday in Lent Luke 13:1-9 by Eric Anderson Something just feels right about retributive justice. It’s got a pleasing simplicity to it. It feels fair. Do this bad thing, and that bad thing happens to you. It’s the logic of discipline for a child, a logic straightforward enough that they can follow…
Tags: #judgement, Blame
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