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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: Redemption and Responsibility

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January 23, 2022 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-101 Corinthians 12:12-31a by Eric Anderson The palila pass down the stories. They recall the days when the māmane forest stretched around the mountain, and down the mountain, although not much farther up Maunakea. They recall the first people they saw, and the first pigs. They recall the first…
Tags: Anxiety

Sermon: Fill the Jars

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January 16, 2022 1 Corinthians 12:1-11John 2:1-11 by Eric Anderson How did the laulele come to grow where it did? It didn’t really know. Sometimes the memories of the seed aren’t retained by the plant, I guess. As the bright sun yellow of its blossom closed, its new seeds took form within its green-shrouded crown,…
Tags: Refresh, Renew, Sustain

Sermon: Awash in the Holy Spirit

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January 9, 2022 Acts 8:14-17Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 by Eric Anderson The koa’e kea likes to live clean. During the time that parents tend young chicks in the nest, they’ll do a good amount of care for their nestlings’ feathers. As the chicks get bigger, the role actually starts to reverse a little, with the youngsters…
Tags: Baptism, Worship

Sermon: What Child is This

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January 2, 2022 Matthew 2:1-12John 1:1-18 by Eric Anderson The urgent summons went out around the ohi’a forest. Lost child! Lost child! Lost child! Mothers sped from their nests whether they had a fledgling missing or not. Fathers sped to the nest to keep watch over the hatchlings. ‘Apapane, i’iwi, ‘elepaio, ‘akepa, oma’o, ‘amakihi –…
Tags: Epiphany, Jesus

Sermon: Now We Look

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December 26, 2021 Colossians 3:12-17Luke 2:41-52 by Eric Anderson He wanted to find the end of the island. He didn’t actually know what he meant by that. ‘Elepaio are known for being curious, for closely watching human visitors to the koa and ohi’a forests, and for closely examining every tree and branch on which they…
Tags: Searching, Worship

Sermon: Meditation for Christmas Eve

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December 24, 2021 Isaiah 9:2, 6-7Luke 2:1-20 by Eric Anderson Here we are again. It’s familiar, but not. We’ve heard this story before. We are accustomed to hearing it inside a big room, surrounded by family and friends, night’s hush falling outside, the lights dimming as one by one, two by two, candles spread a…
Tags: Christmas

Sermon: Anticipation

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December 19, 2021 Micah 5:2-5aLuke 3:39-55 by Eric Anderson The honu was snoozing gently on the warm sand of Kona. The pueo was taking a rest after a morning of nest-building; she would be laying her eggs soon. The ‘io was stretching her legs and wings and neck and muscles of all description after spending…
Tags: Anticipation, Future

Sermon: Those Exhortations

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December 12, 2021 Isaiah 12:2-6Luke 3:7-18 by Eric Anderson There were three ‘apapane chicks in the nest, which is not uncommon when there are any chicks in an ‘apapane nest. I mean, there were plenty of times when there weren’t any ‘apapane chicks in the nest at all, as for example when they’re learning to…
Tags: Growth, Repentance

Sermon: Messengers

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December 5, 2021 Malachi 3:1-4Luke 1:68-79Luke 3:1-6 by Eric Anderson There’s a funny thing about a story. Somebody has to tell it. The noio who nest on the cliffsides above the breaking waves like their big flocks. They hang out together, they fly together, and they fish together. Somewhat unusually, it was a small group…
Tags: Discipleship, Evangelism, Messenger

Sermon: The Days are Surely Coming

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November 28, 2021 Jeremiah 33:14-16Luke 21:25-36 by Eric Anderson The honu’ea had been nesting on a beach along the Ka’u coast for years. As far as the relatively young hawksbill turtle mother was concerned, it had always been just the same. She knew the turn of the beach like the back of her, well, like…
Tags: Hope, Worship
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