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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: Temple of the Kingdom

Published on
July 14, 2019Fifth Sunday after PentecostAmos 7:7-17 by Eric Anderson There are definitely days that I could skip right over the Book of the prophet Amos without regret. Actually, I could spend most of my days not reading the Book of Amos without regret. Because I usually regret reading from the Book of the prophet…
Tags: Authority, Justice, Sanctuary

Sermon: Peace to this House

Published on
July 7, 2019Fourth Sunday after PentecostLuke 10:1-11, 16-20 by Eric Anderson What is the core mission of the Church of Jesus Christ? It’s one of those questions we get to ask, and that we must ask, over and over again. We even wrote it into the Constitution of the United Church of Christ: “[The UCC]…
Tags: Peace

Sermon: Oh, To Be Wise

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June 16, 2019Trinity SundayProverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 by Eric Anderson When the preacher begins a sermon with a list of the things that the sermon might have been about but isn’t, it’s a sign of at least one thing and possibly two things. It’s certainly a sign that the topics before the preacher are bigger than…
Tags: Joy, Wisdom

Sermon: Another Language for Rejoicing

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Pentecost SundayActs 2:1-21 by Eric Anderson Fulfillment hardly ever looks like what we’d expected. At least, not the fulfillment of God’s promises. There are plenty of human fulfillments that look exactly like the picture in the catalog, or the image on the screen. This microphone, for example. It looks exactly the same as it did…
Tags: Pentecost

Sermon: Annoying People

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June 2, 2019Seventh Sunday of Easter Acts 16:16-34 by Eric Anderson Back in February, I was honored to deliver the sermon at the Hawai’i Conference’s Church Leaders Event at Nu’uanu Congregational Church UCC on O’ahu. I asked the assembly a series of yes or no questions, and they’d raise their hands if the answer was…
Tags: Kindness

Sermon: Holy City

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May 26, 2019Sixth Sunday of Easter Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 by Eric Anderson The Revelation to John is popular with some Christians, and really unpopular with other Christians. Based on what people shared during our Bible studies this week, and on the time our Sunday morning group studied the book, I would guess that it would…
Tags: #paradise, Border, Holycity, Wall

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
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