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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: Angels, Please

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January 17, 20211 Samuel 3:1-20 John 1:43-51 by Eric Anderson One of the challenges of being a honu is that you can never be sure whether you’ve met your father or mother. When you hatch from an egg laid in a hole hidden on a beach during the night, a hole dug and hidden by…
Tags: Discipleship

Sermon: Baptisms

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January 10, 2021Baptism of Christ Acts 19:1-7Mark 1:4-11 by Eric Anderson The story – not this story, but the story within this story – started with a finch. As stories go, it wasn’t an impressive one. It was depressingly simple. The story was this: that cats hunted regularly in one grassy area filled with seeds…
Tags: Baptism

Sermon: The Home of the Lord

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December 20, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Advent2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:26-38 by Eric Anderson The moli – that’s a Laysan albatross in English – was resting on the nest, keeping her egg warm, when the kolea came by. Her mate was off fishing. “Welcome back,” said the kolea. “Thank you,” said the moli. “How…
Tags: Advent

Sermon: The Year of the Lord’s Favor

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December 13, 2020 Third Sunday of AdventIsaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Luke 1:46b-55 by Eric Anderson Nobody had ever heard of a mejiro who didn’t sing, but there she was: she was a mejiro, and she didn’t sing. Her friends found it a puzzling personality quirk of someone that they loved quite a bit. It worried her…
Tags: Advent

Sermon: The Way of the Lord

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December 6, 2020 Second Sunday of AdventIsaiah 40:1-11 Mark 1:1-8 by Eric Anderson For reasons that she never really wanted to explain – that happens with birds and people sometimes – an ‘amakihi decided one day that she’d like to fly upside down. Not just for a few wingbeats or a glide. She wanted to…
Tags: Blessed, Freedom, Fulfillment, Repentance

Sermon: Not Lacking

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November 29, 2020First Sunday of Advent 1 Corinthians 1:3-9Mark 13:24-37 by Eric Anderson Once there was an ‘apapane who was bad at everything. Some of the things he was bad at were, to be sure, things that ‘apapane in general are bad at. He was, for example, a really poor swimmer. He could not chop…
Tags: Gifts

Sermon: Gathered Sheep

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November 22, 2020Reign of Christ Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 by Eric Anderson It doesn’t happen often. Most of the time, sheep don’t get to choose their flocks. They’re born, and there’s a flock, and that’s their flock. If there’s another flock around, well, that’s not their flock. Every once in a while there might be a…
Tags: Greed, Sermon, Social Justice, Society

Sermon: Avoiding Surprise

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November 15, 2020 Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 by Eric Anderson Most birds, I would guess, like things to go pretty much the same today as they did yesterday. Most i’iwi, I would guess, would say the same. Or sing the same. This one particular i'iwi definitely did not like surprises. He wanted today…
Tags: Change, Relief, Surprise

Sermon: Did We Say That?

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November 8, 2020Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25Matthew 25:1-13 by Eric Anderson Have you ever set out to do something that you regretted later? One honu did. He liked to sun himself in Kiholo Bay, with all the blues of the ocean behind him, the black sand beneath him, and Mauna Kea rising up…
Tags: Faithfulness, Righteousness

Sermon: Not Like Them

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November 1, 2020Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 23:1-12 by Eric Anderson She was getting bored. Cracking the eggshell had been an exciting experience, even if she didn’t remember it well and hadn’t been able to see much. Seeing the world for the first time as her vision cleared over the next couple of days had…
Tags: Humility, Inspiration
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