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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: Who is First?

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September 27, 2020Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 17:1-7Matthew 21:23-32 by Eric Anderson The ‘apapane mother was near frantic. The ‘apapane father’s face was so red – well, okay, an ‘apapane’s face is always red. Underneath the feathers, though, you know both of them were flushed and frustrated. Why all this parental exasperation? The chicks. The…

Sermon: Not Fair

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September 20, 2020Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Jonah 3:10-4:11Matthew 20:1-16 by Eric Anderson Year after year, they returned, the honu did. Year after year, they returned to the same beach, or at least the females did. They returned to haul themselves up around the rocks, to dig in the sand with their flippers, to lay their…
Tags: Grace, Help

Sermon: Miracle Work

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September 13, 2020Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Exodus 14:19-31Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 by Eric Anderson The kolea was not content, and it was not a minor problem. It may also come as something of a relief to you that it was not a myna problem, either, because that means it’s the last time in this story that…
Tags: Blessing, Covid-19, Miracle

Sermon: Like a Tax Collector

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September 6, 2020Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 13:8-14Matthew 18:15-20 by Eric Anderson The kolea stood and watched the Pacific waves roll up on the Alaskan coastline. It had been a good summer, at least by kolea standards. There had been plenty of food, and his feathers had kept him warm when it rained. There hadn’t…
Tags: Forgiveness, Love, Reconciliation

Sermon: Weeping

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August 16, 2020Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 45:1-15 by Eric Anderson The koa’e kea had the reputation of being a crybaby, or rather, since he was a bird and not a person, a cry chick. All koa’e kea weep reasonably often, because they dive for food into salt water and the tears help clear the…
Tags: Forgiveness, Joy

Sermon: In the Wind

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August 9, 2020Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 14:22-33 by Eric Anderson The young myna was a happy singer. She was also an unhappy singer. That sounds like a contradiction, and certainly it is. Let me explain. She loved to sing, and she had quite an adaptable voice to do it. She could sing high notes,…
Tags: Assurance, Covid-19, Wisdom

Sermon: Out of Joint

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August 2, 2020Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 32:22-31 by Eric Anderson The ‘apapane panted in and out, trying to catch its breath – as quietly as possible – as it pressed its body into the mass of ohi’a leaves and twigs. In that thick foliage, it hoped, any hint of his red feathers would look…
Tags: Covid-19, Endurance, Resilience, Struggle

Sermon: My Favorite Scripture

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July 26, 2020Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 8:26-39 by Eric Anderson On a windy morning, two ohi’a seeds fell to the earth in the forest, not too far away from each other. They rested in the soil, which was deep and rich even though it was high up on the mountain. As they sent their…
Tags: Courage, Faith, Serenity

Sermon: On the Wings of the Morning

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July 19, 2020Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 by Eric Anderson The young noio had had, she thought, a pretty good life so far – granted, she was very young (by which I mean about eight weeks old), and had been flying for just a few days. She thought she was…
Tags: Loneliness, Presence

Sermon: Soil and Seeds

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July 12, 2020Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 by Eric Anderson The ohi’a lehua bloomed bright red, glinting with gold at the tip of each delicate scarlet strand. Bees and beetles came to sip its nectar, along with ‘apapane, i’iwi, ‘amakihi, and others. After some time, though, the scarlet threads faded and dropped away.…
Tags: Love
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