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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: “Greater Than Advertised”

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November 6, 2016: Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 Luke 20:27-38 For over twenty-five years of ministry, I have opened nearly every funeral service at which I’ve officiated with these words: “God is near to all who call, who call from their hearts. The desires of those who fear God are fulfilled; their…
Tags: #praise, #theodicy

Sermon: “Saints Up a Tree”

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October 30, 2016: Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 Luke 19:1-10 Last week, we read a story that Jesus told about a tax collector: a fictitious one, a tax collector he created in his imagination for the story. This week, we hear about Jesus meeting with an actual tax collector: and this tax…
Tags: #allsaints, #Saints

Sermon: “Journey to Humility”

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October 23, 2016: Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Text: Luke 18:9-14 In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus handed us two characters who are polar opposites. More so even than a couple of Presidential candidates I could name. Now, they do have a couple of things in common – Jesus’ characters in…
Tags: #humility, #journey

Sermon: “Grace to Proclaim”

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October 16, 2016: Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Jeremiah 31:27-34 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Last Sunday afternoon, I decided to multi-task. For me, that’s not always a good idea, but I thought I’d give it a try. I decided that, while I was preparing the worship service elements for this week – that is, this service…
Tags: #ThursdaysInBlack

Sermon: “Unrestrained”

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October 9, 2016: Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Texts: 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 This is an unlikely story – and I don’t mean because of the presence of a miraculous healing. It’s just that there were so many obstacles to these events even taking place. There were boundaries, borders, and barriers at play that could…
Tags: #healing, #need, #restraint, #sharing

Sermon: “Honest Spirit”

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October 2, 2016: Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Lamentations 3:19-26 2 Timothy 1:1-14 We tend to think of faith in the New Testament as something that springs up new for most of the people in it, as if everyone was like the Ethiopian who was baptized by the apostle Philip, or the centurion Cornelius who…
Tags: #honesty, #suffering

Sermon: “Cosmic Celebration”

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September 25, 2016: Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Cosmos Sunday Texts: Proverbs 8:22-31 Colossians 1:15-20 The Season of Creation we’ve been observing this month concludes… well, it doesn’t really conclude. That word seems to flat for what we come to today. Instead, the Season of Creation springs up toward the infinite reaches of…
Tags: #cosmos, #creation, #seasonofcreation, #sorrow

Sermon: “Enduring the Storm”

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September 18, 2016: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Storm Sunday Texts: Psalm 29 Luke 8:22-25 You’ll find a pair of words used over and over again in the beginning of the book of Psalms: “Of David.” Meaning that the people who collected the psalms, which you can think of as the hymnbook of…
Tags: #loss, #sorrow, #storm

Sermon: “Wise Abundance”

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September 11, 2016: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Fauna and Flora Sunday Texts: Psalm 104:14-23 Luke 12:22-31 Psalm 104 is one of the loveliest passages in the Scriptures. Its poetry is open and free. It evokes its subject – the glories of Creation itself – joyfully and beautifully. It is a celebration of…
Tags: #ecology, #interdependence, #seasonofcreation

Sermon: “Waves of Grace Command the Morning”

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September 3, 2016: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Ocean Sunday Texts: Psalm 104:1-9, 24-26 Job 38:1-18 Job spends much of the book that bears his name asking God to explain. Why do I, Job, suffer? Why am I, Job, in pain? I did nothing wrong, says Job. Why, God, why? In response, Job…
Tags: #environment, #music, #ocean, #poetry, #seasonofcreation
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