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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.

Reflection for Easter Sunrise 2017

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April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday Preached at the sunrise service, Wainaku Executive Center, Hilo John 20:1-20 Maybe the weather was bad the first Easter Sunday morning. Because everyone, pretty much, who saw the risen Jesus that day had trouble recognizing who he was. The prize for Longest Time Spent With the Risen Jesus While Unaware…
Tags: #Easter, #Eastersunrise

Reflection for Maundy Thursday 2017

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April 13, 2017 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 This is a precious, wondrous, solemn, and holy night, this Thursday of Holy Week. In English, we call this day "Maundy Thursday." "Maundy." What's "Maundy," you might well wonder. It's another example of what happens to words in another language that come into English. It comes from the Latin…
Tags: #commandment, #Love, #MaundyThursday

Sermon: “When Jesus Wept”

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April 2, 2017: Fifth Sunday in Lent John 11:1-45 “Jesus wept.” That’s the shortest verse in the Bible, in the King James translation of 1611. It’s longer in the New Revised Standard Version of 1991: “Jesus began to weep,” which is probably a slightly better rendition of the three words it takes in the gospel…
Tags: #imagodei, #incarnation, #tears

Sermon: Blessings the Wrong Way

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March 26, 2017: Fourth Sunday in Lent John 9:1-41 Last week’s alternate ending to the story of Jesus and the woman at the well went so… Well… (Get it?) ...That I thought I’d try another Alternative Story of Jesus. So here goes. Oh, let me know how I’m doing with these, OK? The disciples observed…
Tags: #blessing, #healing, #homelessness, #livingwage, #poverty

Sermon: “Inviting Questions”

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March 19, 2017: Third Sunday in Lent John 4:5-42 Among the marvels of the Internet is a web site called, “How It Should Have Ended” (caution: there's some four-letter words sprinkled throughout that site), which offers alternative endings to popular movies. For instance, the characters in the Lord of the Rings might have flown to the…
Tags: #evangelism, #invitation, #questions, #soul

Sermon: “Please, God: Not a Fresh Start”

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March 12, 2017: Second Sunday in Lent John 3:1-17 Starting over. There’s a lot of discussion among readers of this conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus about what it meant to Nicodemus, because John, the gospel writer, didn’t give us any sense of tone. As Kathryn Matthews writes: “None of us knows exactly how to read…
Tags: #FreshStart, #interfaith

Sermon: When the Tempter Quotes Scripture

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March 5, 2017: First Sunday in Lent Matthew 4:1-9 Did a quaking pulse accompany You to the Temple’s zenith, Jesus? With the Tempter? Did your sandals slip or grip the cedar of the ridge? Did your mortal soul take hold, just for a moment, To protest: “Tempter, you have lifted me too high”? Temptation has…
Tags: #courage, #Lent, #temptation

Sermon: “Dwellings on the Mountain”

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February 26, 2017: Transfiguration Sunday Matthew 17:1-9 If you think back to one class in one grade in your school years, back in junior high or elementary school, there will probably be one name among the other students that you can remember. Because that was the name that the teacher called all the time: “Steven,…
Tags: #mountaintop, #Peter, #transfiguration

Sermon: “The Hardest Commandment”

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February 19, 2017: Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:38-48 As I began my year as an 8th grader, I knew on the first day that it was going to be a bad year. On that first day, as I was assigned my seat in homeroom, I found myself sitting right behind one of the class’…
Tags: #enemies, #Love, #perfect

Sermon: Jesus, Wait – You Set the Bar Higher?

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February 12, 2017: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:21-37 Many years ago, in junior high school gym class, the teachers introduced us youngsters to some of the basic elements of track and field. We ran short distances, we made long jumps, and we made cautious attempts at going over hurdles. I was not an…
Tags: #ethics, #standards
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