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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: “What Makes a Christian?”

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January 8, 2017: First Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 3:13-17 To the great reformer Martin Luther, this was one of the most precious passages in the Bible: the baptism of Jesus. In a 1534 sermon, he said: “The heavens, previously closed, are now opened, becoming a clear gateway and window for us to see into…
Tags: #baptism, #BaptismOfChrist

Sermon: “A Long and Winding Road”

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January 1, 2017: First Sunday of Christmas Epiphany Sunday New Year’s Day Matthew 2:1-23 I apologize in advance for the fact that I will probably make the following joke at about this time in your hearing for many years to come. The only good thing I have to say about it is that, as my…
Tags: #Christmas, #Epiphany, #NewYear

Meditation for Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve: December 24, 2016 This feels like a funny moment in our Christmas Eve celebration. We’ve heard the prophecies, we’ve heard about the baby in the manger, we've heard the angels song, and we’ve heard about the wise men and their gifts. We’ve sung at least some of our favorite carols. What remains, at…
Tags: #Christmas

Sermon: “Really?”

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December 18, 2016: Fourth Sunday of Advent Texts: Isaiah 7:10-16 Matthew 1:18-25 When Mary’s pregnancy became obvious, Joseph’s options were clear. They were a betrothed couple, which was a far more formal relationship than the engagements of twenty-first century America. The agreement was in place. There was a contract between their families. Breaking it, even…
Tags: #Advent, #Christmas, #Love, #trust

Sermon: “My Soul Rejoices”

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December 11, 2016: Third Sunday of Advent Text: Luke 1:46-55 I may have mentioned a couple weeks ago that I’m not always ready for Christmas. I may have mentioned it. Another way to say it would be that the fact I’m not always ready for Christmas was the central point of my sermon. Or, as…
Tags: #Advent, #Christmas, #Gaudete, #Joy, #justice

Sermon: “Reverse the Wor(l)d”

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December 4, 2016: Second Sunday of Advent Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10 Matthew 3:1-12 Seven hundred fifteen years before Jesus was born – give or take a year or four – the prophet Isaiah felt like he was having a good day. A new king was coming to the throne after many years of struggling with the…
Tags: #Advent, #isaiah, #peace

Sermon: “I Hope I’m Ready”

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November 27, 2016: First Sunday of Advent Texts: Isaiah 2:1-5 Matthew 24:36-44 For the purposes of this sermon, I’m going to make an artificial distinction between two words that mean basically the same thing. I’m trying to deal with two related but distinct ideas which both words can describe, and so I’m going to make…
Tags: #Advent, #Hope, #Prepared, #Ready

Sermon: “The King Turned Upside Down”

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November 20, 2016: Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost Reign of Christ Sunday Loyalty Sunday Thanksgiving Sunday Texts: Jeremiah 23:1-6 Luke 23:33-43 To select the Scripture readings for Sunday worship, I follow something called the Revised Common Lectionary, a list of suggested Bible passages for each Sunday of the year. It’s edited by a group of church…
Tags: #authority, #power, #ReignOfChrist, #service

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
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(The Rev. Sunia) Sunday 4:00 pm (Sanctuary)

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