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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: Foreign to the Heart and Mind of Christ

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August 13, 2017 Matthew 14:22-33 Pastor's note: This sermon followed by just a day the racist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. It was not written in advance, but improvised at the pulpit. This is a transcript (and the audio recording is below). Pastor Eric Anderson began with a prayer: Please pray with…
Tags: #charlottesville, #whitesupremacy, Racism

Sermon: It May Not Take Much, But It Might

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August 6, 2017 Matthew 14:13-21 Let’s spend just a moment with our friend Jacob. He was on his way home. He’d done well. He had lots of livestock – and my apologies, because I misread how he got them from Laban and told you the wrong story last week. It was a trick involving selective…
Tags: #compassion, #hunger

Sermon: Deceived

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July 30, 2017 Genesis 29:15-30 So… Let’s review the story so far. The story of Jacob, that is. First, Jacob was born, an accomplishment which he shares with all of us in the room. He was the younger son of Isaac and Rebekah, and he had ambitions to gain the wealth and the divine promise…
Tags: #deception, #lies, #truth

Sermon: Oil on Stone

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July 23, 2017 Genesis 28:10-19 In 1861, a wholesale grocer named Wilmer McLean lived in Manassas, Virginia. As it happened, one of the first major battles of the Civil War would erupt nearly in his front yard. One of the Confederate Army commanders, General Beauregard, made Wilmer McLean’s house his headquarters during the battle. Beauregard…
Tags: #holyground, #sacred

Sermon: How Shall We Stand?

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July 16, 2017 Genesis 25:19-34 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 In 1791, King Kamehameha invited his cousin Keoua to attend the dedication of a new heiau at Kawaihae, dedicated to Ku, the god of war. A prophet had declared that when the temple was completed and consecrated with a sacrifice, it meant that Kamehameha would achieve undisputed…
Tags: #judgement, #triumph, #winning, Generosity

Sermon: “Test of Compassion”

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July 9, 2017 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 It’s a curious thing, but my social life is one of those things that I don’t feel I should delegate to someone else. For better or for worse, I feel like I should be the one deciding about the person to whom I’m attracted and the person I’m…
Tags: #3greatloves, #aloha, #creation, #Love, #uccgs

Sermon: “Aloha”

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July 8, 2017 This sermon was preached at the Kalapana Mauna Kea Congregational Church UCC's 194th Ho‘ike, celebrating the theme "Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi - Love one Another." 1 John 4:7-8 Aloha! I give thanks to God for the privilege to be with you this morning, and mahalo to Kahu Mike Warren for the invitation…
Tags: #aloha, #greatestcommandment, #Love

Sermon: “Stressed Disciples”

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June 25, 2017 Matthew 10:24-39 Sometimes you just can’t count on Jesus. Take this week, for instance. I had a plan. Some weeks ago, I read over the Scriptures for these Sundays in June, I chose the ones that I’d preach about, and I chose the themes I’d speak about. I was particularly fond of…
Tags: #AHCA, #BCRA, #healthcare, #LGBT

Sermon: “Discipling Light”

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June 18, 2017: Father’s Day Matthew 9:35-10:16 For many years, my duties for the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ included setting up or coordinating most of the technology for the Annual Meeting of the Conference. That meant that I showed up with a bunch of equipment: digital projectors to display images, backup…
Tags: #courage, #discipleship

Sermon: “The Price of Dominion”

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June 11, 2017: Trinity Sunday Genesis 1:1-2:3 The author of this creation account in Genesis has such a lovely, poetic approach to telling the story. It comes with lovingly repeated phrases such as, “God said, ‘Let there be…’”, and “It was good,” and “there was evening and there was morning…” They give the passage a…
Tags: #climatechange, #creation, #environment, #ParisAccords, #responsibility
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