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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: When Safety Brings No Safety

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February 25, 2018 Mark 8:31-38 On Friday, a dear friend, the Rev. Leigh McCaffrey, who has known me longer than either of us would care to admit and who is one of the wisest souls I know, told me that she’s been following my social media posts with interest, watching to see what shape my…
Tags: #cross, #Messiahship

Sermon: Never Again

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February 18, 2018 Genesis 9:8-17 Let’s face it. The story of Noah is peculiar. We often hear it as a sweet story about a boat ride with lots of nice, fluffy animals. In fact, we reinforce that image with children’s toys and baby’s linens decorated with smiling creatures riding in a cheerful ark. We remember…
Tags: #aloha, #guns, #neveragain, #parkland, Violence

Sermon: The Muddle of Discipleship

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February 4, 2018 Mark 1:29-39 It’s my experience that all supervisors, executives, and bosses share one basic characteristic: they don’t know how long it takes for their employees to get things done. I’m sure our office manager, Momi Lyman, has noticed that about me. I’ll give a long, involved description of a request that takes…
Tags: #discipleship, #faithfulness, #obligation

Sermon: Catch and…?

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January 21, 2018 Mark 1:14-20 As a child, I was aware of two kinds of fishing. Not very aware, as my grandfather’s affection for fishing had gone to my aunt and not my father (and I don’t have it either), but I was aware of two kinds of fishing. There was catch, cook, and eat,…
Tags: #evangelism, #ministry, #outreach, #summons

Sermon: The Discomfort of Faith

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January 14, 2018 John 1:43-51, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 My intent for this morning’s sermon had been to reflect on the intimacy of our relationship with God, the God who has “searched me and known me.” The psalmist seemed to find that relationship both uncomfortable and comforting. In these days of targeted advertising, security cameras, and…
Tags: #peace, Racism

Sermon: Recognition

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December 31, 2017 Luke 2:22-40 In the fall of 1985, I was a brand-new student at a new school – well, new to me. As part of orientation, we in the incoming class were supposed to pick up our lunch in the cafeteria and then go eat… somewhere. As it happened, I didn’t know where.…
Tags: #grace, #Love, #recognition

Meditation for Christmas Eve 2017

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December 24, 2017 The world went on. After the shepherds returned to the hills, the world went on. After the star dipped below the horizon, never to inspire star-gazers again, the world went on. After the echoes of the angels’ shouts of glory faded, the world went on. The world went on. Sheep needed protecting…
Tags: #Christmas

Sermon: A Brief Pause

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December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:26-38 With this morning’s reading, it’s as if we’re stepping back nine months in the story of Jesus’ birth, and then tonight we’ll step forward that same nine months again. For here we have Luke’s description of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel brought word to Mary…
Tags: #Advent, #homelessness, #waiting, #work

Sermon: The Best Highway

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December 10, 2017 Isaiah 40:1-11 It’s almost a rule of thumb, that the wider the highway, with more lanes for cars and trucks and motorcycles and no place for pedestrians, the wider the highway, the slower it moves. And I’m not talking about the fifteen mile an hour speed limit at the airport. The wide…
Tags: #Advent, #comfort

Sermon: Attention, Distraction, Attention, Distraction

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December 3, 2017 First Sunday of Advent Mark 13:24-37 I know. I’ve been merrily wishing you a Happy New Year, since the Church’s worship year begins with Advent, and then we get to the Scriptures and it seems like we’ve hardly changed our focus at all. Two weeks ago we heard Jesus’ parable of the…
Tags: #Advent, #Hope, #metoo
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