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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: Unoriginal

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July 25, 2021 2 Kings 4:42-44John 6:1-21 by Eric Anderson After some seasons together, raising a brood of chicks each year, the male in the ‘apapane couple had a new and original idea. “Let’s build our nest without new twigs and grasses and lichens this year,” he said. She looked at him. “How are we…
Tags: Worship

Sermon: Elated

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July 4, 2021 2 Corinthians 12:2-10Mark 6:1-13 by Eric Anderson The plumeria was cast down. Somewhat literally, in fact. The tree itself was standing, but all its flowers and all its leaves had long since released their hold on its branches and fallen sadly to the ground. The tree looked down at the rising shoots…
Tags: Power, Sermon, Weakness

Sermon: Reach Out

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June 27, 2021 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27Mark 5:21-43 by Eric Anderson For many people, floating gently in the ocean has been a good place to consider the next direction of one’s life. There’s something comforting and relaxing and invigorating and inspiring about the feel of water all around and the sun’s heat beaming down from…
Tags: Outreach

Sermon: Windstorms

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June 13, 2021 2 Corinthians 6:1-13Mark 4:35-41 by Eric Anderson I couldn’t come up with a better idea for a story this week than to re-tell the story we’ve just heard… like this. Hey, Simon. Simon. You. Oh, right. The Teacher calls you Peter. OK, Peter, then. What’s that? I know it’s a cloud. But…
Tags: Theodicy

Sermon: Growing Things

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June 13, 2021 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13Mark 4:26-34 by Eric Anderson This is the story of the ohi’a seed that did not want to become a tree. I would think that that’s an unusual thing, and it has to be said that, among the many tiny seeds in the little capsule, it was the only seed…
Tags: Change

Sermon: Family and Followers

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June 6, 2021 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15Mark 3:20-35 by Eric Anderson When the eggs have hatched and the chicks have learned to fly, most ‘akepa spend a few months in flocks together through the summer and early fall. ‘Akepa, ‘alawi, and even a few ‘amakihi forage together, watch the fledglings together, and enjoy the days…

Sermon: Who Jesus Loves

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May 16, 2021 1 John 5:9-13John 17:6-19 by Eric Anderson There is another ending to last week’s story about Trouble. Just to remind you, Trouble was one of three chicks in an ‘apapane nest, and she had earned her name by being, well, troublesome, trouble-attracting, and trouble-making. She screamed. She pecked. She called names. She…
Tags: Growth

Sermon: Who God Loves

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May 9, 2021 Acts 10:44-48John 15:9-17 by Eric Anderson In the ‘apapane nest there were three chicks. Two were about the usual amount of work for an ‘apapane child: feeding, more feeding, keeping them warm and dry, preening their feathers, and cleaning up after them. None of that is necessarily easy, mind you, but it’s…
Tags: Aloha, Love

Sermon: Someone to Love

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May 2, 2021 Acts 8:26-401 John 4:7-21 by Eric Anderson The task was clear. Build a nest. “All right,” thought the i’iwi, “but how exactly is one supposed to do that?” She had spent a significant amount of her life in a nest, of course. She didn’t have much memory of the early days, when…
Tags: Aloha, Love

Sermon: Look! It’s a Cornerstone

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April 25, 2021 Psalm 23Acts 4:5-12 by Eric Anderson It thought itself the ugliest stone on the face of the Earth – or at least on Hawai’i Island, which was all the world it knew. It had initially formed as part of the roof of a lava tube, just a part of the flowing hot…
Tags: Discipleship, Rejection
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