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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: Gifts and Wages

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March 8, 2020Second Sunday in Lent Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 by Eric Anderson There is something comforting about a paycheck, isn’t there? First of all, a paycheck increases the chances of paying the bills and putting food on the table – though that’s not a given. According to the Living Wage Calculator at MIT, in a…
Tags: Love

Sermon: So Much for Wisdom

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March 1, 2020First Sunday in Lent Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 by Eric Anderson Wisdom seemed like a good idea for a Lenten study. Wisdom is highly valued in many parts of the Bible, and though it has some core characteristics there are enough differences in the ways the Biblical writers thought about wisdom to make it…
Tags: Relationships

Sermon: Shadows of a Bright Cloud

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February 23, 2020Transfiguration Sunday Matthew 17:1-9 by Eric Anderson “Suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them.” This story of Jesus, Peter, James, and John at the summit of a mountain, suddenly joined by Moses and Elijah, is generally known as the Transfiguration. In the Revised Common Lectionary, that list of Scripture readings for each Sunday of…
Tags: Courage, Fear, Listen, Transfiguration

Sermon: Can We Skip This Part?

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February 16, 2020Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:21-37 by Eric Anderson Can we skip this part? I gave that title to the sermon without quite realizing that it was an invitation to, well, to skip the sermon. Friends who heard the story got quite a few giggles out of it this past week. And…
Tags: #challenge, #ethics, #standards, Sermononthemount

Sermon: Preacher Obvious

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February 9, 2020Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:13-20 by Eric Anderson Hotels.com cannot be credited with the creation of Captain Obvious. The Urban Dictionary has entries going back to 2003, and I seem to remember using the phrase while a public school student, which was not, shall we say, during this century. Captain Obvious,…
Tags: Love

Sermon: They Will

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February 2, 2020Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:1-12 by Eric Anderson All of the gospel writers faced a common question: What to say first about the ministry of Jesus after his baptism by John and the gathering of the first disciples? Mark began by describing several of the healings Jesus performed. Luke told of…
Tags: Blessings, Hope

Sermon: Just a Little Fear

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January 26, 2020Third Sunday after the Epiphany Psalm 27:1, 4-9 by Eric Anderson Just a Little Fear. That’s the title of this sermon, and some of you might wonder where that came from. Some of you, and I have my ideas about who that might be, have guessed and are wondering whether I’ll admit it.…
Tags: Courage

Sermon: Let Me Introduce…

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January 19, 2020Second Sunday after the Epiphany John 1:29-42 by Eric Anderson Every once in a while I get introduced to someone. It usually goes something like this: “Let me introduce you. This is Eric Anderson. He’s the pastor at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo.” Then I put on my best “I’m not…
Tags: #discipleship

Sermon: Scrub-a-Dub

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January 12, 2020Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3:13-17 by Eric Anderson Jesus went to the Jordan River, to the place where John the Baptist ranted and roared about the sinfulness of those who came to hear him. Here’s what he told the most respected religious leaders of his day when they ventured to the riverside: “You…
Tags: Baptism, Change

Sermon: Christmas Meditation

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December 24, 2019Christmas EveLuke 2:1-16 by Eric Anderson What an evening we have had! It’s been filled with amazing music shared in different languages. It’s been filled with the ancient story of a Savior’s birth in Bethlehem. It’s been filled with people we love and people we don’t know; here we are, filling this house…
Tags: Christmas, Incarnation
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The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga

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(The Rev. Ichiro) Sunday 10:00 am (Bdg. of Faith)

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