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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: Forgiving Others for God

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April 8, 2018: Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 The fact that Thomas had to be somewhere else on that first Easter evening, rather than in that locked room with his friends, ended up giving us a lot to talk about. There’s the matter of what is doubt and what is belief. There’s the question…
Tags: #forgiveness

Sermon: Their Story Became Our Story

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April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Mark 16:1-8 “…And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” That’s the end of Mark’s gospel in the oldest copies that have survived the nineteen hundred and forty years or so since he wrote it. It is widely viewed as, shall we say, a disappointing ending. The most…
Tags: #Easter, #kuleana, #message

Reading of the Passion from Mark

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On Palm Sunday, worship at Church of the Holy Cross began with an exultant march around the sanctuary, waving palms and singing. The children, of course, took the lead. Later in the service, four readers took on the task of sharing the story of Jesus' last two days: his Passover dinner with his closest friends…
Tags: #Lent, #PalmSunday, #PassionSunday, #worship

Sermon: Is It Well with Your Soul?

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March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday in Lent John 12:20-33 Jesus said, “Now my soul is troubled.” “Now, my soul is troubled.” He had some reason to be exhilarated. He had just ridden into Jerusalem upon a donkey in a deliberate echo, a conscious fulfillment, of a vision of the prophet Zechariah. The city’s people had…
Tags: #soul, #soulcare

Sermon: God So Loved the World

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March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Lent John 3:14-21 You know, I wish it were so simple. “Those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” It’s not clear that these words come from John the gospel writer or…
Tags: #condemnation, #Love, #salvation

Sermon: Can I Be a Little Foolish?

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March 4, 2018 Third Sunday in Lent 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 A few years ago I learned something that just delighted me. It popped up on the Internet, though it could just as easily have appeared on a T-shirt or on one of those souvenir slogan plaques that you can pick up in tourist destinations everywhere.…
Tags: #cross, #foolishness, #Wisdom

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
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