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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: 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

Sermon: Compassion is the Standard

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November 26, 2017 Matthew 25:31-46 With this story, Matthew wrapped up his account of Jesus’ teaching. In the next chapter, Matthew turned to the closing days of Jesus’ life: his anointing at Bethany, the Last Supper, his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his arrest, trial, and crucifixion. For the last two weeks, we’ve…
Tags: #aloha, #challenge, #compassion, #Love

Sermon: Hide It Under a Bushel? No!

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November 19, 2017 Matthew 25:14-30 Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine! Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine! Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! That’s one of my favorite verses of “This…
Tags: #effort, #Spirit, #work

Sermon: Is There Forgiveness?

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November 12, 2017: Loyalty Sunday Matthew 25:1-13 Is there forgiveness? That’s the inescapable question for those reading this passage about the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Is there forgiveness? Because it seems so harsh. So unforgiving. So… final. Granted, they had missed their chance. The custom in those days was for the bridesmaids to wait with…
Tags: #forgiveness, #Prepared, #Ready

Sermon: Blessed

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October 29, 2017: All Saints Sunday Matthew 5:1-12 I’ve had a set of teary moments this week. The first came on Tuesday, when Momi gave me a couple of envelopes which people had left to sponsor me in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser (see news coverage here). I was so moved by…
Tags: #blessed, #blessing, #comfort, #need
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