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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: Broiled Fish

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April 18, 2021 1 John 3:1-7Luke 24:36b-48 by Eric Anderson The koa seed wasn’t sure that it believed in the sky. To be fair, the koa seed had never actually seen the sky. It had taken form inside a pod, much like a pea, and it had fallen to the ground without the pod opening,…
Tags: Persistence, Violence, Witness

Sermon: Soft Shoulder

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April 11, 2021 Acts 4:32-35John 20:19-31 by Eric Anderson The sun was having a problem. It was extending its love to its children, the planets, and the planets weren’t responding the way it thought they should. The sun had given birth to the planets at about the same time it had been born itself. As…
Tags: Easter, Touch

Sermon: Unfinished Story

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April 4, 2021Mark 16:1-8 by Eric Anderson Why, yes, this story does have a bird in it. It’s the pueo, or the Hawaiian owl. You might not think I could get a nest into another bird story, but, well, I have. For the first couple years they were together, the two pueo built their nest…
Tags: Easter, Resurrection

Sermon: Step by Step

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March 28, 2021Mark 11:1-11 by Eric Anderson It was still nest-building season, but mercifully there are no big storms in this week’s story. This week it’s all about building nests. Lots of the ‘apapane in the ohi’a and koa forest were industriously building nests. One father-to-be was dashing madly about through the trees looking for…
Tags: PalmSunday

Sermon: From the Shadows

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March 21, 2021 Jeremiah 31:31-34John 12:20-33 by Eric Anderson A storm on the mountain slopes can be pretty distressing to fledgling ‘apapane, as we heard in last week’s story. It can also be very hard on the adult birds of the ohi’a, mamane, and koa forest, which is what happens in this story. All through…
Tags: Homelessness, Poverty, Racism, Sexism

Sermon: Delivered

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March 14, 2021 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22John 3:14-21 by Eric Anderson The ‘apapane had taken a couple of experimental flights – extended hops, really, with wings extended and flapping to carry her just a little further along the branch just below the nest where she and her sister and her brother had hatched and grown and…
Tags: Celebration, Deliverance, Hope

Sermon: Turning Tables

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March 7, 2021 Psalm 19John 2:13-22 by Eric Anderson They needed protection, or so said the protectors. There was a particularly rich bed of seaweeds along the reef that the honu just loved. Lots of the big green sea turtles would swim over and down to feed and indeed to feast. It was big enough…
Tags: Communion, Economy, Holiness, Marketplace

Sermon: Strange Covenant

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February 28, 2021 Psalm 22:23-31Mark 8:31-38 by Eric Anderson The fledglings were, well, fledged. Their wing feathers had grown in, and they’d taken their first flights. Parents and children and other parents and other children and grandmothers and grandfathers had begun to gather into the flocks of early summer. There were ‘alawi (or Hawai’i Creeper)…
Tags: Discipleship

Sermon: Lift Up Your Soul

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February 21, 2021 Psalm 25:1-10Mark 1:9-15 by Eric Anderson The young lau’ipala didn’t want to go to school. That’s not all that unusual for a young lau’ipala, or a yellow tang in English. They’re not generally a schooling fish, unlike the moi or the ‘ahi, at least when they’re young. Like most of those his…
Tags: Soul

Sermon: Keep Silent

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February 14, 2021 2 Kings 2:1-12Mark 9:2-9 by Eric Anderson The myna was certain that the kolea couldn’t talk. Initially, of course, that had to do with the myna himself. It’s hard to demonstrate that you can talk if the bird talking to you won’t stop talking. That’s what happened, of course. The myna settled…
Tags: Silence
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