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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: Avoiding Surprise

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November 15, 2020 Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 by Eric Anderson Most birds, I would guess, like things to go pretty much the same today as they did yesterday. Most i’iwi, I would guess, would say the same. Or sing the same. This one particular i'iwi definitely did not like surprises. He wanted today…
Tags: Change, Relief, Surprise

Sermon: Did We Say That?

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November 8, 2020Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25Matthew 25:1-13 by Eric Anderson Have you ever set out to do something that you regretted later? One honu did. He liked to sun himself in Kiholo Bay, with all the blues of the ocean behind him, the black sand beneath him, and Mauna Kea rising up…
Tags: Faithfulness, Righteousness

Sermon: Not Like Them

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November 1, 2020Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 23:1-12 by Eric Anderson She was getting bored. Cracking the eggshell had been an exciting experience, even if she didn’t remember it well and hadn’t been able to see much. Seeing the world for the first time as her vision cleared over the next couple of days had…
Tags: Humility, Inspiration

Sermon: Never Since

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October 25, 2020Twenty-first Sunday after PentecostAll Saints Sunday at Church of the Holy Cross UCC Deuteronomy 34:1-12Matthew 22:34-46 by Eric Anderson They were great pals. Best buddies. BFFs – that’s Best Friends Forever for those who don’t hear teenagers very often. They didn’t actually use those words, since they were not human teenagers or human…
Tags: AllSaints, Death, Hope

Sermon: Faces

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October 18, 2020Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Exodus 33:12-23Matthew 22:15-22 by Eric Anderson One of the teens had been spending a lot of time on Twitter, and in particular, had been attentively following the posts of Unvirtuous Abbey. Therefore, he knew what the face of God looks like. The other teen, his sister, had been spending…
Tags: Faces, God

Sermon: Pollyanna

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October 11, 2020Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Philippians 4:1-9 by Eric Anderson On the mountainside lived a pessimistic pueo. Most pueo are, I think, basically optimistic. They tend to have a sunny view of life, in contrast to some of their owl cousins elsewhere in the world, who tend to have a more moonlit view of…
Tags: Hope

Sermon: Yes, I Remember

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October 4, 2020Eighteenth Sunday after PentecostWorld Communion Sunday Exodus 20:1-20 by Eric Anderson It doesn’t happen often among the kolea. They’re generally pretty mellow birds. They don’t seem to mind things very much – even rain in Hilo or, to tell the truth, rain on the Alaskan coast. They don’t chase other birds away for…
Tags: Racism, Tencommandments

Sermon: Who is First?

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September 27, 2020Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 17:1-7Matthew 21:23-32 by Eric Anderson The ‘apapane mother was near frantic. The ‘apapane father’s face was so red – well, okay, an ‘apapane’s face is always red. Underneath the feathers, though, you know both of them were flushed and frustrated. Why all this parental exasperation? The chicks. The…

Sermon: Not Fair

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September 20, 2020Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Jonah 3:10-4:11Matthew 20:1-16 by Eric Anderson Year after year, they returned, the honu did. Year after year, they returned to the same beach, or at least the females did. They returned to haul themselves up around the rocks, to dig in the sand with their flippers, to lay their…
Tags: Grace, Help

Sermon: Miracle Work

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September 13, 2020Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Exodus 14:19-31Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 by Eric Anderson The kolea was not content, and it was not a minor problem. It may also come as something of a relief to you that it was not a myna problem, either, because that means it’s the last time in this story that…
Tags: Blessing, Covid-19, Miracle
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