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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: Out of Joint

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August 2, 2020Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 32:22-31 by Eric Anderson The ‘apapane panted in and out, trying to catch its breath – as quietly as possible – as it pressed its body into the mass of ohi’a leaves and twigs. In that thick foliage, it hoped, any hint of his red feathers would look…
Tags: Covid-19, Endurance, Resilience, Struggle

Sermon: My Favorite Scripture

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July 26, 2020Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 8:26-39 by Eric Anderson On a windy morning, two ohi’a seeds fell to the earth in the forest, not too far away from each other. They rested in the soil, which was deep and rich even though it was high up on the mountain. As they sent their…
Tags: Courage, Faith, Serenity

Sermon: On the Wings of the Morning

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July 19, 2020Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 by Eric Anderson The young noio had had, she thought, a pretty good life so far – granted, she was very young (by which I mean about eight weeks old), and had been flying for just a few days. She thought she was…
Tags: Loneliness, Presence

Sermon: Soil and Seeds

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July 12, 2020Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 by Eric Anderson The ohi’a lehua bloomed bright red, glinting with gold at the tip of each delicate scarlet strand. Bees and beetles came to sip its nectar, along with ‘apapane, i’iwi, ‘amakihi, and others. After some time, though, the scarlet threads faded and dropped away.…
Tags: Love

Sermon: Disreputable Company

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July 5, 2020Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 by Eric Anderson As June arrived, the young ‘akepa had learned to fly, had learned to find spiders and caterpillars, had learned to clean and settle his feathers, and had learned that it is a glorious thing to be an ‘akepa. What other bird could match…
Tags: Heterosexism, Racism, Sexism

Sermon: Welcome, Welcome

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June 28, 2020Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 10:40-42 by Eric Anderson The young ‘apapane was hungry. He was also lost. There’d been a sudden gust of wind as he’d been flying about the ohi’a forest, and before he found a tree to land in and hold on, the rest of the family had disappeared. It…
Tags: Vulnerability, Welcome

Sermon: Does Sin Die?

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June 21, 2020Third Sunday after Pentecost Romans 6:1b-11 by Eric Anderson When you’re an ‘elepaio, there are things you don’t talk about. I’m not talking about the usual things, like where do eggs come from (they come from chickens, right?) or why does the rain fall (because water doesn’t stand up very well). I’m talking…
Tags: Sin

Sermon: Take Root and Grow

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June 14, 2020Second Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) by Eric Anderson The lodgepole pine doesn’t grow in Hawai’I – at least, if anybody has planted them here, I don’t know about it and, well, it seems like it would be a bad idea. There was a seed cone on the side of a lodgepole…
Tags: Presence, Promise

Sermon: What are Human Beings?

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June 7, 2020Trinity Sunday Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 by Eric Anderson When malu fish are young, they gather together in schools. Not very big schools, but schools to learn about what it is to be a malu. They swim together, they rest together, they hunt together, they eat together. When they get larger and…
Tags: Blacklivesmatter, Racism

Sermon: Pentecost

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May 31, 2020Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-21 by Eric Anderson There is a phrase that’s common among the koa‘e kea. Well, there are several phrases that are common among the koa’e kea, things that you and I would find at least a little familiar. They say things like, “What a beautiful day!” and “Did you see…
Tags: HolySpirit, Pentecost
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