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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: Puzzling Parable

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September 22, 2019Fifteenth Sunday after PentecostLuke 16:1-13 by Eric Anderson Some of my favorite movies share a common characteristic: lovable rogues are their main characters. The Oceans' movies with George Clooney and Brad Pitt and their steadily increasing cast of con artists. The Sting, with Robert Redford and Paul Newman as Chicago grifters of the…
Tags: Charm, Generosity, Joy

Sermon: Throwaway

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September 15, 2019Fourteenth Sunday after PentecostLuke 15:1-10 by Eric Anderson When I throw something away, I don’t want it to reappear. Sometimes that can’t be helped, of course. The things I put in the wastebaskets here at the church have to be gathered together, bagged, and taken to the dumpster. At other times, trash reappears…
Tags: Search, Value, Welcome

Sermon: Counting the Cost

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September 8, 2019Thirteenth Sunday after PentecostLuke 14:25-33 by Eric Anderson One of the delights of the social media age is that there are people out there with a great sense of humor that they can express and share very concisely. Another delight is that there are also people out there with deep wisdom. Occasionally, the…
Tags: Faith, Loyalty

Sermon: To Choose the Place of Honor

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September 1, 2019Twelfth Sunday after PentecostLuke 14:1, 7-14 by Eric Anderson It seems like such straightforward good advice, doesn’t it? And it’s even Biblical, which should surprise us of Jesus, who rather liked to quote the Scriptures and was really good at it. Proverbs 25 includes these words: “Do not put yourself forward in the…
Tags: Humility

Sermon: Keeping the Sabbath

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August 25, 2019Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Luke 13:10-17 by Eric Anderson In a poem based on this text, Rachel Hackenberg writes: Kyrie eleison,the weight of pain has worn me down these long yearsso much that I have lost my faith in sabbath restand the hope of healing no longervisits my deepest dreams. I don’t…
Tags: Freedom, Headling

Sermon: Division

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August 18, 2019Tenth Sunday after PentecostLuke 12:49-56 by Eric Anderson When I was in high school, I made a shield volcano. It was an independent study project, but I got a lot of help with it. Somebody cut down a sheet of plywood to a more manageable size for me. Somebody drilled a hole in…
Tags: MaunaKea, Separation

Sermon: The Unexpected Hour

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August 11, 2019Ninth Sunday after PentecostIsaiah 1:10-20, Luke 12:32-40 by Eric Anderson The sun had lost its heart. It didn’t quite know how it had lost it, but search as it would, it could not find it. It looked in the deep part of its core, which seemed like where it ought to be; it…
Tags: Commitment

Sermon: God’s Heart

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August 4, 2019Eighth Sunday after PentecostHosea 11:1-11, Luke 12:13-21 by Eric Anderson Well, it’s kind of a downer week for a church picnic. The lectionary editors, I have to say, did not consult with local church pastors when setting out the readings for Sundays in August. Because Hosea’s judgement and the Rich Fool are not…
Tags: #idolatry, #Love, Gunviolence

Sermon: Questions of Prayer

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July 28, 2019Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Luke 11:1-13 by Eric Anderson Lord, teach us to pray. That’s a prayer right there. It’s occurred to me before that this is one of the single most obvious things that Jesus’ disciples could have asked Jesus to do. He was, after all, a spiritual guide. He was a…
Tags: Prayer

Sermon: Distracted or Disaster

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July 21, 2019 Sixth Sunday after PentecostGenesis 18:1-10, Luke 10:38-42 by Eric Anderson Churches, like people, seem to have personalities. You know that’s the case with individual congregations. Worship here and you’ll have a particular kind of experience. Go down the street, turn the corner, and worship at Church of the Holy Apostles – a…
Tags: Love, Work
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