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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: “Waves of Grace Command the Morning”

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September 3, 2016: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Ocean Sunday Texts: Psalm 104:1-9, 24-26 Job 38:1-18 Job spends much of the book that bears his name asking God to explain. Why do I, Job, suffer? Why am I, Job, in pain? I did nothing wrong, says Job. Why, God, why? In response, Job…
Tags: #environment, #music, #ocean, #poetry, #seasonofcreation

Sermon: “Table Dancing”

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August 28, 2016: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 Table dancing. I can just imagine the table dancing. Can’t you? Do you see the banquet guests jockeying for position, moving back and forth, up and down, closer to and further from the host, looking at each other without catching anyone’s…
Tags: #dancing, #disability, #welcome

Sermon: “Bent Souls”

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August 21, 2016: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Jeremiah 1:4-10 Luke 13:10-17 As Luke describes it, she didn’t come to the synagogue that Sabbath day with any particular agenda beyond the obvious one: to join with her community in worshiping God. Luke says that the curved spine that bent her over was caused by the…
Tags: #healing, #spirituality

Sermon: “Faith Measures”

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August 7, 2016: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Text: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Author's note: This sermon was part of a more musical service featuring jazz stylings. In the text below, where words are in italics, they were sung. By the preacher. Except for this author/preacher/singer's note, that is. In the Western musical tradition, we have an…
Tags: #jazz, #music, #seventhchord

Sermon: “What Do You Say to Your Soul?”

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July 31, 2016: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 I’ve had to think about it this week. That may come as a surprise or a delight to some: that yes, I do think. And on reflection, I’ve concluded that there is a more uncomfortable, even dangerous, place to be than between two…

Sermon: “Don’t Stop Praying”

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July 24, 2016: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Colossians 2:6-15 Luke 10:38-42 I wonder how the disciples asked the question, “Teach us how to pray.” Did they ask it with curiosity? “What were you doing, Jesus, while you prayed?” Did they ask it with jealousy? “John the Baptist taught his followers how to pray, but…
Tags: #Jesus, #prayer

Sermon: “To Do or Not To Do”

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July 17, 2016: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Amos 8:1-12 Luke 10:38-42 Jesus could spot a trap. We see it often in the Scriptures; somebody, one of his opponents, will come up to him with a question designed to discredit him. Time after time, Jesus turns the tables on them. The gospel writers seemed to…
Tags: #devotion, #prayer, #service, #spirituality

Sermon: “Who Will Be a Samaritan?”

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When violence erupts, the Bible offers plenty of places to turn. You can go in very different directions. You can quote Jesus, and interestingly enough also the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, and say that those who live by the sword will die by the sword. But you might also turn to the pages of Joshua,…
Tags: Racism, Violence

Sermon: “Power, Pride, and Prophets”

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July 3, 2016: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Communion Sunday Texts: 2 Kings 5:1-14 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 The powerful figures don’t do well in today’s reading. If you’re a general or a king, you probably should have stayed in bed rather than appear in this story. They’re consistently outshone by the people they are theoretically “better…
Tags: #hubris

Sermon: “Now You’ve Invited Me to Ask…”

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June 26, 2016: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Luke 9:51-62 Last week, our story of Elijah on the mountain, listening for the still, small voice, ended with God giving new instructions to that prophet, and sending Elijah back to work. Among his new tasks, which we didn’t read, was that he…
Tags: #Elijah, #leadership, #Vision
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