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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: “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

Sermon: “Not in Calamity, but in Silence”

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June 19, 2016: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Texts: 1 Kings 19:1-15a Galatians 3:23-29 When I was a child, my parents would sometimes bring us to tour factories while we were on vacation. In Battle Creek, Michigan, for example, we went to the Kellogg’s factory, where they made the breakfast cereals that my brother and I…
Tags: #Elijah, #Orlando

Sermon: “Gifts of the Prophet; Gifts to the Prophet”

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June 5, 2016: Third Sunday after Pentecost Texts: 1 Kings 17:8-24 Luke 7:11-17 Give me a moment or two to set the scene: Fifty years after the death of King Solomon, things were not going well in Israel. First of all, the nation had divided in two after Solomon died. Solomon’s heirs ruled in Judah,…
Tags: Generosity, Giving, Receiving

Sermon: “Healing the Centurion’s Servant”

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May 29, 2016: Second Sunday after Pentecost Texts: Psalm 96 Luke 7:1-10 Author CS Lewis wrote: “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” I think he’s right. I also doubt that it seemed…
Tags: #confidence, #faith, #healing, #trust

Sermon: “Where Has Wisdom Gone?”

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May 22, 2016: Trinity Sunday Texts: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22,31 John 16:12-15 Picture a world in which divine figures are constantly at war with one another. Picture a world in which these gods have no particular care for human beings, but play their games for power and might, rolling right over the places where people live…
Tags: #Joy, #Wisdom

Sermon: “That Will Wake You Up in the Morning”

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May 15, 2016: Pentecost Sunday Texts: Acts 2:1-21 Romans 8:14-17 I went to Honolulu on Tuesday for a workshop at the Conference office on disaster preparedness and response. It was the first time I’d been there other than going from one flight to another at the airport. Tuesday morning dawned bright and clear, so we…
Tags: #Pentecost

Sermon: “A Mother’s Prayer”

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May 8, 2016: Easter 7 – Mother’s Day Acts 16:16-35 John 17:20-25 There’s such a contrast between these two passages – quite aside from their difference in length. The Acts reading is a narrative, while that in John is a prayer. The story in Acts is big and bold, even violent. In John, it’s quiet.…

Sermon: “Who Knows What You’ll Find by the River?”

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May 1, 2016: Easter 6 – Rural Life Sunday – Orthodox Easter Text: Acts 16:9-15 Luke, who wrote both the Gospel we call by his name and the Book of Acts, had a taste for unconventional encounters. Last Sunday we heard the story of Peter and Cornelius, the spirit-led fisherman and the spiritually hungry centurion.…
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