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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: Let There Be Mercy – Oh, Let There Be Mercy

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October 28, 2018 Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:46-52 “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” This has been a week when cries for mercy have been… legion. Worse, these cries for mercy have been answered with words and actions of mercilessness. 7,000 people have left their homes in Honduras and Guatemala, fleeing the…
Tags: #aloha, #Love, #mercy, #prejudice, #solidarity, #TreeOfLife

Sermon: Jesus Loved Him, Too

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October 14, 2018 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:17-31 “Jesus, looking at him, loved him.” I don’t know about you, but these words tend to roll past me without getting much of my attention. For one thing, they get followed by something really shocking. For another, I guess I’m accustomed to the idea of Jesus…
Tags: #aloha, #Love, #wealth, Giving

Sermon: Children, Come

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October 7, 2018 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:2-16 I started last week’s sermon with these words, and they seem like good ones to begin today as well: My goodness, what a week. Are you doing all right? A number of us spent time in the church kitchen, or in a car, or in a…
Tags: #divorce, #Love, #worldcommunionsunday

Sermon: Scandalous

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September 30, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 9:38-50 My goodness, what a week. Are you doing all right? I’ve seen messages from UCC pastors all over the country this weekend, messages of hope and of comfort, messages acknowledging anger and distress, messages praying for healing and renewal, messages observing the deep divides among our…
Tags: #masculinity, #sexualassault, #ThursdaysInBlack

Sermon: Higher Ground

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September 23, 2018 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Mountain Sunday Isaiah 65:17-25, Romans 8:28-39 Seven hundred twenty-one years before Jesus – give or a take a couple years uncertainty in ancient calendars – the Assyrian army besieged Jerusalem, the capital city of the nation of Judah. It’s king, Hezekiah, was a descendant of…
Tags: #higherground, #justice, #peace

Sermon: Beyond Us

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September 16, 2018 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Sky Sunday Jeremiah 4:23-28, Psalm 19:1-6 On January 8, 1902, a New York Central Railroad train entered the Park Avenue tunnel on Manhattan Island. The engine burned coal, which heated water to steam, which entered pistons and turned the wheels. Coal smoke and steam then…
Tags: #climate, #creation, #environment, #sky

Sermon: Dominion

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September 9, 2018 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Humanity Sunday Genesis 1:26-28, Mark 7:24-37 There once lived an exceedingly arrogant man. Well, truthfully, there have been a lot of arrogant men living over time. You can probably think of one or two… hundred… if you give yourself a minute. We’ll call this arrogant…
Tags: #creation, #dominion, #responsibility

Sermon: Oh My Goodness

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September 2, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season of Creation: Planet Earth Sunday Genesis 1:1-25 I love playing with words. You may have noticed this, despite my friend Paul’s friendly warning to me during his Charge to the Pastor two years ago that I shouldn’t begin my sermons with a pun. As I think you’ve…
Tags: #creation, #environment, #good, #nature

Sermon: Is It Too Easy?

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August 26, 2018 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost John 6:56-69 This section of John’s Gospel deserves more attention than it receives. It’s the first recorded moment in the history of the Christian Church – before it even had the names of “Christian” or “Church” – when a theological controversy caused it to fracture. To split. It’s…
Tags: #trust

Sermon: This May Need a Song

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August 19, 2018 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 5:15-20 We’ve got a little more good advice this week, both from the letter to the Ephesians and from the story of King Solomon. Seek wisdom, we’re told. Be wise. In the case of Solomon, wisdom means to govern for the well-being of your people. In Ephesians,…
Tags: #music, #Spirit
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