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Sermon: “Picking Up the Mantle” (2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14) [6/26/2022]

In his work as a prophet, Elijah has shared God’s message with the people, confronted foreign prophets, run from said prophets in fear for his life, and inspired many composers to write songs about him.  Elijah has led a faithful … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Holding the Hope” (Luke 8:26-39) [6/19/2022]

When Jesus steps from the boat onto the shore near Gerasa, the person who greets him has been labeled “demon-possessed” by his fellow townsfolk.  The man lives among the tombs and hasn’t worn clothes in a long time.  Today, we’d … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Dancing with the Trinity” (John 3:1-9; Genesis 18:1-15) [6/12/2022]

Poor Nicodemus.  A leader in his faith community, Nicodemus comes at night to visit Jesus.  Jesus has just arrived in Jerusalem for the Passover.  His first act in the holy city is to visit the Temple … and throw a … Continue reading

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Sermon: “An Extravagantly Welcoming Pentecost: Canaanites, Cowboys, and Indians” (Acts 2:1-21, FNV) [6/5/2022]

It’s Pentecost, the Scripture story known as the Birthday of the Church.  (And, yes, at tonight’s Musical Pentecost Celebration, there WILL be birthday cake!)   Here’s the church’s birth story.  Once upon a time, a child grew up to be a … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Re-Membering Jesus” (Acts 1:1-11) [5/29/2022]

It happened again.  Though we’ve sworn a million times that it wouldn’t… It.  Happened.  Again.  What are we doing?  As a human race, where are we going?  Why do we say, “Never again,” but do nothing to make sure these … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Do We Want to Be Made Well?” (John 5:2-9) [5/22/2022]

On a visit to Jerusalem, Jesus stops by the BethZatha pool.  On five porches surrounding the pool lie people in need of healing.  Ancient versions of this story explain that “an angel of God went down at certain seasons into … Continue reading

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Sermon: “ARE All Welcome?” (Acts 11:1-18) [5/15/2022]

Last week, we heard the story about Peter going to Joppa and raising Dorcas from the dead.  Grieving their beloved friend, mourners showed Peter all the garments Dorcas had made and told him about all the acts of charity in … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Prayer (5/8/2022 version)

Holy One, It’s Mother’s Day.  Chances are good we’ve got some feelings about that… Some of us feel gratitude:  for excellent mothering we have received– from birth mothers, adoptive mothers, grandmothers, surrogate mothers, and as one child said, “twin mommies.” … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Creating a Legacy of Love” [Acts 9:36-43] (5/8/2022)

Last Fall, when Kathy Heinz let me know the UCT Search Committee wanted to meet with me, I did what you all probably did when I became your pastoral candidate:  I stalked you.  That stalking process included searching for United … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Feed My Sheep” [John 21:1-19] (5/1/2022)

What do you do when life keeps throwing you curveballs, when you wake up every day to a new reality?  After settling into a pattern of working with Jesus to teach and heal, suddenly–boom!  Jesus is arrested and executed.  Then, … Continue reading

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