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Hunger Has a Cure

Sermon: Hunger Has a Cure
Texts: Zechariah 11:15-17; John 5:1-9; Psalm 103:1-6
Date: May 26, 2019 (BFW Offering of Letters)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
A few weeks ago we met Jesus on the beach and listened in as he rehabilitated Peter as a disciple, giving him a new role as a leader who is like a shepherd, caring tenderly for the flock. Remember? “Peter, do you love me?…Feed my […]

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Rising to Our Destiny

Sermon: Rising to our Destiny
Texts: Acts 9:26-43; Revelation 7:9-17
Date: May 12, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
“Destiny.” Is that a word you find yourself using much? Besides those occasions when you are discussing our neighbors to the south, Tacoma, the City of Destiny, that is. When we lived in Tacoma—a perfectly pleasant city except for the occasional “aroma of Tacoma” from the pulp mill—we were mildly […]

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Rehabilitated

Sermon: Rehabilitated
Text: John 21:1-19
Date: May 5, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Whenever I read that bit of this rich story about Peter jumping out of the boat when the stranger on the beach is recognized as the Lord, I find myself wondering, “Which side of the boat did he jump out of?” Did he jump out on the shore side, so eager to be the first one […]

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So We Proclaim, So We Believe

Sermon: So We Proclaim, So We Believe
Texts: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
Date: April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
    Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen, indeed!
    That’s one of the oldest and simplest liturgies in the long Christian tradition.  It’s a proclamation which we received, to use Paul’s language, and which we hand on to succeeding generations.  We hand it on, as Paul says, “as of first importance.”  It’s no trivial proclamation.  It’s at the heart […]

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Easter Sunrise Meditation, 2019

Easter 2019, Sunrise Service Meditation by Dee Eisenhauer
 
This dramatic monologue that opens my meditation was written by Marcia McFee for Worship Design Studio:
 
LIGHT – Salome, follower of Jesus.
It was time to go tend to him.  We had waited, waited, waited, in the agonizing depth of Sabbath-keeping stillness bearing our grief like black cloaks.  I had shut out the light of day between the moment of death and this moment of moving back out into the world that seemed so cruelly-violent […]

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Your Brother’s Blood

Sermon: Your Brother’s Blood
Texts: Genesis 4:8-13; Habbakuk 2:11-12; Matthew 27:20-26
Date: April 7, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Our “Poured Out” worship series summons us to reflect this week on blood that is poured out in the biblical story.  Feeling squeamish?  Naturally.  Blood is repellant, yet fascinating.  It certainly takes up a lot of space in our Scriptures.  I put “blood” into the Bible Gateway search engine out of curiosity and came up with 433 verses in the NRSV.  […]

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Where Am I Spiritually Blind

Where Am I Spiritually Blind?
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-3 and John 9:1-40
Guest Preacher: Rev. Mary Karen Brown
March 31, 2019, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
The people in this story from John’s Gospel move in contrasting
directions.  Some move towards salvation.  Some move towards judgment.
It’s a story about a journey from physical blindness to spiritual
sight.  It’s a story about a journey from physical sight to spiritual
blindness.  All the big theological themes in John’s Gospel are
embodied in the characters in this story.
It’s also a story that takes […]

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Drinking Wine in God’s Kingdom

Sermon: Drinking Wine in God’s Kingdom
Texts: Proverbs 4:14-18; Luke 22:14-30
Date: March 24, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          One of the useful tidbits from listening to theologian John D. Caputo and biblical scholar Bernard Brandon Scott’s lectures on Thursday’s webcast from the Westar Institute Spring meeting was Caputo’s definition of a classic.  A classic in literature, he said, can be identified by its having “an excess of meaning.”  Every time you go back to a true classic you can […]

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Tears, Bottled and Poured Out

Sermon: Tears, Bottled and Poured Out
Texts: Psalm 56; Jeremiah 9:1; Luke 19:41-44
Date: March 17, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
           If God was catching all the tears you shed in your life so far, what kind of vessel would God need?  A little perfume bottle?  A bucket?  A milk truck tanker?  An ocean bed? 
           It’s a sweet, comforting picture the psalmist paints of God keeping track of our tears.  “You have kept count of my tossings; put my […]

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Grateful, Generous, Gallant, Greathearted

Sermon: Grateful, Generous, Gallant, Greathearted
Text: John 12:1-8; Mark 14:6-9
Date: March 10, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Think of a number between one and ten million.  I’ll narrow it down for you: What number represents roughly one year’s income for you?  I presume it’s somewhere between one and ten million dollars.  Do you have the number in mind?  Ok, turn and share it with the people seated around you….just kidding.  I don’t want to get run out of town […]

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