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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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Timeout

Sermon: Timeout
Texts: Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 12:22-31
Date: March 3, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Any of you who have been parents or teachers use “Time Out” as a disciplinary tool?  We did, occasionally, when our girls were little.  If they were driving us crazy, or doing something destructive, or in intractable conflict with each other, they would have to have a Time Out.  “Sit here and be quiet and think about what you’ve done—I’ll tell you when you can […]

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Gathering Complexity

Sermon: Gathering Complexity
Texts: Isaiah 56:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-19
Date: February 24, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Let’s review the arc of this worship series on creativity, inspired by Troy Bronsik’s book Drawn In.  We have considered the first four “waves” of the divine creative process: Dreaming, Hovering, Risking, and Listening.  Today we’re on to Re-Integrating.  I had an easier time grasping the other words so far than I have had with this one, but I’ll take a whack at […]

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Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Calling

Sermon: Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Calling
Texts: Exodus 2:23-35; Psalm 18:1-6; Acts 16:6-15
Date: February 17, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
           I’m about to commence speaking.  Are you listening? 
          Listening is the word of the day. Troy Bronsik, the author of the book titled Drawn In that forms the basis of this worship series, identifies “Listening” as the fourth wave in the creative process.  He says that artists all have ways of listening to the material with which they are […]

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Cherishing Uncertainty

Sermon: Cherishing Uncertainty
Texts: Genesis 12:1-5a; Matthew 25:14-30
Date: February 10, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          With a little shout-out to Anna Edmonds, who taught me to appreciate stories of the clever fool Mulla Nasrudin, a short-short story:  “One evening Nasrudin was stopped by a police officer.  The officer said, ‘This is a summons for driving through a Stop light.’  The Mulla said: ‘When I go to court, I shall ask for it to be balanced against all the times […]

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Creative Brooding

Sermon: Creative Brooding
Texts: Genesis 1:1-2 (several translations); Luke 4:1-13
Date: February 3, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          One of the most enchanting sounds in the world is the sound of the wings of birds in flight.  Do you agree?  Take a moment and see if you can recall that sound, wings displacing air.  Sometimes when birds are silent the whuff whuff of wind beneath wings is the only signal of a bird nearby.  I remember being startled and then […]

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