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The Compassionate Christ

The Compassionate Christ
Tests: Luke 7:11-17; Mark 6:30-44; Philippians 2:1-13
Jessica Star Rockers
April 15, 2018

This is a picture of my Jesus. I call him my Jesus because this was the painting that hung on the wall at my grandmother’s house, and now hangs at my parent’s house. This is the Jesus of my childhood. The one I was taught about at church, the one I had a personal relationship with growing up. The Jesus that still haunts my imagination.
 
This painting is actually […]

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Authentically Uncool

Sermon: Authentically Uncool
Texts: John 11:33-35; Mark 8:11-13; Luke 10:21; Luke 12:49-50; Matthew 20:29-34; Matthew 27:45-46
Date: April 8, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church

        Jennifer and I had to spend a bit of time looking for looking for portraits of Jesus for the projection screen today.  Not that there is any lack of portraits of Jesus available on the internet—there are thousands.  But we found that many of them had a very flat affect—facial expressions that revealed almost nothing about […]

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Rise Up and Catch the Wave

Sermon: Rise Up and Catch the Wave
Texts: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
Date: April 1, 2018 (Easter)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
If we were to take Paul’s word for it, it seems like the appearances of the resurrected Christ came in waves. Paul didn’t have all the gospel stories we have, so he missed the very first appearance that John and Matthew have, Christ appearing to one or more women, […]

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He Walks with Me

Easter, 7am, April 1, 2018
He Walks With Me
Jessica Star Rockers
When I was a child I was taught that Jesus was my friend. I was taught that I could talk to Jesus and that he cared, that he was with me all the time. And even though I couldn’t see him, I believed it. I knew he was there. I spent many hours on my grandmother’s farm, wandering around, chatting with Jesus. He was so real to me. At night I […]

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Pennies or Pinecones?

Sermon: Pennies or Pinecones?
Text: Philippians 2:1-11
Date: March 25, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church

         To begin with, we have to acknowledge something that is lost in translation in Paul’s words about having the mind of Christ.  The passage today starts out with the word “If.”  “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy…”  What do you mean, “if”?  In English, that makes it sound like there […]

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Shared Suffering and Consolation

Sermon: Shared Suffering and Consolation
Texts: Isaiah 66:13; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; John 12:20-33
Date: March 18, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (along with Marlys Burnett)
“Sir,” the unknown “Greeks” in today’s gospel text say, “We wish to see Jesus.” These seven syllables sound almost like the middle line in a haiku; a weighty, consequential sentence worthy of long meditation. We wish to see Jesus. It’s a beautiful summary of why any of us is here on any given […]

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A Ministry of Reconciliation

Jessica Star Rockers
A Ministry of Reconciliation
March 11, 2018
 
I confess to almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters that I have sinned through my own fault. In my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. And so I ask blessed Mary ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
 
This was the prayer that came […]

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Indescribable Gift

Sermon: Indescribable Gift
Texts: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; John 2:13-17
Date: March 4, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church

         The whip-wielding Jesus is likely not the image of Christ that rises up in imagination when we need peace and comfort; but here he is, in each of the four gospels.  Jesus has gone up to Jerusalem like the faithful Jew he was, making a pilgrimage during the holy festival of Passover.  He probably knew what to expect in the outer courts of […]

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For Such a Time As This

For Such a Time As This
Jessica Star Rockers
February 25, 2018
Bread for the World Sunday
Scripture: Esther 4:10-14; Romans 12:9-10 & 18-21
“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you will escape. And who knows but that you have come to your position for such a time as this.”
Mordecia says this to Esther. She’s become the Queen of Persia and her cousin Mordecia is urging her to use her position of privilege to help her people, who are in […]

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I Thank My God in All My Remembrance of You

Sermon: I Thank My God In All My Remembrance of You
Texts: Psalm 25:1-10; Philippians 1:1-11
Date: February 18, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
        Listen to this line from Philippians, and open a hatch in your mind for an image of someone you are carrying below decks in the hold of memory to come up to the surface, to step into the sunlight of consciousness.  I’m interested in who pops into your mind when you hear again these words: “I […]

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