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On Partiality

Sermon: On Partiality
Texts: Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 10:34-39a
Date: January 12, 2020
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
Back in the day when I was Associate Pastor at Kirkland Congregational Church, the church helped us welcome our daughter Emma into the world.  I remember one day sitting in their lounge area for some event, holding another church child on my lap.  Emma—who was around two years old at the time—came running up in a fury and gave the kid in my […]

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Dream Angel

Sermon: Dream Angel
Texts: Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25
Date: December 22, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.” Thanks to the Plains High School chorus in which I sang alto more than 40 years ago, the word “dream” has a tune permanently attached, a forever earworm of the Everly Brothers’ song “Dream, Dream, Dream.” Do you remember it? “Dream. […]

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Blooming

Sermon: Blooming
Texts: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:46b-55
Date: December 15, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
A poet named Jennifer Henry wrote a variation on the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know” that highlights the revolutionary character of what she’s singing. Here are some selected verses of her revision:
Mary did you know,
that your ancient words
would still leap off our pages?
Mary did you know,
that your spirit song
would echo through the ages?
Did you […]

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As If

Sermon: As If
Texts: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 98; Romans 13:11-14
Date: December 1, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Perhaps I’m easily amused. The fact that the admonishment “Let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy…Make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” is assigned by the Lectionary to the first Sunday of Advent […]

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Say “Ah!”

Sermon: Say “Ah!”
Text: Acts 4:32-35
Date: November 24, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
The Acts passage we just heard paints such a beautiful picture of the early church in Jerusalem, doesn’t it? “Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common…and great grace was upon them all.” […]

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Rich

Sermon: Rich
Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
Date: November 17, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
“As for those of you who in the present age are rich…”
I can’t help thinking of that iconic scene from the movie “Taxi Driver” when a young Robert deNiro (portraying Travis Bickle) is practicing being a tough guy. Do you remember it? “Are you […]

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Where Your Treasure Is

Sermon: Where Your Treasure Is
Text: Matthew 6:19-23
Date: November 10, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          The gospel throws down quite a challenge for us today, doesn’t it? “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your […]

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It’s Only Money

Sermon: It’s “Only” Money
Text: Matthew 22:15-22
Date: November 3, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
            Some of our more formal siblings in the Christian tradition make a habit of bowing toward the cross when they enter the sanctuary, using their bodies to make a gesture of respect toward Jesus.  That’s not normally my practice, but I want to bow to Jesus whenever I hear this gospel story of how he handled the opponents who were trying to trap him on […]

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Sermon: Who Is My Neighbor?
Texts: Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Leviticus 19:18; Luke 10:25-37
Date: October 27, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Christians, we have heard this story of the Good Samaritan with its prelude and postlude repartee with the testy lawyer 10,000 times. So we should be able to pass a little pop quiz. Who is the neighbor? Hint: Think about the whole text, not just the story.
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Packing Light

Sermon: Packing Light
Texts: Galatians 6:6-10; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Date: October 13, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Fellow travelers, how are you at packing your bags?  I had a good long visit with a friend of mine recently who was preparing to be away from home for a month.  She was going to be visiting a variety of places that would probably have different kinds of weather during a time when the season was shifting from summer to fall.  She […]

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