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Receiving a Blessing

Sermon: Receiving a Blessing
Text: Psalm 8; Mark 10:2-16
Date: October 14, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
“Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated.” This is one of many profound things Rev. Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) once said. I don’t know the context, but since I have been thinking a lot about him in connection with blessing children and nurturing a sense of trust, I spent some of the week reviewing and […]

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Have Salt in Yourselves and Be at Peace

Sermon: Have Salt in Yourselves and Be at Peace
Texts: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-17, 24-29; Mark 9:38-50
Date: October 7, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          There was a funny little image in my Facebook feed a couple of days ago with the caption, “I have started coloring to manage my stress this week.” There was a picture of one of those fancy adult coloring book mandalas; but it had angry red crayon marks scribbled over it willy-nilly, looking like something a […]

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An Attempt to Articulate What Wants to Be a Howl

Sermon: An Attempt to Articulate What Wants to Be a Howl
Texts: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8; Mark 9:30-37
Date: September 30, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
My preaching professor years ago said this day would come—when what’s happening in the world requires you to shred what you previously prepared to preach and start over.  Personally, I prefer to preach out of a simmering stewpot of sorts, low heat, with adequate time for ideas about current events to blend with theological ideas.  Preaching […]

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Healing Fear

Sermon: Healing Fear
Texts: Isaiah 50:4-9; Mark 8:27-38
Date: September 23, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
The first question was easier to answer than the second one.  Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  They offered up a few answers circulating among the public.  I’m sure they had heard and overheard lots of speculation about the charismatic teacher and healer they were following.
Since Jesus’ day, the answers to that question have done nothing but multiply.  Who do […]

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Be Opened: Healing Inhibitions

Sermon: Be Opened: Healing Inhibitions
Texts: Psalm 146; Mark 7:24-37
Date: September 16, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
If you could see the way our cat Cobb has been looking at me the last few days, it would send a chill down your spine. When I walk into the room he eyes me with a mixture of fear and disdain, and he runs for cover if I get too close. Kitty Cobb suffered a serious injury just before Labor Day weekend; […]

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Heal My Heart

Sermon: Heal My Heart
Texts: Isaiah 29:13-16; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Date: September 9, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Tony Powell’s recollection of his father begins, “My father is obsessed with his nose, slave to it…he believes God created the nose as a joke around the office and forgot all about it in the rush to finish up the universe before Sunday, His day off.”  Father has terrible hay fever, and as a result the whole household is preoccupied with […]

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Light in the Darkness

“Light in the Darkness” by Elyse Fairweather
Scripture: Psalm 45:6-9; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15
September 2, 2018
I must admit, I had a difficult time choosing Scripture for today. Knowing that I was going to be talking about faith and doubt, I felt the Scripture had to reflect not only the tension between these two facets of spirituality, but also the grace that I have experienced within my own relationship with the Divine. In the midst of this struggle, I eventually found […]

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All Shall Be Well

Sermon 8/26/2018
All Shall Be Well
Scripture: 1 John 4:12; Romans 8:37-39; and 1 Corinthians 13:12-13
By Rev. Mary Karen Brown
Now that I’m no longer a leader of a congregation, I must confess that sometimes I felt like a charlatan- an imposter! I knew there were people in the congregation who had a stronger faith than I did. If only they knew how many doubts I had! And I never mentioned that neither or my children are professing Christians. Imagine a […]

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The Spirit of Love

Sermon at EHCC 8-19-2018. Dick Goff, guest sermonizer
The Spirit of Love
Luke 10: 25-37; 1 John 4: 7-8, 12
In considering how I might talk about my beliefs and doubts relating to our faith, I had in mind a saying in our church that: “We take the Bible seriously, not literally. I also noted this, on the United Church of Christ website: “Our Faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.” […]

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Love the questions – Live into the answers

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Scripture: John 20:24-29
Sermon by: Greg Diamond
Love the questions – Live into the answers
At bible study a few weeks ago, Pastor Dee asked whether any of us might be interested in filling in one of the few remaining open guest sermon spots. I volunteered immediately. I bragged to Dee that I had a thing or two to say about faith and doubt.
But, as I began to think and, especially as […]

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