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Let Me Dwell With You In This Place

Sermon: Let Me Dwell With You In This Place
Texts: Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11; John 17:20-25
Date: November 19, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Has this church ever been picketed by someone who objected so strongly to what was going on within that they tried to shout a different message at those about to enter?  If it has been, I don’t know about it.  I have heard of one or two other UCC churches that have been picketed by opponents, mainly […]

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What Do You Trust God For?

Sermon: What Do You Trust God For?
Text: Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20, 37:1-7; Psalm 56:1-4, 8-11
Date: November 12, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Can your god be trusted?  That’s the key question the messenger of the bully king of Assyria is sent to ask the people of Israel.  The Rabshakeh—a title in Assyria for chief steward—has been sent in advance of Assyria’s armed forces to convince Israel to just surrender and get it over with.  I suppose our roughly equivalent […]

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Patience

Sermon: Patience
Texts: James 5:7-11; Psalm 27; Matthew 4:1-4
November 5, 2017
Guest Sermonizer: Jessica Star Rockers
I want to start by talking about Job, which was referenced in our first reading, from James.
The book of Job is my absolute favorite book in the bible. Because I swear, it has felt like it happened to me. Has anyone here ever felt like Job? One thing after another. Disappointments and failures are like those proverbial buses. You’re doing everything you’re supposed to,
life is steady, balancing, […]

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HUMility

Sermon: HUMility
Text: 2 Kings 5:1-14
Date: October 29, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Our building-themed worship series brings us this morning to the Pillar of Humility. Let’s play a bit with the Word. I made up a game to accompany this sermon on Humility because I became interested in the number of words that have “H-U-M” in them. You all know how to H-U-M hum, right? Your […]

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What’s Our Story

Sermon: What’s Our Story?
Texts: 2 Samuel 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-17
Date: October 15, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
Around ten years ago we were driven by a leaking roof that needed fixing and a desire to improve our church building to enter into a big capital campaign.  We had some ideas about expanding our sanctuary a bit, adding a ramp, and also putting in a series of doors along the wall that would make it possible to open up this room […]

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(Pet) Blessing Homily

Pet Blessing Homily
Scripture: Genesis 1:24-31; Psalm 104:10-25; Matthew 6:25-33
Jessica Star Rockers
October 8, 2017
Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
The first time I met with the youth group my ice breaker question to them was, name all the pets you have ever owned in your lifetime. This is 5th through 10th graders, so their lists were pretty manageable. But as the only person of the group entering middle age, and the only one who grew up on a farm, it took me a while […]

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I’ve Known Rivers

Sermon: I’ve Known Rivers
Texts: Ezekiel 47:6-12; Isaiah 41:17-18; Psalm 36:7-8; John 7:37-38
Date: September 24, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Lanston Hughes wrote these haunting lines of poetry:
 
I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.[1]
          I’ve known rivers.  No doubt you’ve known rivers as well.  Put yourself next to a river you have known in your mind’s eye.  […]

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Pipsqueaked

Sermon: Pipsqueaked
Texts: Job 38:1-7, 25-27, 39:1-8; Mark 1:9-13; Romans 8:18-25
Date: September 17, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Let’s join our brother Job at the corner of “What the hell?” and Whirlwind.  Job has confronted God with a challenge regarding what he perceives as a design flaw in the creation—that a good fellow such as  himself should be suffering, even while some of wickedest people in the world flourish.  He believes his integrity should have prevented his suffering, and […]

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What or Who

Sermon: What or Who?
Texts: Genesis 2:4-9; Psalms 96:11-13
Date: September 10, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         The smell of ashes.  We’ve had it in our nostrils more than we’d like this summer. 
         One of the liberators of the Auschwitz concentration camp remembers the smell of ashes and the silence that greeted his army unit when they got to that awful place.  The horror of realizing that the smell of ashes was not traced to a “what” but a […]

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The Kingdom of God: Within

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Scripture: Psalm 100; Luke 17:20-24; Hebrews 11:1-3
Sermon: The Kingdom of God: Within
Elyse Fairweather, guest sermonizer
Their feathers shimmer and glint in the sunlight – green hues sparkle as they bob and flit. The hummingbirds are delighting in their meal – freshly filled feeders. It’s a simple sugar and water mixture, but to the hummingbirds it is life.
This summer we have been focusing on the Kingdom of God. We have been studying the parables – learning from the words […]

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