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Shekinah

Sermon: Shekinah
Texts: Exodus 24:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9
Date: February 23, 2020
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Visions are more poetry than prose, so let me share a few lines of a poem by Jim Perkinson musing on the activity of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.  They were not written about the Transfiguration, but they still fit:
“this is the day of broken sky
this is the space of conflagration-breath
speaking border-trespass
this is the feathered swoop of heaven
on the wing of now…”

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Your Right Eye

Sermon: Your Right Eye
Texts: Sirach 15:15-20; Matthew 5:21-30
Date: February 16, 2020
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Has Jesus gotten everyone’s attention sufficiently with his vivid advice about what to do with your right eye and right hand if these parts of your flesh cause you to sin?  That eye: Tear it out!  That hand: Cut it off!  Friends, I think you would agree with me that this is no week to become a biblical literalist. 
          Actually, even conservative […]

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Light of the World

Light of the World
Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20
Guest Sermonizer: Elyse Fairweather, M. Div.
February 9, 2020
 
A couple months ago, I had a patient who quite possibly did far more for those of us who were caring for him, than any of us did for him. This was a young man in his mid-twenties who needed a heart transplant. What’s amazing is that he didn’t know he had any heart problems at all until he arrived at the hospital for shortness of breath and […]

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Seeing God

Seeing God
Scripture: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; Matthew 5:1-12
Guest Preacher: Rev. Jessica Star Rockers
February 2, 2020
What am I to do?
I ask myself this a lot these days. In large and small ways. When I am at a restaurant, trying to order a meal that is a sustainable choice for our planet. What am I to do? When I am home, patiently washing plastic and checking the number on the package, to see if it recycles, what am I to do? When […]

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Jesus Calling, Here and Now

Sermon: “Jesus Calling, Here and Now”
Texts: Mt. 4:12-23; 1 Cor. 1:10-18
Date: January 26, 2020
Rev. Chris Delmar, guest preacher
Every year around this time, I am behind on my New Year’s resolutions. Anyone else having trouble with theirs? Mine were: Lose all the holiday weight gain; get more exercise; try to be more patient. And for my growing distress over our divided country and the world: Cut back on social media and the 24/7 “bad” news. Focus on […]

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Behold

Sermon: Behold
Texts: Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42
Date: January 19, 2020
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
One of the delights of this past Christmas for me was hosting a young adult homecoming reunion here at EHCC for “kids” coming home to visit their parents for the holidays. I had brought some good whole bean coffee but forgot the grinder at home so I ran down to T & C […]

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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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