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Faith and Faitheism

Sermon: Faith and Faitheism
Texts: Psalm 139:1-19, 23-24; Mark 9:14-29
Date: June 17, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
Author John D. Caputo had me in the palm of his hand with this opening to his book Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim: “Ever since I was a little boy…I would look up at the vast spread of stars at night and think quietly to myself, ‘No one knows we are here.’ This suspicion was a well-kept secret, strictly between […]

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Good Trouble

Sermon: Good Trouble
Texts: Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11; Luke 4:16-30
Date: June 10, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
In the Gospel according to Luke, it certainly didn’t take very long for Jesus to get into trouble.  After facing down temptation in the wilderness, Jesus has two verses of trouble-free success in his ministry: “Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all of the surrounding country.  He began to teach in […]

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Welcoming the Stranger

Jessica Star Rockers
Scripture: Genesis 18:1-8 and Matthew 25:34-40
“Welcoming the Stranger”
June 3, 2018
 
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”
 
Around this time last year I was ending an internship across the water, in Shoreline just north of Seattle, and unsure of what was happening for me next. I had one year left of seminary and I needed a congregational internship to complete that last year of […]

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Sitting under Jonah’s Tree – Redux

Sitting under Jonah’s Tree – Redux
A service by Barbara W. ten Hove
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
Call to Worship:
Leader: From the fragmented world of our everyday lives we gather together in search of wholeness.
Response: By many cares and preoccupations, by diverse and selfish aims are we separated from one another and divided within ourselves.
Leader: Yet we know that no branch is utterly severed from the Tree of Life that sustains us all. 
Response: We cherish our oneness with those around […]

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Prescribed Burn

Sermon: Prescribed Burn
Texts: Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27, 16:7, 12-15
Date: May 20, 2018 (Pentecost Sunday)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
It seems Jesus just couldn’t get it all done in a three year ministry in a single location.  No matter how brilliant the teaching, how astonishing the prophetic healing acts, the brief time Jesus Christ whom we call Messiah was on the world stage was not enough.  Jesus has been teaching the disciples that he is about to go away as […]

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Joy and Sorrow

Jessica Star Rockers May 13, 2018 Sermon
“Joy and Sorrow”
Scripture: Isaiah 35 and Luke 10:1-9, 17-21
 
We Are Fragile Creatures. This is the first chapter in the Book of Joy, a book co-written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, about how they have both become such joyful people in the midst of enormous personal and global suffering. Archbishop Tutu writes, “We are fragile creatures, and it is from weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy.”
 
We […]

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Acquainted with Grief

Sermon: Acquainted With Grief
Texts: Luke 19:41-42; John 11:28-38a; Mark 14:32-38
Date: May 6, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
One of the Hebrew Scriptures often linked with Jesus is from (the King James Version of) Isaiah’s portrait of the Suffering Servant: “He was…a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” [Isaiah 53:3]  Acquainted with grief.  “Acquainted” in social situations goes beyond merely being able to recognize someone on the street (“Oh, look, there goes George Clooney!”); it means you know them personally, […]

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Anger, the Gunpowder of the Soul

Sermon: Anger, the Gunpowder of the Soul
Texts: Amos 5:7, 10-15, 21-24 (The Message); Matthew 23:25-34 (The Message); Matthew 16:21-23
Date: April 22, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
        What makes you angry?  Think for a moment about a time you got good and mad.  Are there general categories of things that make you mad?  What are they?  Inconsiderate drivers?  Liars? People who get in the ten-item express lane at the grocery store with twenty items?
        I got mad at a […]

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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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