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Wake Up and Smell the Ozone

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Sermon: Wake Up and Smell the Ozone
Texts: Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-12; Luke 21:25-36
Date: December 2, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
The lectionary texts assigned for the first Sunday of Advent contain more mood swings than a hormonal thirteen year old. You’ve got your hope and your foreboding, promise and threat, […]

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Simple and Difficult and Uplifting

Sermon: Simple and Difficult and Uplifting
Texts: Micah 1:2-5; 5:2-5; 6:6-8
Date: November 25, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Our biblical texts today offer us a little sampler platter from the words of the farmer prophet Micah. The three brief passages are suggested for a Sunday’s scripture portion by the creators of the “Narrative Lectionary,” an alternative to the regular lectionary that tends to focus on longer selections from one […]

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Blessed Be the Continuum of Endeavor

Sermon: Blessed Be the Continuum of Endeavor
Texts: Mark 13:1-2; Matthew 5:5-16
Date: November 18, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
The United Methodists of Paradise, California will be getting together later today at their sibling church in Chico, California. There is not much information on their website about this gathering; it just says it will not be a service but a time for everyone to get together after the Camp […]

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Gifts of Love, Unopened and Opened

Sermon: Gifts of Love, Unopened and Opened
Texts: Psalm 136; 1 John 4:7-21
Date: November 11, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
There are so many gifts
Still unopened from your birthday,
There are so many hand-crafted presents
That have been sent to you by God.
The Beloved does not mind repeating,
“Everything I have is also yours.”
Please forgive Hafiz and the Friend
If we break into a sweet laughter
When your heart complains of being thirsty
When ages ago
Every cell in your soul
Capsized forever
Into this infinite golden sea.
Indeed,
A lover’s […]

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I Want to See

Sermon: I Want to See
Texts: Job 42:5; Jeremiah 31:7-9; Mark 10:46-52
Date: November 4, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Here’s a story that puts a biblical figure, the prophet Elijah, into a fairy tale.  Once there was a poor, blind, old man who was married to his beloved.  The couple had wished for children but had none.  The man had a hard life, but he never complained.  One day Elijah came to him as he was sitting by the […]

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Unlordly Power

Sermon: Unlordly Power
Texts: Isaiah 53:4-12; Mark 10:35-45
Date: October 28, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          The worship theme today is “Healing Power.”  While hearing that might lead you to imagine supernatural powers for healing illness, the theme is actually about healing the social structures that create and distribute interpersonal power.  So let’s think together about power, what it means, how it may be abused or used faithfully.          
There was one particular moment in the recent hearings around Brett […]

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The Look of Love

Sermon: The Look of Love
Texts: Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
Date: October 21, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Isn’t it perfect that the story and sayings about riches are paired with the verses in Hebrews warning us that the word of God is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword?” Because is there any gospel passage that lands in a relatively well-off setting like ours that stings like this […]

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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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