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The Ridiculous Father Who Loved Both of the Kids

Sermon: The Ridiculous Father Who Loved Both of the Kids
Text: Luke 15:11-32
Date: July 16, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         I had two brothers growing up, and they were often at war with each other.  I believe a good deal of parental attention had to go into intervening in their disputes lest they maim or kill one another.  My mom tells me that while they were busy causing a ruckus, I would call attention to myself by saying “Mommy, […]

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Excuse Me?

Sermon: Excuse Me?
Texts: Luke 14:15-24; Thomas 64:1-10
Date: July 2, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         I am not fond of cooking and I am fond of eating.  But that’s not exactly why I have been eating with our neighbors at Super Suppers this week.  I’ve been chewing on salad with the neighbors because I was already chewing on this parable and it did what parables are supposed to do: confronted me. 
         Sunday night—our church’s night to host the […]

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Where Did These Weeds Come From?

Sermon: Where Did These Weeds Come From?
Texts: Matthew 13:1-9, 24-30
Date: June 25, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         There’s been a rather startling development on the property we like to call “ours.”  Some of the crows who live in the neighborhood are mad at me.  When I walk down the driveway to get the newspaper, the ringleader—I’ll call him “Poe” the Crow—starts yelling and swoops toward me.  Others follow to hang around and yell, but it’s Poe who really […]

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Focus, Flow, All-In

Sermon: Focus, Flow, All-In
Texts: Matthew 13:45-46, Mark 12:28-34
Date: June 18, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         “I’m all in.”  I’ve said those words on occasion, have you?  I’ve said them at a picnic table playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker with my cousins and Budweiser uncles and aunts.  I don’t have a total grasp of that game, since I don’t play very often, but that hasn’t prevented me from taking the plunge of being “all in” on a bet, putting […]

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Center Everywhere, Circumference Nowhere

Sermon: Center Everywhere, Circumference Nowhere
Texts: Luke 13:18-21; Thomas 2-3
Date: June 11, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
 
What is the kingdom of God like?  To what should we compare it?
Those are the questions we are going to be chewing on during this summer of 2017.  I got this idea from a preacher somewhere along the line who said that they had been engaging their congregation in not just learning about Jesus’ teachings about the realm of God but creating […]

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Speaking in Tongues – Hearing Praise of God

Sermon June 4, 2017
“Speaking in Tongues – Hearing Praise of God”
Stephen Soderland, guest preacher
Scripture: Acts 2: 1-12    When the day of Pentecost had come … saying to one another “What does this mean?”
 
And now Stephen will tell you what this means.
 
Carol likes to call this the All Music Sunday,
[chanting] But if this were truly an ‘all music Sunday,
Then I suppose that I would have to ‘chant the sermon.
But I think that ‘all of you
Would find that somewhat ‘tedious.
So let’s just […]

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Our Frenemy Death

Sermon: Our Frenemy Death
Texts: Psalm 137:1-18; II Kings 13:20-21
Date: May 28, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         William Saroyan once wrote, “Of course, everybody has to die, but I thought an exception would be made in my case.”  It seems that an exception was made in the case of the unnamed man who was hastily tossed into the tomb of the prophet Elisha, who had been dead long enough to be reduced to bones. The corpse lands on the […]

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Then He Directed Them to Give Her Something to Eat

Sermon: Then He Directed Them to Give Her Something to Eat
Text: Luke 8:40-42, 49-55
Date: May 21, 2017 (Bread for the World Offering of Letters Sunday)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
You’ve got to love Jesus in this story related by Luke.  Not only does he ignore the weepers, wailers, naysayers and scoffers and bring a little girl back to life, but he looks after the child saved from death in a most practical way:  “Then he directed them to give […]

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Other/Wise

Sermon: Other/Wise
Text: 1 Kings 17:8-24
Date: May 7, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         To begin with, consider this poem by Lawrence Kushner titled “Jigsaw”:
 
Each lifetime is the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
For some there are more pieces.
For others the puzzle is more difficult to assemble.
Some seem to be born with a nearly completed puzzle.
And so it goes.
Souls go this way and that.
Trying to assemble the myriad parts.
But know this. No one has within themselves
All the pieces to their puzzle.
Everyone […]

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I AM’s Resurrection

Sermon: I AM’s Resurrection
Text: John 11:1-44
Date: April 30, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         This story of Jesus, Martha, Mary and Lazarus is so big and so rich—like a five pound slab of dark chocolate salted caramel fudge.  We can’t possibly take it all in at once, no matter how hungry we are or how deliciously intriguing it may be.  So let’s just slice off a little corner piece or two and savor it, and save the rest for […]

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