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Known by Love, Called to Love

Sermon: Known by Love, Called to Love
Texts: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; John 1:43-51
Date: January 14, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
        “Oh Lord, you have searched me and known me…You are acquainted with all my ways.”  Is this good news or bad news? 
        I suspect for most of us this idea that God knows us like no one else does causes some mixed feelings, because we who know our own selves reasonably well know we are both wonderfully made […]

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God Is Pleased with You

God Is Pleased with You
Guest Sermon by: Rev. Michael Denton, PNWC-UCC Conference Minister
1/7/18
Mark 1:4-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 John the baptizer appeared[a] in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around […]

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Get Up and Go

“Get Up and Go”
Jessica Star Rockers New Year’s Eve Sermon 12/31/17
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-23
 
 
Just when we were all getting comfy. The beautiful manger scene, the perfect newborn baby, the love that changed the world, all of this that we’ve spent the last several weeks nurturing and contemplating, is suddenly threated. The angel that heralded such good news last week now has some very bad news. Herod the King is on the warpath. And Joseph needs to take his family and run. […]

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Were You Born in a Barn?

“Were You Born in a Barn?”
Jessica Star Rockers Christmas Eve Reflections 12/24/17
 
The other day my son and I were rushing out of the house, late for an appointment, and as we jumped into the car I noticed he’d left the front door open. So I ran back quickly, in the pouring rain, to close it. And when I got back to the car I told him about how when I was a kid,if you left the door open, people would […]

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Love among the Favored

Sermon: Love among the Favored
Text: Luke 2:1-14
Date: December 24, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
        How did that last bit of the angel song go?  I’m interested in who gets the peace about which the angels are caroling. Because I want the peace, don’t you?  In the Voice translation we heard, peace is “among all people who bring pleasure to God.”  The NIV has peace “to men on whom his [God’s] favor rests.”  The Message: “Peace to all men […]

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Joy: Don’t Hesitate

Sermon: Joy: Don’t Hesitate
Texts: Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:10-14
Date: December 17, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         The discovery of a pregnancy is an occasion of great joy.
         Except when it’s not. The timing of a pregnancy isn’t always ideal.  Parents-to-be aren’t always ready.  The circumstances surrounding conception may cast a shadow over the announcement of a pregnancy.
         Take Mary’s pregnancy, for instance.  Did anyone rejoice in the beginning?  One of my books on first century Middle East culture points […]

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Silence

Sermon: Silence!
Text: Luke 1:5-25, 67-80 [The Voice translation]
Date: December 3, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         We begin a worship series on “Angels Among Us” during this Advent season, and we get to meet one of the classic angels right away: Gabriel.  This messenger of God, you notice, made the first part of the announcement they were tasked with more or less anonymously.  The message is given about Elizabeth’s pending pregnancy with John the Baptist and the implications thereof—joy, […]

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Living Stones Becoming a Spiritual House

Sermon: Living Stones Becoming a Spiritual House
Texts: Psalm 65; 1 Peter 2:1-10
Date: November 26, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Everyone has two eyes but no one has the same view.  Amen?  Everyone has two eyes but no one has the same view. 
         One of my commentaries on the reading from 1 Peter interprets the text as a matter of not seeing different things but seeing the same things differently.  Much is made in the middle of the […]

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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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