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Keepers of the Living Sea

Sermon: Keepers of the Living Sea
Texts: Psalm 104:24-28; Ezekiel 47:6-12
Date: January 13, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
This line of poetry from a 2007 Sabbath Poem by Wendell Berry means a great deal to me, and has influenced how I have come to try to steer our church’s ministry these last few years: Hope then to belong to your place by your own knowledge / of what it […]

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Starlight Journey

Sermon: Starlight Journey
Texts: Isaiah 60:1-3; Matthew 2:1-15
Date: January 6, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Let’s begin with a poem by Denise Levertov titled “Witness”:
Sometimes the mountain
is hidden from me in veils
of cloud, sometimes
I am hidden from the mountain
in veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue,
when I forget or refuse to go
down to the shore or a few yards
up the road, on a clear day,
to reconfirm
that witnessing presence.[1]
I’m not sure if […]

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Christmas Eve Reflection 2018

Christmas Eve Reflections 2018
One of the wonderful things about the Christmas story is all the beautiful artwork this old, old story inspires. A worship website we use had a link to this short video of a Christmas-inspired sand painting. We’d like to share it with you, and afterwards I want to share a few of the thoughts it inspired for me.

I sometimes think of God as an artist, especially when I am enjoying something beautiful outdoors like a […]

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A Belly-full

Sermon: A Belly-full
Texts: Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:39-55
Date: December 23, 2018
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
The trivia quiz in the Seattle Times the other day was about “A Visit from St. Nicholas”—the classic poem by Clement Clark Moore. You might not know the whole thing from memory, but you, like me, probably know bits of it. You know what comes after the word “Twas…” Maybe you know the […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Ozone

Note to remote sermon people: I recommend watching the Bobby Kennedy speech via youtube; link included in text)
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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