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Seek the Welfare

Sermon: Seek the Welfare
Texts: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Matthew 22:34-40; photos from 2016 sabbatical
Date: October 9, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
 
            What you see here is a “living stump.”  Although most stumps we see are dead, this one—located in Oregon—is connected underground with the root systems of nearby living trees that are feeding it nutrients, keeping it alive, though greatly changed and reduced. 
            The Israelites exiled to Babylon in Jeremiah’s day had been cut off from their homeland.  It […]

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Clampett Banquet

Sermon: Clampett Banquet
Texts: Isaiah 25:6-9; James 2:14-17; Matthew 22:1-10
Date: October 2, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Any of you received an invitation to come to a party via an email service like E-vite or Paperless Post?  Such invitations are becoming more common, I think, than paper invitations that go out in the mail.  One of the features that you can choose if you are the one issuing the invitation is to show who all is invited, and who […]

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In Which Bloody Indifference Goes to Worship

Sermon:  In Which Bloody Indifference Goes to Worship
Texts: Isaiah 1:12-17; Luke 16:19-31
Date: September 25, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Attention, English Majors and drama fans!  Here’s a word association exercise for you.  I’ll say the phrase and you shout out a name of the play.  Ready?  Bloody hands….Answer: Macbeth (or, The Scottish Play). 
         In Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” the title character has, egged on by his ambitious wife, killed the King so that he might ascend to the throne.  […]

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Habit-Forming Sheep

Sermon: Habit-Forming Sheep
Texts: Amos 8:4-7; Matthew 25:31-46
Date: September 18, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         The parable of judgment in Matthew 25 reminds me of garden-variety nightmares of students.  You know the ones: when you (the student) show up for class–having had trouble getting there or locating the classroom–and then you find out to your chagrin that there is a big test you failed to prepare for.  “But I didn’t know there was going to be a test!”
         In […]

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Trying to Stay Awake in a Field of Poppies

Date: September 11, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
            That story in Acts about the young man who fell asleep as St. Paul droned on is pretty funny.  Until it’s not.  Paul had been traveling around visiting churches to teach and encourage them, and he was spending a week in Troas.  He went to church for the community’s regular evening service.  Paul was planning to leave the next day, and I guess he started thinking of all the things […]

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We, Christ’s People

Sermon: We, Christ’s People
Texts: Philemon 1-9; Matthew 25:40b; Matthew 18:20, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Yasgzjc0w (“My Own Little World” music video
Date: September 4, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
     I expect […]

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