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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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Why Are You Weeping

Sermon: Why Are You Weeping?
Texts: Isaiah 65:17-25; John 20:1-18
Date: April 16, 2017 (Easter)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         When was the last time your eyes filled with tears?
         Moments ago, days ago, years ago…whenever it was, get in touch with that feeling, eyes becoming a dam about to burst.  In the novel I am listening to, the protagonist is invited to a rare lunch out with her beau, whom she expects to marry.  She puts on her best clothes […]

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Kingdom Demonstration

Sermon: Kingdom Demonstration
Texts: Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 35:1-10
Date: April 9, 2017 (Palm Sunday)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         It sounds like a planned demonstration.  Clues: Jesus and the disciples seemed to know where the donkeys were, and were confident that just saying what they were doing would be permission enough to walk off with the beasts of burden.  It even sounds a little like a password, what they were supposed to say: “The Lord needs them.”  Arrangements had been made; […]

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Avoiding Fatheartedness

Sermon: Avoiding Fatheartedness
Texts: James 5:1-5; Isaiah 58:6-12; Luke 6:43-45
Date: April 2, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Define “fathead.”  Somebody stupid, right?  The dictionaries all agree that a fathead is somebody stupid; a dullard, a goofball, a ninny. 
         There is apparently no such word as “fatheart.”  The warning to the wealthy in James 5 says that those who have lived in earth in luxury and pleasure have “fattened your hearts.”  This may be physically true—people who are overweight […]

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Transported

Sermon: Transported
Texts: Luke 23:32-43; Colossians 1:3-6, 9-14
Date: March 26, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
Did he or didn’t he?
Did Jesus pray that God would forgive those who were crucifying him because they did not know what they were doing, or did he not?
It seems that some of the earliest manuscripts of the gospel of Luke don’t have this verse at all. The community of Biblical scholars is somewhat divided about whether this was something Jesus actually said from the […]

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Rope, Caution Tape, and Reconciliation

Sermon: Rope, Caution Tape, and Reconciliation
Texts: Matthew 25:31-40; 2 Corinthians 5:11-20
Date: March 19, 2017
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
First, a story of a rope that came down. The Church of God based in Anderson, Indiana, began in the 1880’s as a reform movement for Christian unity. (My encounter with a Church of God pastor while on sabbatical last year indicates that this is still very much at the […]

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