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Our Christmas Story

Sermon:  Our Christmas Story
Texts:  Isaiah 9:6-7 and Luke 1:46-47, 52-55
Date:  November 28, 2016
Sue Sutherland-Hanson, Intern at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
Today, I want to talk about the nature of stories particularly in relation to the Advent scriptures we heard read, and Dicken’s  A Christmas Carol, our theme this advent season.  I want us to see how these texts relate to us and our stories.
I studied writing as ministry in seminary, and from that I often teach a class in writing spiritual […]

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God’s Yes and Our Yes, Together

Sermon: God’s Yes and Our Yes, Together
Texts: 1 Timothy 6:6-8, 17-19; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
Date: November 20, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Suppose Jesus Christ showed up in the neighborhood this week.  What might a contemporary Christ be wearing?  Can you picture Christ in comfortable, well-worn jeans and a T-shirt?  Inspired by the 2 Corinthians text, I suggest a vintage T-shirt from a 1970’s band: “Yes.”  This is not so much about their music as about their name and […]

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Opportunity to Testify

Sermon: Opportunity to Testify
Texts: Haggai 1:2-8; Acts 15:1-2, 6-11; Luke 21:5-13; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Date: November 13, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
I was desperately trying to retain my sense of humor on Election Night, in a humor-as-a-life-preserver sort of way, when the image of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy bubbled up from somewhere in the labyrinth cellar of memory. Why? Because that fictional book […]

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Desiring the Rich Inheritance

Sermon: Desiring the Rich Inheritance
Texts: Genesis 11:1-6a; Ephesians 1:11-19; Luke 19:1-11
Date: October 30, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         The first part of the book of Genesis answers a number of “Why?” questions.  The myth of the tower of Babel seems to address the question of why we have so many languages on Earth. 
         It’s also a story about desire.  Desire that seems insatiable.
The human beings, replenishing the human species after the great Flood, reached a new […]

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The Acceptable Time, Now

Sermon: The Acceptable Time, Now
Texts: Psalm 82:1-7; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2, 16
Date: October 23, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
         Psalm 84 is a song praising Zion as the longed-for goal of the pilgrim.  Faithful folk in Israel used to hope to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to visit the splendid temple, a place where Israelites believed God dwelled.  It’s not that they thought Yahweh was contained in the temple, but they believed God was present there with a special […]

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Feeling the Feels

Sermon: Feeling the Feels
Texts: Jeremiah 8:18-9:2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 26
Date: October 16, 2016
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
    Remember when Creation was brand new, when Adam and Eve were still in the Garden of Eden?  There was that one day that they ate the apple, and their eyes were opened, and they had to quick quick make fig leaf clothes for themselves.  They dove for cover when they “heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden […]

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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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