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Timeout

Sermon: Timeout
Texts: Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 12:22-31
Date: March 3, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Any of you who have been parents or teachers use “Time Out” as a disciplinary tool?  We did, occasionally, when our girls were little.  If they were driving us crazy, or doing something destructive, or in intractable conflict with each other, they would have to have a Time Out.  “Sit here and be quiet and think about what you’ve done—I’ll tell you when you can […]

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Gathering Complexity

Sermon: Gathering Complexity
Texts: Isaiah 56:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-19
Date: February 24, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Let’s review the arc of this worship series on creativity, inspired by Troy Bronsik’s book Drawn In.  We have considered the first four “waves” of the divine creative process: Dreaming, Hovering, Risking, and Listening.  Today we’re on to Re-Integrating.  I had an easier time grasping the other words so far than I have had with this one, but I’ll take a whack at […]

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Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Calling

Sermon: Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Calling
Texts: Exodus 2:23-35; Psalm 18:1-6; Acts 16:6-15
Date: February 17, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
           I’m about to commence speaking.  Are you listening? 
          Listening is the word of the day. Troy Bronsik, the author of the book titled Drawn In that forms the basis of this worship series, identifies “Listening” as the fourth wave in the creative process.  He says that artists all have ways of listening to the material with which they are […]

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Cherishing Uncertainty

Sermon: Cherishing Uncertainty
Texts: Genesis 12:1-5a; Matthew 25:14-30
Date: February 10, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          With a little shout-out to Anna Edmonds, who taught me to appreciate stories of the clever fool Mulla Nasrudin, a short-short story:  “One evening Nasrudin was stopped by a police officer.  The officer said, ‘This is a summons for driving through a Stop light.’  The Mulla said: ‘When I go to court, I shall ask for it to be balanced against all the times […]

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Creative Brooding

Sermon: Creative Brooding
Texts: Genesis 1:1-2 (several translations); Luke 4:1-13
Date: February 3, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          One of the most enchanting sounds in the world is the sound of the wings of birds in flight.  Do you agree?  Take a moment and see if you can recall that sound, wings displacing air.  Sometimes when birds are silent the whuff whuff of wind beneath wings is the only signal of a bird nearby.  I remember being startled and then […]

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Love’s Imagineers

Sermon: Love’s Imagineers
Texts: Joel 2:28; Deuteronomy 15:1-15; Luke 4:14-21
Date: January 27, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
We are starting a new worship series today celebrating creativity. The series is loosely based on a book by Troy Bronsik titled Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists and Jesus Followers. The author frames the creative process in six concepts we’ll be considering for the next few weeks: Dream, […]

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Velcro or Teflon

Sermon: Velcro or Teflon
Texts: Psalm 35:5-10; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Date: January 20, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
“Nonessential worker.” As I’ve been reading news stories about the longest U.S. Government shutdown in the nation’s history, references to “essential” and “nonessential” workers have popped up. Some of the workers who have been furloughed have spoken to reporters about how that label “nonessential worker” rankles. Nobody who has a […]

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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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