Archive | April, 2019

So We Proclaim, So We Believe

Sermon: So We Proclaim, So We Believe
Texts: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
Date: April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday)
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
    Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen, indeed!
    That’s one of the oldest and simplest liturgies in the long Christian tradition.  It’s a proclamation which we received, to use Paul’s language, and which we hand on to succeeding generations.  We hand it on, as Paul says, “as of first importance.”  It’s no trivial proclamation.  It’s at the heart […]

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Easter Sunrise Meditation, 2019

Easter 2019, Sunrise Service Meditation by Dee Eisenhauer
 
This dramatic monologue that opens my meditation was written by Marcia McFee for Worship Design Studio:
 
LIGHT – Salome, follower of Jesus.
It was time to go tend to him.  We had waited, waited, waited, in the agonizing depth of Sabbath-keeping stillness bearing our grief like black cloaks.  I had shut out the light of day between the moment of death and this moment of moving back out into the world that seemed so cruelly-violent […]

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Your Brother’s Blood

Sermon: Your Brother’s Blood
Texts: Genesis 4:8-13; Habbakuk 2:11-12; Matthew 27:20-26
Date: April 7, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          Our “Poured Out” worship series summons us to reflect this week on blood that is poured out in the biblical story.  Feeling squeamish?  Naturally.  Blood is repellant, yet fascinating.  It certainly takes up a lot of space in our Scriptures.  I put “blood” into the Bible Gateway search engine out of curiosity and came up with 433 verses in the NRSV.  […]

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Where Am I Spiritually Blind

Where Am I Spiritually Blind?
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-3 and John 9:1-40
Guest Preacher: Rev. Mary Karen Brown
March 31, 2019, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
The people in this story from John’s Gospel move in contrasting
directions.  Some move towards salvation.  Some move towards judgment.
It’s a story about a journey from physical blindness to spiritual
sight.  It’s a story about a journey from physical sight to spiritual
blindness.  All the big theological themes in John’s Gospel are
embodied in the characters in this story.
It’s also a story that takes […]

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Drinking Wine in God’s Kingdom

Sermon: Drinking Wine in God’s Kingdom
Texts: Proverbs 4:14-18; Luke 22:14-30
Date: March 24, 2019
©Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
 
          One of the useful tidbits from listening to theologian John D. Caputo and biblical scholar Bernard Brandon Scott’s lectures on Thursday’s webcast from the Westar Institute Spring meeting was Caputo’s definition of a classic.  A classic in literature, he said, can be identified by its having “an excess of meaning.”  Every time you go back to a true classic you can […]

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