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Blessing of Animals – Sept 16, 2018

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Genesis 1:20-31 Friends…, welcome! Welcome to every one of you today, no matter how young or old you are, no matter how many legs you have, or don’t have! We are here to celebrate our Rally Day today and we are also here to be a blessing for others by blessing our animal friends together! […]

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“Ephphatha! Be Opened!” – September 9, 2018

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Mark 7:24-37 In our Gospel lesson, the writer chose not to translate one Aramaic word, “EPHPHATHA” which means “Be opened.” Why do you think Mark did not translate this word? I think, this is Mark’s way of emphasizing this story, insuring that no one would ever miss it. We need to be reminded that these […]

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What Really Matters – September 2, 2018

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Mark 7:1-8, 21-23 We all know that there are good reasons for keeping our hands clean. With all the germs and diseases out there, we are all concerned about that. And that’s why the first thing all our preschool children do when they come in the morning is washing their hands. Knowing that we are […]

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“A Gas Station in the Desert” – August 26, 2018

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John 6:56-69 08/26/18 Good morning, again. It’s always good to be back to this pulpit after having a nice relaxing vacation. I had a great vacation and I hope you are having a great summer as well. We drove all the way to California and visited my parents, in-laws in LA, and also my brother […]

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Holy Shamoley – July 29, 2018

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Ephesians 3:14 – 21  When I served a church in Woodstock, NY, I learned about an expression, “Holy Shamoley!” from a church member. His name is Knud Hansen, a wonderful human-being, a very faithful servant of God. Along with his wife, Gladys, they were pillars of the church. They were also known as “Grandpa and […]

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Solitude, Silence and Sabbath – Jul 22, 2018

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Mark 6:30-34 Everyone needs a rest and we need to go to a secluded place once in a while.  As some of you know, we are planning a cross-country road trip during my vacation.  I hope this could be my “secluded place” that I need to go for a rest.  But, I am not sure…, […]

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Murder of a Prophet – July 15, 2018

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Mark 6:14-29 I wonder what was your first reaction when you heard our lesson today.  Weren’t you surprised to hear about John the Baptist in July?  (Because), we are used to contending with John the Baptist in Advent season.  Every December while we try to do our Christmas shopping, John holds forth, telling us to […]

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A Paradox: Strength in Weakness – July 8, 2018

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2 Cor. 12: 2-10 In our text today, Paul says, “I am strong, when I am weak.”  Strength in weakness?  Power in weakness?  This is a count-cultural message, isn’t it? Power and strength are worshipped by most people, and weakness is despised above all things.  It goes against everything we’ve been taught.   I don’t […]

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Storms of Life: Does God Care? – June 24, 2018

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Mark 4:35-41 The Gospel lesson we just read is a familiar story.  I have preached several sermons based on this text.  But, when I read this story again last Monday, my heart became heavy because I knew it would be difficult for me to prepare for a sermon such a time as this.  The images […]