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Announcing the First Sunday Singers (Youth Choir)

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Join the First Sunday Singers youth choir for ages ten to eighteen, and be responsible for leading the music at the 10:30 service on the first Sunday of each month. The First Sunday Singers share anthems from all over the world, contemporary to ages past. If you enjoy singing and/or play an instrument, please contact […]

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 5, 2014

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When I was in kindergarten, we lived on Waikiki Drive. I could walk to school, and I loved the big weeping willow tree in our backyard. My neighbor was also named Ricky. He was older and much bigger, so everyone called him Big Ricky and me, Little Ricky. Once the two Rickys built a fort. […]

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 21, 2014

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Oh God, Hear us, Speak through us, and make yourself known to all peoples. Amen. Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; Make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, And speak of all his marvelous works. Glory in his holy Name; Let the hearts of […]

Instructed Eucharist, September 21, 2014

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Good morning! Today’s sermon includes commentary on the liturgy. There will also be an abbreviated, but wonderful sermon preached by our guest, Maurice Dyer. Plan to bring a cup of coffee back into church after the 10:30 service and enjoy Maurice’s slides and stories about his mission work in South Africa. The liturgy is the […]

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, August 3, 2014

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Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17: 1-7, 16, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21 Jacob wrestled with an angel on his homeward journey. The enemy Jacob encountered turned out to be God’s messenger, one who blesses. Limping after the wrestling match, Jacob was finally ready to be reconciled with his brother, Esau. When we wrestle like Jacob, God transforms […]

Pentecost II: August-September 2014

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During August and September we move from the relaxed days of summer picnics, camping, and vacations, to returning home, starting school, and beginning new programs at the church.

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 20, 2014

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Genesis 28:10–19a Jacob was running away because his brother, Esau, had threatened to kill him. In running away, Jacob had abandoned his inheritance. He was heading back to Uncle Laban and the family clan, to the territory the family lived in before his Grandfather, Abraham, had some crazy dream from God calling him to a […]

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 13, 2014

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We moved from Boston to Carmel about two years ago, and were so excited about living here. John had been called to be the interim minister of the local Unitarian Universalist Church and I was recovering from two cancer surgeries. Father Rick was most welcoming and agreed that it would be wise for me to […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 6, 2014

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The Declaration of Independence still inspires us, because it articulates the vision for these United States of America. Likewise, the Constitution entrenches our core values and life goals. In these two documents we inherit the dream of the founding generation. Each subsequent generation has advanced that same dream along different fronts. Fifty years ago a […]

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 29, 2014

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Soon after my family had moved to Manhattan from Dallas, John and I had the opportunity to take part in a trip to Israel. It was designed for Christian leaders to experience first-hand the many faces of the country, facets/aspects, both historical and modern. There were twelve in the group, 9 men and 3 women. […]