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"An Easter People" - April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday Service

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! For almost 2000 years Christians have greeted one another with these words on Easter morning to capture the joy of the resurrection...

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"Great Expectations" - April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday Service

You could already feel the excitement in the air that day. Jerusalem was packed to overflowing with tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over Israel and Jews from every nation in the Mediterranean world, all come to celebrate the Passover-- the ritual remembrance of their freedom, their liberation from slavery in Egypt...

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"A Big Enough Table" - April 2, 2017

What our senior youth have done for us in their diversity survey is hold up a mirror to help us all see and appreciate the rich and diverse spiritual banquet of traditions and beliefs we bring to our life together here. We’re grateful to them and to all of you who’ve participated.

What they and you have given us in this survey is a snapshot of our spiritual lives at this particular moment in time, something I’ve been trying to do unsuccessfully for the last couple of years—learn from you, the members of this church, what’s most important to you in terms of our worship here...

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Read the senior youth's introduction to their survey results.

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"The Search for Truth and Meaning" - March 26, 2017

We live in interesting times, when the realms of knowledge are populated by facts and factoids and alternative facts, when science, the bastion of all modern knowledge, is suddenly dismissed as a liberal conspiracy, and truth sits cheek by jowl with truthiness, half-truths, disinformation and outright lies.

We sometimes confuse truth with facts. Facts are objective events or conditions that we can all agree on, or at least should be able to agree on--things that can be measured, evaluated by our senses, and verified. Facts exist whether we choose to acknowledge them or not. Like the Emperor’s lack of clothing. The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynahan said famously, “we are all entitled to our opinions. But we are not entitled to our own set of facts.” ...

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"Walking the Talk" - March 19, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to believe that if I’d been there in Galilee, I would have joined the crowds and walked with Jesus, following him all the way to Jerusalem where he laid down his life. I would have been part of that small band that sat at his feet, hanging on his words about the kingdom of God, the beloved community where all are valued, even the little and the meek, the poor and the poor in Spirit. And after his death, I would have taken up his mantle to help feed the poor and heal those in need, to help create the kingdom of God, even if it meant paying the ultimate price for my faith.

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