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“Being a part” 01/25/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Mark 1:14-30     The Gospel again this week takes us into that remarkable moment when Jesus calls the disciples.  Jesus says “Follow me!”  And they do without it seems a moments’ hesitation or doubt.  Last week it was Philip and Nathanael.  This week it is Simon and his brother Andrew, and then James and John. These…

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“Call to us now and we shall awaken” 01/18/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

1Saumuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51 by Rev. Stacy Swain It is early.  Day’s light won’t dawn for another hour.  Night’s cold still has a hold on the house. I turn off the alarm before it sounds, slip into my slippers and quietly make my way down the hallway to my daughter’s room. I crack the door and call to her…

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“Into what then were you baptized?” 01/11/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Acts 19:1-7 (NRSV) Mark 1:4-11 (NRSV) When I was a kid, my grandmother would take us to the local pool as an escape from what can be terribly hot and humid southern Minnesotan summers.  It was a great pool, outdoors and huge, maybe two or three times a normal Olympic sized pool.  The place was packed, with all the kids from…

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“Why Go?” Epiphany Sunday 01/04/2015 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Matthew 2:1-12 and Ephesians 3:1-12   I think it is rather harsh, that for us in this northern climate, New Year’s and its call for resolutions come right at the time when what most of us really want to do is to curl up with a good book in a warm bed and not come out again until the crocus…

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“Crossing Over” 4th Advent 12/21/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Crossing over Sunday 21, 2014   2Samual 7:1-11 16 and Matthew 1:18-25   Let our hearts come together in prayer:  may the words of my mouth and the mediations of all of our hearts be acceptable to you oh God our rock and our redeemer, Amen.   I love Advent.  I love the rich imagery of the candles of hope,…

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“How can this be?” 2nd Advent 12/07/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Luke 1: 26-55 ~~~ Can you imagine what that must have been like when there is Mary going about her business and suddenly and angel of the Lord turns her world upside down? ~~~ I imagine, that day began just like any other.  Mary going about what she knew so well. And then there is a knock at the door…

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“Barns” 11/23/2014 by Rev. Enid Watson (Click on title for audio)

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“The Hands and Feet of Christ” 11/16/2014 by Amy Feldman (Click on title for audio)

Amy Clark Feldman November 16, 2014 Genesis 1:26-2:3 1 Corinthians 12: 14-27 It is good to be together again after our retreat last weekend. Perhaps as they have for some of you, snapshots of the weekend kept coming back to me throughout the week –and as I look at the bulletin covers the children designed, and our “name-badge body,” I…

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“For ever and ever, amen” 11/02/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Many of you know that I have a daughter who is a senior in high school. And many of you know that having a senior in high school means having a season of lasts.   The last, first day of school.  The last, home soccer game.  The last Halloween.  Now while my daughter does not seem to be too slowed down…

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“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us” 10/26/2014 by Rev. Stacy Swain (Click on title for audio)

Exodus 32: 1-6 and Matthew 16: 13 – 23  Today in our sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer, we take up the imperative “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  And as I said last week I find the three imperatives at the heart of the Lord’s Prayer very moving because they speak to how much Jesus…

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