2/1/15 – “Breaking Free” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on February 1, 2015 with Comments Off on 2/1/15 – “Breaking Free” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

For many of us who place ourselves on the theological continuum left of center, this story from the Christian scriptures has all the components to make one squirm. This is not a comfortable story. We tend to get fidgety around flashing neon words like “demon” “unclean spirits” and “exorcism.”
I’ve never had anyone tell me that this is their favorite healing story. And, clearly, it isn’t what I longed to wrestle with this week. I’m often reminded that the three year lectionary cycle of scripture invites us to deal with all kinds of texts that we’re tempted to ignore.

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1/18/15 – “Building on the Dream” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on January 21, 2015 with Comments Off on 1/18/15 – “Building on the Dream” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

It has been about nine years since Hannah placed the hand of her three year old son into the weathered, worn, aging hand of the priest, Eli. This has always been for me one of the most powerful images in scripture. I can picture Hannah going through a bag of sacred items, while still keeping Samuel firmly lodged on her hip. Each item has a story and accompanying directions: the blanket, the well-worn stuffed camel that has been held to Samuel’s face ever since he could reach for it, his jacket, and an assortment of other child paraphernalia.

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12/21/14 – “Waiting in Community” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on December 21, 2014 with Comments Off on 12/21/14 – “Waiting in Community” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

Although I was only five years old, I remember going to the huge home in Glendale, California, where an unknown woman answered the door, invited us in and asked us to sit in the parlor, a word I didn’t understand. She said she would go find my Aunt Mary. No one was around as we sat quietly on formal furniture, while the woman climbed the stairs with the ornate wooden newel post and heavy railing and fancy balusters. It was some thirty years later that I had an “aha” moment when I discovered that it had been a home for unwed mothers.

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11/23/14 – “Lessons from the Wilderness” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on November 23, 2014 with Comments Off on 11/23/14 – “Lessons from the Wilderness” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

It was a few years ago when I received the call. The woman on the phone said, if you want to have time with Starla, you better come now. It was the second week of Advent, but fortunately the church leadership blessed my leave taking. I flew from Minnesota to Seattle and walked into Starla’s home where her caretaker left the house so we could have some time together…the kind of sacred time that happens when the one who is in the process of dying somehow rallies enough strength to be clear in their thinking and we were able to say all we needed to say.

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11/16/14 – “Abuse of Power” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on November 16, 2014 with Comments Off on 11/16/14 – “Abuse of Power” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

I suspect that it won’t surprise any of you to learn that this text from II Samuel isn’t in all lectionaries. However, upon visiting with Randy Ellison, and being touched by his work, I signed a pledge to speak out against violence. The bulk of data on this text tends to focus on David or Uriah. So, I’m inviting you to hear this text from my interpretation of Bathsheba’s point of view.

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11/9/14 – “Dreaming Into Reality” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on November 9, 2014 with Comments Off on 11/9/14 – “Dreaming Into Reality” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

When a convert to Christianity in the late first century or early second century read the Gospel According to Matthew for the first time, they read it as a manual to understand membership. The people of Matthew’s day expected the return of Christ during their lifetime. This parable is a warning for the community members.

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11/2/14 – “Witnesses” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on November 2, 2014 with Comments Off on 11/2/14 – “Witnesses” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

As a child I clearly recall the contents of the bottom drawer of my mother’s dresser. It held the cloth covered box with ribbons wrapped around it. Inside the box were the letters she received from my Dad during the war, bundled together with more ribbons. I always knew how important and sacred those letters were to her.

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10/26/14 – “Chaos on the Water” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on October 26, 2014 with Comments Off on 10/26/14 – “Chaos on the Water” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

Rev. Diane K. Hooge Mark 4:35-41 Early in our marriage Ken and I moved to Nova Scotia. We made the journey in our VW van with a port-a-crib that replaced the middle seat, where our 11 month old son traveled for the 13 day camping trip that took us to from Oregon to Nova Scotia. …

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10/12/14 – “When God Is Silent” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on October 12, 2014 with Comments Off on 10/12/14 – “When God Is Silent” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

The invitation to Moses by God to go on sabbatical to Mt. Sinai had to have been a welcome reprieve. It was an opportunity for him to refuel is own soul. With the laws that had been established the people were not to go near the sacred mountain, or to even touch the mountain; therefore, he was assured of a place of rest and renewal.

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