5/4/14 – “Stewardship Sermon” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd I’ve been thinking a lot, in my last weeks here, about the many gifts my time as your minister have given to me. You have trusted me with your stories, your joys, your fears, your children, your suffering, and your lives. What an incredible gift it is to share all that. One …

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4/20/14 – “Easter People” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Easter Sunday 2014 Resurrection begins with death. In our own lives we must not forget that.  Ours is not a story about how things went fine and well and then much better. Easter smells like a corpse as much as flowers. It always begins in a tomb. In the gospel of Matthew, …

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4/6/14 – “New Life” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd John 11: 1-45 Do you believe this story? Do you believe Jesus raised Lazarus, a real man, from the dead? Do you trust in resurrection? Has it happened to you in your life? The Old Testament reading we didn’t’ use this morning is from Ezekiel, the story of the valley of dry …

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3/30/14 – “Strange Light” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Our long, strange story from the gospel of John is a story about a blind man who can suddenly see, and about how angry and suspicious his neighbors and the religious professionals get about it. Lutheran minister, Richard Lischer, said this happened to him in his church.

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Ash Wednesday by Cynthia ScherrUCC Blog

by uccashland on March 17, 2014 with Comments Off on Ash Wednesday by Cynthia Scherr comments

Because I am both spiritual AND religious, I went to the Ash Wednesday service at church this week, knowing it would bring me peace, grounding and a reminder of my own mortality. Simplicity is the theme for Lent this year. “How can you simplify your life to make more room for what is real?”

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3/16/14 – “Into the Mystery” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Now the Holy One said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I …

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3/2/14 – “Seeing Through the World” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Mardi Gras Sunday Some of you may be wondering why we are celebrating Mardi Gras in church. Those of you raised in the Christian faith know that Mardi Gras is not exactly biblical. Or is it? I think that what Peter and his friends experience on the mountaintop with Jesus is something …

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2/23/14 – “The Myth of Them and Us” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Let’s just start with the first weird thing about this passage in Leviticus: how we are to live, act, behave, and treat each other is grounded in the nature of God, and in our relationship to God. We are to be holy because God is holy. Because somehow, somehow in a way …

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2/16/14 – “First Be Reconciled” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Matthew 5:21-24 We’ve been talking these last few weeks about what God hopes for God’s people. And reading after reading has said God doesn’t care about temple sacrifices, tall steeple churches, gifts to the priests and all that stuff. God’s hope for humanity is that we do justice, love kindness (or mercy) …

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