6/22/14 – “The Crossing” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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Within three months of my moving to Eugene from Minnesota, my Dad, a long-time resident of Eugene, passed away. As many of you have experienced, not only was I dealing with all the details that death brings, but as the oldest child, designated as his personal representative, I had the responsibility of carrying out his wishes along with sifting and sorting through 87 years of life memories tucked away in closets and drawers.

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6/1/14 – “In the Cloud” by Rev. Paula SohlSermons

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Rev. Paula Sohl Acts 1:6-14 “When Jesus had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.” This was one of my favorite images from Sunday School as a child. Especially, because of the next sentence where the angels said that said he would return …

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5/25/14 – “Surprising Gifts” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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My mother, Geneva Shepherd Seltzer, grew up in Rome, Georgia during the Great Depression. She was eight years old when the stock market crashed in 1929. Her family lost their farm, and her father died of pneumonia by the time she was eleven. She dropped out of school in the 5th grade to go to work in a textile mill to help support her widowed mother and six kids.

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5/11/14 – “Surely Goodness and Mercy” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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In our reading from the book of Acts we see the early church as Luke sees it. He says of those who gathered together after the resurrection, they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

The Book of Acts is the book that teaches us how to be church together. We are to sing and pray and share food here. We are to share our money. We are to care more about each other and less about our stuff.

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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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