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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2/9/14 – “Let Your Light Shine” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Matthew 5:13-16 Today when we say someone is the salt of the earth, we mean a good person, an unpretentious decent person. But originally, when Jesus said it, he was not describing people; he was naming our function. We are that which flavors or seasons the world, we are what preserves life …

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2/2/14 – “Beautiful Dreamer” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Matthew 5:1-12 & Micah 6:6-8 This week’s readings combine two of my favorite biblical texts. The prophet Micah’s beautiful dream of the way we’re called to live: do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. And Jesus’ beautiful teaching about how God’s world really is: Blessed are the poor …

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11/17/13 – “Imagining Shalom” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Isaiah 65:17-25 Our readings this morning—the first from ancient Israel, about 2,400 years ago, the second from our own day—are both prophetic voices who seek to bring a new future into being by proclaiming and imagining that better day is coming. In fact it is so certain we can live as if …

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10/27/13 – “Getting Right-Sized” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd Luke 18:9-14 I really struggled with the sermon this week. This reading from the Gospel of Luke kept turning and turning and turning in my hands. I would see part of it: Jesus’ clear teaching about how wrong it is and how destructive to have contempt for anyone; how our contempt for …

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