10/4/15 – “The Table” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ October 4, 2015 Acts 2:42-47 “The Table” Rev. Diane K. Hooge   It was around noon on Thursday when the headline popped up on my computer informing me of the tragedy unfolding in Roseburg. My first response was to email my son to make sure that Jill Michell, who …

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9/27/15 – “Servant Lesson II” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ September 27, 2015 Mark 10:35-45 “Servant Lesson Part II” Rev. Diane K. Hooge   As I was wrestling with this sermon, I thought about an educational weekend I experienced years ago put on by the Alban Institute, which has provided the mainline churches with superb church consultants for many …

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9/20/15 – “Differing Agendas” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ September 20, 2015 “Differing Agendas” Mark 9:30-37 Rev. Diane K. Hooge   For anyone who has walked with a loved one through a terminal illness, one becomes aware that not all of one’s family, friends and colleagues are able to make the whole journey. And, I have also witnessed …

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9/13/15 – “Heading Home Again” by Rev. Anne K. BartlettSermons

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Proper 19  Year B                                                       Wisdom of Solomon 7: 26-8:10 13 September 2015                                                     Mark 8:27-38 Ashland United Church of Christ The Rev. Anne K. Bartlett   In the name of the Holy One:  Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-Giver.  Amen.   I am so happy to be back with you again.  What a treat for me – to be …

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9/6/15 – “Border Crossings” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ September 6, 2015 Mark 7:24-37  “Border Crossings” Rev. Diane K. Hooge   I remember a long ago interview on MPR.  Terry Gross was interviewing Jhumpa Lahiri who wrote The Namesake—which is one of my favorite books.  Terry Gross invited Jhumpa to read a passage.  The character in her book …

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8/23/15 – “Broken Barriers” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ August 23, 2015 II Kings 5:1-3, 7-15 “Broken Barriers” Rev. Diane K. Hooge   Naaman, whose name means pleasant, lived up to his name.  He denied the lesions on his body for years. I suspect he learned to keep his gloves on as much as possible in public.  But …

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8/20/2015 – ‘Revolutionary Lives” by Rev. Paula SohlSermons

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Paula Sohl 16 August 2015 Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58 Revolutionary Lives Just seven weeks ago I left on an epic journey to the beautiful island of Cuba, where translators are theologians, and maids are intellectuals; where church choir members were also cooks and hosts for our delegation from the United States and Mexico. In this …

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8/9/15 – “Listening through Anger” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ August 9, 2015 Ephesians 4:28-5:2  Listening through Anger” Rev. Diane K. Hooge I remember the day years ago, when a woman came to my office and asked me to work with her to put together a funeral for her mother.  The unique part of this planning was that the …

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7/26/15 – “Bankruptcy” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ July 26, 2015 “Bankruptcy” Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Rev. Diane K. Hooge I suspect that today’s parable is the most familiar of all the parables.  So, I find that trying to see it with new eyes reminds me of attempting to pull off shortening the reading of Sam the Firehouse …

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7/19/15 – “Harried and Hassled” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ July 19, 2015 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56  “Harried and Hassled” Rev. Diane K. Hooge Every once in a while we have a lectionary text that is patched together in such a way that there are holes and one wonders “what were they thinking?” We need to back up and review …

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