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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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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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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