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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6/21/15 – “Crossing Boundaries” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ June 21, 2015 Mark 4:35-41 “Crossing Boundaries” Rev. Diane K. Hooge   I woke up Thursday morning to the horrific news of the church shootings in South Carolina.  I sat at my desk and memories came flooding back to me…memories of attending so many vigils on the north side …

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6/14/15 – “Seeds for Seeing” by Rev. Paula SohlSermons

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Paula Sohl 14 June 2015 I Samuel 15:35-16:13, Mark 4:26-34 Seeds for Seeing Martin Luther said, “If you truly understood a single grain of wheat, you would die of wonder.” Take a minute to consider yourself a grain of wheat or a seed…Consider our church a scatter of seeds…In Jesus’ kin-dom parable from Mark, the …

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