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Unbounded Love (Easter Sunday)

Mark 16:1-8

First Congregational Church of Anchorage: 1 April 2018

If you catch a whiff of a campfire in the air, you are smelling the remnants of our Sunrise Service. Many of us, including a visiting moose, crowded around the fire ring downstairs and sang of the early morning surprise. May the surprise of this day linger a little bit longer in the air.

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What Do You See?

Mark 11:1-11; Joel 3:9-21

First Congregational Church of Anchorage: 25 March 2018 (Palm Sunday)

20 years ago I traveled with my family to New York. My sister’s college choir was singing at Carnegie Hall, and we went to watch. We met my mother’s uncle there as well. We did all the tourist sorts of things. As I remember back, I can’t think of any major item we missed. It was nonstop walking and exploring a city that was beyond wild for people who had lived in rural Kansas most of our lives.

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The Land Tells a Story

Joel 2:18-3:8

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 18 March 2018

There is so much going on in this long section of Joel. It is the moment when Joel looks to the future knowing that it will get better. But he has still not forgotten what happened yet. They are still feeling it, and have it burned in their memory.

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Past The Tipping Point

Mark 8:31-38; Joel 1:5-18

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 25 February 2018

Katzebue is the most toxic town in the United States. I read that headline and it stunned me. It seemed that it must be an exaggeration when I saw the National Geographic article, but there appears to be quite a bit of evidence to back it up.

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The First Time

Gen 9:8-17; Joel 1:1-4

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 18 February 2018

For this time of Lent, we will be working through the book of Joel. Like many of the small books towards the end of the Old Testament, what are called the minor prophets, Joel has its fair share of distress. It is easy to get bogged down in what seems like an over-dramatization of a difficult time.

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What Our Eyes Have Seen

Mark 9:2-9; 2 Kings 2:1-12

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 11 February 2018

When my friend Michael Atty was here for my installation, almost every time we turned a corner and the Chugach range came into view, he would declare it seemed that if he could stand on top of one of them, he could surely speak directly to God. We drove and hiked in the cold rain, but it did not matter. What our eyes see connects beyond the moment itself. It is up to us to carry that moment forward.

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Moving and Resting

1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 4 February 2018

If you recall during Advent, an idea I came back to often was urgency. In multiple sermons, the theme of urgency and anxiety were compared against each other. Of course that is what one might expect during Advent. There is an expectation during that particular season; a pregnancy even. But that is difficult to maintain constantly.

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2000 Years of Urgency and Waiting

1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 21 January 2018

How do we respond to the urgency of the Spirit of God without absorbing anxiety? Especially when 2000 years later we are often told that the actual end is still looming any day now?

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Who’s Voice Was That?

1 Samuel 3:1-20; John 1:43-51

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 14 January 2018

On Friday night, a few of us gathered to play music and sing together. It was the first time this event has happened since I have been here. I hope it will continue every other month or so. I hope more of us can take the opportunity to relax and play together.

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Reconnecting the Dots

Mark 1:4-11

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 7 January 2018

During our last Life-Long-Learning series, Father Michael Oleksa described the Iñupiat blanket toss. I was familiar at least with the practice of doing it, although before a month ago I would have been at a loss as to where its origins were.

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