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Carpe Deum

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

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A woman persisting in seeking healing provides insight in Rev. Daniel’s reflections following this week’s Supreme Court decision. Mark 5:21-43

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Calm Down

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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While at the Montclair Presbyterian Church family camp Rev. Daniel received the tragic news of the racially motivated shootings in Charleston, SC. He talks about the One who could calm the troubled waters and walking a Labyrinth on the shore of Lake Tahoe.  Scripture Mark 4:35 -41

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Surprise

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

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Like mustard that in once a tiny seed and at another time a “great tree”, Rev Daniel observes, the evolution of God’s universe leads to surprises. People of faith are challenged to never stop evolving and to be open to the goodness of God’s surprises. Scripture: Mark 4:26-34

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Healing Faith

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

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Rev. Ben Daniel uses the story of the paralytic who was lowered by friends through  a hole in the roof to discuss  being a friend and “getting by with a little help from (ones) friends”.  Scripture: Mark 2:1-12

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The Holy Egg-Salted One

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

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Talitha Phillips (MPC’s soon-to-be Associate Pastor) preaches on Isaiah 6:1-8, drawing out its lessons regarding the many ways of experiencing God, and the importance of jumping in to serve no matter how you experience the divine.

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Happy Pentecost

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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Rev. Ben Daniel preaches on Pentecost, his favorite day in the church year, and discusses the importance of grounding whatever we say, no matter the language, in a spirit of love and compassion.

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Earth Care Sunday

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

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Guest preacher Abby Mohaupt calls our attention to the earth’s dire environmental status, but also challenges us to remember the principles of our faith: the world is broken but fixable through the grace of God, so we must remain hopeful and keep working to save it.

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The Complications of Love

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

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Rev. Ben Daniel discusses the foundations of faith: how the basis should be ‘love one another’ as opposed to specific doctrine, and how it’s possible to rebuild your personal foundation if you find that it’s standing on anything other than love.

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Am I Welcome Here?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

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In her candidate sermon, Talitha Phillips unpacks the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, drawing out its message of absolute welcome to all who follow their hearts to God.

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Are Sheep Really Dumb?*

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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Contrasting the metaphor of sheep of common stereotype with sheep as the actually are, Rev. Daniel sees how thoughtful Christians may grow in understanding.

*title abbreviated (absit inuria)

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