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The Spirit and the Dry Bones

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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Guest speaker, Rev. Dr. George Cummins, Pastor of Imani Community Church in Oakland speaks about the hurt and anger he experiences when White Police Shoot Black Men and looks to the prophet Ezekiel to inspire a faith response.

Ezekiel 37:1-10

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We Can Change

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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With many crises in the world today it can be difficult to find signs of hope. Rev. Daniel looks to the example of Jesus, who in today’s scripture is clearly shown to have changed his mind. From here Rev. Daniel arrives at the hopeful title of the sermon “We Can Change”.

Scripture: Matthew 15:10-28

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Why Can’t You be More Like Your Sister?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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With the help of children and the Montclair Family Choir Talitha Phillips, (Coordinator for Children, Youth, and Family Life) reflects on the story of Mary and Martha seeking understanding of how the Spirit can empower us to be our true selves.

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

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Finding Blight and Returning Light

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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Youth Group Mission Trip Participants share their experiences on their recent mission trip to Memphis, TN. Caution: includes chard.

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The Church and Ivory Soap

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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Guest preacher Rev. Keith Geckeler discusses the battles over “purity” within the Protestant church — both the historical underpinnings and God’s call to rise above discord and do good in the world.

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Loving Creativity

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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Rev. Ben Daniel discusses the way that creativity can be seen as an expression of the image of God — but also how it calls us to apply that creative energy to the problems of the world.

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Loving Knowledge

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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Continuing his series on being a thoughtful Christian, Rev. Daniel talks about the value of cultivating knowledge and wisdom; found in scripture and continuing throughout church history. Reminding the listener of the role that learning has played in our own traditions, he speaks to several current issues illustrating the essential importance of knowledge for the thoughtful Christian today.

Scripture: Proverbs 8

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God’s Politics

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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Rev. Ben Daniel discusses the PCUSA’s recent decision to divest from three companies doing business with Israel, connecting it to the wider issue of politics and religion, and how the spirit guides us towards engagement with the world.

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Learning From What is Old

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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In a week in which the news is about the detention of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant children, Rev. Daniel responds to people “using the language of heaven” to justify this tragedy, draws on archetypal, mythic language to bring perspective and calls upon the thoughtful Christian to use such language when addressing such issues.

Scripture Matthew 4:1-11

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Learning From What Is New

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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In the context of Presbyterian Church (USA) recent decisions permitting  pastors to perform same-gender marriages and on the occasion of Pride Week in the larger community, Rev. Daniel recognizes the leadership this congregation has taken on these issues and offers “in Evangelical English” the reasons why he supports these decisions.

Scripture – Psalm 8

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