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Sermon from December 1, 2019, First Sunday of Advent

The Advent Path of Active Hope Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent Isaiah 60:2; Matthew 24:36-44 Early Christians envisioned a coming age on earth when Christ’s work would be fulfilled,…

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Sermon from November 24, 2019

Gratitude and Hope Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont November 24, 2019 Twenty-fourth and Last Sunday after Pentecost, Reign of Christ Sunday, Thanksgiving Sunday Psalm 95, Philippians 4:4-9; Matthew 6:19-33 The Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, says,…

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Pastoral Letter on the Need for a Nonviolent Movement

Dear neighbors, I am making a personal appeal to you. Jesus, John the Baptist and the ancient Hebrew prophets before them were all part of a nonviolent movement to change human civilization to be the realm of God on earth,…

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Pastoral Letter on Strafford Climate Emergency Resolution and Vermont Legislators

Dear neighbors, Greta Thunberg says that we do not yet have the politics we need to deal with the climate emergency, and she is right on the national and global levels.  We need to elect leaders who are committed to…

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Sermon from November 10, 2019

In the Wilderness Prepare the Way Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont November 10, 2019 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, Advent Preparation Sunday Isaiah 40:1-11 and selected verses from Isaiah 60, Mark 1 & 13 and Luke 1…

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Sermon from November 3, 2019

“I Will Teach You the Way You Should Go” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont November 3, 2019 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, All Saints Day Sunday Psalm 32; Luke 6:20-31 We just heard Luke’s version of the…

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Sermon from October 20, 2019

Struggle and Faith Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont October 20, 2019 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 121; Genesis 32:22-31; Luke 18:1-8 This is a sermon about struggle and faith, not climate change, but nine years ago…

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