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Ash Wednesday Reflection, February 17, 2021

Remember That You Are DustRev. Thomas Cary KinderUnited Church of Strafford, VermontFebruary 17, 2021   Ash WednesdayPsalm 27, Genesis Chapters 1-3, Luke 13:31-35 This reflection begins with a hymn, “Lent Insists That We Remember,” with voice and piano by Annemieke McLane. …

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Sermon from February 14, 2021

O God, You Speak and Summon the EarthRev. Thomas Cary KinderUnited Church of Strafford, VermontFebruary 14, 2021   Sixth Sunday after Epiphany and Transfiguration SundayA Reading from Psalms 50, 104, 36 & 139 and II Corinthians 4; Mark 9:2-9 [You can…

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Sermon from February 7, 2021

A New TeachingRev. Thomas Cary KinderUnited Church of Strafford, VermontFebruary 7, 2021   Fifth Sunday after EpiphanyPsalm 104:1- 2, 13-24, 27-31, 33; Mark 1:21-28 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end of this text and you…

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Sermon from September 13, 2020

All Your Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 13, 2020   Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 1; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 10:25-37 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the…

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Sermon from April 19, 2020, Earth Day, Easter 2

As God Sent Me, So I Send You Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont April 19, 2020    Second Sunday of Easter, 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Psalm 16; John 20:19-31 [You can watch a video recording…

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Sermon from March 22, 2020

Live As Children of Light Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont March 22, 2020    Fourth Sunday in Lent Ephesians 5:8-9; John 9 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end of this…

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Pastoral Letter Part II on King’s Call for Unconditional Love

Dear neighbors, I wrote last week about the sign in front of our church that quotes the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Unconditional love for all, now an absolute necessity for our survival. MLK Jr. You can read what…

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Sermon Reflection from 12/29/19, Christmas Story-Telling Service

“In the Beginning Was the Word” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont December 29, 2019    First Sunday of Christmas John 1:1-5, 10-14 This concept came to me during the reading of the lesson from John at the…

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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: Emergency Response

Dear Neighbors, If your car stalls on a steep hill and you start rolling backwards, immediately you put on the emergency brake. If a consensus of conservative science says that you have very little time left to save the world…

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