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Sermon from January 12, 2020

“New Things I Now Declare” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont January 12, 2019 First Sunday after Epiphany, Baptism of Christ Psalm 29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17 The passage from Isaiah sounds like God narrating a home…

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Sermon from January 5, 2020, Epiphany Sunday, a Parable of the Magi

“Daring to Believe” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont January 5, 2019 Second Sunday of Christmas, Epiphany Sunday Isaiah 60; Matthew 2:1-12 This sermon portrays the Magi when they first see the star and have to decide…

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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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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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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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