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Sermon from August 2, 2020

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled vs. Jesus Wept Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont August 2, 2020   Ninth Sunday after Pentecost John 11:25-36; 14:1-6a, 27 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at…

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Call to Worship and Mel Goertz’s Haiku, August 2, 2020

[You can watch a video recording of this Call to Worship at the end of this text. To see the entire service, click here.] Teaching One: “Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled vs. Jesus Wept”—Call to Worship and Mel…

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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 1, 2020

Where Are You? Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont March 1, 2020    First Sunday in Lent Psalm 91; Genesis 2:15-17; Matthew 4:1-11 Imagine God’s delight in the Garden of Eden.  Imagine God traveling over the whole universe,…

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Sermon from September 15, 2019

Joy in Heaven Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 15, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 51; Exodus 32:7-14; Luke 15:1-10 This gospel passage has much comfort for us.  It is becoming common to hear in…

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Sermon from July 21, 2019

Called to Contemplation and Action Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 21, 2019 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 46; Romans 8; Luke 10:38-42 “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.” Before I preach…

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Sermon from February 17, 2019

Let Your Light Shine Before Others Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont February 17, 2019    Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Gospel Sunday, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Part II Isaiah 49; Jeremiah 17:5-10; Matthew 5:1-15 A famous quote…

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Sermon from November 4, 2018, Advent Preparation Sunday

Ransom the Captives from Lonely Exile Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont November 4, 2018 Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Advent Preparation Sunday Philippians 2:3-8; Mark 13:24-37 and selected verses from Isaiah 60, Mark 1 & 13 and…

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Sermon from September 30, 2018

Have Salt in Yourselves Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 30, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 All three scripture passages today are challenging, and yet also contain wisdom that can…

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Sermon from July 15, 2018

Do Not Fret—It Leads Only to Evil Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 15, 2018   Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 37; I Corinthians 1:25-28; Mark 6:14-29 Recently a Strafford neighbor emailed me a question: “When does…

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