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Sermon from June 10, 2018

It Is God Who Redeems        Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont June 10, 2018   Third Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 130; Mark 3:20-35 Christ calls us to join in his redeeming work. The Judeo-Christian scriptures call us…

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Sermon from May 20, 2018, Pentecost

Declaring the Things That Are to Come Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont May 20, 2018   Pentecost Psalm 104; Acts 2:1-17, 40-47; John 16:13 Professor Carlos Baker was my advisor in college.  He was a New Englander…

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Sermon from May 6, 2018

Chosen and Appointed Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont May 6, 2018   Sixth Sunday of Easter Psalm 98; Acts 10:44-48; John 15:9-17 Pentecost is just two weeks away, when we will hear the story of the first…

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Sermon from April 29, 2018

A Freedom Movement        Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont April 29, 2018   Fifth Sunday of Easter I John 4; John 15:1-8 The passage we just heard in the Gospel of John is like so many others…

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Sermon from April 8, 2018

Through the Locked Door Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont April 8, 2018   Second Sunday of Easter Psalm 133; Acts 4:32-35; John 20:19-31 The room was crowded and hot.  The windows were shuttered, the door bolted.  Oil…

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Sermon from April 1, 2018, Easter

Resurrection: The Secret Garden     Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont April 1, 2018   Easter Psalm 118; Jeremiah 31:2-5, 23-25; John 20:1-18 Once a parishioner was explaining Easter to her young daughter.  She said that some people…

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Sermon from March 25, 2018, Palm/Passion Sunday

The Way of Suffering Love Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont March 25, 2018 Sixth Sunday in Lent, Palm/Passion Sunday Mark 11:1-11; 14:1-15:47 A theater professor said, “Everyone has something they struggle with…. The more we share…

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Sermon from March 18, 2018

A Troubled Spirit Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont March 18, 2018   Fifth Sunday in Lent Psalm 51:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33 Two views of the universe have competed in Christian tradition.  One view is that God…

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Sermon from March 11, 2018

Thy Presence My Light     Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont March 11, 2018   Fourth Sunday in Lent Psalm 107; Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21 Psalm 107 sums up the Lenten experience. Some wandered in desert wastes, finding…

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Sermon from February 25, 2018

Setting Our Mind on Divine Things Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont February 25, 2018   Second Sunday in Lent Psalm 22; Jeremiah 29; Mark 8:31-36; John 14:1-6, 10-12 Peter was upset at what Jesus said, and who…

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