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Sermon from December 22, 2019, Mary Sunday, Advent Sunday of Love

“The Holy Spirit Will Come Upon You” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont December 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent, Mary Sunday, Advent Sunday of Love Luke 1:26-56 The scriptures we heard today tell stories of mistaken…

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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 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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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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Sermon from September 8, 2019

Giving Up All Your Possessions Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 8, 2019 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Luke 14:25-33 The Hebrew and Christian scriptures could not be clearer.  They insist…

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Pastoral Letter on “Silence in the Face of Evil”

Dear Church Family, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Bonhoeffer was a Christian pastor, theologian and seminary professor in Nazi Germany on…

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