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Pastoral Letter on Gratitude, Struggle, Help and the 9/2/18 Service

Dear neighbors, I was standing in front of the beautiful display of produce at the Strafford Village Farm tomato tasting on Friday evening, holding a head of bibb lettuce, a container of red potatoes and a perfect melon.  I was feeling…

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Sermon from August 26, 2018

Doers of the Word         Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont August 26, 2018   Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 This month I have been reading two books by the former Harvard…

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Sermon from July 22, 2018

Responding to Evil: “I Will Raise Up Shepherds” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 22, 2018   Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 23; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Mark 6:30-34 Greeting from the July 22, 2018 Service Good morning, and…

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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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Sermon from July 8, 2018

I Have Made You a Sentinel: Give Them Warning Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 8, 2018   Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 120 & 123; Ezekiel 33:1-11; Mark 6:1-16 Last week we heard the Apostle Paul…

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Sermon from July 1, 2018

Singing the Spirit’s Song in a Strange Land        Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 1, 2018   Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 137; I Corinthians 12-14; Acts 2:1-6 Twenty-five hundred years ago Psalm 137 asked, “How…

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Sermon from June 24, 2018

Crossing to the Other Side Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont June 24, 2018   Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 107; II Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 Earth is a far gentler planet now than at other times in…

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Sermon from June 17, 2018

The Smallest of Seeds: Making High the Low Tree Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont June 17, 2018   Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 92; Ezekiel 17:22-24; Mark 4:26-34 Yesterday at recycling someone told me that he was…

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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 June 3, 2018

Made Visible in Our Bodies Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont June 3, 2018   Second Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 139; II Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23 – 3:6 How are we to live in this world that is…

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