Sermons by Rev. Tim Hare

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“What’s the Message?”

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Feb. 4, 2018 1 Cor. 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39   I always wonder what you hear when we read the scriptures. What are the sticking points or the questions that might enter your mind as we hear these brief snippets of the bible?  I think about this question as I prepare my sermons. If you are […]

“The Word”

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Jan. 14, 2018 Psalm 139 John 1:43-51   “’In the beginning was… well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave?  Or, an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingess?  In the beginning was the ‘Word,’ says the Gospel according to John – a lovely statement of the case, […]

“Wait for It”

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Nov. 5, 2017 Psalm 107 Matthew 23:1-12   I’ve said it before, but more and more I find these times to be incredibly confusing and unsettling.  It’s our government, it’s our foreign relations, it’s the lack of civil discourse in society, it’s alternative facts and increasing polarization, it’s environmental degradation, it’s the degradation of community, […]

“How Much Faith is Needed?”

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Oct. 2, 2016 Luke 17:5-10   Week after week, it seems, Luke is throwing difficult passages our direction. Today’s passage could be read in a couple of different ways.  Likely, we’ve heard the disciples ask for more faith, and we’ve heard Jesus reply in disgust, “You know, if you only had this much faith you […]

“Dishonest Wealth”

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Sept. 18, 2016 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Luke 16:1-13   Today’s scriptures leave us either utterly depressed or utterly confused. First, there is Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet.  “My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.”  There’s deep sadness in this passage, there’s compassion, and anger, and a sense that it is […]

“How Does Prayer Work?”

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July 24, 2016 Luke 11:1-13 Chip W. sent me a link to this story by Auburn Sandstrom, which I’ll try to summarize this morning. It is called, “A Phone Call” because it was at two in the morning while cradled desperately in her bed that Auburn dials the number that her mother had once given […]

Let It Die

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Amos 7:7-17 Mindfulness is big right now. If you Google it you’ll see how it can help you “stay simple in a complex world.” It can help you “launch your career.” It can help you “become a better parent.” All that came up in just 10 seconds of searching. We have a friend who is […]

Sacrifice

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June 26, 2016 Gal. 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62      I have a regret that still nags at me a bit. A woman from a former church came to me in crisis.  It wasn’t the usual kind of crisis though – no one was hurt, nothing lost.  It was a spiritual crisis, a beautiful crisis of […]

“Go!”

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June 19, 2016 1 Kings 19:1-15a Luke 8:26-39 Have you been watching Game of Thrones? It seems that maybe the Hound is ready to take the disorienting and daring plunge of accepting new possibilities for his life. The “Hound” is the nickname of the ruthless guard for the now deceased and utterly detestable child king, […]

“Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?”

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June 5, 2016 Galatians 1:11-24 It is really hard to understand what Paul is so upset about in his letter to the Galatians when all we get is a little piece of scripture to read. And, I think it is even harder to understand what he is getting at in today’s pericope if we have […]