Sermons by Rev. Tim Hare

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“Life as Death and Resurrection.”

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May 10, 2020 Acts 7:55-60 John 14:1-14   For the last two weeks the lectionary has assigned readings that are generally considered to be staple passages for funeral services.  Of course, last week it was the 23rd Pslam: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green […]

“The Lord is My Shepherd.”

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May 3, 2020 Psalm 23 John 10:1-10   Whenever the 23rd Psalm comes around in the lectionary I think of Jack.  Jack was the husband of the senior pastor I worked under during my first pastoral charge after seminary.  He used to call me up and invite me to lunch.  The first time he did […]

A “Common” Resurrection

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April 26, 2020 Luke 24:13-35   Mary Luti is one of the writers for the UCC’s daily devotional that gets emailed out. I always love it when her name pops up in my inbox because she never fails to inspire, or inform, or offer a perspective that leaves me a little better off than I […]

“What Makes Belief Possible?”

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April 19, 2020 John 20:19-31 Acts 2:14a, 22-32   I thought that to begin things we might just reflect a little on the gospel of John itself.  First of all, it was likely written over 1,900 years ago. That means that 80 or so generations have passed John’s testimonies about Jesus to one another as […]

“With Fear and Great Joy”

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April 12, 2020 Col. 3:1-4 Matthew 28:1-10 Easter Sunday   I’ve been finding that Mondays and Tuesdays are the hardest days for me. Sundays are great!  On Sundays I’ve been finding such energy and joy in seeing you all, worshiping with you all, finding inspiration and hope from some new angle on God’s love together.  […]

Palm Sunday and the Courage to Be?

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April 5, 2020 Mathew 21:1-11 Matthew 27:27-37   For the first week of this pandemic our theme for worship was healing prayer. Though the theme was in place before the pandemic caused all the closures, it seemed all the more appropriate to offer prayers for healing when we realized that being physically together was not […]

“Blessed are those who mourn.”

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Feb. 2, 2020 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12   A nun from the Buddhist monastery that the Confirmation class and I are going to sent me an intro to Buddhism video the other day.  As I was watching I was reminded that at the very core of Buddhism – the central problem that Buddhism seeks […]

“Follow Me:” On Being a Disciple in a Secular Age

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Jan. 26, 2020 Matthew 4:12-23   I wonder if today’s gospel passage has a way of working against itself for modern readers, preventing us from really hearing it.  First, there’s this image of fishing and its connection to evangelism (which for some in and of itself is a questionable word.)  Whether you fish or not […]

“How to Experience God”

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Oct. 27, 2019 Luke 18:9-14   I’m pretty sure that we cannot think our way into God encounters.  We can think our way into the type of God we want to encounter, but that’s not the same as an actual encounter.  We cannot work our way into these encounters either, as the Pharisee in our […]

“The Power of Belief”

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April 28, 2019 Acts 5:27-32 John 20:19-31 Giving Campaign 1   “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”  It is easy to hear those words as if they are directed to Thomas.  In fact, they are directed to him according to the dialogue, and when we read them that […]

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