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United Voices ~ 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Psalm 150

A year ago this weekend the country was transfixed by the protests that rocked the town of Charlottesville, VA. The deadly violence there lifted the national consciousness and brought into focus in a broader way the nation’s struggle with white fragility and privilege. read more »

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Who Tells Your Story? ~ 1 Timothy 2: 11-15, 2 Corinthians 3: 4-6

Rev. Annich’s sermon begins around minute 21.

If we take the reading from 1 Timothy, that Dorothy Herd just read, literally–this could be a very short sermon. By way of explanation, that verse is part of our Picks from the Pews sermon series where you all have suggested interesting or difficult passages as sermon topics. I am, however, responding to Peg Weissbrod’s request that I not keep silent today, but rather speak about this troubling text from 1 Timothy. read more »

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart ~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24; John 6: 5-14

This morning’s sermon begins just before the 27 minute mark.

Robin Craig, a member of this Presbytery who was ordained out of Forest Hill Church, recently reignited my practice of gratitude with a little exercise she’s been doing on Facebook called “5 Great Things About Today.” read more »

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Mary and Martha ~ Luke 10: 38-42

Today’s sermon begins just before the 25 minute mark.

Let’s start this sermon with a little audience participation. Here’s the question: having listened to our Scripture reading with whom do you most identify? Who here is Team Mary? Who here is Team Martha? read more »

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Confrontation: Speaking Your Truth in Love ~ Matthew 18:15-20

The sermon begins around minute 27.

Susan was afraid to go to her boss and tell him that his suggestive humor was offensive. John didn’t like the way that the leader of the committee always interrupted and put people down. Barb was hurt because in the ministry meeting she never seemed to be listened to. But Susan, John and Barb didn’t say anything. They didn’t confront. They didn’t want to rock the boat, or cause trouble. read more »

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The Bible ~ 1 Thessalonians 2: 13; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

The sermon begins at the 23 minute mark.

One evening last week Lisa Vahey told this story at the meeting of those who volunteer their time to be with Leonor, Adan and Louis Mario as they live with us in Sanctuary. She shared with us that often she takes Adan (who is four) to the Stone Oven on Lee for a cookie. So Adan and Lisa enter Stone Oven and apparently there are two tables filled with Forest Hill members and Adan goes right up and says hello, starts working the crowd as only he can. He knows people that Lisa doesn’t. And as she completed this story she became choked up and said: “Adan feels at home in this world, he feels welcomed!” read more »

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Everyday Armor ~ Ephesians 6: 10-20

This morning’s sermon text was requested by Dean Sieck. The sermon begins at the 35 minute mark.

I listen to the podcast The Daily narrated by Michael Barbaro, every morning when I walk our dog Leo. One morning last week the podcast shared the story of Micheline, a woman from Burkina Faso. Micheline received asylum in the United States several years ago. She escaped a brutal husband and thankfully found her way to this country before Attorney General Sessions closed the door on women seeking asylum for abuse. read more »

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Juneteenth ~ 2 Corinthians: 5: 6-9, 16-17

Rev. Annich’s sermon begins at the 26 minute mark.

Tomorrow morning my husband and I are taking off for study leave with our beloved teacher, Richard Groves. Richard is the founding Director of The Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend, Oregon. A former priest, chaplain, and hospice executive, Richard, along with his late wife, Mary, founded the center to provide workshops and professional development focused on whole person caregiving and especially training people to walk with others through death and bereavement. Clergy, doctors, nurses, and other caregivers take a variety of courses through the center and travel with Richard to sites that are rich in spiritual history. read more »

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If At First You Don't Succeed ~ Acts 4: 32-37

The sermon begins just before the 33 minute mark.

According to Time Magazine these products were among the most successful technology failures of all time. read more »

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Can't Box God In ~ Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Mark 2:23-3:6

When I was growing up in Arlington, Virginia back in the 60s you couldn’t get beer or wine at the grocery stores on Sunday due to “blue laws.” Mothers came home from church and the pot roast appeared. How come the Sabbath used to be sacrosanct except for the pastor and the cook of the Sunday meal? I’m just sayin.’ read more »

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