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"Whiter Shade of Advent"
December 04, 2017 01:41 PM PST
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With Maestro David on the organ, and an iconic sixties rock song soaring in the rafters, we enter the season of Advent. Whether it's the trippy lyrics from the Summer of Love, or the harsh images of a first century apocalyptic Gospel, sometimes you just have to be there at the time to truly "get it." This morning we consider how our lives, like the Fig Tree in Jesus' parable, wax and wane with their own seasons and tenor. We consider Jesus' urging to "Stay Awake!", lest we sleep through the good times, as well as the bad.

The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest

"Water for the Thirsty"
December 01, 2017 09:39 PM PST
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Giving a cup of water to a thirsty person helps us remember that the Reign of God is happening right now. It is also happening right where we are. We need to be aware of how present God is to us at all times and places in our lives. The Reign of God can be found in simple actions that are done with kindness, respect, and compassion. We are being the Reign of God as we love one another.

The Rev'd Bill Tarter, OSF
Associate Priest

"The Rediscovery of the One-Talent Hero"
November 21, 2017 11:48 AM PST
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The "Parable of the Talents" is a text long associated with stewardship campaigns and invitations to give time, treasure, and talents for the up-building of our communities, as we are encouraged to follow the example of the first and second slaves. The stewardship theology is good and right, but is it really what this parable is about? Once we expose how shaky our modern assumptions and interpretation of this text really is, we turn our attention this morning to reflect on how Jesus' audience would have heard it in its original context. Spoiler alert -- the real hero isn't the harsh billionaire slave-holder, or his collaborators!

The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest

"Tears for Moses"
October 31, 2017 04:10 PM PDT
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Today, we read of the death of Moses in Deuteronomy. After all the ways that Moses had served God in his lifetime, Moses is permitted to peek into the Promised Land, but not to enter it, all because of a foolish mistake made once in securing water for the people. If to you, that seems unfair, you're in good company. It also troubled the Rabbis of old -- the great sages of the Talmud -- who used every ambiguity in the text to craft a powerful, emotional Midrash. This morning we recall that Midrash, and seek comfort in the wisdom of the Rabbis.

The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest

What belongs to God
October 23, 2017 01:53 PM PDT
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Today's sermon put a new swing on what belongs to God and what belongs to the Emperor. A challenge to look at where we are going as a parish and why we are here ahead of our "Why?" day next Sunday.

The Reverend Patrick Sibley
Deacon

The Wedding Banquet
October 17, 2017 03:48 PM PDT
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Today's parable told by Jesus in Matthew 22:1-14 is a really difficult one that challenges some of the things we like to think about God and judgement. How might we unpack this really uncomfortable parable and make sense of it in light of a God of grace and love. Hint: It is, but isn't, all about the clothes!

The Reverend Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

What stories do we tell?
October 12, 2017 12:10 PM PDT
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This thanksgiving we hear the story which formed the Jewish people, we hear of the bread of life, we hear where our focus should be from St Paul's letter the Philippians. So the Rector asks - what stories do we tell that form and shape and guide and inspire us in our own walk of faith, and our service to one another and the world?

The Ven Alastair McCollum
Rector

Is God among us or not?
October 01, 2017 05:55 PM PDT
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As we continue to follow the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness, this week we find them without water and wondering if God is among them or not.
What do we do when God seems absent in our lives? When things happen that make it hard to believe God is with us?
While we do not have all of the answers to those difficult questions, we can learn from the experiences of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness about how we can journey together.

The Reverend Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

Learning to be free
September 26, 2017 01:59 PM PDT
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The Biblical story of the Exodus has inspired and nourished God's people for millennia in our struggles to break free from the things that enslave. It recounts how Hebrew slaves escaped bondage and captivity in Egypt, and journeyed into the unknown, in search of a new life in a new place. But judging from their complaining and conflict in the wilderness, freedom has a learning curve. Perhaps God's gift of "manna" can teach us a bit about learning to be free and trusting God to sustain us.

The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest

The challenge of forgiveness
September 18, 2017 12:03 PM PDT
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Forgiveness cannot always be easy. Sometimes it is a matter of letting go and moving forward rather than speaking the words. When the situation does not allow for resolution, it's still OK to let go and move on.

The Rev'd Patrick Sibley
Deacon

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