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Eternally Transcendent Love – Chuck Rush (4/16/17)

Easter 2017 Eternally Transcendent Love Mark 16:1-8 The Easter story is that tragically, perhaps inadvertently, unwittingly, we killed God’s messenger. But God is not so easily rebuffed. Torture cannot stop God. Even death does not stop God. And the resurrection is God coming after us in love transcending death. What kind of love is that? Literally beyond our...
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What is Truth? – Chuck Rush (4/2/17)

  What is the Truth? April 2, 2017 John 8:31, 32; John 18:33-38   The population of humans has more than doubled in my lifetime, from 3.5 billion to 7.4 billion people today. And our technological development has proceeded at geometric pace, such that we live in unprecedented times. It probably even affects how we pursue the Truth. At the moment,...
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Authentic Peace in the Midst of the Storm – Chuck Rush (3/26/17)

Authentic Peace in the Storm (The Trial of Caiaphas) March 26, 2017 Mt. 26:57-68   The world’s greatest boxer, Muhammed Ali, had big talk to match his big athletic ability, especially when he was young. On one of his first flights in First Class the stewardess asked him to buckle his seat belt for take-off. The Greatest replied, ‘Superman don’t need...
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Addiction and Recovery – Chuck Rush (3/19/17)

Addiction and Recovery 3/19/17 Roman 7:15   It is said that the modern genre of Autobiography began in the late Roman Empire, when St. Augustine penned his book “Confessions”. He begins his reflections with the arresting phrase, “I have become a problem unto myself”. It is the first example we have of someone sharing their inner thoughts with the...
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Disruptive Love – Caroline Dean (2/19/17)

“Disruptive Love: The Best of Enemies” Rev. Caroline Lawson Dean Christ Church, Summit February 19th, 2017 A reading from Matthew Chapter 5:38-48 “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, do not oppose an evildoer.  If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;...
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Giving ‘Til it Heals – Chuck Rush (1/22/17)

Giving til it Heals 1 Kings 10:1-7; Philippians 2:1-5 [yendifplayer audio=64]   Last Wednesday Thomas Friedman reminded us of the conflictual world we have created for ourselves for the foreseeable future. It is more bitter and partisan than ever, despite the many earnest calls for us to bridge this ugly divide. It was cute, quoting tweets from President-Elect Trump and...
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Blue Christmas Lament – Caroline Dean (11/27/16)

Blue Christmas Lament Rev. Caroline Lawson Dean November 27, 2016 Reader #1:  Our reading today is from the book of Lamentations Chapter 3. Reader #2:  During the period of Babylonian rule, King Nebuchadnezzar burned down the city of Jerusalem, including the sacred Temple, the house of God.  The king sent most of the population of the people of Israel...
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Of Enemies and Worthy Opponents – Chuck Rush (11/13/16)

Of Enemies and Worthy Opponents Acts 2:42-47; Lk. 24:28-35 November 13, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwBml9y72hs&feature=youtu.be [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMX4wZ2LNr4[/embedyt]   The rancor of this election season got me to re-read the opening of George Orwell’s “1984”. The novel envisions a dystopian future when Big Brother, the government, corrals us all into a movie theater every day to reinforce the three slogans of the ruling party,...
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Peace in Anxious Times – Chuck Rush (10/23/16)

Peace in Anxious Times John 20:19-22; Mark 4:35-41 October 23, 2016   You may be secretly hoping for someone with supernatural powers to calm the storm around you. This week The Washington Post had a lengthy article on the anxiety that this particular election is having on the country.[i] And the anxiety is bi-partisan. 59% of Registered Republicans said that...
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Surprising, Transforming Initiative – Chuck Rush(10/16/16)

Surprising, Transforming Initiative Romans 12:19-21 and Matthew 5:38-45 October 16, 2016   Earlier this week, David Brooks[i] did a bit of psychoanalyzing by suggesting that Donald “Trump continues to display the symptoms of narcissistic alexithymia, the inability to understand or describe the emotions of the self. Unable to know themselves” writes Brooks, “sufferers are unable to understand, relate or...
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Reconciled Living – Chuck Rush (10/9/16)

Reconciled Living 2 Cor. 5:16-20; John 15:1-2, 4-5,9-13, 17 October 9, 2016   I have a New Yorker cartoon that features a bride and groom on their wedding day under a cupola, next to a large wedding cake that they are both eating. She looks over at her husband and says, “Your piece is bigger than mine”. Real life...
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“Not For Self But Others” – Chuck Rush 9/11/16

Non Sibi Sed Patria (Aliis) Not for Self But Others (rather than simply country) Psalm 46; Mt. 17:20   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkGmAkSJdT0&feature=em-share_video_user   Fifteen years ago, on a morning that was alive with vivid natural beauty in the bright blue skies, death and terror caught us unaware at the start of an ordinary workday. We gather this morning to remember the honor exhibited...
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Rise Up – Caroline Dean (7/24/16)

“Rise Up” Sunday, July 24, 2016   This year at RISE our team had the pleasure, and the huge task of painting Betty Keagan’s two story farmhouse with a new fresh coat of white paint.  Betty’s son Larry runs the farm & she lives in a farmhouse in a glen between a dried up creek & a beautiful...
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ENOUGH – Chuck Rush (7/10/16)

Enough! Malachi 2:10; John 13:34 [yendifplayer audio=60] Watching the video of Alton Sterling being shot to death brought back the visceral emotions from my days as a chaplain at the Emergency Room at University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. You see a lot of violence in the ER of an urban hospital and you see how hard it is...
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A Pilgrim’s Promise – Chuck Rush 6/5/16

A Pilgrim’s Progress Dt. 26:1-10; Hebrews 11:8-16 [yendifplayer audio=57] By faith Abraham left the land of his people and traveled to a new land promised to him by God, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, looking forward to a city that would be built by God. And by faith Sarah became pregnant past the age of child-bearing...
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Real Wisdom – Julie Yarborough 5/22/16

James 3:13-17                                                                       Rev. Julie Yarborough Romans 5:1-5                                                                                    Christ Church   Real Wisdom   Who is the wisest person you can think of? What makes them wise?  (I invite you to take a few moments to discuss this with your neighbor) ---------------------------------- Caroline often begins her sermons with a confession; and this morning, I have one of my own: I turned 50 recently,...
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Confirmation Sunday – Caroline Dean 5/1/16

Confirmation Sunday, May 1st 2016 Homily: Stinky Feet Rev. Caroline Lawson Dean at Christ Church, Summit   A reading from John Chapter 13 verses 12-16 After Jesus had washed the disciples feet, put on his robe, and returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you?13  You call me Teacher and Lord—and...
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The Circle of Love – Chuck Rush 5/8/16

Mother’s Day, 2016 Delight, Worry, Connection, Legacy Hosea 11:1-4; 8, 9 I John 4:7, 12   I love the line in Luke when Mary finds out she is pregnant. She says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has regard for my lowly estate; henceforth all generations will call me blessed....
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Towards a Sustainable Environment – Chuck Rush 4/24/16

Towards a Sustainable Environment Isa 43:17-21; John 14:25-27 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U_vwKTAYKg Our spiritual teaching today is as simple as it is profound. God has given us the Holy Spirit, who will lead us towards finding the solutions to our future problems. God is still speaking to us, still pulling us towards the future, pulling us towards a future that will...
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Blindsided – Caroline Dean 4/17/16

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vcKjS657OU[/embedyt] Blindsided: April 17th 2016 Rev. Caroline Lawson Dean Acts 9:1-9: Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to...
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The Long Road Home – Chuck Rush 4/3/16

The Long Road Home Isaiah 35:1-7a; Lk. 24:1-12   You are probably familiar with pictures of Death Valley (Shot of Death Valley) in California. The temperatures can reach 125 during the summer and almost nothing can actually grow there, it is so inhospitable. Apparently, conditions come together every decade or so with the wind and the rain changing...
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Easter Sunday “Unbelievable Hope” – Chuck Rush 3/27/16

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qENQBaatoco[/embedyt]   Easter 2016 Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 24:1-12 If you came here this morning with more confidence in the Easter Egg hunt than the resurrection, you may appreciate the last line… “Some thought it was just an idle tale and did not believe them”. We’ve always had room in the Church for critical incredulity and we still do. And...
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Resilience in Adversity – Chuck Rush 3/13/16

Resilience in Adversity James 2:1-4, 12 Jn. 18:19-24; 19:1-3   We read these days of a trend among the rising generation to fold in the face of a sustained headwind. Usually, writers will start with the example of children taking college courses that they find exceedingly difficult. Rather than gutting it out when they get back their C-...
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Being Grateful for Your Problems

Being Grateful for your Problems Ps. 33:1, 4-8; Lk. 22:24-8-28; 39-44 [yendifplayer audio=54] One morning, the dour playwright Samuel Beckett was walking with a friend through the streets of Paris on their way for a coffee. It was one of those spectacularly crisp warm mornings of spring that make Paris so magnificent, so Beckett’s friend said, “Doesn’t a...
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Christmas Cantata – Mark Miller; Peace in the Eye of the Storm – Chuck Rush 12/20/15

Peace in the Eye of the Storm Lk. 2:8-15 https://youtu.be/5w2gG-vgnOo My favorite passage of Scripture. It means “God makes his face to shine upon you”. God draws near to you. God wants the very best for you. You are beloved. And you may be feeling sick right now, full of grief, lonely, worried about your job, scared that...
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First Things First – Caroline Dean 2/14/16

“First Things First” February 14th 2016 Rev. Caroline Lawson Dean [yendifplayer audio=52] A long time ago in a land faraway, God delivered the people of Israel from their bondage in Egypt.  In the book of Exodus we hear the epic stories of the 10 plagues and the parting of the Red Sea.  Then Moses then guides the people through...
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Awestruck – Caroline Dean 1/31/16

Awestruck:  1/31/16 (1/24/16) [yendifplayer audio=50] Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 All the people gathered together in the square before the Water Gate.  They told Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel.  So, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could...
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MLK Service 1/17/16

MLK Service 2016 Reading #1 - Frank Bolden [yendifplayer audio=47] But despite these notable exceptions, I must honestly reiterate that I have been disappointed with the church. I do not say this as one of those negative critics who can always find something wrong with the church. I say this as a minister of the gospel, who loves...
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Jesus the Refugee – Chuck Rush 1/10/16

Jesus the Refugee Deut. 10:17-21; Mt. 2:1-14 [yendifplayer audio=46] As you know, we read this text in the middle of a rancorous national debate over immigration and refugees. Just before Christmas, a number of Governor’s signed a petition or implemented executive orders to prevent refugees from the Middle East from entering their state until such time as the...
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Blue Christmas – Caroline Dean 11/29/15

“How Long? An Advent Lament” November 29, 2015 [yendifplayer audio=42] The Book of Psalms is the longest book of the Bible.  It is a beautiful book of poetry and song in the tradition of King David.  And today’s reading from the longest biblical book is a lament Psalm.  A Lament Psalm is marked by complaint, anguish, and petition....
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