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Jesus is Coming. Look Busy. - SERMON

What we sing and talk about at Christmas is getting ready for the birth of a baby. What we really need to do, though, is ask ourselves whether we actually believe. In God. At all. Otherwise, there is no point in waiting for anything much new to happen.  Read the sermon here, listen to it …

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Added by Becky on December 3, 2017 at 6:25pm — No Comments

The Human One - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

Jesus - fully human and fully divine! That's what our Church teaches. So, what is a "fully human" person like? In looking at the life of Jesus, we see humanity as it was meant to be. He was available, generous, a "man for others." He was not at all concerned with acquiring, feathering his next, or dying with the most toys. Whom should Christians emulate: the Human One, or the various politicians, celebrities and world figures vying to be the King (or Queen) of the Hill? Watch the sermon …

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Added by Becky on November 26, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

What Are We Waiting For? - SERMON

Some readings are perplexing! Time and again, Jesus tells people to share, to travel light, to avoid attachments to stuff. How can it be that stingy bridesmaids are "wise."  Maybe the lesson is not about the oil, eh? Maybe it's about choices and consequences. Read the sermon here,…

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Added by Becky on November 12, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Welcome Home - SERMON

We humans are so eager to divide into competing camps! Why are we so threatened by the idea that folks who are not like us still long to spend eternity around the very same Throne of Grace in the same way that WE long for it? Isn't God's sheltering, shepherding, healing home big enough for ALL the Saints? Read the sermon …

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Added by Becky on November 5, 2017 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Begging for Reformation - SERMON

A pitfall of having your Episcopal priest graduate from a Lutheran seminary is that she's pretty fond of the last Sunday in October, thinking that the work of Reformation begun 500 years ago by Martin Luther should carry on a bit longer. Read the sermon here, listen to the sermon …

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Added by Becky on October 29, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments

It's a Good Day - SERMON

What's your definition of a "good day"? Mine is a day when I learn something. I've learned a LOT recently. Read the sermon here or listen to it here or watch the whole…

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Added by Becky on October 22, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Who Cares? - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

Who cares? Those who hold God's people in their hearts. Caring deeply is something Paul encourages us to do, and we do it in a variety of ways here at Good Shepherd. Today we heard from the President of Dunedin Cares, our local food pantry; supporting them is one of our favorite ways of holding God's people in our hearts. Listen to the sermon here.

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Added by Becky on October 15, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Waging Peace - SERMON

Cowards shoot at unarmed, unknown strangers. You don't need a weapon to be violent, though; bigotry, bullying, and gossiping are equally devastating to the soul. Jesus waged peace, overcoming death and fear, not dishing it out. People who wage peace are nothing short of miracle workers. Read the sermon …

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Added by Becky on October 8, 2017 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Four Legs or Two, There is One Creator-SERMON by Cindy Roehl

This past Sunday we celebrated the life of St. Francis of Assisi, who saw all Creation as an expression of God's love and power. Listen to the Sermon by Deacon Cindy Roehl here.

Added by Becky on October 1, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Freely, Freely - SERMON

Perhaps humans focus on fairness instead of justice because justice would force us to spend eternity with people of whom we don't approve. Of course, they'd have the same problem if we, too, are saved for heaven. Read the sermon here or listen to it …

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Added by Becky on September 24, 2017 at 5:59pm — No Comments

We are SO Blessed! - SERMON

Let's learn the difference between being blessed and being lucky. It will save us from a lot of terrible theology. Listen to the sermon here or  read it here.

Added by Becky on September 17, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Christ the Worker - SERMON

What kind of work are we Christ followers supposed to be doing? What values should we be using as we work? The people struggling because of Hurricane Harvey can teach us something. Read the sermon here or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on September 3, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Preferential Treatment - SERMON

I've heard American Christians claim that Christianity is under attack in this country. What they really mean is that their way of believing in God is no longer getting preferential treatment here. But that's all backward. Christians should not be GETTING better treatment, they should be GIVING it, and in so doing countering the forces of death and hell. Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on August 27, 2017 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Reaching Up, Reaching Out, Reconciling - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

We long for a solid relationship with God, where we are reconciled, open and honest in our relationship. God longs for exactly the same with us, too. But God in Christ stretched out his arms on the cross to bring the whole world into his saving embrace, not just me. Or you. To be faithful, we need to seek the same kind of relationship with each other, as reconciliation is the "work of Christ" in a nutshell. Listen to the sermon…

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Added by Becky on August 20, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Boat on Seething Seas - SERMON

The Church is supposed to be a boat bringing the miracle of hope, healing, and love to a world foundering in seething seas of our shattered, fearful, death-saturated lives, even if we don't like the other people in the world - or even the other people in the boat. Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on August 13, 2017 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Fertilizer - SERMON

Our culture teaches us it's OK to laugh at violence, refuse to help those who suffer, and taunt those whom we don't value. It's normal, it's everyday, and it's evil. What should Christians do about it? Listen to the sermon here, or read it…

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Added by Becky on July 23, 2017 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Plenty of Seeds - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

We hear that 3 of the 4 soils in which God's Word can be planted are bad places. What if we're bad soil? Not to worry! God has plenty of seeds and will keep casting them our way; God Spirit is also is working at the same time to transform us into rich soil. Listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on July 16, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

You're Hired! - SERMON

Is the God revealed in Christ REALLY what humanity wants? We tend to admire the superhero type, and Jesus doesn't meet those needs at all. Dare we let God be the one who defines what divinity is truly about? Listen to the sermon here, or read it…

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Added by Becky on July 9, 2017 at 3:09pm — No Comments

The God of Immigrants - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

Happy 241st Birthday, America! What did Christopher Columbus, John Cabot and the Mayflower pilgrims all have in common? They all believed in God, of course, and they were, each and every one of them, immigrants. Listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on July 2, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Faith Ain't for Sissies-SERMON

The Gospel gets real about the cost of a discipleship that challenges the values and tactics of the prevailing religious and political systems. Gosh, aren't we glad we don't have that problem anymore? Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on June 25, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments

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