Sermons

A Revolution of the Heart

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Sermon September 8, 2019: A Revolution of the Heart Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 Samuel 16: 13-16 God sees the heart. David’s dad Jesse parades his sons before the prophet Samuel, showcasing the strongest and brightest. These are the ones with the best resumes for king, the ones with the equivalent of Williams College degrees. It’s Continue reading …

A Renewing

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Sermon August 25, 2019: A Renewing Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Ezekiel 47: 1-12 & Luke 6: 17-26 I never would have imagined when we began this summer that it would turn out to be such a challenging one from an environmental and social point of view. I am grateful that we have had the opportunity to Continue reading …

The Tree of Life

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Sermon August 11, 2019: The Tree of Life Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Genesis 2: 8-9, Proverbs 3: 13-20 & Revelation 22: 1-5 There is a tree that has stood for many years outside one of the two homes my husband’s parents built early in their marriage. My father-in-law planted the tree when the house was completed, Continue reading …

The Animals that Accompany Us

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Sermon August 4, 2019: The Animals that Accompany Us Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Genesis 8: 1-12 Mark 1: 1-11 I would be remiss if I did not begin today by acknowledging that yesterday at least 20 people were killed and multiple others injured by a white supremacist, a domestic terrorist in El Paso, Texas – the Continue reading …

Interconnectedness

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Sermon July 28, 2019: Interconnectedness Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Exodus 3: 1-13 Matthew 2: 1-12 I have a friend named Bill. One of the things about my friend Bill that everyone will notice about him is that he does not like shoes. In the summer, if you are with Bill and he is somewhere where it Continue reading …

Wilderness Healing

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Sermon July 21, 2019: Wilderness Healing Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Exodus 17: 1-7 Matthew 4: 1-11 The wilderness is one of those key places in the Bible where important things happen. There are many words used through the Hebrew and Christian scriptures to describe the general idea of “wilderness,” over 300 such expressions appear throughout the Continue reading …

Soil, Seeds and Land

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Sermon  July 7, 2019:Soil, Seeds and Land Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Psalm 8 & Mark 4: 1-9 For the last 12 years I have been training people to serve in Colombia, South America as human rights accompaniers. Part of the preparation is a four-day intensive training and discernment event. The training is extensive, and has a Continue reading …

Drowned and Destroyed

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Sermon  June 23, 2019:Drowned and Destroyed Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Genesis 6, 7 & 8   My first call after Seminary was to a congregation in New Jersey to serve as their Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Families. One of my major roles was selecting, oftentimes writing, church school curriculum. The story of Noah’s Ark Continue reading …

Keeping Creation

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Sermon  June 16, 2019: Keeping Creation Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Genesis 1: 1 – 2 : 4 (The message) John 1:1-5 Eco-theologian and activist Bill McKibben writes these challenging words in a recent article published by Yale Divinity School:   The rise of religious environmentalism has been welcome and helpful – but climate change is essentially Continue reading …

A Raging, Renewing Fire

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Sermon  June 9, 2019: A Raging, Renewing Fire Reverend Shannan Vance-Ocampo Psalm 104 & Acts 2: 1-21 Pentecost Sunday Acts 1 begins with these words, written by the same writer of the Gospel of Luke:   In the first book Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the Continue reading …