Rev. Heather Hinton

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From Ashes to Fire 05/20/18 (Pentecost B)

From Ashes to Fire 05/20/18 (Pentecost B)

From Ashes to Fire Text: Acts 2:1-21 Rev. Heather M. Hinton May 20, 2018 ~ Pentecost (Year B)   Here’s a quote I came across this week as I did my research for this sermon: “Christmas without Easter is stupid. Easter without Pentecost is pointless.” [1] Let me explain. A baby was born 2000 years […]

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Still Blessing 05/13/18 (Ascension Day)

Still Blessing 05/13/18 (Ascension Day)

Ascension Day is a festival day in Christian tradition. After all, Jesus has ascended to the Father, where he will rule in grace and truth, and that is good news for us and for the world. But I wonder if the disciples could possibly have felt joy in those moments when he spoke of his final departure, and in those moments when he was lifted up to heaven on a cloud.

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“I Have Called You Friends” 05/06/18 (Easter 6B)

“I Have Called You Friends” 05/06/18 (Easter 6B)

This is love: a relationship not of master-servant or teacher-student, but of mutual care and concern: friendship. “I have set you an example,” Jesus says. “Wash one another’s feet.”

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A Eunuch Goes Down to the Water 04/29/17 (Easter 5B)

A Eunuch Goes Down to the Water 04/29/17 (Easter 5B)

And yet Philip, prompted by the Holy Spirit, sits beside this racially and ethnically foreign man, this sexually and therefore religiously unclean, scarred, unworthy man and teaches him about the scriptures, beginning with the passage from Isaiah. He proclaims to him the good news about Jesus. And the Ethiopian eunuch is so moved that he burns with the desire to become a part of this nascent community of Jesus-followers. As soon as he sees some water beside the road he cries, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”

What, indeed?

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Earth Day Celebration 04/22/18 (Easter 4B)

Earth Day Celebration 04/22/18 (Easter 4B)

Earth Day: a time for Gathering ~ Celebrating ~ Lamenting ~ Dreaming ~ Praying ~ Going Forth

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Connected in Christ 04/15/18 (Easter 3B)

Connected in Christ 04/15/18 (Easter 3B)

It’s all connected: the rivers, the beavers, the trees, the deer, the wolves, and the people. And when one element is missing, the whole system suffers. When one element is too prevalent, the whole system suffers. It’s all part of one big ecosystem where every piece affects every other piece.

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On the Move 04/01/18 (Easter Sunday)

On the Move 04/01/18 (Easter Sunday)

And so it ends. The male disciples have already withdrawn from the story, having hidden after Jesus’ arrest. And now even the three women who were present for his crucifixion and who have come to take care of his body flee in silence. We may find ourselves terribly disappointed in all of them. And then no sightings of the resurrected Jesus? We may find ourselves terribly disappointed in the author of Mark’s Gospel, too.

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Palm Sunday ~ Passion Sunday 03/25/18

Palm Sunday ~ Passion Sunday 03/25/18

Palm Sunday ~ Passion Sunday March 25, 2018 It is our custom at Second Congregational Church to begin Holy Week with the joy of Palm Sunday and then move into the story of the events of Holy Week all the way through Good Friday. We enter the sanctuary with excitement, waving palms and singing our […]

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Heart Matters 03/18/18 (Lent 5)

Heart Matters 03/18/18 (Lent 5)

During these final weeks of Lent, perhaps we can identify and begin – with God’s help – to erase the lies that have been etched into our hearts and souls. As we make our way towards the new life and joy of Easter, perhaps we can work on letting God write the truer truths on our hearts in big, bold letters so that we will never again forget.

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The Lover and the Beloved 03/11/18 (Lent 4)

The Lover and the Beloved 03/11/18 (Lent 4)

Sometimes we manage to enter into that life-sustaining, healing, loving relationship. And sometimes we turn away from that gift of life and love and try to go it alone. Sometimes we live in clarity and truth; sometimes we live in cloudiness and confusion. Sometimes we live in the darkness and sometimes we come to the light. And of course, that is true for people the world over, not just those who claim the name “Christian.” Everyone everywhere has the opportunity to live in truth, light, goodness, and love. Just as Jesus did not condemn the Samaritans who believed differently and did not name him Christ, so he does not condemn the millions of people who do not follow him today. The only question that Jesus asks is, “Do you live in the light? Do you live in love?”

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