Insight from the Journey

April 30, 2017 – Rev. Tammy Stampfli, DMin Luke 24:13-35 About five years ago when it was released, I read Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild. The book was incredibly compelling, I could hardly put it down. It opens with her hiking boot going over the edge of a cliff. My heart

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Easter Sermon

I think I was 5 or 6 when my mom bought me a pink and white Easter dress complete with a bonnet. I’ll give you a minute to imagine me wearing that :). I hated wearing dresses and I’ve been told we argued for weeks about whether or not I

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Going to a Dark Place

Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017 The United Churches of Olympia Matthew 21:1-11 Isaiah 35:1-10 Our reading from the gospel of Matthew this week has gotten me thinking about journeys. This is a story that is so familiar to you, the journey that begins with Jesus as he enters Jerusalem

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God has Work for Us to Do

Lent 5 – April 2, 2017 Isaiah 58: 1-12 How is your Lenten practice going? Are you doing the forty days of kindness, or the forty days of gratitude? Are you fasting from something? I know that you have heard me say so many times, that I don’t want you

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I Choose Love

Fourth Sunday of Lent March 26, 2017 Luke 23:32-43 Dr. Robert Coles while serving as chief of neuropsychiatric services at Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi, made frequent trips into New Orleans. During these trips, he witnessed many scenes of racial conflict, most of them related to the desegregation of the

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We are the Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 12 Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. 13 We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or

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Resisting Evil

Lent 2 March 12, 2017 The United Churches of Olympia Psalm 13 John 3:1-7 As you may remember from last Sunday, we are utilizing the theme of “Roll Down Justice” for the season of Lent. Last week we reaffirmed our baptismal vows in a very sweet and supportive way, as

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Named and Claimed, Beloved and Belonged

March 5, 2017 – The United Churches of Olympia Romans 8:31-39 Matthew 3:13-17 Most of us know something about our name. We carry the mantle of a family name. We were named after parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts. Some even carry a family last name as a first name. Two

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Make a Play Date with God

In the third week of our Slow Church series where we have been looking at the McDonaldization of our society and how the church can live in opposition to our culture of mass production and speed. Today we look at work and Sabbath. Q: what was your first paying job?

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