A Tale of Two Churches

by Lara Crutsinger-Perry As many of you know, last week my family traveled to rural Arkansas for attend my wife’s mother’s funeral. (Thank you for your kind words and prayers) I had forgotten how far away Arkansas is from here – it felt like light years away, at times –

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Family Values

September 1, 2016 Luke 14:25-33 I have always had an uncomfortable relationship with the American Flag. Given the era that I grew up in, my feelings seem strange to me. As a child growing up on military bases, when taps rang out across the base at 5:00 PM for the

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Embracing the Future

  The United Churches April 24, 2016 Acts 11:1-18 John 13:31-35 Last Sunday’s service was a triumph, wasn’t it? I really enjoyed it. Rev. Susan Yarrow Morris with the help of Rev. Jill Komura and Eunice Robb wrote an incredible liturgy. Having returning clergy and staff participate and bring a

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Fear of Life?

March 27, 2016 – Easter The United Churches John 20: 1-18 Empty tombs are unusual in the Bible. You see there are a lot of people who are raised from the dead, but it happens right before your eyes, so there are no empty tombs with missing bodies. In 1

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A Recovering Racist

January 17, 2016 – The United Churches Amos 5: 6-7, 10:15, 20-24 In the year 2000 I took a dozen youth from the Presbytery of Olympia to a new national youth event called: Presbyterian Youth Connection. We were going to be like a youth General Assembly proposing bills for consideration

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Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future

January 10, 2016 Isaiah 43:1-7 Acts 8:14-17   I love to imagine what it was like in 1853 when George Whitworth on behalf of the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions made his way to the Pacific Northwest to spread the gospel. As our history reminds us he made it to

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“Reckoning Points”

  Rev. Jill Komura Epiphany Sunday, Year C Prayer: Gracious God, illuminate our reading of your gospel today, and keep your beacon star leading us on the path you call us to follow, day by day, seeking you and living into your kingdom. Amen. When I was growing up, I

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“Singing Our Fears”

December 20, 2015 – Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year C Rev. Jill Komura Prayer: God of the humble Shepherds; God of loyal Zechariah; God of faithful Mary—help us, as we read your Holy Word today, to see beyond our own fears and doubt to reach out in relationship with one

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