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The Rev. Hardy Kim

Hardy Kim: Connect to Real Life, Connect to Jesus

John 14:23-29

6th Sunday of Easter - Year C

May 26, 2019

The Rev. Hardy Kim (PCUSA)

 

Toward the beginning of her book Christianity After Religion, published in 2012, Diana Butler Bass shares part of a conversation she had with a seat mate on a plane who said, "'...I don't go to church anymore. I'm not mad at the church or anything - I appreciate what it gave me when I was young... But I just don't know where it fits anymore, and I just drifted away. My life is full without church; it seems kind of irrelevant. They don't care about my questions; there's no reason to go.'"

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The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier

Tony Sundermeier: Are All Ushers?

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

3rd Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

January 27, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier (PCUSA)

 

Several years ago, while serving a congregation in Pennsylvania, I received an email from a pastor friend who detailed his plan for an upcoming sabbatical.  Part of the plan included worshipping one Sunday in the congregation I was serving.  That day eventually came and I told my friend (his name is John) that I would be on the lookout for him. After I wrapped up a Sunday school class, I walked toward the sanctuary, and to my surprise I saw John standing by one of the doors, bulletins in hand, welcoming people who were coming to worship.

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