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The Rev. Dr. David Hull

David Hull: Benediction

Isaiah 6:1-8

1st Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

May 27, 2018

The Rev. Dr. David Hull (CBF)


The Benediction was my favorite part of the Sunday morning worship service. As a young child, I thought I knew what Benediction meant. The cartoons I watched signed off with "That's all folks!" and I knew the cartoon was over. Benediction was the church's way of saying, "That's all folks!" Soon I could get up and move around. No longer did I have to be quiet and worry about the stern look from my Mother if I was not so attentive. Lunch was not far away. I loved the Benediction and everything that it represented!

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The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton

Ruth Hamilton: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Luke 13:10-17

14th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 21, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton (ELCA)


When I was growing up, Sundays meant church, family, and food. My extended family would gather at our congregation for worship, armed with giant Tootsie Rolls to keep us kids quiet during the sermon. Afterwards, we would head over to my grandmother's house for a quick snack of cream-filled coffee cake. Later we all drove over to the cemetery, where we would tidy up the graves of our relatives: planting, watering, weeding, and sweeping dirt off the headstones. Tired and hungry, we would return to my grandmother's house, where roast pork or roast beef waited--after table grace, of course. Finally, after games of hide-and-seek for us kids and lots of conversation, everyone would go home for bedtime prayers and sleep.

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The Rev. Geoffrey Hoare (TEC)

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Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

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