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Easter Evening

  John 20:19-31 Preached at University Presbyterian Church April 22, 2017 Rev. Elizabeth Michael             Presbyterian pastor and the president of Princeton Seminary Craig Barnes remembers the day that he and his family moved into an apartment in a city new to them.  He noticed that the door to their apartment had four locks and wondered to himself why they needed so many.  “I soon

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Great Light – Gradually

GREAT LIGHT – GRADUALLY  A Sermon by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Easter Sunday         April 16, 2017 Luke 24:1-12             In the life of the Christian Church, Easter is a day of great light and unbridled joy, a celebration of wonder and awe and astonishment. Yet, for many people in our time, even within the Church, Easter is a difficult

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Hosannas Betrayed

Mark 11:1-11 A Sermon by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Palm/Passion Sunday                April 9, 2017             Palm Sunday is such an enigmatic day.  It feels, on the one hand, like a festival.  There is mirth and jubilation, the waving of palm fronds.  The crowds greeting Jesus are hopeful, expectant. “Hosanna!” they shout.  They remember the 118th Psalm: they cry, “Blessed

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Living Defiance

  John 11:17-44 Preached at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC Rev. Elizabeth Michael April 2, 2017             Were you to line the four gospels up in a row and subject them to a game of “Which one of these things is not like the others?” John would come out the clear deviant.  John’s synoptic cousins bear a decided resemblance to one another, sharing similar

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Legacy

  Deuteronomy 6:4-12 A Communion Meditation by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina Legacy Campaign 1                March 26, 2017             These words from Deuteronomy are the stirring admonition of Moses spoken to the Hebrew people as they stood on the threshold of entry into the land of promise after forty years of wilderness wandering.  Moses reminded the people that day

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Youth Sunday

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 17: 1-7 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?”3 But the people thirsted

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Depth in the Darkness

Depth in the Darkness March 12, 2017 John 3:1-17 Prayer for Illumination Eternal God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Pour out upon us the spirit of wisdom and understanding that, being taught by you in Holy Scripture, our hearts and minds may be opened to know the things that pertain to life and holiness; through Jesus Christ

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Wild Beasts and Angels

WILD BEASTS AND ANGELS Mark 1: 9-15 A Communion Meditation by Robert E. Dunham University Presbyterian Church Chapel Hill, North Carolina First Sunday in Lent               March 5, 2017             The wilderness training program we know as Outward Bound actually didn’t originate on land at all, but rather was founded in the turbulent waters of the North Sea during World War II, in order to provide

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PCM Sunday

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The Extra Mile

Matthew 5:38-48 Rev. Elizabeth Michael Preached at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC February 19, 2017             My second week of seminary, I was sitting in the school cafeteria, my head awash with the declensions of Greek nouns, and my heart full of everything that was So Beautiful and So Inspiring about seminary and all the people there who loved God So Much.  Most of

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