Author Archives: Carol

Sermon: Reading Bathsheba in the Light of Harvey Weinstein

29 July 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Before I begin, I feel the need to offer a content warning for this sermon. I’m going to talk about sexual assault today, and if that is a subject that is personally difficult … Continue reading

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Sermon: Family of Choice

10 June 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Family. That word might bring up all kinds of positive associations for you, and I’m glad for you if that’s the case. I’ll be honest. Family is not a word that makes me … Continue reading

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Sermon: Whom Shall I Send?

27 May 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Whom shall I send; who will go for us? I wish there was an easy answer to that. By easy, I mean someone who is charismatic, effective, wise, honest, all of that. And … Continue reading

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Sermon: Dying and Rising Again with Jesus

1 April 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “It’s been a truism of Christianity from the very beginning: what happened to Jesus will happen to us, too. That was a really hard thing for Jesus’ first disciples to wrap their minds … Continue reading

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Sermon: Facing Our Fear

11 Mar 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “According to a YouGov survey from 2014, the thing Americans are most afraid of––more than heights, public speaking, spiders, or flying––what we are most afraid of are snakes. Sixty-four percent of the respondents…” … Continue reading

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Sermon: A Community of Disciples

21 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Funny how the disciples don’t seem to have asked that. They don’t seem to have asked anything at all, really. Simon and Andrew … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

14 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “I’ve had some unexpected time for contemplation lately. I had a cold over Christmas, and then as soon as I got over that I came down with the flu. So I was sick … Continue reading

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Sermon: Look to the Shepherds

24 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “It was chilly that night, and chill in the winter meant damp. As the dew began to form on the grass, the shepherds pulled their cloaks around themselves a little more tightly. The … Continue reading

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Sermon: Practicing the Truth

10 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “The Ministry of Magic is in a sticky spot in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. If they admit that Harry witnessed the return of Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Reformation at 500

29 October 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Five hundred years ago this Tuesday a monk posted a statement on a church door in Germany expressing some disagreements with the Roman Catholic Church. What he said resonated with people. They supported … Continue reading

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