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Rainbow People

 

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church

“Rainbow People”

Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mark 1:9-15; Genesis 9:8-17

After fielding thoughts from the congregation about the symbolism of the rainbow: I urge us to see this rainbow together as a sign of hope.  See this rainbow as hope, and hear these words from Genesis 9:8-17…

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9“As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”  12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Noah’s ark.  It’s a children’s story.  That’s one way to look at it.  Maybe we think about those cute animals parading into a giant boat two by two, and we sing songs with made-up words like ‘floody floddy,’ and we rhyme those words with ‘muddy muddy.’  An old seminary professor of mine told me about one children’s book with a version of Noah’s ark where the animals actually assist Noah in building the ark.  Cows, giraffes, and elephants are standing upright on two feet, and they somehow have the ability to hammer nails with their miraculous opposable thumbs.  Amazing!  That variation of the flood story informs how we look at rainbows.  That story of Noah’s ark tells us that rainbows are a reminder to us that God loves us…and that God loves cuddly little puppy dogs, too.

That version of the story probably exists to cover up a different version of the story—you know, that flood story about how God is so angered by human rebellion that God floods the whole earth in a fit of divine rage that makes Clash of the Titans look like a children’s story.

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Do You See the Whirlwind?: A Question for Would Be Modern Day Prophets

 

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church

“Do You See the Whirlwind?: A Question for Would Be Modern Day Prophets”

Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kings 2:1-12

Elijah is a person of vision.  He is one of the greatest prophets of God, if not the greatest prophet.  Elijah is able to see who God needs for him to be and where God needs for him to go.  Even when it’s time for Elijah to meet his end, he sees clearly the route he must take: Bethel to Jericho to Jordan.  And then he’s carried off in this fantastic whirlwind.  No wonder he’s the stuff of legend!

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Our Neighbor Earth: A Sermon for the National Preach-in on Global Warming

 

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church

“Our Neighbor Earth: A Sermon for the National Preach-in on Global Warming”

Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon
Sunday, February 12, 2012
1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Mark 1:40-45

What God has joined together, let no one tear asunder.  I say this during the Declaration of Marriage at every wedding ceremony I have the good fortune to officiate.  Those are affirming words, they’re powerful words.  What God has joined together, let no one tear asunder.  But “What God has joined together, let no one tear asunder,” has to do with more than just the two people being united in marriage.  It also has to do with that love that exists between all of us as neighbors.

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Smartphone Spirituality

 

Sermon for Friends Congregational Church

“Smartphone Spirituality”

Delivered by Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Isaiah 40:21-31; Mark 1:29-39

Jesus left the synagogue.  Do we see that subtle example from the Christ that we follow?  It’s actually a pretty huge example if we think about it.  Jesus left the synagogue…and he took his ministry with him.  He didn’t check it at the door on his way out.  Jesus carried his ministry out of the synagogue and into Simon and Andrew’s home.  That’s where he healed Simon’s mother-in-law, and that’s where he healed the masses…outside the synagogue.

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