Sermons

Read or download the text from past sermons.  The most recent sermon is typically available online by 3 PM each Monday.
 
 
 
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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

February 6, 2022

 

Based on *Luke 5:1-11. Simon Rows Into the Deep with Jesus

*Dramatic Re-Telling Below


They are tired.

Simon, James and John, and all the rest.

Working day and night and night and day along the Sea of Galilee to feed themselves and feed their families, as the standard haul of fish for local seashore villages shrinks and shrinks and shrinks. Until one night, the night before Jesus arrives, the haul just shrivels up and dies.

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Based on *Mark 6:1-6. Prophet Jesus Can’t Convince His Own “Home Church”

* incarnation translation below

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Sunday, January 23, 2021

 

Based on *Nehemiah 8. The people reclaim their communal heritage.

*incarnational translation below

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Based on *1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Racial Justice Sunday

*Incarnational translation below

Before Parker Palmer became a prolific spiritual writer and renowned educator, he wanted to be like Martin Luther King, Jr. The prophetic activist for Civil Rights from a faith-based perspective inspired Palmer and many others of his generation to follow in King’s footsteps as a drum major for justice.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Nothing Less Than Beautiful

January 9, 2022

 

Based on Genesis 1:1-2 and Luke 3:21-22. Waters of Belovedness.

I need a touchstone, Donny said, as he sobbed in my office, having just spoken for the first time out loud of the abuse he suffered in his teenage years at the hands of a family member.

I need something to hold on to when the trauma takes over and I am shaking and I can barely breathe.

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Gusti Linnea Newquist

December 24, 2021

 

Based on the Christmas Story.

I am not an optimist, says Desmond Tutu, retired archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and architect of that nation’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

I am a prisoner of hope.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

December 19, 2021

 

Based on Luke 1:39-45. Two Pregnant Women Offer a Safe Space for Hope

Imagine, if you will, a dress rehearsal for one congregation’s first ever Christmas Eve dramatic reading of the Christmas story from start to finish. The arc of the liturgy begins with the archangel Gabriel’s announcement to a young Mary and ends with three wise guys showing up with a star and a passel of presents.

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2021

"I am not an optimist," says Desmond Tutu, retired archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and architect of that nation’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "I am a prisoner of hope."

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Gusti Linnea Newquist

December 12, 2021

 

Based on Luke 3:7-14. John the Baptist Tells Us What to Do

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”

Since July of 2002, prompted by the mounting deaths of migrants crossing our southern border, people of conscience and faith in Tucson, Arizona – including Presbyterians –have banded together to render humanitarian aid to migrants in distress in the desert. They call themselves the Tucson Samaritans.

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"Wilderness Hope"

Gusti Linnea Newquist

December 5, 2021

 

Based on Luke 3:1-2. John the Baptist in the Wilderness.

The word of God came to John, son of Zechariah, in the wilderness.

“Tragic Optimism is the Opposite of Toxic Positivity.”

So says the headline of one Atlantic Monthly article this August 18, 2021, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 made its way into our national consciousness.

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"Birthing Hope"

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

November 28, 2021

 

Based on Psalm 25. The Compassionate One Companions Us

If you were paying very close attention last Sunday during our first ever hybrid Congregational Meeting, you would have seen a miracle in our midst: the blind were brought to sight, right before our eyes.

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“A Provisional Demonstration …”

Gusti Linnea Newquist

November 21, 2021

 

Based on *Matthew 6:24-33. Jesus Gives Us Our First Priority.

*incarnational translation below

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The Lay of the Land

Gusti Linnea Newquist

November 14, 2021

 

Based on *Leviticus 25:1-7. The land gets a year of complete and total rest.

*Incarnational translation below

In the ancient world, in those lands with four seasons, planetary pilgrims celebrated the season of autumn with festivals for the harvest. Our Fall Festivals and even the uniquely American Thanksgiving holiday are remnants of those times when food in its autumn abundance was gathered and stored in a celebration of completion and contentment.

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"Lifting the Veil"

Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 31, 2021

 

Based on *Isaiah 25:6-10a. A Vision of Wholeness.

On this mountain, God will lift the veil
that has spread over all the nations.

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Forgive Us Our Debts

Reverend Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 24, 2021

 

Based on *Matthew 18:23b -34. The Parable of the Unjust Emperor

*Incarnational translation below

Forgive us our debts, we pray, in The Way of Jesus, as we forgive our debtors.

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 17, 2021

"Is There Enough"

 

Based on Exodus 16:13-21. Three Lessons From Wilderness School.

I am delighted to announce we have at least nine and perhaps more of our youth signed up for this year’s confirmation class. The curriculum for that class is Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe. [link: http://mannaandmercy.org]

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 10, 2021

 

Based on *Genesis 2:8-9, 15-16. An Earth-Based Creation Story.

*incarnational translation below

In addition to celebrating National Coming Out Day this week, we are invited to honor Indigenous Peoples Day, as a corrective to the Columbus Day holiday that many in our nation will observe tomorrow.

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Table Manners in The Divine Realignment

Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 3, 2021

 

Based on *2 Timothy 2:20-26. Words of Wisdom from Paul to Timothy.

*incarnational translation below

"Work, Worth and Worship"

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

September 26, 2021

 

Based on Genesis 2:1-3 and Exodus 20:1-11. God’s Work and The Sabbath for Everyone

If there is anything we can all agree upon in this era of increasing divisiveness, it is that the global COVID pandemic has precipitated a dramatic reappraisal of what it means to work.

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Based on Exodus 23:10-11 and Deuteronomy 15, selected verses. Introducing The Sabbatical Year

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