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Sermons by Jared Hammond (Page 2)

August 18, 2019: “Perdition in Providence”

Perdition and providence are two seemingly conflicting states of being.  The former is being eternally punished, the latter is being guided with foreseeing care.  But the two can exist together, even in concert with one another, in more ways than one. Reading From “Inflammatory Essays,” by Jenny Holzer    Jared Hammond In 1979, long before free agency could get an artist’s work sold or…

November 25, 2018: “Fifth Principle”

Chalice Lighting Rev. Denis Letourneau PaulWe light this chalice in honor of the memories that hold and heal us.For stories we tell of those whose heroism inspires our own.For the pictures of loved ones who have passedin whose images we see our better selves.For the work of remembering that we stand on the shoulders of otherswho paved the path on which we…

January 14, 2018: “Composing Oneself”

Monthly Theme: Music and Art Personal Reflection (Rev Denis) I come from a profoundly unmusical family. There was no music in my house for most of my growing up. The radio was only ever on in the car, where in the glove box lived a few eight tracks of the Carpenters, Neil Diamond, and Ray Charles who sang my parents’ song, I…

November 26, 2017: “Finding Your Essence”

Theme: Help, Generosity and Gratitude Personal Reflection Jared Hammond Flashback to a very cold, snowy day in December. New Year’s Eve, 1993. I was three years old and for the next twenty-seven days, I would still be an only child. We were at the top of a sledding hill in Firestone Park, which the city of Columbiana, Ohio calls the “recreational cornerstone…