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Perfect Peace (Part I) by Johan Maurer, September 25, 2022

Scripture: Isaiah 26:1-6. It’s great to see your faces life-size, although I always enjoy seeing the people who are online with me, attending by video link. Hello again to you, too! Next week I will be back with you on … Continue reading

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When Pain and Sorrow are Too Deep for Words (Romans 8:18-27) by David Morrow August 28, 2002

Some of you may be familiar with the British TV drama, “Call the Midwife.”  “Call the Midwife is the story of a group of midwives (some of whom are nuns) who worked in the East End of London in the … Continue reading

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Substitutionary Atonement by John Kinney May 1, 2022

Prayer:  We are part of a mystery we do not understand.  For that we are grateful. It is good to be with you in person.  My message is one I have been hesitant to give.  It involves looking at a … Continue reading

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Easter Sermon (Holy Saturday) by Deborah Suess, April 17, 2022

It doesn’t feel like Easter. Not to me, anyway. Not right now. Let me be honest. On Easter, Jesus emerged from the tomb. He put two feet on the ground. He took fresh air into his lungs. He gardened, I … Continue reading

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Do Not Resist Evil: Really, Matthew? by John Kinney, January 9, 2022

 Giving the message is a privilege that I appreciate.  I pray that something I say will be of spiritual benefit to this community that has so warmly and kindly welcomed Erin and me. I will give the message and then … Continue reading

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The Stretch of Our Souls by Ruthie Tippin

Today is my birthday, and it’s really fun to start the day with all of you!  I noticed in the Spokane Friends newsletter that three pastors connected to SFC are celebrating birthdays this week: Paul Blankenship, Leeann Williams, and me!  … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Son (Jesus vs. Pharisees) by John Kinney

Luke 15: 11-32 (NIIV) There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together … Continue reading

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Let Your Light Shine by John Kinney

When approached about speaking I was reluctant and not sure it was a good idea.  But I decided to trust the elder’s discernment and give it a go.  If they think I might have something to say, maybe I do. … Continue reading

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Equality, Equity, Fairness and Freedom by Leann Williams

This has been quite a year for Friends in Common, not to mention the entire planet. During the fall election season, we became acutely aware of the political diversity within our group. With the pandemic it became increasingly clear that … Continue reading

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How Will We Treat Each Other Now? by Jon Maroni

Good morning friends, I am excited to be back in the meetinghouse for the first time in many months for me. Hello and greetings to everyone who is in person here today, and thank you for what you all do … Continue reading

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