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Read "The Home of God Among Mortals"
Spiritual Message by Jeff Munnis, January 7, 2007
Scripture readings: Genesis 3: 3-5, 8-10 and Revelation 21:1-8

Hear "Where to Find Peace?"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, January 14, 2007
Scripture readings: Psalm 111 and Luke 2:25-33

Read "The Search for Intelligent Design In The Universe"
Spiritual Message by Doug Stinson, February 25, 2007
Scripture readings: Genesis 1:14, 16, 19

Read "Finding God, Finding Ourselves... In Fractals"
Sermon by The Rev. Kim Hinrichs, March 4, 2007
Scripture readings: Psalm 139:1-14 and John 15:4-8

Hear "Water"
Spiritual Message by Alex Lindsay, March 18, 2007
Scripture readings: Genesis 1:6-7 and John 4:13-15
Alex grew up in the General Church (the more conservative branch of the Swedenborgian Church) and came to the SF Swedenborgian Church with his wife, Carrletta, in 2005. He has spent over 20 years producing computer graphics and worked locally at Lucasfilm and then Industrial Light and Magic before founding dvGarage, a training company for media artists and Pixel Corps, a Guild for Media Developers.

Hear "Entering Jerusalem"
Sermon by The Rev. Lana Sandahl, April 1, 2007
Scripture readings: Luke 19: 28-40 and Psalm 118: 1-2; 19-24

Hear "Angels" [Popular!]
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, April 29, 2007
or read it here
Scripture readings: Psalm 34 and Isaiah 2:2-3

Hear "Here We Are Lord"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, May 6, 2007
Scripture readings: Psalm 100 and Mark 1:16-20

Hear "The Feminine Face of God"
or read it here
Sermon by The Rev. Kim Hinrichs, May 13, 2007
Scripture readings: Genesis 2:15-25 and Luke 1:39-45

Hear "The Trinity: Three Aspects of Love"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, June 3, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 and Matthew 28:16-20

Hear "Deepening Insight"
Sermon by Rev. Lana Sandahl, June 10, 2007
Scripture readings: 1 Kings 17:17-24 and Luke 7: 11-17

Hear "The Value of Rest"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, June 24, 2007
Scripture readings: Genesis 28:10-17 and Matthew 10:29-31

Read "In The Image And Likeness"
Spiritual Message by Joy T. Barnitz, Ph.D., July 1, 2007
Scripture readings: Genesis 1:26-28 and John 1: 1 & 14

Hear "Swedenborg's Struggle for Faith: Its Contours and Meaning for Us"
or read it here
Spiritual Message by Swedenborgian Scholar Jane Williams-Hogan, Ph.D., July 8, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 30: 1-3 and Luke 18: 15-17
Jane Williams-Hogan, Ph.D. is a Professor of history and sociology at Bryn Athyn College. She has taught at the college for over thirty years. She has written extensively on Swedenborg and Swedenborgianism. This summer she will give a keynote address at a Conference at the Donner Institute in Finland, titled: "The Place of Emanuel Swedenborg in the Spiritual Saga of Scandinavia." She is also working on a biography of Swedenborg titled: The Making of a Modern Visionary: Emanuel Swedenborg Eyewittness to the Apocalypse. In October she will present a paper at a Conference on the Last Judgment titled: "After 1757:The Child and Songs of Innocence." Married to Michael H. Hogan, they just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They have six children and almost nine grandchildren.

Hear "Respecting Authority"
or or read it here
Spiritual Message by Joy T. Barnitz, Ph.D., July 1, 2007
Scripture readings: 1 Kings 12: 6-8 and John 18: 33-37
Joy grew up in the General Church and has family in all three branches of the Swedenborgian church. Trained as a scientist, she now works to bring new medicines to the marketplace. Joy shares her life with her spouse, Douglas Stinson, and two cats.

Hear "Choices"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, July 29, 2007
Scripture readings: Micah 6:8 and Matthew 7:15-23

Hear "Virtual Reality and the Burning Bush"
Sermon by The Rev. Kim Hinrichs, August 5, 2007
Scripture readings: Exodus 3:1-6 and Matthew 7:7-12

Hear "It Works... Without a Doubt!"
Spiritual Message by Fred Holborn, August 12, 2007
Scripture readings: Malachi 3:10-12 and Hebrews 11:1-3, 6

Hear "Bad Grapes"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, August 19, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 5: 1-4 and Luke 12: 49-53

Hear "Growing Up"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, September 9, 2007
Scripture readings: Psalm 1 and Romans 7:19

Hear "Lost Treasures"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, September 16, 2007
Scripture readings: Exodus 32:1, 7-14 and Luke 15:1-7

Hear "Weeds Amongst The Wheat"
Sermon by The Rev. Lana Sandahl, September 23, 2007
Scripture reading: Matthew 13: 24-30

Hear "Left, Right, Center and Beyond"
Sermon by The Rev. Andy Stinson, October 7, 2007
Scripture reading: Lamentations 1:1-6 and Luke 17:5-10

Hear "Don't Believe Everything You Think"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, October 14, 2007
Scripture readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14 and Luke 17:11-19

Read "Trick or Treat: Finding a Life of Faith in a Very Scary World"
Spiritual Message by Dr. Darleen Pryds, October 21, 2007
Scripture reading: Sirach 3:17-21 and Luke 24:36-43

Hear "On The Mountain"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, October 28, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 25:6-10 and John 6:35

Hear "Asking The Wrong Question"
Sermon by The Rev. Rich Tafel, M.Div., November 10, 2007.
Scripture reading: Psalm 17:8-15 and Luke 20:27-38
Rev. Rich Tafel is a nationally known strategist with real world experience in the arena of health care, education, politics and human rights. A certified ICF coach, Rich has worked with corporate, non-profit and church leaders to achieve results in the United States, Latin American and Africa. Ordained in 1988 following graduation from Harvard Divinity School, Rich joined the staff of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. In his 1999 book, Party Crasher, he laid out a new inclusive winning strategy for political leaders seeking to capture the center in American politics. In 1991 Rich was appointed Director of Adolescent Health Services for Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2003, Rich founded RLT Strategies as a way to offer strategic advice to visionary leaders on issues of social change. Named by "Newsweek" magazine as one of the 30 most influential gay leaders in the United States, Rich was the founding president of the Log Cabin Republicans in 1990, when it was a nine-chapter organization. Today, it is cited by "The Wall Street Journal" as the group which "AIDS activists credit... with helping to open GOP doors on Capitol Hill." Tafel was the only gay leader to testify before the 104th Congress on AIDS issues. Rev. Tafel is a very active member of the Swedenborgian Church in Washington, D.C. He has met with our Church Council to help our church in its planning and priorities.

Hear "Thank You"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, November 18, 2007
Scripture readings: Micah 6:8 and Luke 12:32-34

Read "Truth, Written All Over It"
Spiritual Message by Cathy Lauber, November 25, 2007
Scripture reading: Daniel 7:9-14 and John 18:28-38

Hear "The Process Of Peace"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, December 2, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44

Hear "Peace Within, Peace Without"
Sermon by The Rev. Lana Sandahl, December 9, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12

Hear "Heavenly Joy"
Sermon by The Rev. Rachel Rivers, December 16, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 35:5-8 and Matthew 11:2-5

Hear "Vital Signs"
Sermon by The Rev. Kim Hinrichs, December 23, 2007
Scripture readings: Isaiah 7:10-17 and Matthew 1:18-25