Clouds

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Hebrews 12:1 When I think about clouds, there are at least three different things that I think of. The first is the old Judy Collins song “Both Sides, Now.” It’s actually a Joni Mitchell song. Mitchell wrote it, but Judy Collins had the first hit with it in 1968. The first…

Religion on the Outside and the Inside

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scriptures: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 & James 1:17-27 What are some traditions that we have, either as individuals, or as families, or as a congregation? There are often family traditions associated with different holidays. When I was a kid we always had Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house, Christmas Eve at my aunt and…

Words of Life

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-20 & John 6:56-69 “As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.” If you were here last week, you may have noticed our child’s shiny rubber boots. These newly purchased boots are yellow with rainbow stripes. They replaced boots that…

The God of More

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scriptures: Ephesians 5:15-20 and John 6:51-58 We continue our unplanned Bread series this week with yet another scripture on eating and drinking the symbolic body and blood of Jesus. These last few weeks we’ve reflected on the miracle of feeding the 5,000, Jesus walking on water and guiding his disciples to safety,…

Life Bread—Bread of life

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: 1 Kings 19:4-8, John 6:35, 41-51, & Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Sometime in the middle of the week we would bike, walk, or drive about a kilometer down a dusty road through farm fields and past mango trees from Kulp Bible College to Church of the Brethren (EYN) Headquarters and the ZME (Women’s…

The Right Questions

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Psalm 78: 23-29 and John 6: 24-35 Jessie preached last week on the miracle of the loaves and fishes. One of my favorite British comedians and writers is a guy named David Mitchell. Mitchell once talked about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and pointed out that out of 5,000 people…

The WORK of Jesus

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: 2 Kings 4: 42-22 and John 6: 1-21 In these scriptures, God feeds all the people. In an incredible and unbelievable way, hundreds, thousands of people were fed with just a few initial loaves of bread and fish. This is one of those miracles that you’d have to see to believe….

Building and the Presence of God

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Ephesians 2:11-22 In the beginning as God created, a wind –the spirit of God swept— hovered—over the face of the deep. The first people—Eve and Adam– “heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze…” A swoosh of grass?…

The Politics of Dancing

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-21 and Mark 6:14-29 For most of the month of July the fellowship hall in the basement of the church building is being used by Tippi Toes for their summer program. For those of you who don’t know about them, Tippi Toes is a nationally franchised company…

Waiting Watching

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Lamentations 3: 22-33 Waiting, watching Yearning Patience—waiting—biding time? Impatience—urgency—struggle. Struggle for justice, for survival, for joy. Nostalgia—what once was. Regret. Hopefulness—imagining what might be. There is a trail along the west bank of the Potomac River. It starts across the river from Georgetown at Roosevelt Island. What, in the Avengers movie,…