When Jesus is not a Peacemaker

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Luke 12:49-56 At Washington City Church of the Brethren, we understand the ministry of peacemaking as an important, integral part of Jesus’ gospel. The teaching and actions of Jesus speak in Scripture to God’s peace and reconciliation: they lift up the poor and marginalized, they call for love of enemies, and…

Do not be afraid, little flock

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Isaiah 1:10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock.” That there are reasons to be afraid, both for ourselves and our future generations and for our neighbors we don’t yet know—those stranded at borders or snatched from work, on our streets, in war zones—that there…

Sing the Ways of the Lord

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Psalm 138; Genesis 18:20-32; Luke 11:1-13 Whenever I go to take a shower, I end up singing a song. Sometimes it’s something I heard on the radio or the TV before I got in the shower, sometimes it’s related to something I’ve been thinking about, and sometimes it’s just some random…

Before All Things

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28 Our passages in Amos and Psalms challenge pride and power. Common, perhaps worn out, themes in this town. With the prophet Amos we could say, Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, Surely [the Lord]…

Not Too Far

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Luke 10:25-37 If you’ve gone to almost any Christian church for almost any amount of time you’ve heard the story of the Good Samaritan. I’ve preached on it many, many times, and before I was a preacher I’d heard lots of sermons on it. Even before I was old…

Sheer Silence

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29

Oddities of the Holy Spirit

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Acts 16:9-15; John 14:23-29 At times, I am reminded that following Jesus is a bit strange. I’m trained in scientific methods as a community psychologist and I’m working to develop specific hypotheses for my dissertation. My research will be descriptive – describing what exists in the world – but it will…

Recognizing God

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scriptures: John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-20 One of the classic adventure books that I remember reading as a kid “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Howard Pyle. It might have been in the Reader’s Digest abridged books. My mom and dad subscribed to those for many years, and it let me read…

We need resurrection

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 We need a resurrection. We need a resurrection. I first thought this phrase while in church last Sunday, feeling beleaguered and discouraged in this very sanctuary. We need a resurrection. The next day on Monday, the 5th Anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok…

Jesus and the Deeds of Power

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Luke 19:28-40 I like Palm Sunday, because I like waving palms. Tactile worship is a lot of fun and we should probably figure out more ways to include props in worship. But Palm Sunday is about more than just fun worship props. Palm Sunday is important, not just because it marks…