Come to the Waters (embracing bounty)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9, Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 In the book of Exodus, the once inarticulate Moses faces the Pharaoh backed by the power of God first appearing to him in a burning bush in the desert. As the Hebrew people head into the wilderness, they are followed by the Egyptian army which…

Forty

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Luke 4:1-13 Numerology is the branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers. What I am talking about here is not numerology. While these numbers may have some significance in the Bible, they have no special power. They are not predictive of anything. There is nothing of the…

You Who Listen

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Luke 6:27-38, Genesis 45:3-11, 15 Do you ever get into a conversation with somebody and after a little while your mind starts to wander? That happens to me more than I like, and after a time I find that I don’t quite know what’s going on in the conversation anymore. Either…

Seraphs (each with 6 wings), Fishes (so many)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8(9-13), 1 Corinthians 15;1-6, Luke 5:1-11 Isaiah, when facing God’s majesty, said “I am not worthy” An angel came and touched his lips with a coal to purify him and take away his guilt. Paul, when considering his call as an apostle, said “I am unworthy because I persecuted God’s…

En Route

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Luke 4:14-21 When I tell people that I work at a 911 center they often ask what the hardest part of the job is. They wonder about high-stress calls where people have been shot, or barricade situations, or perhaps childbirth or CPR calls. All of those things…

Getting Voice

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: John 2:1-11 On Monday Garba and I were taken around the Dutse Uku area of the city of Jos in Middle Belt region of Nigeria. Dutse Uku means “3 Stones” in Hausa. Jos is approximately a 4 hour drive northeast from the centrally located capital of Abuja, a city, like DC…

Epiphany

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 As a child my family always had a Christmas celebration with extended family. My grandparents would have meal at their home. This included, as one might expect, a meal and gifts. It also included riotous beat-up golf cart and mini-bike riding through their meadow and a Christmas…

Let Your Face Shine [On Us]

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14, (15-20) In Isaiah we hear of the arrival of God’s saving action in the world. It is of a light coming to those who have been in darkness. There is great rejoicing from a people that have been multiplied. There are two similes used. One that…

Where the Joy Meets the Vipers

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 What’s your favorite part of preparing for Christmas?  Is it the tree, the ornaments, the decorations? Is it the Christmas music on the radio, or maybe humming a Christmas tune to yourself throughout the day?  Do you like seeing the lights? Do…

Yay Trees!

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Luke 21:25-36; Jeremiah 33:14-16 This week, we celebrated Ayuba turning six months old. We’re often asked how parenthood is treating us. My response has always been, “Delightful and exhausting.” It’s getting a little less exhausting and always more delightful, especially as we see his curiosity grow and interests develop. We’ve been…