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…

A New Thing

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Isaiah 43:16-21 Sports fans are familiar with the concept of “tanking.” In baseball the Baltimore Orioles are actually a good example of this right now. The Orioles have been a good team for several years. Last year they were not a good team, even though they had a lot of the…

(Embodying Hope) A baby, a girl, a body

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-17, Luke 1:36-38, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, 1 Timothy 4:12 You probably recognize our texts in Isaiah and Luke as scriptures we read in Advent, but they are also from a church feast day held on March 25th, called the Feast of the Annunciation. Hands up if you typically celebrate the…

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…