Partying: How and with Whom

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Luke 14:1, 7-14 This passage is one of my favorites in the Bible, and it always reminds me of one of my favorite sermons. It’s a sermon by the Rev. Peter Marshall – not the old host of Hollywood Squares, but the former chaplain of the US Senate. Marshall was 46…

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…

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…

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…

(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…