Finding Joy

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: John 20:1-18  Easter is a time of incredible joy. Just in the secular world, it’s a joyful time. I mean, there’s the Easter Bunny and little baby chickens and dioramas in the Washington Post made out of marshmallow Peeps. There’s springtime and bright flowers and blue, sunny skies – at least,…

Fifth Sunday

Preacher: Nate Hosler Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 12:20-33, Hebrews 5:5-10 In the 4th century at a time when the church began to align with the empire, certain people began withdrawing from the world to secluded places—often the desert. Monastic communities were formed around orders of strict discipline to foster greater focus on God (Encyclopedia of…

Up and Down

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9 John 3:14-21 When I read these passages, my mind went back to a board game that I used to like to play when I was a kid. I haven’t played it or seen it in a long time, but I know it’s still out there. Our version of the…

Artist of Souls

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17 and John 2:13-22 As I was preparing the worship earlier this week, I was looking for opening prayers. I found one that began with addressing God as, “Artist of Souls”. It was the one I opened our service with today. There are countless names for God that we’ve heard…

TAKEN FOR GRANTED

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15, 1 Peter 3:18-22 It’s amazing what we take for granted. Julia and I have lived within a half hour of Washington DC for over 25 years. I love theater and musical performance. Before the pandemic, the Kennedy Center offered some sort of free musical or theatrical performance…

Glowing Heart(s)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-11, Mark 9:2-9 The prophet Elijah, after a life of ministry, is swooped up in a chariot of fire. Where did he go? What is he doing? Like a movie (Avengers? Back to the Future?) when the person disappears and then is plunked down in the future or past,…

EPIPHANY

Preacher: Jeff Davidson, Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12  I sat in front of my computer screen for over an hour thinking about what I wanted to write for this morning. Judging from the Facebook posts from some of my pastoral colleagues and friends, I’m not alone. Ideally, sermons are contextual. They exist in a particular time and…

Fulfilled

Fulfilled (4th Sunday in Advent) Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scriptures: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16    Luke 1:26-38           When you watch an entire series of some TV show, or when you read an entire series of some book or other, sometimes there are events early on that kind of foreshadow or hint at things that will happen…