Building and the Presence of God

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Ephesians 2:11-22 In the beginning as God created, a wind –the spirit of God swept— hovered—over the face of the deep. The first people—Eve and Adam– “heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze…” A swoosh of grass?…

The Politics of Dancing

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-21 and Mark 6:14-29 For most of the month of July the fellowship hall in the basement of the church building is being used by Tippi Toes for their summer program. For those of you who don’t know about them, Tippi Toes is a nationally franchised company…

Waiting Watching

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Lamentations 3: 22-33 Waiting, watching Yearning Patience—waiting—biding time? Impatience—urgency—struggle. Struggle for justice, for survival, for joy. Nostalgia—what once was. Regret. Hopefulness—imagining what might be. There is a trail along the west bank of the Potomac River. It starts across the river from Georgetown at Roosevelt Island. What, in the Avengers movie,…

Not an Underdog

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: 1 Samuel 17: 1-54 The story of David and Goliath. Very dramatic story. I hope that all of you were able to listen to this story with fresh ears, unencumbered by past interpretations of the story. For centuries this story has been used as an “underdog” story. Children are told the…

Telling the Truth Slant

Pastor: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Mark 4:26-34 Most of you have heard of Aesop, right? Sometimes it’s pronounced EE-sop, and sometimes it’s pronounced A-sop, with a long A sound. That uncertainty of what might be the correct pronunciation is kind of a symbol for everything we know, or don’t know, about Aesop. We don’t know for…

A Memorial Day Paradox

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Romans 8:12-17 We all have different memories that we associate with different holidays. A couple of my Memorial Day memories are set back in Ohio, one of them when I was a kid and the other just a few years ago. The one when I was a kid isn’t a real…

The Why Game

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 and Romans 8:22-27 Today is Pentecost Sunday. As I think back to my childhood, I very vaguely remember Pentecost. To me it was just another Sunday. As a child growing up in the church, I couldn’t comprehend The Holy Spirit or what it meant. I do remember one random…

What does Love do?

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: 1 John 5:1-6 When I was a kid I don’t remember a whole lot about Mother’s Day Sunday at church. I remember Mother’s Day, of course. Along with everyone else we would go out to eat so Mom didn’t have to cook, and we would buy her a card and Dad…

Like a Good Neighbor…

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: 1 John 4: 7-21 and Acts 8: 26-40 Today it’s all about love, y’all. God’s love for us and love we show for others. The word “LOVE” shows up in the entire bible anywhere from 300-800 times depending on the translation. In the John passage I read today, the word “LOVE”…