Merle Crouse – Poet

Merle is a member of the New Covenant Church of the Brethren in the Atlantic Southeast District. He has been attending Washington City since our Sunday worships went online. Merle has been writing poetry since he was 50 years of age. When asked about how his writing has been affected by the pandemic, he wrote,…

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…

Not a Place Where We Can Be but God is Present There

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 139:1-14 How closely does God care for us? Is God concerned with the intimate details of our lives, or just with some broader, overarching plan of redemption? Christians have varied in terms of how they understand God’s work in history and in daily human affairs. Sometimes, I have…

Easter in a Pandemic

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: John 20:1-18 It’s intense, the pressure of preaching an Easter sermon during a global pandemic.How can I have the right words to say,to point us to the divine solidarity of Jesus entering with us in our suffering,to the existential hope of Jesus triumphing over betrayal, torture, and death,to the future that…

Oddities of the Holy Spirit

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Acts 16:9-15; John 14:23-29 At times, I am reminded that following Jesus is a bit strange. I’m trained in scientific methods as a community psychologist and I’m working to develop specific hypotheses for my dissertation. My research will be descriptive – describing what exists in the world – but it will…

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…

God Doesn’t Need Your Religion – Love Is All That Matters

Preacher: Micah Bales Scripture Readings: Ruth 1:1-18; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34 “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Jesus spent all of his ministry preaching the arrival of the reign of God. All of his words and actions revealed the presence of God’s power, love, and justice. The sick are healed, the dead…

Blessed

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Job 42: 1-6, 10-17; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 10:46-52 We often speak about or at least read our scriptures in light of the injustices and pain of the world. We often seek to embrace Jesus’ hard words of discipleship. This Sunday’s lectionary texts seemed to gather around the theme of…

Are You Able to Drink the Cup of Jesus?

Preacher: Micah Bales Scripture Readings: Isaiah 53:4-12; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 A beginning is a very delicate time. At the start of a long journey, it seems like any route is possible. In a story’s introduction, the reader can imagine any outcome. But as we walk further down the road we begin to discover what…