Sermons

Joy and Peace

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 Date: December 18, 2022 It was Saturday morning and still dark. I awoke and looked at my clock. 5:19. Perfect—not too early, not too late. Still a few minutes until my alarm would go off. Headed off to my first race since April 2019. Which was feeling enormously long…

Christ the King

Preacher: Jen Houser – Guest Preacher Scripture : Luke 23:33-43 Date: November 20, 2022 For those of you who don’t know me, I am currently the Director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives located at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, IL. My work largely includes answering research questions for patrons,…

Leaning into Church Friendships, Leaning to Church Conflict

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11; 2:2-4, 12-16; 4:1-7 Date: November 6, 2022 Could a spreadsheet help strengthen your friendships or even our relationships within the church? Maybe, according to an NPR article (Keane & Weiner, 2019). Here’s an excerpt: Vanessa Nuñez was craving close friendship. “I had a lot of surface-level relationships with different…

Dia de los Muertos

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Date: October 30, 2022 Two weeks ago I participated in a Zoom workshop on Dia de los Muertos, the altar or ofrenda, and learned of an upcoming vigil. This vigil is for migrants who have lost their lives on their journey to the United States. Our scripture today…

Love Feast

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 Date: October2 , 2022 I didn’t really understand communion until I moved out of my hometown and was living on my own. I attended a church while I was in Brethren Volunteer Service in Upstate New York. As I was sitting in the pews, by myself, no parents…

Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: John 17:1-26 Date: September 25, 2022 A young Greek Orthodox monk working in the finance office in Greece, originally from Pennsylvania, dressed in traditional black robe, beard, and long hair in a bun (we did this before hipsters, he said). A pastor working in the women’s ministry from a Pentecostal church…

Jonah

Preacher: Chibuzo Petty Scripture: Jonah 3:1-9 Date: September 4, 2022 Jonah finally appears to be getting his stuff together. If chapter one saw Jonah running away from God, and chapter two saw Jonah, at least on the surface, running back toward God, this third chapter sees Jonah finally running alongside God. He is finally obeying.…

Samuel

Preacher: Chibuzo Petty Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:45-51 Date: August, 28, 2022 The book of Samuel gets its name from the Biblical character Samuel. Some of you may remember the story of Samuel’s birth from Sunday School or a previous sermon. As a recap: Elkanah had two wives – Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but…

We Have the Fruits

Preacher: Chibuzo Petty Scripture: Romans 1:1-17 Date: August 7, 2022 Hello church. You might already know that Paul wrote lots of letters, none have been as influential in Western Christian thought, as the book Romans, his longest. In the letter, Paul aims to explain salvation to the Romans. His thesis is found in chapter one,…

Divine Collaboration

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Genesis 45: 1-15 Date: July 31, 2022 How many of you are familiar with the term, “Divine Intervention”? It’s when a deity “intervenes” in one’s life, often described as miracles or some kind of miraculous epiphany. One could argue that this story of Joseph perhaps was a moment of Divine Intervention,…

What is Right and What is Easy

Preacher: Chibuzo Petty Scripture: John 6:60-71  Date: July 24, 2022 Well, hello Church! It is certainly good to be with you today to share God’s Word with you all. Before I begin to teach, let’s go to the Lord in prayer.  Abba You are a God who speaks. As you spoke to your servant, John,…

The Triune God

Preacher: Isaac Zika Scripture: John 21:1-23 Date: July 17, 2022 Nine years ago I was taking a class that was part of my music therapy degree. During that class, which was mostly populated by seniors in their final semester, the professor mentioned the high burnout rate of music therapists. The picture painted of music therapy…

Good

Preacher: Annabell Knapp Scripture: Galatians 6 & 1 Peter 4 Date: July 10, 2022 Galatians 6 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially…

Boat People (Shaped by Stories)

Boat People (Shaped By Stories) – Jennifer Hosler Scripture: James 2 Telling stories can define and shape who we are and how we act. As a parent, I see how my child absorbs and is shaped by stories. We have read to him since birth, whether or not he could understand what we were saying.…

Lady Wisdom

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 & Romans 5:1-5 Date: June 12, 2022 As soon as I read the first few lines of this: Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? My interest perked IMMEDIATELY because of this incorporated pronoun: HER. We have the opportunity to read scripture from a…

What is God Like?

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture:  Luke 15:1-32 Date: May 29, 2022 Our children’s story today asked, “What is God like?” by Matthew Paul Turner and Rachel Held Evans. As the book said, “that’s a very big question.” What is God like? Pop culture (movies, cartoons) sometimes depicts a generic monotheistic deity in a variety of ways:…

Trouble the Water

Preacher: Chibuzo Petty Scripture: Proverbs 28 and 29 Date: May 22, 2022 Do you understand what just happened? What we just did? Do you really understand? Do you believe in what just happened? I know you’re probably thinking, Pastor Chibuzo that was a long… That was a long little bit of reading Jess B. did.…

All Things New

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6 & John 13:31-35 Date: May 15, 2022 “Where I am going you cannot come”. Harsh. I’m sure they thought, “Why?? Why can’t I come? Why do you have to leave, you’re right here! Harsh parenting, you can’t come with me. Instead, let me just leave you with one last…

All the time God is Good

Preacher: Chibuzo Petty Scripture: Psalm 22 Please close your eyes. As you hear these words, imagine the scene that accompanies them. “Oh my God, my God. Why have you forsaken me? Elahi, Elahi, lama sabachthani. My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?” You can open your eyes. As a Christian, when I hear…

Go Deeper Than What you See: Un-Ask 

Preacher: Julia Baker Swann Scritpures: Luke 13: 1-9 & Isaiah 55:1-9 The poet Joy Harjo said, “A poem can hold our questions, hold our contradictions.” I think one of the reasons I am a poet is because I love to ask questions.  But what I have found freeing about the way a poem asks questions…

by their fruits

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Genesis 3: 1-7 & Matthew 7: 15-20 This week on Tuesday was International Women’s Day. I was so busy, I didn’t realize this until the day was almost over. Funnily enough, the Women in Ministry group met for our monthly check-in and support call. To share space with so many amazing…

Into the Wild Within

Preacher: Randall Westfall Scripture: Synthesis of Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13 (Hart, NASB, NET) By day four the hunger pangs subsided. And in their place another kind of hunger emerged.  I’d been in this secluded Pacific northwest wilderness for half a week with nothing but the clothes on my back and the knowledge and…

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Madonna Nimmo says:

    Hi WCCOB
    Is there a link that I could listen to Pastor Chibuzo’s sermon on May 22. I was not able to attend via zoom

    1. Hello Madonna, it all depends on staff capacity, whether the service was recorded (sometimes there are errors), and whether preachers provide a textual sermon. Sorry that that is not a precise answer but if we have it, it will be posted eventually.

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