Sermons

Do as the Dandelions Do

Preacher: Anna Lisa Gross Scripture: John 12: 23-28 On lazy summer days we made dandelion crowns for each other, threading one end of a stem into the other. We made chains from dandelion stems, once from our front door, across the porch, across the yard, all the way to the neighbors’ front door. We picked…

Jesus Comes Out

Preacher: Anonymous Scripture:  John 2:1-11 Coming out is hard.  I can only speak from my own experience, but I am willing to bet most people would agree.  Being vulnerable with others about who you truly are is a nerve-wracking experience, even if you are pretty sure how they will react.  There is always the what…

With Us in Our Suffering

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scriptures (Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16)             Take a moment and imagine with me. Imagine that someone visits your church for the first time. You are chatting with them after worship, getting to know them a little, and they share with you that they struggle with a serious anxiety disorder. You say, “Thank…

A Harvest of Ground Cherries and Righteousness

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Mark 8:27-38 & James 3 Mark 8:27-388:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 8:28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the…

Clouds

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Hebrews 12:1 When I think about clouds, there are at least three different things that I think of. The first is the old Judy Collins song “Both Sides, Now.” It’s actually a Joni Mitchell song. Mitchell wrote it, but Judy Collins had the first hit with it in 1968. The first…

Religion on the Outside and the Inside

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scriptures: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 & James 1:17-27 What are some traditions that we have, either as individuals, or as families, or as a congregation? There are often family traditions associated with different holidays. When I was a kid we always had Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house, Christmas Eve at my aunt and…

Words of Life

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-20 & John 6:56-69 “As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.” If you were here last week, you may have noticed our child’s shiny rubber boots. These newly purchased boots are yellow with rainbow stripes. They replaced boots that…

The God of More

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scriptures: Ephesians 5:15-20 and John 6:51-58 We continue our unplanned Bread series this week with yet another scripture on eating and drinking the symbolic body and blood of Jesus. These last few weeks we’ve reflected on the miracle of feeding the 5,000, Jesus walking on water and guiding his disciples to safety,…

Life Bread—Bread of life

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: 1 Kings 19:4-8, John 6:35, 41-51, & Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Sometime in the middle of the week we would bike, walk, or drive about a kilometer down a dusty road through farm fields and past mango trees from Kulp Bible College to Church of the Brethren (EYN) Headquarters and the ZME (Women’s…

The Right Questions

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Psalm 78: 23-29 and John 6: 24-35 Jessie preached last week on the miracle of the loaves and fishes. One of my favorite British comedians and writers is a guy named David Mitchell. Mitchell once talked about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and pointed out that out of 5,000 people…

The WORK of Jesus

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: 2 Kings 4: 42-22 and John 6: 1-21 In these scriptures, God feeds all the people. In an incredible and unbelievable way, hundreds, thousands of people were fed with just a few initial loaves of bread and fish. This is one of those miracles that you’d have to see to believe….

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”…

Sheep and Justice

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Psalm 23 Earth Day was a couple of days ago, and it was a day where a lot of people on Facebook posted sayings or pictures about the beauty of nature and the importance of taking care of the Earth. If you checked out the Google Doodle for that day, it…

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…

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