Sermons

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…

Now I Know

Preacher: Chris Bowman Scripture: 1 Kings 17 The last two years have been something for the history books. Inflation, insurrection, plagues of locusts, global pandemic, now a war in Europe. How is it that people of faith are to survive such a time as this? Sometimes it’s hard to know. It’s hard to imagine surviving…

Bring Forth

Preacher: Nolan McBride Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20 I confess to almighty God  and to you my siblings in Christ  that I have not historically been a big fan  of today’s reading from Ephesians.  I was raised in a devout Church of the Brethren family that took our peace tradition seriously. My mother’s father and stepfather both…

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Bright, Shining Wonder

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 For those of us in the northern hemisphere, December is marked by short days and long nights. It is an adjustment for everyone, that first troubling transition out of daylight savings time when it just seems so very dark, so very early. I find those first few weeks quite…

Shines Forth (Enthroned Upon the Cherubim)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: Micah 5: 2-5a, Psalm 80: 1-7, & Luke 1: 39-55 “In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled…

Makes me Feel Some Kinda Way

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scriptures: Zephaniah 3: 14-20 & Luke 3:7-18 A little bit more frost on the grass each morning. Breathtaking, fiery red leaves cascade to the ground with every steady breeze. Winter is near.  Winter is the death that makes way for a new spring. A necessary death. A beautiful one. Sounds like Jesus. …

The Trouble with Christmas

Preacher: Chris Bowman Scriptures: Luke 1:68-79 & Luke 3:1-6 It is an honor to preach here at Washington City Church of the Brethren. You have been a good and faithful presence in the neighborhood over the years. Thank you for that! And thanks to Jessie for the invitation to preach, this second Sunday of Advent….

Awaiting the Mysterious

Pastor: Nathan Hosler Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:14-16 & Luke 21:25-36 This weekend we marked the life of my Grandpa Shenk. On Saturday, I, with my cousins and siblings, carried his coffin to the grave on a hill overlooking Lancaster County farmland and not a mile from where he lived much of his 86 years. Earl Eugene…

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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