But Have Not Love

“Heart of the World” by Mikhail Reva, Odessa Children’s Hospital
Odessa, Ukraine

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….

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”…

NO CROSS, NO CROWN

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25,  Mark 8:31-38 Micah Bales   When I first read through the scripture readings for this Sunday, it wasn’t immediately clear to me how our gospel reading relates to the passage from Genesis. The story of Abraham and Sarah seems to be all about God bestowing unconditional blessing and abundance on…

EVERYONE, COME TO THE FASTING PARTY!

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Mark 1:9-15, Luke 18:9-14 Jennifer Hosler A Plant Geek Last week, I was talking with someone about the plants I have in my garden. I mentioned the different herbs that I grow and how my bay leaf tree has survived several years, even though it is not technically zoned for our city….

IF I PROCLAIM

Isaiah 40:21-31, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39 Nathan Hosler Directly before our passage is Paul’s discussion of meat sacrificed to idols. Though there is freedom to eat, this freedom is qualified by the higher priority of the spiritual well-being of others. Jenn preached on this last week. In this the Apostle considers food sacrificed to…

JESUS, MEAT, AND VEGGIES

Deut. 18:15-20; Mark 1:21-28; 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Jennifer Hosler How do we show love? Sometimes, it’s by holding back on the meat. Across the US, traditionally, meat and potatoes or meat and some other starch, are ubiquitous on the table. Many of our folks in this congregation come from places like Missouri or central Pennsylvania—traditionally…

KEEP NO SILENCE

1 Samuel 3:1-20 & John 1:43-51 Jeff Davidson   Sometimes God leads us into remarkable moments of serendipity, moments of happy coincidence. Early Wednesday morning I sent Care my sermon title and the two scripture texts we just read. On Thursday, President Trump made his infamous racist and vulgar remarks about not accepting immigrants from…

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD

Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 & John 1:1-18 Micah Bales In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. The Spirit of God hovered over the waters. The voice of God spoke light into the darkness. By his Word, God divided the day from the night. He created the…