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…

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…

But we do see Jesus

“Jesus’ hand reaches out to the children” Sculpture at the Washington National Cathedral

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…

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…

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…

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?…

Glowing Heart(s)

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-11, Mark 9:2-9 The prophet Elijah, after a life of ministry, is swooped up in a chariot of fire. Where did he go? What is he doing? Like a movie (Avengers? Back to the Future?) when the person disappears and then is plunked down in the future or past,…

All Saints Day

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture: Revelation 7:9-17, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12 If you open it, you see. If you don’t open it, you don’t see it. The development of toddler language, reasoning, and observation is endlessly fascinating as well as regularly humorous. If you open it, you see. If you don’t open it, you don’t…