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…

O THAT YOU WOULD TEAR OPEN THE HEAVENS AND COME DOWN

Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, & Mark 13:24-37 Micah Bales The first Sunday in Advent   I’ve been accused of many things. But I’ve never been accused of being without imagination. When I was a child, I had what you could probably describe as an overactive imagination. Every book I read, every cartoon I watched,…

NOW AND THEN

Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9 Jeff Davidson Sometimes the lectionary suggests passages that don’t seem to make a lot of sense. We’re just a week after Easter. You would expect that we should still be in celebration mode, shouldn’t we? You would think that we should still be shouting “Alleluia!” and rejoicing in the risen…

YEARNING FOR SUNDAY

John 20:1-18, Romans 6:1-14 Jenn Hosler A Saturday Vignette At the end of the meal, one of us stepped out. Judas was often heading in and out, so I assumed it was something with his duties as the keeper of the common purse. We didn’t think anything of it, I guess, but I wondered a…

He’s Back

  “He’s Back” – Nathan Hosler Acts 2:14a, 22-32, John 20:19-31, 1 Peter 1:3-9 The year was 2002. Just 24 months into the new millennium and there I was—sent but sitting in the dark. I was in Weierhof, a small German village of about 900 people an hour southwest of Frankfurt. Was with Eastern Mennonite…

Risen

  RISEN – Colossians 3:1-4    Matthew 28:1-10 Jeff Davidson – April 20, 2014 There’s a cartoon that shows people coming out of church on Easter Sunday shaking hands with the pastor.  One guy says. “You know, Pastor, this is why I only come once a year.  Whenever I’m here your sermon is always about the…

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE

WASHINGTON CITY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN Jeff Davidson April 6, 2014 YOU GOTTA BELIEVE Ephesians 2:1-10 I have some good news – baseball season has begun!  The Nationals started the season with a sweep. The Orioles didn’t open as well, but it’s early.  The Reds started a little slow but it’s okay.  No need to…