Ofrenda

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46b-55 Date: December 11, 2022

Thanksgiving Reflection

Preacher: Chibuzo PettyScripture: Isaiah 2:1-5 (NRSVUE), Psalm 122 (NIrV)Date: November 27, 2022

Christ the King

Preacher: Jen Houser – Guest Preacher Scripture : Luke 23:33-43 Date: November 20, 2022 For those of you who don’t know me, I am currently the Director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives located at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, IL. My work largely includes answering research questions for patrons,…

Reflection Sermon

Preacher: Chibuzo Petty Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-18 Date: November 13, 2022

Leaning into Church Friendships, Leaning to Church Conflict

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11; 2:2-4, 12-16; 4:1-7 Date: November 6, 2022 Could a spreadsheet help strengthen your friendships or even our relationships within the church? Maybe, according to an NPR article (Keane & Weiner, 2019). Here’s an excerpt: Vanessa Nuñez was craving close friendship. “I had a lot of surface-level relationships with different…

Dia de los Muertos

Preacher: Jessie Houff Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Date: October 30, 2022 Two weeks ago I participated in a Zoom workshop on Dia de los Muertos, the altar or ofrenda, and learned of an upcoming vigil. This vigil is for migrants who have lost their lives on their journey to the United States. Our scripture today…

COME TO THE LIGHT

Numbers 21:4-9   Ephesians 2:1-10   John 3:14-21 Jeff Davidson The comedian Norm MacDonald has a shaggy dog story that he sometimes tells. I’m going to do a very, very shortened version of it here. A moth visits a podiatrist’s office. The podiatrist says, “What can I do for you today?” The moth says, “Doc, my life…

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…