WHO ARE “ALL”?

Matthew 25:37-40, Acts 2:42-47 Faith Westdorp In today’s reading we see the beginnings of the first church. Matt Skinner writes that this passage “describes a community of faith that operates in the power of God’s Spirit. The virtues of justice, worship, and mutuality are not accomplishments of extraordinary folk; they are signs of the Spirit…

GLORIFYING THE STRENGTHS GIVEN BY GOD, FOR GOD

Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42, Psalm 95 Emmy Goering I’ve just returned to D.C. after spending the last week in the Chicago area at the Brethren Volunteer Service retreat. There, I was able to get some much needed rest and was able to connect with the friends who I’d bonded with at our orientation. While we…

Love is the Qualification

Jeremiah 1:4-10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Jennifer Hosler Have you ever felt like a fraud? Like you were inadequate and that it was only a matter of time before people found out that you really weren’t qualified? These feelings are apparently very common for people in graduate school. Lingering in many students’ minds are thoughts like,…

SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

Ephesians 4:1-16 Jeff Davidson (note – BVS refers to Brethren Volunteer Service, a program where volunteers serve in a variety of assignments around the world for 1-2 years.  In today’s service a BVS orientation unit and a Senior High work camp were in attendance.) For those of you who don’t know me, I work at…

Victor, King, Servant?

Victor, King, Servant? – Jennifer Hosler Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11 Today is Palm Sunday, as we have already seen and heard and waved our palm branches. Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, is the name that the church has given to mark the events in Scripture which are referred to as the Triumphal…

Waiting for the Bulb to Flower

Waiting for the Bulb to Flower Jennifer Hosler Deut. 30:15-20; Ps. 119: 1-8; 1 Cor. 3:1-9 Last Sunday was a big step for us as a congregation. While we had made the decision to proceed with the new ministry model at the end of July, this was, finally, its official implementation. As we all know,…