Exactly what you want

Posted on: Sunday, December 28th, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: Exactly what you want Date: December 28, 2008 Texts: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Luke 2:22-40 Author: Isaac Villegas Sometimes you get exactly what you want. Eric wanted bike gloves and bike pants—those nice spandex kind with the butt padding. I thought he was going to wear them to church as a sermon illustration. He was asked […]

Waiting for what?

Posted on: Sunday, December 21st, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: Waiting for what? Date: December 21, 2008 (4th Sunday of Advent) Texts: Luke 1:26-38, 47-55 Author: Isaac Villegas What are you waiting for? Think about it. What are you waiting for?—a new job, a child, friends, a paycheck, love, a restored relationship, forgiveness. Or maybe you’re simply waiting for the end of my sermon. […]

Pregnant with God

Posted on: Friday, December 19th, 2008 in: News

Christians are people who make room for God. Mary is the first one in the Christian story who shows hospitality to Christ. She gives her very body as the space where good news can be born in our world full of bad news. In his Advent reflection for The Mennonite, Isaac looks to Mary as […]

Letter from Nathan in Bangladesh: Dekha hobe

Posted on: Monday, December 15th, 2008 in: News

For the past few years Nathan Charles has worshiped with us. He recently decided to serve with Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh for the next three years. Below is his latest letter. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Isaiah’s Advent vision, and ours

Posted on: Sunday, December 14th, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: Isaiah’s Advent vision, and ours Date: December 14, Third Sunday of Advent Texts: Psalm 126; Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Author: Tom Lehman The sequence of passages in the Revised Common Lectionary during Advent reminds me every year that the Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas are more varied and complicated […]

Anticipating Glory

Posted on: Sunday, December 7th, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: Anticipating Glory Date: December 7, 2008 (2nd Sunday of Advent) Texts: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 Author: Monica Schmucker Growing up with a German mother, advent was a season we celebrated, and so I have long felt that I understand the concept of Advent better than most Americans. I […]

Beware, Keep Alert

Posted on: Sunday, November 30th, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: Beware, Keep Alert Date: Nov 30, 2008 Texts: Ps 80:1-7, 17-19; Isa 64:1-9; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Author: Chris K. Huebner We come now to the season of Advent. This is, of course, the beginning of the so-called Christian year. And so it would not be inappropriate to greet each other with the […]

Thanksgiving

Posted on: Monday, November 24th, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: Thanksgiving Date: November 23, 2008 Texts: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ps 100; Eph 1:15-23; Matt 25:31-46 Author: Isaac Villegas When Steve and Sandra sit down for dinner, they have to do one thing before they can eat. They have to say what they are grateful for. That shouldn’t be too hard, right? Well, I ate […]

Hope buried or planted?

Posted on: Monday, November 17th, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: Hope buried or planted? Date: Nov. 16, 2008 Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Author: Ryan Koch Chiapas, the southern most state in Mexico. To many, Chiapas might seem like one of the last under-explored, abandoned areas in the Western world. For those trying to picture the size of Chiapas, it’s about the size of South Carolina. […]

The Resurrection of the Dead

Posted on: Sunday, November 9th, 2008 in: Sermons

Title: The Resurrection of the Dead Date: November 9, 2008 Texts: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, Psalm 78:1-7, I Thess. 4:13-18, Matt. 25:1-13 Preacher: Julian Forth Almost one thousand years ago, during the Medieval period, was born a theologian by the name of Peter Damian.  He was born in Italy and in his late twenties he entered […]