Christmas meditations

Posted on: Sunday, December 27th, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: Christmas meditations Date: Dec 27, 2009 Texts: Lk 2:1-20, 2 Cor 5:17-21 Author: Isaac Villegas First Meditation (Lk 2:1-14): “News is power” Knowledge is power. News is power. I think it was in the Economist that I read about how financial firms pay a lot for cutting edge communication technologies. The firm that gets […]

Untitled 1

Posted on: Sunday, December 20th, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: Untitled 1 Texts: Micah 5:2-5; Luke 1:39-55; Hebrews 10:5-10 Date: December 20, 2009 (Advent) Author: Matt A couple of weeks ago Celia preached on advent and the expectation that comes along with waiting. She likened waiting to pregnancy – 9 months of hopes and expectations building and building, climaxing in the arrival of new […]

Deconstruction

Posted on: Monday, December 14th, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: Deconstruction Texts: Phil 4:4-7, Lk 3:7-18 Date: Dec 13, 2009 Author: Isaac Villegas The people come out to John to be baptized. But apparently John never learned how to be nice, how to be open and kind and polite and say excuse me before leaving the table and thank you and please, and how […]

An advent reorienting

Posted on: Sunday, December 6th, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: An Advent Reorienting Texts: Luke 1:68-79; Luke 3:1-6 Date: Dec 6, 2009 Author: Monica Schmucker As you looked at your bulletin and listened to the Scripture passages, you probably noticed that the lectionary has done something peculiar this week: the Psalm passage is replaced by a psalm of sorts from the New Testament. This […]

Christ our king

Posted on: Monday, November 23rd, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: Christ our King Texts: Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Rev 1:4b-8; Jn 18:33:37 Date: Nov 22, 2009 Before I get started, let me say something about where we stand today in the church calendar. We stand at the edge of Advent. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. And during Advent we wait with Mary […]

Companions

Posted on: Friday, November 20th, 2009 in: News

Worship is how God offers to be our companion through the Holy Spirit who weaves our lives into a “knot of unity,” as Augustine of Hippo once wrote. In this meditation below, you can find a description of how God befriends us through an ordinary church service. Here is an excerpt: Worship that evening choreographed […]

At home

Posted on: Sunday, November 15th, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: A body at home Texts: Dan 12:1-4; Ps 16; Heb 10:19-25; Mk 13:1-8 Date: Nov 15, 2009 Author: Isaac Villegas Jesus stands outside the towering temple in Jerusalem—at its highest point, the walls probably reached up to 175 feet high. You can see the building from miles away, dwarfing all the other structures in […]

Leftover grain, Leftover people

Posted on: Monday, November 9th, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: Leftover grain, Leftover people Texts: Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44 Date: Nov 8, 2009 Author: Thomas Lehman Our passages from Ruth and from Mark could hardly be more different as literature. After a first reading of the material from Ruth one could ask whether it belongs in the Bible. In contrast, Mark is familiar […]

Jesus wept

Posted on: Sunday, November 1st, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: Jesus wept Date: Nov. 1, 2009 Texts: Wis. of Sol. 3:1-9, Rev. 21:1-6a, Jn. 11:32-44 Author: Isaac Villegas Jen has been writing online about her life with her child Martin who is autistic. Jen was one of the founding members of our church. She and her husband were here from the beginning, but now […]

Please pray with me

Posted on: Sunday, October 25th, 2009 in: Sermons

Title: Please Pray With Me Texts: Job 42:1-9, Hebrews 7:23-28 Date: October 25, 2009 Author: Dave Nickel Jane’s Story: It’s a Friday afternoon in late August. Jane has just finished mowing the lawn at her two acres in “the county.”  Her mobile home shines in the bright North Carolina sunshine. As she surveys the surroundings, […]