Like Mary, Like Joseph

Posted on: Monday, December 20th, 2010 in: Sermons

Title: Like Mary, Like Joseph Text: Isa 7:10-16, Matt 1:18-25 Date: Dec 19, 2010 Author: Isaac Villegas Loved and Liked The story of Christmas, of Immanuel, God with us, is that we are not only loved by God, but that God likes us. Not only does God love us, God actually likes us. (See James […]

Mysteries of the flesh

Posted on: Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 in: News

A meditation on prison and Christmas. Here are a few lines from Isaac’s column: As members of our church gather for fellowship and prayer in prison, we receive the flow of God’s life through our hands. The love and friendship of God revealed at Christmas come to us again as the Spirit overshadows our circle […]

The house doesn’t always win

Posted on: Monday, December 13th, 2010 in: Sermons

Title: The House Doesn’t Always Win Text: James 5 Date: December 12, 2010 Author: Chris Gooding Many of you know that I haven’t always been Mennonite. I grew up as a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), which is the most conservative branch of the Lutheran church in America. To cite only a […]

Singing and the Spirit

Posted on: Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 in: News

Isaac wrote a reflection on his visit to a Mennonite church in Chicago. Here’s an excerpt: …His voice wavers, fading in and out; and it sounds as if his throat is full of gravel. Yet he sings with confidence: “Just a closer walk with thee; Grant it, Jesus, is my plea.” The rest of us […]

Becoming fire

Posted on: Monday, December 6th, 2010 in: Sermons

Title: Becoming Fire Text: Matt 3:1-12 Date: Dec 5, 2010 Author: Isaac Villegas John the Baptist appears in the wilderness and says, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me… He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matt 3:11). First John […]

Against war

Posted on: Friday, November 26th, 2010 in: News

Our church was recently mentioned in the local newspaper, The News & Observer, in a piece about congregations preaching against war and torture: …The Rev. Isaac Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, also preached on war Sunday. He said the classified reports released on the Wiki Leaks website and the disclosures in a new […]

Our tortured king

Posted on: Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 in: Sermons

Title: Our tortured king Texts: Col 1:11-20, Lk 23:33-43 Date: Novemeber 21, 2010 Author: Isaac S. Villegas Hanging on the cross, tortured, nearing death, a convicted rebel asks Jesus to remember him. Don’t forget me, he says, just before he dies alongside Jesus. We’re usually very good at running away from death. But our passage […]

Former glory

Posted on: Sunday, November 7th, 2010 in: Sermons

Title: Former Glory Date: November 6, 2010 Texts: Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Ps 145:1-5, 17-21 Author: Isaac Villegas Ah, the glory days. I’m sure you can remember them. We look back to some era of our lives, and think: Yes, those were the days. For me, I think back to the soccer field. Playing hard at weekend […]

The just shall live by faith

Posted on: Sunday, October 31st, 2010 in: Sermons

Title: The just shall live by faith Texts: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Luke 19:1-10 Date: October 31, 2010 Author: Thomas Lehman As today is Halloween, Chapel Hill’s most celebrated holiday, it is appropriate to say that the word means the hallowed evening before November 1, All Saints Day, a holiday in Europe and elsewhere. In the […]

The beginning and the end

Posted on: Monday, October 25th, 2010 in: Sermons

Title: The beginning and the end Texts: Gen 1:1-3, Ps 84, Jn 1:1-5, Rev 22:16-17, 20-21 Date: Oct. 24, 2010 Author: Isaac Villegas “The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Gen 1:2). The first chapter of Genesis is […]