The Lord is with you

Posted on: Sunday, December 18th, 2011 in: Sermons

Tile: The Lord is with you Text: Luke 1:26-38 Date: Dec 18, 2011 Author: Isaac S. Villegas   Prayer: May the Holy Spirit come upon us, and the power of the Most High overshadow us. May it be done to us according to your word. During Christmas, we remember that God has come close, that […]

Mary, Advent, and OWS: Rejoice with the lowly

Posted on: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 in: News

In this season of Advent, as we dwell with Mary, the one who is filled with Jesus, we let her words draw us into resonances of the gospel we may not have heard before. Mary’s words are living and active. They resound from places we may not have thought of as hospitable for God—like the […]

Occupying the wilderness of God

Posted on: Sunday, December 4th, 2011 in: Sermons

Title: Occupying the Wilderness of God Text: Mark 1:1-8 Date: Dec 4, 2011 Author: Martha King I was going to start with: It was a dark and stormy night… only it wasn’t stormy at all—the night was actually quite clear.  I do remember the wild darkness, however, and the crisp cool of summer nights up […]

An apocalyptic advent

Posted on: Sunday, November 27th, 2011 in: Sermons

Tile: An apocalyptic advent Texts: Isa 64:1-9; Ps 80:1-7, 17-19; Mk 13:24-37 Date: Nov 27, 2011 Author: Isaac S. Villegas “See the sunlight, we ain’t stoppin’ / Keep on dancing till the world ends / If you feel it, let it happen / Keep on dancing till the world ends / Keep on dancing till […]

Led into ministry

Posted on: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 in: News

Long before that moment, long before I discerned God’s call, the Spirit was working through the hands of the community, molding me into a pastor. With their hands, the people led me into ministry. I still remember Fred’s prayer on behalf of the community as they laid their hands upon me and impressed God’s calling […]

Life in the flesh

Posted on: Sunday, November 20th, 2011 in: Sermons

Tile: Life in the flesh Texts: Ezek 34:11-24, Ps 95:1-7, Eph 1:15-23, Matt 25:31-46 Date: Nov 20, 2011 Author: Isaac S. Villegas “If I said my heart was beating loud / If I said I want your body now / Would you hold it against me / If I said my heart was beating loud […]

Odd Notions: Nursing Rocks and the Image of God

Posted on: Monday, November 14th, 2011 in: Sermons

Title: Nursing Rocks and the Image of God Texts: Isa 46:3-9, Deut 32:1-18, Gen 1:26-27, 2 Cor 3:12-18 Date: Nov 13, 2011 Author: Catherine Lee I’m going to talk tonight about God, the mother of Israel. That statement invites a few qualifications, especially at this point in our sermon series and discussion. For one thing, […]

Imaging the invisible God

Posted on: Monday, November 7th, 2011 in: Sermons

Title: Imaging the invisible God Texts: Ps 131, Isa 66:10-13, Lk 13:31-35 Date: Nov 6, 2011 Author: Nate Rauh One of the central beliefs of the Jewish and Christian faiths, is that God is invisible. God is unseen. This is one of the central beliefs, and it can also be one of the most frustrating […]

How can this be?

Posted on: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 in: Sermons

Title: “How Can This Be?” Texts: Proverbs 8-9, 1 Corinthians 1:24-30, Luke 7:31-35 Date: Oct 30, 2011 Author: Meghan Florian Since we are in the midst of a sermon series specifically focusing on God and gender, our texts have been chosen to direct us to a particular topic – Jesus, Woman Wisdom. And, I admit, […]

Priesthood of all believers

Posted on: Monday, October 31st, 2011 in: News

Here are some of Isaac’s reflections on what it was like to show up at Chapel Hill Mennonite and experience a community that made “the priesthood of all believers” a living reality: During the service people from behind me, in front of me, and to my right and left got up to lead various parts […]