The horrified God

Posted on: Sunday, December 16th, 2012 in: Sermons

The Horrified God Zeph 3:14-20; Isa 12:2-6; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:7-18 by Isaac Villegas Dec 16, 2012 “Be silent before the Lord God.” That’s the verse that stuck out to me as I read Zephaniah this week. It comes early in the book, at the beginning: chapter 1, verse 7. “Be silent before the Lord.” […]

Finding salvation in Advent

Posted on: Monday, December 10th, 2012 in: Sermons

Finding salvation in Advent by Thomas Lehman December 9, 2012 Last Sunday, as the season of Advent began, Isaac spoke about life in prison, omens of an unbearable future, people fainting from terror, Jesus as a mashup artist (whatever that is), looming chaos, and catastrophe; all this when you might have come on the first […]

Apocalyptic climate

Posted on: Monday, December 3rd, 2012 in: Sermons

An Apocalyptic Climate Luke 21:25-36 by Isaac S. Villegas Dec 2, 2012 I’m reading a quirky book. It’s about a lot of things, but, for me, as I read, it feels like an invitation to pay attention to beauty, the graceful loveliness found in unexpected places. A man named Ken Lamberton wrote the book while […]

Hear

Posted on: Sunday, November 4th, 2012 in: Sermons

Hear Mk 12:28-34; Deut6: 4-9 by Catherine Lee November 4, 2012 “This utterance of Israel is not a dictator.  It will not impose its will.  It can only issue its summons and its invitation and await a decision that is always to be made yet again.” ~ Walter Brueggemann, Theology of the Old Testament, 725 […]

Sacrifice

Posted on: Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 in: Sermons

Sacrifice Heb 7:23-28, Mk 10:46-52 by Isaac S. Villegas Oct 28, 2012 They said he was a strange man. “Chris was something else; the weirdest one of all of us, Don shared at the microphone yesterday at the memorial service. Christopher Ross Henne, born in 1952, died last month, in his sleep. He just couldn’t […]

A hundredfold blessing

Posted on: Monday, October 15th, 2012 in: Sermons

A hundredfold blessing Mark 10:17-31 by Isaac S. Villegas Oct 14, 2012 As long as you perform your deeds for the sake of the kingdom of heaven or God or your eternal salvation, in other words for an external reason, things are not truly well with you. ~ Meister Eckhart, 14th century[i] Is it worth […]

Bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh

Posted on: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 in: Sermons

Bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh Genesis 2:18-24 by Meghan Florian Oct 7, 2012 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” In Genesis 2 we find ourselves in the garden, surrounded by lush green growing things, […]

Spirits and struggles

Posted on: Monday, October 1st, 2012 in: Sermons

Spirits and struggles Numbers 11:24-29, Mark 9:38-42 by Isaac Villegas Sept 30, 2012 Here’s how I like to tell my story of church wandering, of moving from one kind of church to another, of switching Christian traditions several times over the past 30 years. As a kid, our family moved from the Roman Catholic Church […]

Begging like dogs

Posted on: Monday, September 10th, 2012 in: Sermons

Begging like dogs Mark 7:24-27 Isaac S. Villegas Sept 9, 2012 I don’t like borrowing tools. I don’t like asking for help. I don’t like bothering anyone. I’d rather figure out how to do it on my own. Well, two weeks ago, in the middle of the afternoon, while I was home alone, I found […]

Hunger

Posted on: Monday, August 20th, 2012 in: Sermons

Hunger John 6:51-61 by Meghan Florian August 19, 2012 I hesitated to preach on the gospel text this week, since it is quite similar to last week’s text, but in the end it seems to me that there’s a good reason the lectionary keeps us here for awhile. So, we shall see what else we […]