After Christmas

Posted on: Monday, December 30th, 2013 in: Sermons

After Christmas Matthew 2:13-23 by Isaac Villegas December 29, 2013 The Christmas season is full of magic, a season of miracles — Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus surprising children with gifts, stories of angels appearing to shepherds in the night sky, and, the miracle of all miracles, the advent of Christ, God as human flesh […]

On being liked

Posted on: Monday, December 23rd, 2013 in: Sermons

On being liked Matthew 1:18-25 by Isaac Villegas Dec 22, 2013 Not only does God love us; God also likes us. The story of Christmas tells us that we are not only loved by God, but that God actually likes us. There’s a difference between loving people and liking them. I can think of people […]

Death in the hands of life

Posted on: Monday, December 16th, 2013 in: Sermons

Death in the Hands of Life Third Sunday of Advent, Dec 15, 2013 By Scott Schomburg Matthew 11:2-11 In the world of Matthew’s Gospel, death has broken loose. Its kingdom is on the offensive. It terrorizes. Annihilates. Threatens. Herod’s massacre jolts us into world ordered by death. Disease invades life. Death’s relentless force designates some […]

Advent fire

Posted on: Monday, December 9th, 2013 in: Sermons

Advent Fire Matthew 3:1-12 by Isaac Villegas Dec 8, 2013 On this second Sunday of Advent, we talk about fire. Not just the flicker of a candle, but flames, blazing. Christmas brings a baptism of fire. The advent of Jesus means fire. John the Baptist tells us so, when he appears near Jerusalem, with bugs […]

Live by mercy

Posted on: Monday, October 28th, 2013 in: Sermons

Live by mercy Luke 18:9-14 by Isaac S. Villegas October 27, 2013 The Pharisee stands by himself, it says, and prays; he offers words of gratitude, of thanksgiving. He’s grateful for his luck, his good fortune that he has not become a thief or villain, an adulterer or tax collector — he’s grateful that he […]

She Persists

Posted on: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 in: Sermons

She Persists Luke 18:1-8 by Meghan Florian October 20, 2013 In today’s gospel passage from Luke, Jesus tells the disciples a parable about their need to pray always, and not lose heart. The story take places in a certain nameless city, and features two main characters. First, there is a judge who has no fear […]

Homemaking

Posted on: Sunday, October 13th, 2013 in: Sermons

Homemaking as resistance Jeremiah 29:1-7 by Isaac S. Villegas October 13, 2013 “Build houses… Plant gardens…” Jeremiah says (Jer 29:5). James picks through a crumbling building on an abandoned lot on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, carefully selecting rubble to make a border for the deserted plot of earth he had dug into an […]

Lamentation and Communion

Posted on: Sunday, October 6th, 2013 in: Sermons

Lamentation & Communion Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26 by Nathan Rauh-Bieri October 6, 2013 Last Sunday, Isaac preached about what Jeremiah does in the face of the impending destruction of Jerusalem: he buys a field at Anathoth. This mundane of act of sober hope is also an invitation for life to happen in the midst of and […]

the field at Anathoth

Posted on: Monday, September 30th, 2013 in: Sermons

The field at Anathoth Jeremiah 32 by Isaac S. Villegas Sept 29, 2013 I haven’t spent much time at the Anathoth Community Garden. I haven’t pulled weeds in those beds or picked tomatoes from the vines, as I know some of you have done. I’ve only been out there for celebrations — for harvest festivals […]

Righteous but shrewd; poor but extravagant

Posted on: Monday, September 23rd, 2013 in: Sermons

Righteous but Shrewd; Poor but Extravagant Luke 16:1-15 by Ben D. Sept 22, 2013 As Catherine reminded us last week, Luke’s gospel has much to say about loss—about the experience of losing things.[1] Jesus says: Those who want to save their life will lose it; those who lose their life for my sake will save […]