He grew

Posted on: Monday, December 28th, 2015 in: Sermons

Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52 December 27, 2015 Isaac Villegas Advent builds with expectation—and after four weeks of Advent, four weeks of anticipation, four weeks of waiting, there’s a celebration, the celebration of the birth date of Jesus, the excitement of Christmas day. The incarnation is special. There’s so much there to capture our imagination, so […]

The bread of tears

Posted on: Monday, December 21st, 2015 in: Sermons

Psalm 80:1-7, Luke 1:46-55 December 20, 2015, the Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaac Villegas A verse from our Psalm for today, this fourth Sunday of Advent: “You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure” (Ps 80:5). Tears flow like a stream through the pages of […]

Unconventional Homemaking

Posted on: Monday, December 14th, 2015 in: Sermons

December 13, 2015 Luke 3:7-18 (Advent 3C) Savannah Ponder This is my first advent preaching and I really wanted to talk about Mary, about how beautiful she is and how she’s joyfully, but humbly carrying God. I was going to make a bunch of poetic comments about the waters of her womb and the waters […]

For you I wait all day long

Posted on: Sunday, November 29th, 2015 in: Sermons

Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 Nov 29, 2015, First Sunday of Advent Isaac Villegas There’s a book I’ve been reading lately, and I’ve decided that it’s basically an Advent book—a book about Advent, because it’s all about waiting. That’s actually the title: Waiting. It’s about some toys—these little creatures here on the windowsill—who […]

Warmth of the saints

Posted on: Monday, November 2nd, 2015 in: Sermons

Wis. of Sol. 3:1-9, Rev. 21:1-6a, Jn. 11:32-44 November 1, 2015 (All Saints Sunday) Isaac Villegas Jesus gets there too late. He gets to Lazarus too late. “Lord,” Mary says—this is Lazarus’s sister Mary—she says, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:32). If only Jesus got there in […]

What does love remember?

Posted on: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 in: Sermons

Job 42:10-17 Oct 25, 2015 Isaac Villegas At the beginning of the story, the story of Job, at the beginning of the book, Job has it all—wealth, possessions, family, perfect health. Then it’s all take from him. All of it. Oxen and donkeys, sheep and camels, sons and daughters, and he’s afflicted with sores, sores […]

Fire and flame are your ministers

Posted on: Sunday, October 18th, 2015 in: Sermons

Job 38, Psalm 104, Mark 10 October 18, 2015 Isaac Villegas I’m sitting there, trying to write this sermon, getting some decent thoughts on the page, typing away, me and my computer, along with everyone else and their computers, their books, their lattes—a bright day, a flood of sunshine cooled by a fall breeze. Then […]

If only

Posted on: Monday, October 12th, 2015 in: Sermons

Song of Songs 3:1-2, 5:6-8; Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Oct 11, 2015 Isaac Villegas Rabbi Akiva said: “Had the Torah not been given, the Song of Songs would have sufficed to guide the world” (quoted in Gillian Rose, Paradiso, 15). The Song of Songs to guide the world, to guide us in this world. No need […]

on divorce

Posted on: Sunday, October 4th, 2015 in: Sermons

Mark 10:2-16 October 4, 2015 Peter Hausmann Bring his head on a plate, sighed King Herod. And moments later, John the Baptist was beheaded, to please the whim of a dancing girl, to appease the vengeful heart of Herod’s second wife, who hated John for calling out Herod on his divorce and remarriage to Herodias. […]

If the Lord is for us

Posted on: Sunday, September 27th, 2015 in: Sermons

Psalm 124; James 5:13-20 September 27, 2015 Catherine Thiel Lee   If the Lord had not been for us –let Israel repeat it— If the Lord had not been for us when there arose against us: people, then alive they would have swallowed us in their burning rage against us.   Then the waters would […]