Posted on: Thursday, December 8th, 2016 in: Sermons

Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, Matthew 3:1-12 Isaac Villegas Dec 4, 2016 (Advent 2) John appears near Jerusalem, with bugs in his teeth from his locust meals, with the wild in his eyes, howling at the world to repent. A voice crying out from the wilderness, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew […]

Advent at night

Posted on: Monday, November 28th, 2016 in: Sermons

Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 Isaac Villegas Nov 27, 2016 (Advent 1) Sometimes, in the morning, when I’m waking up, I find myself in a dream world where everything is as it should be, a world without pain and sorrow, a world full of joy and peace: swords turned into plowshares, spears into pruning hooks. And […]

Shepherds Who Shepherd

Posted on: Monday, November 21st, 2016 in: Sermons

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Meghan Florian November 20, 2016 Today is “Reign of Christ” Sunday, a fact that feels both timely and unsettling. This Sunday comes around every year, one moment in the cycle of time Christians inhabit, before we circle back into Advent once again. But this year, today, the world looks different. This is neither […]

Nation against nations

Posted on: Sunday, November 13th, 2016 in: Sermons

Malachi 4:1-3, Luke 21:5-19 Isaac Villegas November 13, 2016 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Dreadful portents. Signs from heaven. This part of the Bible, this passage from the Gospel of Luke, is called “the little apocalypse.” The word apocalypse means unveiling, uncovering, revelation, the truth exposed. The day after the election, […]

Gratitude has made you well

Posted on: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 in: Sermons

Luke 17:11-19, Psalm 66:11-12 Isaac Villegas Oct 9, 2016 “As Jesus entered a village, ten lepers approached him, keeping their distance” (Luke 17:12). These ten people aren’t even called people. They aren’t even acknowledged as human beings. They are called lepers. They are known as lepers. Their identity is leper. They are sick with a […]

Tears becoming words

Posted on: Monday, October 3rd, 2016 in: Sermons

Lamentations 1:1-6, Psalm 137 Isaac Villegas Oct 2, 2016 Last week during Sunday School, one of the kids asked a question that I’ve been thinking about all week, especially during a week like this one. We asked our class of 6 and 7 year olds what they wanted to learn about this year, what questions […]

Break the chains

Posted on: Sunday, September 25th, 2016 in: Sermons

Jeremiah 32:1-15, Psalm 146 Isaac Villegas Sept 25, 2016 Jeremiah, chapter 32, verse 2: “At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard.” The people are in captivity. Jeremiah is under arrest. There is no hope. On the horizon, […]

Life-giving debt

Posted on: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 in: Sermons

Luke 16:1-13 Shannon Schaefer September 18, 2016   Mary Oliver’s poem, entitled Moments, makes me think of this week’s gospel text. Let me read it for us, and we’ll see what we can see: There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like, telling someone you love them. Or giving your money away, all […]

The burden of care

Posted on: Sunday, September 11th, 2016 in: Sermons

Luke 15:1-10, Exodus 32:7-14 Shenandoah Nieuwsma September 11, 2016   When I looked over the scriptures for this week in preparation to preach, I found that the Exodus passage and the Luke passage presented an astonishing juxtaposition. The Exodus scene has God downright disgusted by the Israelites he led into the wilderness. The Israelites, perhaps […]

Let mutual love continue

Posted on: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 in: Sermons

Thomas Lehman August 28, 2016 Opening prayer. Eternal Spirit, Draw us together in this hour and help us to expand the circle of those whom we reach in love. The author of the book of Hebrews is unknown, so much so that some scholars do not even have anybody to suggest. However, it is nonetheless […]