One congregation, twenty preachers: a harmony of views

Posted on: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 in: News

August 2017 Thomas Lehman Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship has heard sermons from twenty preachers in the years 2014-2016, while having only one person, Isaac Villegas, as pastor. He gives about half the sermons. The congregation existed for its first five years without a pastor, and established a pattern of rotating sermon responsibilities.   Most of […]

I did not know it

Posted on: Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 in: Sermons

Genesis 28:10-19a July 23, 2017 Isaac Villegas Jacob is on the run, crossing border after border, fleeing from his brother who has threatened to kill him. The sun has set. His feet ache. He has to rest. So he finds a rock for a pillow and falls asleep. And he dreams. There’s a ladder reaching […]

But Rebekah loved Jacob

Posted on: Sunday, July 16th, 2017 in: Sermons

Genesis 25:19-34 July 16, 2017 Matt Elia “Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob…” ~ Genesis 25: 28 One of the best things about preaching at CHMF is also one of the worst things about preaching at CHMF: Every time you do it, you have to follow whoever preached […]

What love can do

Posted on: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 in: Sermons

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 July 9, 2017 Meghan Florian I told Isaac after the service last week that a more fitting lyric for his sermon, in contrast to the Chance the Rapper line, “the praises go up/the blessings come down,” would have been a line from “Wait For It” from Hamilton: “Love doesn’t discriminate/between the […]

Please

Posted on: Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 in: Sermons

Genesis 22:1-14 July 2, 2017 Isaac S. Villegas Grace and mercy—that God gives us what we don’t deserve, what we haven’t earned, and refuses to punish us for the wrongs we’ve done. That’s our faith, in summary. We trust in God’s grace and mercy, we try to embody God’s grace and mercy. We gather for […]

The PG-13 Life of Sarah & Abe

Posted on: Sunday, June 25th, 2017 in: Sermons

June 25, 2017 Tom Lehman Prayer: Lord, we seek to understand the heroes of scripture, even when we are separated from them by 4000 years and enormous cultural differences. Lead us to the eternal truth contained in the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael. This note before I start: Much will be said about […]

Mercy

Posted on: Monday, June 19th, 2017 in: Sermons

Luke 1:46-55 Isaac S. Villegas [Leipzig Service for the Shenandoah Bach Festival: June 18, 2017] Jesus must have learned his prophetic ministry from his mother. She was the one who said, “The Lord has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; God has filled the hungry with good things, and […]

Oaks of Mamre

Posted on: Sunday, June 18th, 2017 in: Sermons

Genesis 18:1-15 June 18. 2017 Last year I was in a city called Hebron in Hebrew and Al-Khalil in Arabic, an ancient city in the West Bank that has been home to Jews and Muslims for generations. As I was walking through the old city, near downtown, I saw a sign that said, “Mamre” pointing […]

a God who could dance

Posted on: Sunday, June 11th, 2017 in: Sermons

2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Psalm 8 June 11, 2017 (Trinity Sunday) Isaac Villegas “I would only believe in a god who could dance.” That’s a line from Friedrich Nietzsche. He couldn’t believe in the kind of God who looks like a bearded man, ancient, sitting in a throne above, aloof, far away from our lives, distant […]

He withdrew

Posted on: Sunday, May 28th, 2017 in: Sermons

Psalm 47, Luke 24:50-53 May 28, 2017—Ascension Day Isaac Villegas What did Jesus want? In thinking about this scene from the end of Luke’s Gospel, the ascension of Jesus, I’m wondering if this is what he wanted. This departure, this exit. “Lifting up his hands,” it says, “he blessed them. While he blessed them, he […]