Hope made flesh

Posted on: Monday, December 4th, 2017 in: Sermons

Daniel 3:8-30 Dec 3, 2017 Isaac Villegas This is the third week where the prophets have taken us to Israel in exile, the Jews in Babylon, God’s people surviving in the midst of their oppressors—Isaiah, Jeremiah, and now Daniel. In these Scriptures, the prophets offer words of survival, guidance on how to go on, now […]

Gardens

Posted on: Monday, November 27th, 2017 in: Sermons

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14; Psalm 137:1-6 November 26, 2017 Isaac Villegas The Jeremiah writes a letter, a prophesy, to his people in exile, deported to Babylon, living among their enemies—a letter as guidance on how to survive. “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles… ‘Build houses and live in […]

Unto Us: A Child

Posted on: Sunday, November 19th, 2017 in: Sermons

Isaiah 9:1-7 November 19, 2017 Catherine Thiel Lee This week I listened to the radio while driving around on the highway, as I often do these days, sipping my coffee and seeing how long I can tolerate to drone of the regurgitated news cycle before I have to resort to more interesting podcasts, or give […]

The Lord roars

Posted on: Sunday, November 12th, 2017 in: Sermons

Psalm 70; Amos 1:1-2, 5:14-15, 18-24 Isaac Villegas November 12, 2017 For the past several weeks, the passages have focused us on specific people, characters in the story of the Bible, individuals in leadership roles in Israel—people like Samuel and David and Elijah, and we heard their stories as ways to think about our own […]

I alone am left

Posted on: Sunday, November 5th, 2017 in: Sermons

I Kings 19:1-18 November 5 2017 Nathan Hershberger I can’t read this story and not be transported back three years ago to August 8, 2014. It had been three weeks since Kaitlin and I had moved to Erbil, Iraq, to serve with Mennonite Central Committee. We were living with the couple whose place we were […]

Voices

Posted on: Monday, October 16th, 2017 in: Sermons

1 Samuel 3:1-21 Oct 15, 2017 Isaac Villegas We’re great at eavesdropping, at reading other people’s mail. That’s what we do when we read the Bible, our holy scriptures, all the writings complied in this book, letters and stories written to other people, ancient peoples in faraway lands. But in these words, in these stories, […]

Deny yourself

Posted on: Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 in: Sermons

Matthew 16:21-28, Romans 12:9-21 September 3, 2017 Isaac Villegas “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’” (Matthew 16:24). Self-denial. That’s what we do, as Christians. That’s who we are. We deny ourselves the things of this world—and we […]

Keys, keys, keys

Posted on: Sunday, August 27th, 2017 in: Sermons

Matthew 16:21-28, Romans 12:9-21 August 27, 2017 Isaac Villegas “I got them keys, keys, keys / I got them keys, keys, keys / I got them keys, keys, keys.” That’s DJ Khaled. He’s a rapper, kinda. And when I hear Jesus in our passage tell us that he will give us the keys to the […]

O my people

Posted on: Monday, August 21st, 2017 in: Sermons

Psalm 133, Genesis 45:1-15, Matthew 15:21-28 August 20, 2017 Isaac Villegas “O my people.” The words from our hymn have been circling in my head ever since Eric sent me the list of songs Friday afternoon, at 2pm, in an email I read on my phone in front of the old courthouse in Durham, near […]

Peter walks on water

Posted on: Sunday, August 13th, 2017 in: Sermons

Matthew 14:22-33 August 13, 2017 Catherine Thiel Lee By now most all of you have heard about, read about, seen footage of the white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville yesterday. You have taken in the images of the predictable violence that erupted, the confused tangle of words and outrage and lack of outrage […]