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 […]

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 […]


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 […]