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Misunderstanding Jesus

Posted on: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 in: Sermons

John 4:1-42 February 4, 2018 Isaac Villegas This is a risky conversation, here at Jacob’s well in the land of Samaria: Jesus, a Jew, and this woman, a Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans are kindred peoples, distant relatives, both tracing their lineage to Jacob, the patriarch of Israel. Samaritans and Jews are cousins, but they are […]

Fierce love

Posted on: Sunday, January 21st, 2018 in: Sermons

John 2:13-22 January 21, 2018 Isaac Villegas Jesus is a Jew, part of God’s people. And as a faithful Jew, he takes a trip to the temple in Jerusalem for Passover, the festival that remembers Israel slavery in Egypt, and God’s salvation, God’s liberation, freedom from the shackles of bondage, their forced labor, their economic […]

Unseen revelations

Posted on: Sunday, January 14th, 2018 in: Sermons

John 2:1-12 January 14, 2018 Isaac S. Villegas Last week we read the opening scene in John’s Gospel. A man named Philip found his friend, Nathanael, and told him about a rabbi, a new one who was passing through town, an itinerant rabbi. This was not unusual in first century Judaism—rabbis would emerge, their ministry […]

Consent

Posted on: Sunday, December 17th, 2017 in: Sermons

Genesis 1, Luke 1 December 17, 2017 Kate Roberts i. In the beginning the earth was without form. In the beginning the darkness roamed and did not hide. The darkness covered. The darkness ruled. In the beginning, there was no light. In the beginning hope was formed with a breath that declared, “Let there be.” […]

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, […]