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We are not blind, are we?

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

John 9:1-41 March 26, 2017 Isaac S. Villegas “Surely we are not blind, are we?” (John 9:40). That’s what the Pharisees, the city leaders, ask at the end of the story, after they’ve spent a long chapter questioning a young man whose sight has been healed—the leaders questioning everyone who has anything to do with […]

What do I love when I love my enemy?

Posted on: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 in: Sermons

Matthew 5:38-48 February 19, 2017 Matt Elia What do I love when I love my enemy? This question echoes Saint Augustine’s: “What do I love when I love my God?” To hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, neither question can be answered without the other being asked. Both must be asked together and answered together. […]

We are the ones

Posted on: Monday, January 30th, 2017 in: Sermons

Micah 6:1-8, Matthew 5:1-12 January 29, 2017 Isaac Villegas Micah chapter six, verse 1: “Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.” That’s how it feels—today, this month, this weekend as the president told us his plan to build more walls at Mexico’s border, as he ramped up efforts […]

Follow me

Posted on: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 in: Sermons

January 22, 2017 Matthew 4:12-22, Isaiah 9:1-4 Isaac Villegas “Jesus left Nazareth,” it says, “and made his home in Capernaum by the sea” (Matthew 4:13). Jesus makes a home. He settles into a community for a while. Probably making and selling some furniture, since he’s a carpenter after all. Maybe he builds a few barns, […]

Who needs an epiphany?

Posted on: Sunday, January 15th, 2017 in: Sermons

Sermon title: Who needs an epiphany? Matthew 2:1-12 Thomas Lehman (This sermon was prepared for January 8, 2017, but icy streets kept us from worshiping that day. It was given on January 15.) When Neftali gave the sermon about two months ago he was careful to make sure that the words of the Bible passage […]

Mary, our theologian

Posted on: Monday, January 2nd, 2017 in: Sermons

January 1, 2017 Luke 2:15-21 Isaac Villegas “Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Her heart. We glimpse Mary’s heart in our Bible passage today. A glimmer of her inner life, of what she thinks about, of what will flash through her thoughts over the years, the thirty-three years, […]


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, […]