Fruits and Nuts

June 30, 2013
Galatians 5:1, 13-25

It has been almost six months since we have been back in the building. (Almost everything is done now; we are just waiting for the real exterior doors on the main floor.)  Everyone once in a while I notice something that we forgot to add to the list of improvements. The Church of the Brethren […]

Harmony and Discord

June 23, 2013
Matthew 18:15-20; II Corinthians 5:17-21

Mim – We are delighted to worship with you this morning. We want you to know how much we appreciate each opportunity to worship with you. Among the many churches we have visited, in our unbiased opinion Hyattsville Mennonite is one of the best. Jim – It is a personal joy to witness the leadership […]

Wisdom (and Mystery) of Trinity

May 26, 2013
Psalm 8; Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16: 12-15

What a coincidence that on this three day weekend the liturgical calendar gives us Trinity Sunday. This is a Sunday when we as Christians get to ponder one of the mysteries of our faith – that somehow God is 3 and 1 at the same time. There are days, and you may know them too, […]

It is the Time for Peace with Justice in Colombia

April 28, 2013
Psalm 34:1-14

Let’s start with an important theological question: How many of you enjoy eating avocados, guacamole, or just plain avocado? Raise your hand please! By noticing how fast the avocado salads and guacamole run out at potluck days and gatherings with this church, I was expecting that most of you would raise your hand. I’m glad! […]

Hearing Voices

April 21, 2013
Psalm 23, John 10: 22-30, Revelation 7: 9-17

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Sometimes the lectionary, the prescribed readings for the day picked out years and years ago, are just what we need. After this week of intended and unintended explosions, failed legislation, ongoing war… We need a calm Shepherd, whose voice we recognize, who knows the name of each sheep, who carries […]

Unity is non-negotiable

April 14, 2013

Introduction Good morning. It’s a pleasure for me to be with you this morning. I have heard about the good things happening here at Hyattsville, and have read several news releases about the remodeling and renovation you’ve just completed. So I appreciate the opportunity to come and see for myself—and to get to know you […]

Peace Be With You

April 07, 2013
John 20: 19-31

Easter Sunday has a reputation among pastors. For those who care about numbers, Easter Sunday has the highest attendance all year. This Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, has a reputation too; it is known as “low” Sunday because attendance is so abysmal (present company excepted of course.) The exhaustion from excessive Alleluia-ing and the […]

Rising to Life

March 31, 2013
Luke 23:55- 24:12, Psalm 118

Christ is risen. (Christ is risen indeed.)  Alleluia. Last week I perked up when I heard Garrison Keillor say (in a rebroadcast of Prairie Home Companion) that the preachers in Lake Wobegon were getting their Easter sermons ready. He said that Pastor Ingqvest from the Sanctified Brethren, and Father Wilmer at Our Lady of Perpetual […]

Should We Do Anything About A Murder?

March 17, 2013
Deuteronomy 21: 1-9; Mark 12:28-31

I imagine something like the following conversation took place after a body was found in the wilderness in ancient Israel. “There’s been a murder. Did you hear?” “Oh, No. Who was it?” “We don’t know.” “What do you mean? We know everyone in the village.” “But, it’s not one of our people.” “Well, where is […]

See everything has become new

March 10, 2013
Psalm 32; II Corinthians 5:16-21

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts, be acceptable worship in your sight, oh God, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 32 32:1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 32:2 Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose […]