The Forgiveness Equation

September 14, 2014
Matthew 18:21-35

Our son Simon is 9 months old and it is a fun age.  He is all over the place, crawling and climbing and getting into anything he can.  He is curious and interactive and loves it when others join him on the floor for playtime.  I try to spend some time everyday down on the […]

Article 14 and Matthew 18 in 2014

September 07, 2014
Matthew 18:15-20

When I turned to the lectionary for this week and saw that the gospel is this text from Matthew 18 I wanted to laugh, and scream, and cry. Really? The last meeting of the Reconciliation Discernment Committee was a week ago and the very next Sunday we are given this text. Oh the irony. This […]

God-fearing Midwives

August 31, 2014
Exodus 1:8-2:10

Sometimes I think about the children born in this country after September 11, 2001. I wonder how they view the world. They only know a country at war. In addition to fire drills, now in many schools they practice “intruder drills,” how to sit in the dark with their heads on their desks in case […]

Doggin’ Jesus

August 17, 2014
Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus is trying to get in the zone. He has a mountainous, twenty mile walk ahead of him to get to Tyre and Sidon. He is exhausted from the intense conversations he has just had with the group of Pharisees who came all the way from Jerusalem to challenge his religious practice. The religious leaders […]

Again And Again

August 10, 2014
Ephesians 4:1-3, 22-32; Luke 11:33-36

As you may have become aware already, the service this morning is being brought to you by members of the Safe Congregation committee.  The Safe Congregation committee is the committee that serves as a resource group for upholding Hyattsville’s Safe Congregation Policy.  For those who are newer to our community, or for those who may […]

Lest We Forget

August 03, 2014
Genesis 32:22-31; Romans 9:1-5

This past week saw the start of a war full of unseen consequences, or so was the case 100 years ago. 28 July 1914 saw the first declaration of war, thus beginning the First World War. If you know me, you know I enjoy studying this era of history, and have been on a reading […]

The Reign Of God Is Like . . .

July 27, 2014
Psalm 78:2-4; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

The past few weeks we have heard quite a few of Jesus’parables that are included in the gospel of Matthew. I have struggled, along with the disciples, to understand these cryptic quotes. I decided to ask the keeper of all knowledge for some help.  “Siri,”  I said, “tell me about parables.”I was immediately directed to […]

Is HMC A Living Contradiction?

July 13, 2014
Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:18-23

I. Our Unofficial Identity Statement Hyattsville Mennonite is a Christ-centered welcoming church committed to peace and justice. How do I know this? you ask. I’ve been going here for years, and I’m happy to say it’s just kind of obvious. But also, it’s on the front page of every bulletin, so even first-time attendees will […]

Messy Mercy

June 29, 2014
Genesis 22:1-14

When the lectionary offered up Genesis 22 as the text for this Sunday, I paused and shook my head, what is one to say about this story?  It is distressing, it is violent, it is confusing, it has moments of grace, but it is messy.  I sat with it for a moment and then decided […]

O Nineveh

June 22, 2014
Jonah Chapters 1-4

At a Crossroads Stuck at a fork in the road between God’s call and fear We meet Jonah You met me But what fear? To go, I think not He went – the opposite way Much like Jonah, give me adventure I am not afraid to go anywhere Give me a journey Give me a […]