Wait With Joy

December 11, 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Our advent theme this year is Wake. Watch. Wait. These three small words are easy to glide right over. They seem almost interchangeable in our advent context. Yet they hold […]

Watching For Shoots

December 04, 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12

I am grateful for this season of advent. When all around we hear “buy, more, now” and “cook, bake, eat” it is a relief to come to church and hear […]


November 27, 2016
Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Well, here it is, once again the first Sunday of Advent and instead of being greeted with a text of excitement and warm fuzzy anticipation about the impending birth of […]

Be Still, And Know!

November 20, 2016
Colossians 1:11-20; Psalm 46

The Psalm has many familiar, reassuring cadences. Some of us may know it by memory. 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will […]

Frightening Omens, Patient Endurance

November 13, 2016
Luke 21:5-19; Isaiah 65:17-25

I am grateful to be with you all again today. Last weekend I spent an intense and idyllic weekend with 160 women doing theology in Leesburg, VA. We were participants […]

Faithful Flexitarians

November 06, 2016
Romans 14:1-18, 15:4-6

Yesterday was the fall delegate session for Allegheny Mennonite Conference. There were seven people from this congregation that attended the gathering. During the last several weeks, as we anticipated the […]

Centered In Christ

October 16, 2016
Luke 18:1-8; Ephesians 2:11-22

Ephesians 2:11-22 Bear in mind, that at one time the men among you who were Gentiles physically – called the “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves the “circumcised,” all because […]

Talking About Salvation

October 09, 2016
Isaiah 51:4-6; Luke 16:19-23

I don’t often hear about salvation in our church any more, so I was glad to hear a bit about it when our Colombian brother, Ricardo Esquivia, was here earlier […]

In It Together

October 02, 2016
Leviticus 19:33-34; Mark 10:13-16; Ephesians 2:17-22

On World Communion Sunday it is natural for us to think about the wider church. And I don’t just mean MCUSA, on world communion Sunday we are invited to ponder […]

Jeremiah IV

September 25, 2016
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

This week, Michelle lent me her graphic novel version of Jeremiah. It is fascinating – and helpful – to see the book of Jeremiah in “comic strip” format. Though it […]