2019

Divine Judgment: What Are We Afraid Of?

August 18, 2019
Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80; Hebrews 11:29-12:2
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Judgment. It’s not a word we hear a lot at Hyattsville Mennonite. So often we have felt judged by others for our actions, and therefore we hesitate to pass judgment, often rightfully so. We have been judged in many ways for almost 70 years by other congregations, our regional conference, our denomination, even by the […]

Finding Treasure

August 11, 2019
Luke 12:32-34; Isaiah 1:1,10-17
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It is a joy to be back among you after the gift of a three month sabbatical. My first Sunday back, on July 28, I was told I looked relaxed and happy. That’s an unfamiliar comment to receive! I want to hold onto that happy, relaxed feeling, we’ll see how long it lasts. There were […]

Recipe For Prayer

July 28, 2019
Luke 11:1-13
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How do we pray? It is a question the disciples of Jesus asked and one that we still ask today. What is prayer, what does it look like, sound like, feel like in our lives? We can read books, search the internet, go on retreats, and try it out for ourselves if we want to […]

From Chaos, Life

June 30, 2019
Galatians 3:23-29
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Today is the last day of June; a month full of rainbows and pride parades. Pride is an annual time of celebration for LGBTQ people (& allies) as LGBTQ people claim and joyfully proclaim their presence, value, and inherent worth in public spaces around the world. Pride events are held throughout the month of June […]

Get Up!

May 12, 2019
Acts 9:36-43
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Let us pray.  God of Resurrection Glory: You gave Peter the power to raise up Dorcas from the dead.  Raise us up, we pray, from the things that hold us back and weigh us down.  That we might raise each other up.  And may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart […]

Visions of Vision

May 05, 2019
Acts 9:1-20
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You’ve got to love a scripture passage that begins with: meanwhile. Meanwhile Saul continued to breathe murderous threats against the disciples. Okay, so maybe we don’t necessarily like what comes after the meanwhile in this particular sentence, murderous threats aren’t really things to love. But what this meanwhile does tell us is twofold – one […]

Nazis In The Basement

April 28, 2019
I Corinthians 3:1-21; II Peter 2:1-22
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The Last Word

April 21, 2019
Luke 24:1-12; Isaiah 65:17-23
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So much wrong and so much injustice, as you shouldered a wooden cross. Now like you, my best dreams are shattered; all I know is the weight of loss. My beloved, my beloved, tell me where can you be found? You drank deep of the cup of suffering and your death is our holy ground. […]

Sensing The Holy

April 07, 2019
Psalm 63:1-8; John 12:1-8
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If you were at the church retreat last fall, you may remember us doing some Biblio drama around the story of the woman anointing Jesus’ feet. A version of this story appears in all four gospels and when we explored the story at retreat – we used a mashed up remix of the accounts to […]

Lost and Found at Home

March 31, 2019
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
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Jesus told this parable a long time ago. It still gets told over and over in different ways, in literature, in song, in real life. There is something so compelling about this story that even people who aren’t Jesus followers know it. As familiar as this parable is, I have never had an opportunity to […]