Present with Mary and Elizabeth

December 24, 2023
Luke 1: 26-55

The magnificat – Our new Mennonite songbook, Voices Together, has at least five versions and several other hymns that reference Mary’s song. The magnificat is so central, so essential, to […]

Being Present with Peace

December 10, 2023
Mark 1:1-8; Genesis 1:1

The Gospel of Mark, like the Gospel of John, does not offer us an account of Jesus’ birth. Instead, it jumps right into the heart of the matter: Good News. […]

Present to Hope – Advent 1

December 03, 2023
Mark 13: 24-37

How lucky am I, to get to preach on Jesus’ apocalyptic sayings two weeks in a row! Last week we read Matthew 25 which is Matthew’s version of what Jesus […]

Longing for Reign: Reign of Christ Sunday

November 26, 2023
Matthew 25: 31-46; Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

A far right politician was elected president in Argentina last week. A “hard” right politician elected in Netherlands. Christian Nationalism is growing in this country. There is unthinkable violence in […]

Giving Thanks

November 19, 2023
Luke 22:14-20; Psalm 95:1-7

Have you noticed the way themes have the capacity to bubble to the surface of our attention at different times? In certain seasons, if you pay attention, it may seem […]

Bold Christians

October 29, 2023
Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18; Matthew 22: 34-46

Our congregational “theme” for this year is “grow boldly.” While I hope we are always growing, it is the “boldly” that intrigues me today. Boldness is not necessarily something that […]

United at the Table

October 01, 2023
Philippians 2:1-13

It is lovely to be back among you on World Communion Sunday. I am grateful to have the opportunity to once again stand behind this pulpit and share with you. […]

How the Light Gets In

August 13, 2023
Genesis 1:1-31

“When we talk about religion and theology, we’re actually talking about the kind of world we want to live in,” according to writer and pastor Brian McLauren. Furthermore, he says, […]

Imagination Compilation

July 30, 2023
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Once upon a time… It is a brilliant phrase. It invites our attention. It awakens our curiosity. It sparks our imagination. Upon encountering those words, once upon a time, we […]

Longing for the Revealing of the Children of God

July 23, 2023
Romans 8:12-25

The letter to Romans is a theologically rich and complex book of the Bible, and therefore the source of so many of the church’s most contentious debates. The eighth chapter […]