Sermons

A Big Ol’ Box of Chips

September 17, 2017
Mark 11:20-25
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If you were here last week you may have heard Kathleen, the congregational chair for the year ahead, share the outcomes of the church council and pastorate’s working retreat day on Saturday, September 9. For those of you not familiar with the retreat it is an event that happens each fall as we begin a […]

Bound to be Broken, Bound to Love

September 10, 2017
Romans 13:8-12; Matthew 18:15-20
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Here we are, two or three gathered in the Name (the name so holy that in the Jewish tradition it dare not be spoken.) We gather in the Name – of hospitality and love and peace. The Holy One promises to be here among us. Thank goodness. Thank God because there are too many places […]

Look For The Helpers

August 27, 2017
Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8
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In an attempt to be more gentle and hopeful in the weeks after my experience in Charlottesville, I am re-watching the BBC show Call the Midwife. The series tells the stories of nurse midwives working in the east end of London, after the destruction of World War II, just as the national health system is […]

Faith, Hope, Love: A Showdown?

August 20, 2017
Lamentations 3:17-23; Matthew 21:18-22; I Corinthian 13:1-7, 13
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Many of you know that after college I took some time to travel. Two of my friends and I set off on a two month tour of art museums and culture sights around Europe. I was excited about the trip – it was my first time traveling off the continent of North America. It was […]

Ears to Listen, Hearts to Hear

July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
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Last week, I had the opportunity to preach at Scottdale Mennonite Church, another congregation in Allegheny Mennonite Conference. It was a treat to go and experience worship in another AMC context and to see some of the folks I have met at conference events over the past few years in their home setting. The community […]

The Broken Jug

July 09, 2017
Matthew 18:15-17; Zechariah 7:8-10; Ephesians 4:1-6
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For centuries, this text in Matthew has been used as a means of excommunication, of division, of shunning.    In many ways, it’s kind of nice in how straightforward it is. Let’s admit it, community life is difficult and messy, but finally! Here is a step by step instruction to keep order, three strikes you’re […]

Sin, Justice, and Grace

July 02, 2017
Romans 6:12-23
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Though it has been my nickname for many years, it surprises me to be talking about sin today – “the wages of sin is death.” It is a trope among a certain segment of Christians that “no one preaches on sin these days.” In fact, this very thing popped up on my Facebook page this […]

Living Love is a Verb

June 25, 2017
Deuteronomy 6:4-7; I Corinthians 13:1-7; I John 4:7-8
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In a week and a half a group of folks from this congregation will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 Mennonite Church USA [MCUSA] biennial convention. Every two years, delegates and interested persons from across MCUSA gather as a collective body to worship, fellowship, learn from each other, and do the work of […]

Harvest, Healing, Hospitality

June 18, 2017
Matthew 9:35-10:15
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Sometimes when I read the bible, I am inspired, moved, touched. And other times, I wonder why we are so committed to reading and re-reading this ancient text. We study the text in small pieces, disconnected from its literary context, taken out of its cultural context, and then we try to make sense of it […]

Family Trees

June 11, 2017
Genesis 1:1—2:4a
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I must confess that I live in a house divided. My sweetheart, Ryan, loves Star Wars. She has a Star Wars themed sweatshirt, a mug, a tote bag, a clock, socks, pencils… you get the idea… Because I am a loving & supportive partner I surprised her with opening night tickets to 1 of the […]