Seekers recognizes that any member of the community may be called upon by God to give us the Word. Our Guidelines for Preaching help us prepare sermons. This section collects for study and reflection drafts of sermons that happen to have been prepared in electronic form. The most recent sermon is on the top of the page.
March 17, 2019
The Second Sunday in Lent
Good morning. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve started a sermon with, “when I signed up to preach, I thought I was going to talk about [whatever it was] but it turns out that now I’m going to talk about this.” Today is another one of those times. I actually signed up to preach later in Lent, when I figured that my calendar would be a little less full. However, the person who had been signed up for today discovered a couple of weeks ago that they had to travel for work, so I offered to switch. Either way, I thought, since it was Lent, I would give a little history about the origins of the season and how it began as a way for the more seasoned members of the church to be in solidarity with the soon-to-be new Christians who were fasting, praying, and studying the basics of the faith as they prepared to be baptized during the pre-dawn service on Easter Sunday. I figured I could show you some pictures of 6th century baptismal fonts, and struggle to make that somehow fit with this morning’s difficult lectionary texts that seem to celebrate predestination, animal cruelty, invasion, conquest, land theft, and authoritarianism – and that’s just the Genesis reading!
March 10, 2019
The First Sunday in Lent
This morning, Jim Dickerson, the founder of New Community Church and founder and CEO of Manna, a nonprofit developer of quality, affordable housing in the District of Columbia, spoke on the temptation to allow the world’s good to keep us from going for God’s best for us in Jesus through the spirit with help from each other.
The text for this sermon is not yet available.
March 3, 2019
Today is Transfiguration Sunday, so my questions to you are, first, “Are you sleepy from keeping the vigil last night?” and second, “Did you bring the grapes or other fruit?” The Feast of the Transfiguration has been celebrated in the Western Catholic Church since the 9th century, Common Era. The date was set as August 6 in the Julian calendar, which is now August 19 in the Gregorian calendar that we follow. In the Eastern Orthodox churches, this Feast is marked by an all-night vigil the night before and by the bringing of grapes to be blessed after the liturgy is over. If grapes aren’t available, apples or other fruit may be brought to be blessed.
February 24, 2019
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Good morning Seekers, thank you so much for letting me share parts of myself with you this morning. For those of you who do not know me, I was born and raised in NY, and I am first generation American. My parents are from Haiti and Martinique who have origins in West Africa, India, and Europe. I moved to the DMV from France in 2005, and I never left. I have twin daughters who are 18 years old and attend college in NY and Boston. I love my girls and I cannot fathom my life without them.
February 17, 2019
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
When I’m at a party or social gathering with a lot of people I don’t know, and when Trish abandons me to go talk to someone else, I try hard to avoid small talk about he weather, or having a headache last week, or about a change in the garbage pickup schedule. My tactic is to ask one of two questions. If we haven’t shared names I’m likely to ask “What do you care about?” If we have shared names I’m likely to ask the person to “Tell me a story about yourself so that I have a chance to remember this conversation with you and just possibly might remember your name.” It surprises me, even sort of shocks me, that a fair number of people get stuck and can’t come up with a story, and instead say something like “I have two children” or “I work for the Federal Bureau of Imagination.”