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.

“Responding Joyfully with Our Lives” by Deborah Sokolove

October 21, 2018 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Recommitment Sunday In our gospel reading for today (Mark 10:35-45), Zebedee’s sons James and John ask Jesus to let them sit at his right and left hand when he is in his glory. The answer that Jesus gives them is not the one that they want to hear. He says, you don’t know what you are talking about! I’m about to drink the cup of suffering, to be baptized with blood. Are you up to that? When they assure him that they are, he says, ok, you will get that, but it’s not…

“Why I am Recommitting” by Brenda Seat

October 14, 2018

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

When we first arrived in DC in 1985, I was struggling with so many questions about God, what it meant to be a Christian, who Jesus was, and why any of it mattered.  We had just gone through a complicated pregnancy, losing one baby while another, our oldest daughter Marian, lived.  There were complicated questions about death and life, and why these things happen to good people like us.  It was a complicated time, with Keith working long hours at a high-powered law firm and my choosing to stay at home with Marian.  We heard about Church of the Saviour through the leadership in the church we attended in Kansas City.  We had never read Elizabeth O’Connor’s books and had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we just showed up one Sunday at 2025 Massachusetts Avenue.

“Jesus, Creation, and Us” by Elizabeth Gelfeld

October 7, 2018

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Last weekend I went on the Seekers Silent Retreat, at Dayspring. Dayspring is 210 acres in Germantown that the Church of the Saviour purchased in the 1950s, the very early days of the church, so that they could have a place to go for renewal and healing in nature. Dayspring has woods and meadows, lakes and streams, all lovingly maintained now by members of Dayspring Church.

Saturday was a perfect fall day, sunny and crisp. Shortly after sunrise I was walking down the path from the Lodge to the Inn for breakfast, and suddenly I saw, ahead and a little to my left, two enormous spiderwebs, one behind the other, each suspended between a pair of trees. The rising sun’s rays illuminated the webs in all their delicate detail, and the sight was amazing. I stopped, and breathed thanks — for the beauty, for the spiders, for the surpise of it, and for joy.

“Saying ‘Yes’ Again and Again” by Peter Bankson

September 30, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Here at Seekers Church we’re in the middle of our annual season of recommitment. Today we will have the membership log available in the Skylight Room. It has the signatures of each person who has made their annual commitment to this community each year since 1976, when we began our life together as a separate family of faith. We will have the membership log available each Sunday until Recommitment Sunday on October 21st.

Last week, Marjory reflected on the importance of our annual recommitment. She said:

“REcommitment was another surprise. Wasn’t a one-time commitment good enough? But after a while, I realized that yearly recommitment helps me stay conscious of how my relationship with God and this community has evolved over time.”

“Who’s the Greatest?” by Marjory Bankson

September 23, 2018

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This is the season of REcommitment at Seekers, and so we might ask — What was the original commitment? Why yearly REcommitment?  How is that related to our gospel reading for today? And finally, what can WE do about that?

Let me start with commitment.

When Peter and I arrived here at Seekers in 1976, we had already read about Church of the Saviour in Elizabeth O’Connor’s book, Call to Commitment. We already knew that the church required serious preparation for membership, but we really had no concept of the degree of commitment required for the inner work that would continue to unfold over the years. What we didn’t know then was that joining the church was not the end of our preparation. It was just the beginning!

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