Sermons

 Seekers recognizes that any member of the community may be called upon by God to give us the Word. This site collects for study and reflection drafts of sermons that happen to have been prepared in electronic form.

Our Guidelines for Preaching helps us prepare sermons.The most recent sermon is on the top of the page. Our sermon archive covers sermons 2006 and earlier.

"The Revolution of the Intimate" by Tim Kumfer

May 14, 2017                                           

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

It is wonderful to be here with you all today. Despite the infrequency of my visits, Seekers has become something akin to a second or third spiritual home for me – a place I know I will belong, as well as find beauty and rest. And it is one of a very small constellation of congregations that I will encourage my spiritually restless friends and acquaintances to visit; where I know they will be received with love and a hospitable curiosity concerning their lives. As a space frequently used by The Potter’s House and Interfaith Power and Light for retreats, Seekers has come to signify for me a set aside place for conversations about the things that matter most: our vision, our values, and the sacred and mundane means we will use to strive towards them. I want to thank you, too, for all of your continued support of our efforts on Columbia Road. It is difficult to express how much it means to me to receive a kind note and gift out of the blue, particularly during a period when I and we have felt stretched and challenged, sometimes to our limits.

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A Service in the Style of Taize for Easter, 2017

May 7, 2017                                           

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This is What Ressurection Looks Like

Fourth  Sunday of Easter

 Several times each year, Seekers Church takes time out from its regular preaching schedule for a service of chant, prayer and reflection modeled on the worship of the Taizé Community in France. This Sunday was one such time. Repeating the chants together until they die away into the silence provides rest for our world-weary spirits as well as an opportunity for individual reflection on our faith journeys. As we joined in spirit with the monks at Taizé, we were nourished by their faithfulness as well as by their music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"What Resurrection Look Like" by Grace Fowler

April 30, 2017                                           

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This is What Ressurection Looks Like

Third Sunday of Easter

Good morning! I am so excited to be worshipping with you today.

I want to break down this story with you all and then dive into what it means to me. The first thing we have to do is put ourselves into the story. When I was in college, I was in a bible study/ministry group called Intervarsity. The most important thing I learned from that ministry was to put myself into the shoes of the people living the bible story. As 21st century readers, it is really easy for us to pass judgement on bible characters. We tend to bring a moral superiority to the bible. Well we treat women better and would always understand Jesus’ teachings and would never doubt a promise from God. That is because we read the bible through the lens of the resurrection. We get to see the fulfillment of the promises in Jesus Christ! So before we tackle the gospel, it is wise to set aside some of those 21st century ideals for a moment and just live into the reality of the disciples. As we go through the text, keep in mind that the disciples don’t have the resurrection goggles that we have.

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"Unimaginable" by David Lloyd

April 16, 2017                                           

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This is What Ressurection Looks Like

Easter Sunday

Christ is risen!  (Christ is risen indeed.)  Hallelujah!

After 2,000 years when we say “Christ is risen indeed” we may feel one or more of a range of emotions.  We may feel joy so profound that it can bring us close to crying.  We may have a feeling of absolute certainty that gives us hope and confidence for the present and the future.  But some of us might feel uncertainty or even heaviness as we say it.  Some of us might even say it with reluctance – while feeling that we shouldn’t feel reluctant.  A few of us may even say it with disbelief, mentally rolling our eyes and crossing our fingers.  Our range of emotions about the resurrection of Jesus reflects how challenging that resurrection is for us modern, rational, post-Enlightenment, educated folk.

 

The four gospels are silent about what the disciples did during that Sabbath following Jesus’ crucifixion and then on that Saturday night.  We can’t know what they thought about the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  I suspect the disciples probably didn’t do much or talk much.  The shock had been too great.  They were too depressed and ashamed.  What had happened had been unimaginable.

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"Meet Me in Galilee" by Marjory Zoet Bankson

April 16, 2017                                           

Meet Me in Galilee

Easter Sunrise Service at Wellspring

[From time to time we will publish sermons delivered by members of Seekers Church in venues other than Seekers worship. Below is one such sermon offered by Marjory Zoet Bankson at the 2017 Church of the Saviour Sunrise Service at Wellspring.]

Text: Matthew 28: 1-10

When I was here at Wellspring three weeks ago for the Church of the Saviour discernment retreat, Cheryl Hellner led us in two sessions of “gathered silence.” She began by saying that, during Lent, she had “apprenticed herself” to the pair of eagles nesting at the National Arboretum. Cheryl’s description of watching them protect their two precious eggs through the icey windstorm earlier that month made a deep impression on me. I felt that we, too, were gathered here to protect and nourish the possibility of new life in Church of the Saviour.

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"A Sermon for Palm Sunday" by Brenda Seat

April 9, 201717 Altar Lent

Palm/Passion Sunday

 On Palm Sunday, we usually hear the Biblical narratives of Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem and the passion Jesus experienced in the days that followed.  Although these readings are powerful, they can also easily become stale and routine and after hearing them every year they can wash over us with such familiarity that we are sometimes not even touched by them. 

 

This year Celebration Circle decided to do something a bit different that might allow us to hear these stories with new ears and open hearts.

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"The Work that is Ours To Do" by Marjory Zoet Bankson

April 2, 201717 Altar Lent

 The Work that is Ours to Do

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Last weekend, Judy Lantz and I represented Seekers at the Church of the Saviour discernment retreat at Wellspring. On Saturday, Cheryl Hellner led us in two sessions of gathered silence. She began by saying that, during Lent, she had “apprenticed herself” to the pair of bald eagles nesting at the National Aboretum. On a low altar in the center of our 23-person circle was an empty bird nest placed carefully on a hand-crochetted prayer shawl. For me it became the image of our work.

 

Bald eagles mate for life and they return to the same nest, year after year. This pair has used the same large flat nest at the arboretum for the past three years, so you can watch their activities LIVE from two hidden cameras. Like some other large birds, eagles share time on the nest, alternating the incubation duties with foraging for food. During the recent ice storm, Cheryl watched late into the night as one of them, covered with snow, clung to the nest and sheltered their two eggs in high winds. Their task, she reminded us, was to “shelter the possibility of new life.”  

 

That was our work too, as communities within Church of the Saviour. We seem to be at a critical point of deciding what “the tradition of Church of the Saviour” means to us now. What is the new life that we are sheltering?

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