“Apocalypse, Lament, and Advent” by Jeanne Marcus

First Sunday in Advent

December 3, 2023

One of the unexpected blessings of having an energetic young grandson living in New York City is that if a wild, wet, windy day comes along while we’re visiting, we join the family heading out on their favorite rainy day activity—taking the bus to the American Museum of Natural History. This is how it’s happened that I’ve been blessed with three times experiencing the WORLDS BEYOND EARTH space show in the Museum’s awesome Planetarium.…

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Memorial Service for Vincent Juarez Shepherd

November 26, 2023

[Our service this Sunday was memorial for our friend, member and Steward, Vince Shepherd. Below is a biography of Vince followed by Trish Nemore’s eulogy.]

Vincent Juarez Shepherd – Biography

Vincent Juarez Shepherd was born September 20, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois, where he remained as a young adult, working at Bankers Life and Casualty. He moved to San Diego, California, in the early 2000s, then came to Washington, DC. Here Vince worked as a cook at Charlie’s Place, a feeding program for the homeless out of Saint Margaret’s church in DC, then in the kitchen of the Hebrew Home in Rockville, Maryland.…

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“Wailing and Gnashing and the One-Talent Guy” by John Morris

Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost

November 19, 2023

When I signed up to preach this Sunday, I had a sermon in mind that didn’t connect directly with any of the readings.  I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted to say, and so I didn’t start to think about it until maybe a week ago.  That was when I discovered that my original topic no longer interested me, and I didn’t have anything worth saying about it.

          Up to that point, I hadn’t even read the lectionary.  So when I did, I found the passage from Judges, concerning some ancient quarrels that I had no stake in; the passage from Thessalonians, whose author has the rather sweet belief that drunks only get drunk at night; and .…

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“Jesus, A Holy Man with Crazy Ideas” by Kevin Barwick

Twenty-fourth Sunday After Pentecost

November 12, 2023

Today I’d like to talk with you about Holiness. I know this may conjure up all kinds of memories and perspectives. But it’s a concept that’s been bouncing around in my brain for a while now. And then it bounced really hard when, several weeks ago, John Morris shared of his dislike and maybe embarrassment of the word “Christian.” Before we get it into that I’d like to draw your attention to a poem. It’s a poem speaking of her frustrations of reducing God to fit into a particular framework and ideology and challenging a soul to experience the Divine in all aspects of life.…

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“For All the Saints” by Margery Zoet Bankson

Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost

November, 5, 2023

Text: Matthew 5:1-12

Today we celebrate all the saints who have gone before us – people who have shown us the way to be truly human – living God’s intention for human life. I say that because the root word for salvation is salvus, which means wholeness or completeness. Saints are people who were truly alive! Juicy! Compassionate and connected to something larger than themselves! Have you known any saints?

As Christians, we honor Jesus as the primary example of God’s intention for human life, but in each generation, there have been people who show us the way, guide us toward wholeness, and make a significant contribution to being a living, breathing Body of Christ in every generation.…

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