Sermon: Breaking Bread (revisited and updated)

This sermon was preached at Arlington Church of the Brethren this morning to a lovely congregation that I’ve had the pleasure to get to know a bit this summer. Thanks to Rev. Nancy Fitzgerald for the invitation.

Audio: Sermon Arlington Church of the Brethren 7_24_11

Note: the sounds system went out right before the service, so projecting to the back of a large sanctuary was needed. I apologize that that means that on the recording it sounds like I’m practically shouting at times. But the people in the back of the church said they could hear… 🙂


How many times a day do we use the word “they”? Who are “those people”? What does the Bible story say about “them”?

This brief 5 minute sermon by Bishop Vashti McKenzie packs in a powerful message about the word and concept “they”. It was shared during preaching class this morning and the message is still ringing with me and I wanted to share it.

Living Water for All

This past Thursday I had the opportunity to preach and lead worship at Earlham School of Religion’s weekly worship service. I have posted here both the video of the service in it’s entirety and the audio of just the sermon.

Video of Service

Audio File: Living Water for All

Order of Service

Song I Celebrate the Inward Light

Song Here I am Lord

Call to Worship
All: Rising water,
One: springing from great depths,
stored up long ago when the stars
first sang together for joy.

All: Living water,
One: like a cup of celebration,
full and running over
all the days of our life.

All: Refreshing water,
One: mysteriously satisfying
so that our youth is renewed
like soaring eagles.

All: Cleansing water,
One: washing deep down
where fingers cannot reach,
making all things new.

All: Surprising water,
One: breaking through the earth
in rocky places
wherever that man Jesus goes.

— B.D. Prewer 1997

Scripture Reading John 4:1-24

Song O let all who thirst

Message  Living Water for All

Time of prayer and reflection

Sending Forth

Song Here I am Lord (refrain)

Music: Wayne Williams
Scripture Reader: Marilyn Sizer
Thanks to Brent Walsh for the photography