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Dec 24, 2017 What Will You Risk to Live in Love? On this final Sunday of Advent, Pastor Nancy offers reflections on the risk inherent in the Christmas story and the risk we all are invited to take in order to live into the love and justice of Christ. The hymn Listen Download
Dec 17, 2017 Surprised by Comfort and Joy “Comfort” and “joy” might look differently depending on where we find ourselves in terms of social location. On the third Sunday of Advent, a sermon about surprising joy. The hymns are “Comfort, Comfort O My People” and “Joy to the Listen Download
Dec 10, 2017 Searching for Peace On this Second Sunday of Advent, a sermon about peacemaking – what it meant for Brethren in history and what it might mean for us, today. The hymn is “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” Click on listen to stream Listen Download
Dec 3, 2017 Looking for Prophecy of Hope   A sermon on Isaiah’s prophecy and choosing hope over fear. The opening hymn is “To Us a Child of Hope is Born.” Click on listen to stream audio of this sermon or click on download to then transfer and Listen Download
Nov 26, 2017 One Year with Jesus The Congregation takes a journey through the entire church year on this Reign of Christ Sunday. The opening hymn is “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” Click on listen to stream audio of this sermon or click on download to then Listen Download
Nov 19, 2017 Promised Land Pastor Nancy reflects on nine years as pastor of Arlington Church of the Brethren. The hymn is “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.” Click on listen to stream audio of this sermon or click on download to then transfer Listen Download
Nov 12, 2017 Would You Lock the Door?   The parable of the ten bridesmaids leads to some serious contemplation about gun violence and practices for peacemakers. The hymn is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” Click on listen to stream audio of this sermon or click on Listen Download
Nov 5, 2017 Saints and Sinners   On this All Saint’s Sunday, we remembered the saints we’ve lost, and Pastor Nancy’s sermon reminded us of the ways that we are all both saints and sinners – that our complicated humanity is a beautiful part of God’s Listen Download
Oct 29, 2017 Equipping God doesn’t call the equipped; God equips the called! Listen as Pastor Nancy shares glimpses of what Ephesians calls equipping the saints for the incredible task of making and living in diverse Christian community. The hymn is “Move in Our Listen Download
Oct 22, 2017 Tricky Questions Jesus told a strange story about a wedding and the guests who refused to attend and the guests who did attend but refused to wear their wedding attire. What does it all mean? Pastor Nancy and the ACoB congregation do Listen Download
Oct 15, 2017 Many Questions (Due to technical difficulties, there is no audio podcast of this week’s sermon. Instead, you can revisit Pastor Nancy’s sermon on Exodus 32:1-14 in text form here.) Exodus 32:1-14 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from Listen Download
Oct 8, 2017 Layers This week’s sermon explores a strange saying from Jesus, who is talking about a vineyard…or is he? There are layers to this story! Our scripture readings included a dramatic interpretation of Matthew 21:33-46, too phenomenal to be captured in the Listen Download
Oct 1, 2017 My Authority for Life is… (Due to technical difficulties, there is no audio podcast of this week’s sermon. Instead, you can revisit Pastor Nancy’s sermon on Matthew 21:23-32 in text form here.) Matthew 21:23-32 (focusing on verses 23-27) 23 When he entered the temple, the chief Listen Download
Sep 24, 2017 Glory for You, Glory for Me What did Paul mean when he wrote to the Philippians about “a rich harvest of justice, to the glory of God?” This week’s sermon explores how our communal acts for justice might lead us all to glory – glory to Listen Download
Sep 17, 2017 Are 2 or 3 Enough for Peace? This week’s sermon anticipates the International Day of Prayer for Peace, and outlines the process for addressing conflict in Matthew 18. The community of church is different from other kinds of communities precisely because of how we make peace together. Listen Download
Sep 10, 2017 Welcome to Camp!       This Sunday is Camp Sunday – celebrating Shepherd’s Springs Outdoor Ministry Center. The sermon was an interactive experience of being open to the movement of the Holy Spirit through image, story and place. The hymn is “O Lord of Listen Download
Sep 3, 2017 Rage! And Response?   What do we do when the news causes us to rage regularly? What does it look like to live ‘another way of living’ in light of the maddening events of the day? Paul’s letter to the Romans has some Listen Download
Aug 13, 2017 Eyes Stayed on Jesus This week’s sermon is from Rev. Dr. Alexander Duncan Jr., pastor of our community partner, Arlington Forest UMC. Focused on Isaiah 6:1-8 and Matthew 14:22-33, the sermon is part of our Community Worship series, “God Makes a Way out of Listen Download
Aug 6, 2017 Hungry for Alternatives Jesus withdraws to a deserted place after learning about John’s murder. The disciples, overwhelmed with so many hungry people, seek out Jesus who, in spite of or perhaps because of his pain, reacts with compassion. The miracle of the “Feeding Listen Download
Jul 30, 2017 All Things and Nothing This week’s New Testament Scripture reassures us that there’s no right way to pray and that God loves us. None of the miseries of this life can separate us from this most central element, that God loves us. Even in Listen Download
Jul 23, 2017 Getting to Know God As God’s witnesses, it matters how we imagine God. Sunday’s scripture gives a glimpse at God’s identity. Christians also think of the trinity, but there are many more images and metaphors for God.  God is often described in personal imagery Listen Download
Jul 20, 2017 Light of My Life Click on listen to stream audio of this sermon or click on download to then transfer and play it on an iPod or other portable mp3. Subscribe in iTunes to listen every week: http://bit.ly/ACoB_iTunes     Listen Download
Jul 9, 2017 Part of the Whole Paul tells the church that love is the only thing that could possibly overcome all the trials and roadblocks we encounter as a body. We must trust God while we bring our unique, but equally valuable gifts to the table. Listen Download
Jun 25, 2017 Spectators or Participants? We continue the story of a people so dependent on the promise of God, that they will sacrifice themselves and risk major loss, all to maintain their part in the promise. What sacrifices are we willing to make? God chooses Listen Download
Jun 18, 2017 Alt-Nation? The Chosen One?   God is intimately involved with human life, cares for us and has a vision far longer than our own. In Scripture (Genesis 16 and 21) which is known for its focus on the “chosen people,” we have a very Listen Download
Jun 11, 2017 Jesus’ Bible When Jesus gives “final instructions” to the disciples he is also instructing us, including giving us the promise of the same empowering fellowship with God that he has. Humans were made for community, maybe that’s why the disciples were first Listen Download
Jun 4, 2017 Love Never Ends The scripture reading and message are from our annual unity service where we worship with the two other congregations that share our building. We each speak in different languages, but come together in love and let God’s Spirit do the Listen Download
May 21, 2017 Can We All Be One? At the end of the last super Jesus says a prayer on our behalf, those of us who believe through the disciple’s words. Jesus prays that we may be one. Let us take heart 2,000 years later that Jesus’ prayer Listen Download
May 14, 2017 You Are the Body of Christ Wrapping up a three-part sermon series on Healing the Divide: Reclaiming Hope, we have learned that as we see through the cross, we make decisions based on a different set of priorities. And when we reach across what divides us, we only have Listen Download
May 7, 2017 Am I Not Free? Last week, we re-learned along with the Corinthians that we are not to live by the same standards as the rest of the world but by the rules of the new kindgom inaugurated by Christ. In some ways it feels Listen Download