July 29, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
Robin Craig, a member of this Presbytery who was ordained out of Forest Hill Church, recently reignited my practice of gratitude with a little exercise she’s been doing on Facebook called “5 Great Things About Today.” Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24, abundance, balance, community, Diana Butler Bass, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, grateful, gratitude, gratitude muscle, John 6: 5-14, resilience, scarcity
October 29, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
Welcome to Reformation Sunday. Yes, about every 500 years or so, the church gets all shook up and resettled and so here we are: 500 years ago, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest, put up his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” (better known as his 95 theses) on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church door and transformed the world. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: abundance, Amazing Grace, becoming the Beloved Community, covenant, history, hope, James Weldon Johnson, Jeremiah 31, Martin Luther, past present and future, Reformation, Romans 3, trust
October 22, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
The last six weeks have been a revelation to me.
Six weeks ago, on Tuesday, Sept. 5 we welcomed Lenor Garcia into our church family. A stranger, an alien, and immigrant – we didn’t know her and she didn’t know us. And yet we opened our doors, and created a room and put in a shower and stood up to the powers that be and said: “You don’t separate a mother from her children.” Our faith won’t allow it. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 2 Corinthians 9, abundance, change from the inside out, definition of church, Edwin Markham “Outwitted”, following Jesus, Immigration Task Force, J. Clif Christopher, our mission, power of the church, sanctuary, stewardship, the beloved community, Whose Offering Plate Is It?
September 24, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
I need to start this sermon by making a confession. I did not come up with the title. My dear husband did. It’s one of the perks of being a clergy couple–we frequently talk about sermons and other aspects of our ministries over morning coffee. A few weeks ago as we were contemplating the lectionary texts for today Richard said, “I think a good title for a sermon on this text would be “Bread and Whine.” (And not the kind of wine you drink…) Read the rest of this entry »Tags: abundance, bread, Exodus 16, faith, fear, gratitude, hunger, whine, wilderness, wine
June 12, 2016 Peg Weissbrod
What would life be like if we didn’t have to think or talk about sin? Why don’t we just blithely live our lives and not burden ourselves with all that negative talk about sin? Because God wants to crack open the hard shells, resistances, and judgments that stand in the way of the abundant life for which we were created.
In her little book, Speaking of Sin, Barbara Brown Taylor tells the story of an Eskimo hunter who went to see the local missionary who had been preaching in his village. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: abundance, faith, forgiveness, harlot, judgment, Luke 7, pharisee, witness
May 31, 2009 Peg Weissbrod
Pentecost – the day of the big surprise, the day that the disciples, gathered Read the rest of this entry »Tags: abundance, Acts 2, controversy, generosity, Pentecost, risks, The Big Give
March 29, 2009 Peg Weissbrod
We never seem to have enough french fries for dinner. Although no one Read the rest of this entry »Tags: abundance, economy, gift, Matthew 25, risk, scarcity, talents, The Big Give