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If At First You Don’t Succeed ~ Acts 4: 32-37

June 10, 2018 Peg Weissbrod

The sermon begins just before the 33 minute mark.

According to Time Magazine these products were among the most successful technology failures of all time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Facing Uncertainty ~ John 20: 19-31

April 8, 2018 Peg Weissbrod

Jean Reinhold’s sermon begins at the 28 minute mark.

Before I begin, I was speaking to the Pathways kids this morning, as a member of the Co-pastor Nominating Committee, to update them on our progress. I asked them to write some advice for our new Co-pastor, whoever she will be. As for preaching, they said: Don’t give wordy and seemingly endless sermons. Make them interesting, engage the audience. Make sad topics funny, no one wants to be too sad. Well, I can promise none of those, today, but I will do my best. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bread and Whine ~ Exodus 16: 2-15

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 »

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The Pharisee and the Harlot ~ Luke 7: 36-50

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 »

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Widow Warriors and the Communion of Saints ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

May 29, 2016 Peg Weissbrod

I learned a lot about community these past couple of weeks. In response to the death of my father my mother was swept up in this communal show of support and affection. Circles of friends from old neighborhoods; former fellow church members at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, First Church Arlington and current members of the Village Church at Greenspring – calls, notes, visits, food, invites to dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcoming Jesus ~ John 14: 23-29

May 1, 2016 Peg Weissbrod

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Thomas and the Doubt of Desire ~ John 20:19-31

April 3, 2016 Peg Weissbrod

To be honest, until this week, I never felt much sympathy for “doubting” Thomas. Give me ‘denying’ Peter or ‘laughing ‘ Sarah, or that prostitute Rahab, or the adulterous murderer/song writer King David. I like the naughty lusty sinners best! Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Me See Again ~ Psalm 34: 1-8, Mark 10: 46-52

October 25, 2015 Peg Weissbrod

In my Bible the little paragraph heading over the lectionary Gospel Lesson for today reads “The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus.” At first glance that’s what the story seems to be about—a blind beggar sitting by the side of the road, calling out to Jesus and having his sight restored. It’s a riveting tale of a marginalized, disabled person who, courageous in Read the rest of this entry »

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Always Beyond Our Grasp ~ Luke 4:21-30

January 31, 2010 Peg Weissbrod

Last Sunday, I was telling you about the kid who, when asked “Who’s your ideal leader?”, said “Hitler.” And about how that always threw me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Called to Spiritual Leadership ~ Luke 4:14-21

January 24, 2010 Peg Weissbrod

Probably 20 years ago, I was asked to serve as a judge on the Winchester Star leadership award panel. High school students in the area were in competition for Read the rest of this entry »

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