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The Rev. Henry Brinton

Henry Brinton: Come and See

John 1:43-51

2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

January 14, 2018

The Rev. Henry Brinton (PCUSA)


Riverside Methodist Church in Occoquan has a black Jesus. Pastor Harley Camden noticed it the first time he walked into the small sanctuary and looked up at the stained-glass window at the front of the church. At first, he thought that the glass was simply dirty, but as he moved closer, he realized that the window had been designed that way, with Jesus looking more like a Palestinian Jew than an English Methodist.

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The Rev. Sarah Fisher

A Grand Dinner Party: God's Movable Feast

John 6:35,41-51

11th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 09, 2015

The Rev. Sarah Fisher (TEC)


We stood in Mrs. Trieschmann's kitchen. Martha was in charge of seasoning the chicken. I was on green bean duty. It was the spring of our junior year of high school, and we decided to throw a dinner party. All of our friends were invited and we were giddy with anticipation. The table was set with Mrs. Trieschmann's finest china and delicate crystal. Flowers from the yard, in beautiful Georgia bloom, had been arranged; and we had even employed Martha's younger sister, Catherine, to be our server for the night. All that remained was the guests' arrival and the plating of the meal. Guiding us along the way, helping us and teaching us as we went, was Martha's mom, Mrs. Trieschmann, who was and forever will be in my mind a cross between Martha Stewart and Donna Reed. Mrs. Trieschmann helped us, not hovering, but rather offering guidance and direction when we needed it, making space for us to learn and giving us a map for how to make this meal something other than every day, how to make it extraordinary.

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The Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon Transcript

June 29, 2014

Hospitality: A Crucial Cup of Cold Water

The Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon (UCC)

Jesus teaches his disciples to go share the gospel message and heal the sick with nothing but a sense of hospitality. Dr. Dan De Leon encourages us to engage in acts of hospitality to witness to Jesus and expand our faith.
The Rev. Patricia Grace Transcript

January 29, 2012

A Tale of Two Pats, Or, Friend, Move Up Higher

The Rev. Patricia Grace (TEC)

In her John Hines Preaching Award-winning sermon, the Rev. Patricia Grace takes the opportunity at a dinner party to teach about welcoming and serving the undesirable people of the world.
The Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn Transcript

June 29, 2008

The Art of Welcome

The Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn leads a powerful discourse on the practice of Christian hospitality.

The Rev. Dr. Rob Nash Transcript

May 25, 2008

On Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dirty Water and Being Church in a Shrinking World

The Rev. Dr. Rob Nash (CBF)

The Rev. Dr. Rob Nash speaks about the church's mission of genuine relationship in an ever shrinking world.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long Transcript

July 22, 2007

Mary and Martha

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long takes a careful look at the story of the conflict between Mary and Martha and sees Jesus' call to attend closely to the Word in order to make our service deep, meaningful and lasting.

The Rev. James T. Moor Transcript

June 17, 2007

A Place of Welcome

The Rev. James T. Moor (UMC)

The Rev. James T. Moor reminds us that our churches are called by Jesus to be places of hospitality and forgiveness.

The Rev. Mark Sargent Transcript

January 08, 2006

The Hospitality House

Mark Sargent (UMC)

The Rev. Mark Sargent is pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA. In his second sermon in the series, "Into the Brave New World", Rev. Sargent explores biblical literalism.

The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston Transcript

October 08, 2005

Sermon for Proper 23

The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston (TEC)

The Right Rev. Steven Charleston, president and dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., speaks about Matthew 22:1-14.