Day1 Weekly Program Archive

Otis Moss III: Ezekiel's Tree

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
Organization: Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
Denomination: United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss explores the prophet/poet Ezekiel's words about God's tree, where diversity and equality thrive because they are sourced in the rich soil of faith and the power of the Son.

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Joy J. Moore: Trading Our Sorrows

The Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore
Organization: Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Denomination: United Methodist Church

In her sermon, Dr. Joy J. Moore say the people of Samuel’s day don’t seek hospitality and holiness; they settle for profit, power, and prestige. And the same is true today, as we still put our trust in those in power rather than in the king that God has given us in Jesus Christ—a far different kind than any earthly king.

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Greg Cootsona: The Banana Slug, the Leaves, and the Triune God

The Rev. Dr. Greg Cootsona
Organization: Science for the Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In his Trinity Sunday sermon, Dr. Greg Cootsona says that realizing that our Triune God is with us might be as simple as pausing and taking in the beauty that’s around us. So let's pay attention.

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Anna Traynham: The Miracle of Pentecost

The Rev. Anna George Traynham
Organization: Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In her Day of Pentecost sermon, the Rev. Anna Traynham says the miracle of the Spirit on the first Pentecost was to let us hear and therefore see each other—the miracle was to bless our diversity, solidify our unity as one global church born of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost.

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Joshua Scott: A Prayer for the Church to Wake Up

The Rev. Dr. Joshua Scott
Organization: Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

The Rev. Dr. Josh Scott says in Ephesians Paul prays for the church to reach its full potential--the full potential to proclaim Christ in its worship, its spiritual formation, its evangelism, in small groups, outreach activities, and in the very lives we live.

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Chelsea Waite: Bring Love to Your Neighborhood

The Rev. Chelsea D. Waite
Organization: Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Denomination: Other

Society still seems to refuse to accept the call of Jesus in John 15 to “love one another as I have loved you,” period. The Rev. Chelsea Waite encourages us to inhale the love that flows from God to Christ, to the Holy Spirit, to us. Simply love—without trying to figure out what we can get out of the deal.

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Darian Duckworth: The Space Left by Love

The Rev. Dr. Darian Duckworth
Organization: First United Methodist Church, West Point, MS
Denomination: United Methodist Church

In her sermon, Dr. Darian Duckworth says John names what is hindering the kingdom of Jesus’ love from being all he intended it to be: and that’s not loving the person standing right in front of us.

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Kenneth Brannon: Sustenance, Safety, and Surplus

The Rev. Kenneth Brannon
Organization: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

The Rev. Kenneth Brannon unpacks Psalm 23 for us today, revealing the Shepherd's promises of sustenance, safety, and surplus to God's flock.

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Micah Jackson: Witness for the Resurrection

The Rev. Dr. Micah T. J. Jackson
Organization: Bexley Seabury Seminary, Chicago, IL
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In his sermon, Dr. Micah Jackson said Jesus calls us as his followers to testify to what we have witnessed about the Good News - God’s love shown in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s just what we do.

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Talitha Arnold: The Risen Body of the Risen Lord

The Rev. Talitha Arnold
Organization: United Church of Santa Fe, NM
Denomination: United Church of Christ

According to Acts, says the Rev. Talitha Arnold, the new church community wasn’t focused on simply seeing the Risen Christ, instead they were committed to being the Risen Christ--doing what had to be done, caring for one another, offering new life to others.

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Marek Zabriskie: God Says, "Nevertheless!"

The Rev. Marek Zabriskie
Organization: Christ Church Episcopal, Greenwich, CT
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In his Easter message, the Rev. Marek Zabriskie says God's answer to whatever threatens, imperils, or ails us is to write "nevertheless" over our lives, and to move the immovable stones that are blocking us from living the kind of life that God is calling us to lead.

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Marek Zabriskie: The Donkey Detail

The Rev. Marek Zabriskie
Organization: Christ Church Episcopal, Greenwich, CT
Denomination: The Episcopal Church

In his powerful message, the Rev. Marek Zabriskie imagines how a disciple of Jesus, charged with finding an unridden donkey for his Lord, might explain how Jesus has changed his life forever.

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Talitha Arnold: Seeing Jesus

The Rev. Talitha Arnold
Organization: United Church of Santa Fe, NM
Denomination: United Church of Christ

The Rev. Talitha Arnold says, some Greeks came to Jesus’ disciple Philip and said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Did those Greeks know what they were asking? Did they have a clue? Do we?

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Carla Aday: Come to the Light

The Rev. Carla Aday
Organization: Country Club Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - Kansas City, MO
Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Rev. Carla Aday says we can get stuck on John 3:16 thinking only about what happens to us after we die—and we miss the fullness of life that Jesus promises us right now before we die.

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Joe Evans: Braid the Whip

The Rev. Joe Evans
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Joe Evans examines Jesus' anger in John 2:13-22, and says we can get angry too, but we need to stop and listen to our anger for it to do us or our world any good. We have to braid the whip and let that anger purify us.

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Joe Evans: Divine Things and Human Things

The Rev. Joe Evans
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Joe Evans says, We all ask, who am I? What am I here for? And sometimes probably too often, we ask ourselves, shouldn’t I be doing something more? Jesus can help us wrestle with those questions for a more meaningful life focused on divine things rather than human things.

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Chris Thomas: Living On Fulfilled Time

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Thomas
Organization: First Baptist Church of Wilson, NC
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

In his sermon for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Dr. Chris Thomas says each and every second, minute, and hour—every moment—is pregnant with the possibility of the presence of God. The kingdom of God is close, at hand, and every once in a while it’s so close it slips in on us—and we can either respond in faith or ignore that divine presence.

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Chris Thomas: An Unveiled Gospel

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Thomas
Organization: First Baptist Church of Wilson, NC
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

In light of his Grandma’s experience with rearranged furniture, Dr. Chris Thomas wonders how this world might change—be transfigured—if we could just uncover a few things, rearrange the furniture of our faith to expose the darkened corners. Would the world be transformed by what it witnessed? Would we be transformed?

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Ginger Gaines-Cirelli: Everyone Is Searching

The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Organization: Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, DC
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli wonders, what if we had a search engine to find God? And she discovers that our search begins in prayer with God and in service to others—simple but powerful wisdom.

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Chenda Innis Lee: Liberty and Justice for All

The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee
Organization: Fairlington United Methodist Church, Alexandria, VA
Denomination: United Methodist Church

The Rev. Chenda Lee says Mark 1:21-28 not only points to the liberating work of God, it also highlights the fundamental witness and confession of the early church—the lordship of Jesus Christ. This was—and still is—subversive truth.

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