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On the third Sunday in Lent, Pastor Phil preaches from the Gospel story in John 4 telling of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at the town well. In this encounter, Jesus made himself shockingly vulnerable, in reaching out to a despised Samaritan woman to meet his needs in his moment of physical exhaustion and overpowering thirst.

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Pastor Moriah preaches on the second Sunday of Lent, from the Gospel story of Nicodemus' inquiry of Jesus, in which he wondered, "How can these things be?" Moriah encourages us all to embrace wonder as a spiritual posture during the season of Lent, and beyond.

 

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On the first Sunday of Lent, Pastor Barbara reminds us to use Lent as a time to step back, and create space for reflection, repentance, recommitment, renewal, and restoration. She encourages us to ask, "What has been our wilderness experience? what are we 'hungering' for? and what are the distractions that pull us away from God?"

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In the third and final installment of his sermon "trilogy" on the nature of love (especially within the body of Christ), Pastor Phil reminds us that covenantal love, as we see expressed in scripture, has a purpose, an end goal—to draw us closer to Christlikeness, to our created intent of living in shalom. Love, by definition, has an ethical dimension, but it is difficult to do that well.

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In the second in a series of three sermons on the nature of love, Pastor Phil drew on various biblical texts to help us reflect on what it means to be FOR those we say we love, to be an advocate for the genuine well-being of others, especially those we find it difficult or challenging to love.

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In the first of three sermons on the nature of love in the body of Christ, Pastor Phil seeks to help us reflect on the virtue, and cost, of genuine love modeled after the way God loves us, a love which first makes a rugged commitment to be WITH the one whom we love, and to “travel a distance” in order to do so.

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Adam Blagg: Unity

In conjunction with the "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity," Park View Mennonite Church participated in a community "pulpit exchange" with Otterbein United Methodist Church in downtown Harrisonburg. Today Otterbein pastor Adam Blagg preaches at Park View on the subject of Christian unity, drawing on today's lectionary texts, especially 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and Matthew 5:1-12.

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Pastor Moriah presents a sermon in three parts, responding to the words of Psalm 28. The three parts, interspersed with a reading of the scripture and a responsive prayer, are titled as follows

  1. The cry from a world in pain (Ps. 28:1-2)
  2. Where are we at now (Ps. 28:3-5)
  3. Stories of hope (turning to praise God) (Ps. 28:6-9)
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On the Second Sunday of Epiphany, drawing on John 1:29-46, Pastor Phil invites us into a direct, hands-on, interactive, and bold manner of following Jesus in a complicated world, which requires us to stubbornly refuse the remote-control-like distraction our society has become accustomed to.

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On Epiphany 1, "Baptism of the Lord" Sunday, Pastor Phil draws on the Gospel story of Jesus' baptism by John in Matthew 3, to remind us of the deep significance of baptism—ours as well as the baptism of Jesus—in terms of clarifying our identity, and our location in the body of Christ in the world.

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