Westminster Presbyterian Church, Alexandria Va

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Sermons and educational audio from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA.

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  • Status Quo

    Status Quo

    18/10/2020 Duração: 18min

    "My hunch is that whenever this season of our lives is over, our beloved community of faith will looks a little different. Yes, we will still be Presbyterians; yes, we will still be Westminster. But we will have changed. We will have reformed." Rev. Jacob Bolton preaches on the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Scripture lesson is 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8.

  • Think on These Things

    Think on These Things

    11/10/2020 Duração: 24min

    If we allow the words Paul spoke to the early church speak to our day and time, Paul calls us to rejoice. What on earth can he mean? Has he no accurate sense of the appropriate time to issue such a call? Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Scripture lesson is Philippians 4:1-9.

  • Two or Three

    Two or Three

    04/10/2020 Duração: 26min

    "However Jesus said it, we can doubt the number he used mattered that much. The point is the interplay: the two-way dynamic between the gathering of God's people and the presence of God's authority and power." Rev. Patrick Hunnicutt preaches on the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, in celebration of World Communion Sunday. The Scripture lesson is Matthew 18:15-20.

  • The Parable of the Sower

    The Parable of the Sower

    27/09/2020 Duração: 22min

    The Parable of the Sower is thus not simply about our effort, nor simply about any success we might meet. Rather, the parable is about mystery: the mystery of our putting ourselves forward, on this earth, in this life, in this day and time and culture in which we live. Ultimately, the interaction between seed and soil, effort and outcome, is a mystery, residing in the heart and hands mind of God. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Scripture lesson is Matthew 13:1-9.

  • How Do You End a Parable?

    How Do You End a Parable?

    20/09/2020 Duração: 26min

    My friends, the only way we will survive this fall in our country, our city, our church is if, over the next several months, we strive to see that we are part of a community and strive to see – and even celebrate – the blessing of God as it is bestowed in the lives of other people, many of whom we have not heretofore considered as worthy as we are. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Scripture lesson is Matthew 20:1-16.

  • God Intended It for Good

    God Intended It for Good

    13/09/2020 Duração: 20min

    This one sentence forms a theme of the Joseph story and touches nearly all the characters in Genesis: "you intended to do evil…God intended it for good." Only time, faith, wise discernment of events will tell us whether the things which so pain us one day we will another day interpret as God using for good. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, concluding a sermon series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 50:15-21.

  • Judah Drawing Near

    Judah Drawing Near

    06/09/2020 Duração: 19min

    "When Judah stepped forward to Joseph, he brought a self, a family, a people, a nation together. The promise of God kept its long and winding road toward fruition." Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, as part of a sermon series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 44:18-34.

  • Blocked from Behind

    Blocked from Behind

    30/08/2020 Duração: 18min

    "There's a little bit of life left--how are you going to use it?" The Rev. Whitney Fauntleroy preaches on the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Scripture lesson is Matthew 16:21-28.

  • In the Beginning...

    In the Beginning...

    23/08/2020 Duração: 22min

    The Rev. Jacob Bolton preaches on the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Scripture lesson is Exodus 1:8--2:10, and is read by Maggie Chamberlain.

  • Unity Redux

    Unity Redux

    16/08/2020 Duração: 22min

    "In this celebration of unity in Psalm 133, we also find the seeds of its critique. Unity isn't always what it's cracked up to be--at least, not for everyone." Rev. Patrick Hunnicutt preaches on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Joseph: The Pit and the Rope

    Joseph: The Pit and the Rope

    09/08/2020 Duração: 25min

    I think a deeper reason Joseph may appeal to us is that we are attracted to people who suffer misfortune but don’t dwell on it; people who are victims but refuse to draw their identity from what has happened to them. We admire people who focus on the future and rather than the past, who keep their eyes on the prize ahead rather than on the pain of the Pit behind. We want to be like them, act like them, flourish like them. We want the Lord to be with us in prosper all we do. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time as part of a series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 37:23-28; 41:51; and 45:25-28.

  • Jacobs Holy Limp

    Jacob's Holy Limp

    02/08/2020 Duração: 18min

    What has always attracted my attention about this story is the limp – the fact that in his wrestling with God, Jacob emerges blessed, but limping; limping, but blessed. Limping and blessed! Sometimes when we wrestle with God these things emerge in the course of our wrestling. We are left limping, a holy limp, holy because to be blessed is to incorporate all that has been a part of our lives into our lives, in a way that that even the painful parts – the sources of our limp – can become sources of strength, wisdom, blessing. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time as part of a sermon series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 32:22-32.

  • Rachel and Leah

    Rachel and Leah

    26/07/2020 Duração: 22min

    In the world to which we are accustomed – in which love leads to marriage rather than marriage to love, in which both parties have choice, and in which marriage is to only one person, the differences with the world of Rachel and Leah and Jacob can make this story seem laughable, offensive, or just too plain ridiculous to speak to us. But if we stick with it, as is the case with most Biblical stories, we can learn something from it, and leave this hour of worship not quite the same person we were when the hour began. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, as part of a sermon series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 29:15-23, 25-28, 30-35.

  • Rebekah

    Rebekah

    19/07/2020 Duração: 21min

    "Like so many people who marry, in marrying into the family of Abraham and Sarah, Rebekah takes on all the blessings and burdens of that family – particularly as these have shaped and formed Isaac into the person he has become by the time she links her life and destiny with his." Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, as part of a sermon series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 25:19-28.

  • Isaacs Comfort

    Isaac's Comfort

    12/07/2020 Duração: 24min

    "Taking Rebekah into his mother’s tent represents for Isaac a healing, a retrieving from and connecting with all the things in his and his family’s past that have hindered his life as well as those things that have given him life. Isaac pieces together the past in a place of pain and beauty, so that healing comes in the present, and joy comes in the morning." Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, as part of a sermon series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 24:62-69.

  • Nobodys Perfect

    Nobody's Perfect

    05/07/2020 Duração: 36min

    "I’m here because of the youth. The high school youth of this church have inspired me in ways these days when joy is hard to find. A few of our youth told me they wanted to hear from me. I didn’t want to speak. But then I thought about the people I’ve grown to love during the sleepless nights on church floors, both upstairs and abroad. So here I am, and here we are." The Rev. Whitney Fauntleroy preaches on the fourtheenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Sunday of Independence Day weekend. She is joined by Westminster youth Anna Harrington (Scripture), Michaela McCormack (Children's Sermon), Conrad McIntosh (Reflection and Solo), and Michael Luhman (Prayers). The Scripture lesson is Romans 7:15-25.

  • He himself carried the fire and the knife#x2026

    He himself carried the fire and the knife…

    28/06/2020 Duração: 24min

    We welcome the Rev. Maggie Hayward to preach in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Rev. Larry Hayward's ordination. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 22:1-14.

  • Race, Westminster, and Lord of the Conscience

    Race, Westminster, and "Lord of the Conscience"

    21/06/2020 Duração: 30min

    As I enter this next and final phase of my own ministry, I stand ready to work with the Session and staff to lead Westminster in doing something we have not yet done during my tenure here: place on the Session Table a significant social and political issue to discern what God is leading us to do as a congregation. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 37:12-25a.

  • Unfinished Ceilings

    Unfinished Ceilings

    14/06/2020 Duração: 22min

    Now I know this is an Old Testament text today, but the hospitality that Jesus calls us to is what Sarah and Abraham put into practice here in the 18th chapter of Genesis. The meal that Sarah and Abraham provide is a foretaste of the heavenly banquets that we all will experience here at communion. Rev. Jacob Bolton preaches on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, as part of a sermon series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 18:1-15.

  • Land, Descendants, and Blessing

    Land, Descendants, and Blessing

    07/06/2020 Duração: 17min

    When Abraham and Sarah leave their trifecta of “land, birthplace, and family home,” they leave much of their own known world in their going forth in faith. Their movement is spiritual and existential, in addition to being geographical. We might even call it conversion. Rev. Larry Hayward preaches on Trinity Sunday, the second in "Beginnings," a series on Genesis. The Scripture lesson is Genesis 12:1-4.

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