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July 31, 2022–Eulogy for Eric Laurilla
Born in Washington D.C., Eric James Laurilla was the eldest of three. Reared in the northern Virginia suburbs, his veins coursed with Finnish blood and alcoholic genes. By day, he was a street baller; by night, a protective big brother; in between, a restless wanderer most at home in the wilds of creation. When Eric...
July 20, 2022 Sermon by Pastor Brian
The Rebuke of Martha Without women, Christianity doesn’t exist. She consented to the Messiah’s birth, refused to abandon Jesus after his arrest, stood below him in the shadow of the cross, brought spices on Easter morning to anoint the body, shared the Good News of the tomb being empty, started the first welfare program, and...
Sermon by Pastor Grace
Ecclesiastes 1:1-10, 4:1-3 The Old Testament wisdom book, Ecclesiastes, is like a chaos anthology—a collection of poems, stories, and wisdom sayings for when life feels upside down. The author—who calls himself ‘The Teacher,’ or Qoheleth— detects no discernible order to creation. He observes injustice and oppression, sees the righteous receive the same fate as the...
Community, Commitment, and a Little Ginger Beer — Meet Korah
Korah and I met during my first week at Haywood Street. A couple of staff who had the privilege of experiencing his gentle, kind, but cautious spirit, suggested I get to know him. I sat down with him in the living room of the Respite to hear his story. He sat in the reclining chair...
July 6, 2022–Our God Waits for Us
Luke 9:51-62 Jesus was a man on the move. He was continuously going from one place to another. Jesus spent most of his ministry in Galilee He traveled about but at some point he returned to Galilee. That was where he was from. Galilee was the northern part of Israel with Samaria just south and...
Eulogy for Todd by Pastor Brian Combs
Jeffery Todd Coleman, according to his mother, came out of the womb a “different child.”  Reared in Danville, VA, he spent afternoons in the forest behind his house, playing beneath the shade of southern pines, tending to feral cats and adopting lost possums, preferring the warm hands of nature to the cold shoulder of concrete....
June 26, 2022 Eulogy for Steven Cole by Katlyn Zulinke Mailman
John 5: 1-8 Steven Cole led a lot of lives in his 51 years. As a teenager he was a talented wrestler, lettering as a high school freshman. At the age of 19 he became a husband and a father. Later in life he was a chef for the Seattle Seahawks, a construction worker, and...
June 15, 2022 Sermon by Pastor Brian
The New Exorcists “Do you,” a candidate is asked before joining the Church, “renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness [and] reject the evil powers of this world…?” 1 By answering “I do,” each member-to-be is affirming an essential tenet of our faith: that spirits, some angelic and holy, some malevolent and diabolic, assail every moment...
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