Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Washington, DC Podcast
About This Show
This podcast features the weekly sermon message, usually presented by our pastor, Rev. Alisa Lasater Wailoo. CHUMC is located at 5th Street and Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC, and we embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world, celebrating our human family's diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God's love and grace.
Recognizing that there are differences among us, we still believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church or in society. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.
Most Recent Episode
The Trouble With Jesus
Well, as a kid I loved the books, and I enjoyed "Where's Waldo." Waldo’s outfit was distinct, and one should be able to identify him in the crowd. But often, the pages were filled with so many distractions and “red herrings” (i.e. something also in red and white stripes, etc.) that the task could require time and attention. It wasn’t always obvious.
So let me ask: Is Jesus’ presence obvious in the world around us? Can you quickly discern what is Christ-like and what is not: Are there red-herrings? Do we get confused both about all the places in our life God wants to show up and what God will intends to do there?
Every Year, January 6 ends the 12 Days of Christmas and begins the Season of Epiphany. This is the day in the church calendar where we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men. In the church, Epiphany is a time of letting God reveal new understandings or deeper truths to you about yourself and the world through the birth, baptism, and life of Jesus. They went looking for a powerful King and were surprised to find a poor peasant child. And yet, though it wasn't what they were expecting, they had an epiphany - a moment where they suddenly understood something very important to them, that God had come for even them as Gentiles (not Jews) and that God was doing a completely new thing.
So read over the Scriptures below and use them to help you ponder, “Where’s Jesus?” in your life and our world? Where should we be looking? What kind of work is he doing, and what’s distracting us from discovering him in the scenes of our lives.
This sermons leads us up to a “Reaffirmation of Baptism,” so may it help you remember your own baptism or, if you haven't been baptized, to consider being baptized yourself. Remember, even Jesus showed up right there in front of a confused John the Baptist seeking baptism and insisted on joining us in our human weaknesses so that we could discover how to live out his divinity in each aspect of our lives.