Past Sermons

Please explore this archive of past sermons. You can stream the sermons using the audio player controls or you can download the audio file by clicking on the MP3 file name below the audio player.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

 

How can our faith—and a proper understanding of “vocation”—help us reclaim a fuller sense of our humanity in the face of an economic system that threatens to reduce us to the sum total of what we produce?

Sunday, February 5, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

 

Join us for a moving service as we launch our capital campaign, the Third Century Challenge. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

 

“Stop. Look. Listen.” That’s what the signs used to say at railroad crossings when I was growing up. Those same three words are not a bad recipe for cultivating a reverent attention to life.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

 

Rev. Hardies and special musical guests. Our special musical guests, the Bokamoso South African Youth Choir, will join the Jubilee Singers and our own children’s choir for an inspiriting mix of music and story that testify to the power of hope. Learn more about the Bokamoso Choir at www.bokamosoyouth.org. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

 

How can the New Year teach us to be truly present to our lives?

Sunday, January 1, 2012
Lex Cade-White

Celebrate Kwanzaa.

Sunday, December 25, 2011
Lex Cade-White

T’was the service of Christmas where carols are sung, though all are secretly thinking of their number one. We try to pretend that gifts mean nothing, but after weeks and months of searching, the perfect gift enters our heads. As we gather together, let’s carefully consider that the most important gift of all is sometimes the simplest.

Sunday, December 25, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Some of the African American advent spirituals illuminate the revolutionary potential of the Advent story. What insight do they offer our own revolutionary times?

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Spiritually, we often find ourselves living in the tension between being bound to the world as it is, while desiring to leap into the world as it should be. How do live in that tension? How do we make the leap?

Sunday, November 27, 2011
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman
In the Christian faith, Advent is a season of hope. Historically, oppressed nations have yearned for a dynamic presence in their midst, anticipated the coming of an Anointed One, a Messiah, someone to champion the downtrodden. Again, with expectation and hope, we await the one who shall lead us to a world of justice. Are you the one?
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Rev. Louise Green
A celebration of good things in our lives and a strategy for living with more ease and less suffering. Join us for our Thanksgiving collection of food and funds for social justice ministries in the neighborhood.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
For 190 years this congregation has sheltered the dreams of generations of All Souls members. What dreams of ours do these walls nurture and protect?
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
On this first Sunday of our 190th Anniversary celebration, we honor the spiritual legacy bequeathed to us by our ancestors, and ask ourselves what it means for us to take up that legacy.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Rev. Louise Green
Navigating loss and bereavement are part of our living, and among the most challenging passages we bear. On All Souls Sunday, we remember those in our congregation who died in the past year, as well as friends and families who have passed away. How might we experience and honor our grief?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
What can sustain our work for justice over the long haul? How do we shift our stance for justice from the quicksand of guilt and despair to the firm foundation of gratitude and joy?
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
“Gratitude,” said G.K. Chesterton, “is happiness doubled by wonder.” This morning we explore why gratitude must be the central discipline of our spiritual lives.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
This service, originally scheduled for August 28, but cancelled due to Hurricane Irene, honors the dedication of the King National Memorial on the Mall along the Tidal Basin. Members of the congregation present passages from Dr. King’s writings and speeches.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman
A child’s first words are mama and dada. Among the next important words are please and thank you. If we learned to express gratitude as children, why does it seem so difficult to live a life of gratitude as adults? How can living a life of gratitude enhance our lives and the lives of those around us?
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
To be an instrument of reconciliation takes prophetic vision. It takes the ability to see things whole. To see connections where others see division. To see peace where others see strife. This unique vision is crucial to the reconciliation and redemption of the world.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
The Rev. A. Powell Davies once spoke of “the strange and foolish walls” that human beings erect between themselves. What do these false walls conceal? Who do they benefit?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
This year, Homecoming Sunday falls on the tenth anniversary of 9-11. We will reflect on what that event and the intervening decade have taught us about our nation, ourselves, and our church community. Join us for this stirring service and for an intergenerational, interfaith Unity Walk later.

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