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We preach in series at Pres House. To view all the sermons in a series, click or tap the series title. To collapse a series, click or tap the title again.

“Faith > Knowledge” ~ 12.4.22
Luke 1:26-38 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Plowshare Prayer” ~ 11.27.22
Isaiah 2:1-5 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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“Help students develop a deeper and more mature faith.” It’s our first impact objective at Pres House, and it’s one we take seriously. So we want to make sure it’s clear what we mean when we say it! We can’t cover everything, but in this series, we’ll talk about a few things we believe can help you develop a deeper and more mature faith.  

“Queer Love, pt. 2” ~ 11.20.22
John 13:1-9, 12-17 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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“Queer Love” ~ 11.13.22 (due to technical difficulties, there is no video for this sermon)
Matthew 16:24-26; 11:28-30 (Manato Jansen)
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“Go Away” ~ 11.6.22
Luke 18:18-30 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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“The Playground Principle: Learning to Read Scripture Well” ~ 10.30.22
Psalm 19:7-11 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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“Doubt and Uncertainty” ~ 10.23.22
Mark 9:14-29 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Paul says in Galatians 3 that we are all one in Christ. But that doesn’t mean we are all the same. There are real differences that divide us; differences like race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, and more. So how do we build a thriving community where everyone is truly free to bring ALL of who they are?

“We Are Not the Same … But We Want to Be” ~ 10.16.22
Genesis 11:1-9 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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“We Are Not the Same … So What Do We Do?” ~ 10.9.22
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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“We Are Not the Same … But We Are One” ~ 10.2.22
1 Corinthians 11:17-26 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Everyone in college is looking for a place to call home. But how do you find home when you’re in a new place? In “Building a Home,” we offer four ideas about what it takes to build a home: strangers becoming family, eating together, finding rest, and new traditions.

“New Traditions” ~ 9.25.22
Acts 2:37-47 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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“Finding Rest” ~ 9.18.22
Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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“Eating Together” ~ 9.11.22
Luke 5:27-32 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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“Where Strangers Become Family” ~ 9.4.22
Mark 3:20-35 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Just Go Wash” ~ 8.28.22
2 Kings 5:1-15 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

Highlight: Decolonizing Christianity, Encountering Jesus
a Lenten series

Christianity is more than just a tool of white supremacy. In this series, we explore what it means to decolonize our faith and encounter Jesus in a new, liberating way. Each sermon also comes with a recommendation for deeper learning.

“Damn Me to Hell” ~ 3.7.21
John 7:53 – 8:11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Podcast Recommendation ~ The Confessional Podcast with Nadia Bolz-Weber
* “Did Gandhi Go to Hell?” (Landfill Harmonic video) ~ Fall 2019

“Whitewashing Jesus” ~ 3.28.21
Matthew 21:1-11 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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Reading Recommendations ~ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.; The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

Sermons from Past Years

“Finding Myself Among Friends”
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Steven Chapman

“Lessons From the Journey”
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Shaniya Auxier

“Letting Go, Finding Freedom”
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Matthew 6:25-34 (M. C.)

Each Sunday during Lent, we reflect on a verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, a passage of Scripture that reminds us of this important truth: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

“A Season of Hope” ~ 4.17.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Mark 16:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“To Speak or Not to Speak” ~ 4.10.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Spiritual Housekeeping” ~ 4.3.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Throwing and Gathering” ~ 3.27.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Weeping and Dancing” ~ 3.20.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Breaking and Building” ~ 3.13.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Life and Death” ~ 3.6.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)

College is a time for asking big questions, and one of the biggest is also one of the hardest to answer: How do we know what God wants for our lives?
“Hearing God’s Call” is a four-week series about … well, hearing God’s call. We talk about what calling is, why it matters, and how we can become better at hearing and responding to God.

“What Are You Looking For?” ~ 2.27.22
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John 1:35-43 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

“Reversals” ~ 2.20.22
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Acts 9:1-19 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Take the Next Step” ~ 2.13.22
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Acts 8:26-40 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“The Call Is Coming From Inside Your Life” ~ 2.6.22
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Exodus 3:1-12 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

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Nii Addo Abrahams ~ Afghanistan to Ft. McCoy
Emma Elsdon ~ The Setting
Olivia Avery ~ The Mess
Andrea Wegrzynowicz ~ Come, Lord Jesus (Scriptural Collage)
Lauren Pettis ~ Presence
Madelyn Peppard ~ Untitled Poem
Evan Digman ~ Moments of Grace
Erica Liu ~ Communion: Hope at the Table

Jewish Social Services is a resettlement agency located in Madison. With the support of volunteers through Open Doors For Refugees, they are resettling families and individuals in and around Madison. Visit opendoorsforrefugees.org to learn how you and/or your congregation can volunteer.

During Advent, we make our way toward Bethlehem through the stories of four characters: Joseph, Elizabeth, the wise men, and the shepherds.

“An Announcement to Remember” ~ 12.19.21
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Luke 2:1-20 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Signs of Christmas” ~ 12.12.21
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Matthew 2:1-23 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Blessed” ~ 12.5.21
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Luke 1:39-45 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Messy Family Trees” ~ 11.28.21
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Matthew 1:1-25 (Rev. Erica Liu)

What does a flourishing Christian community look like? We turn to Paul’s letters as conversation partners for three weeks of discernment about our life together.

“Can We All Be One?” ~ 11.21.21
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Galatians 3:23-29 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Ecosystem of God’s Kingdom” ~ 11.14.21
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1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 27-31 (Andrea Killian Wegrzynowicz)

“Life Together” ~ 11.7.21
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Philippians 2:1-11 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

Christians are known for a lot of things. Not all of them are good. So what *should* we be known for? In this series, we explore some of the marks of the Christian life.

“Our Hope” ~ 10.31.21
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Romans 8:22-27, 38-39 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Our Testimony” ~ 10.24.21
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John 8:12-14, 17-18 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Our Wine and Cheese (Or, Our Love for Our Enemies)” ~ 10.17.21
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Matthew 5:38-48 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Our Rest” ~ 10.10.21
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Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 13:10-17 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Our Community” ~ 10.3.21
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Acts 10:9-24, 34-36, 44-48 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it?”
In “Riddles from Jesus,” we dive into some of Jesus’ most well-known and enigmatic parables, searching for wisdom and leaving space for uncertainty and questions.

“There Is No Secret” ~ 9.26.21
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The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard ~ Matthew 20:1-16 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Unexpected Seeds” ~ 9.19.21
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The Parable of the Mustard Seed ~ Matthew 13:31-32 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Who Is My Neighbor?” ~ 9.12.21
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The Parable of the Good Samaritan ~ Luke 10:25-37 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Reckless Farming” ~ 9.5.21
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The Parable of the Sower ~ Luke 8:4-15 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Choose Life” ~ 8.29.21
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 & Matthew 5:21-37 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Faith in the Face of Death” ~ 4.25.21
John 11:1-44 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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“Wholly, Holy Presence” ~ 4.18.21
Luke 24:13-48 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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“Remember Hagar” ~ 4.11.21
Genesis 16:1-16 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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Christianity is more than just a tool of white supremacy. In this series, we explore what it means to decolonize our faith and encounter Jesus in a new, liberating way. Each sermon will also come with a recommendation for deeper learning.

“Saved” ~ 4.4.21
Matthew 28:1-10 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Book Recommendation ~ Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence by Diana Butler Bass

“Whitewashing Jesus” ~ 3.28.21
Matthew 21:1-11 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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Reading Recommendations ~ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.; The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

“What About Buddha, Gandhi, and that Wiccan Priest?” ~ 3.21.21
Luke 10:25-37 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Book Recommendation ~ Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor

“I’d Be a Christian … If It Weren’t For the Christians” ~ 3.14.21
Mark 10:17-27 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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Book Recommendation ~ Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church by Carol Howard Merritt

“Damn Me to Hell” ~ 3.7.21
John 7:53 – 8:11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Podcast Recommendation ~ The Confessional Podcast with Nadia Bolz-Weber
* “Did Gandhi Go to Hell?” (Landfill Harmonic video) ~ Fall 2019

“The ‘Infallible’ Word of God” ~ 2.28.21
John 1:1, 14 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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Book Recommendation ~ The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Pete Enns

“Decolonizing Christianity, Encountering Jesus” ~ 2.21.21
Luke 4:16-21 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Book Recommendation ~ Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin Curtice

This four-week series in Acts is focused on different characters from the early church. These reflections are an invitation to consider the roles we might play today in building God’s kingdom. 

“Priscilla & Aquila: Guides” ~ 2.14.21
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Acts 18:24-28 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Lydia: Experimenter & Caregiver” ~ 2.7.21
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Acts 16:11-15, 40 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Stephen: Disruptor & Storyteller” ~ 1.31.21
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Acts 6:8-7:2a, 7:51-60 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Called to Build” ~ 1.24.21
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Acts 1:1-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“If We Are the Body” ~ 1.17.21
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1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Repentance and Lavish Love” ~ 1.10.21 (Baptism of the Lord)
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Mark 1:4-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
A response to the Capitol riot

Advent is about waiting, and 2020 has certainly been a year about waiting (and not waiting). In this series, we explore some of the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus and how those times of waiting might shed light on our own.

“The Wait is Over” ~ 12.20.20
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John 1:1-14 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Joy in the Waiting” ~ 12.13.20
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Luke 2:22-40 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Mary: Waiting in Tension” ~ 12.6.20
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Luke 1:39-56 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Zechariah: Tired of Waiting” ~ 11.29.20
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Luke 1:5-25, 57-66 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Get Up and Eat” ~ 11.22.20
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1 Kings 19:1-9 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Holy Friction” ~ 11.15.20
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Ephesians 2:11-22 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Genuine Love” ~ 11.8.20
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Romans 12:9-21 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Blessed Are You” ~ All Saints’ Day (11.1.20)
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Matthew 5:1-12 (Rev. Erica Liu)

In this series, we explore stories from the book of Exodus to better understand how to navigate our current “wilderness.

“Law and Story” ~ 10.25.20
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Exodus 23:1-9 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Together in the Wild” ~ 10.18.20
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Exodus 18:13-27 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Resisting With Persistence” ~ 10.11.20
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Exodus 14:21-31 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Send Someone Else” ~ 10.4.20
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Exodus 4:10-17 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“The Moment” ~ 9.27.20
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Exodus 2:23-25 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

In this series, we reflect upon prayers from the Bible to help us in these times.

“When There Are No Words” ~ 9.20.20
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Romans 8:26-27, 38-39 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” ~ 9.13.20
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Ephesians 3:14-21 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“The Lord’s Prayer: Five Movements” ~ 9.6.20
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Matthew 6:7-15 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Praying in Green Pastures & Dark Valleys” ~ 8.30.20
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Psalm 23 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“I believe, help my unbelief!” ~ 8.23.20
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Mark 9:14-29 (Rev. Erica Liu)

 

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