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Sermon Archives

Pres House Sermon Archives: Below is a collection of audio recordings of the sermons during worship from the past two years (older sermons are archived off the website). If you have trouble with the link, try downloading or saving it to your computer.

January ~ May 2018 (Spring Semester)

MOSES: ENCOUNTERS WITH HOPE & BWAP TEAM LOUISIANA STORIES
“Hope is Born” – 01.21.18
Exodus 1:8-2:1-10 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“A Story of Hope” (BWAP Team Member, Taya Briggs)
Click here to see photos from the BWAP 2018 Louisiana trip
“Hope is Tested” – 01.28.18
Exodus 2:11-15 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Stories of hope tested (BWAP Team Member, Steven Martell)
“Hope is Named” – 02.04.18
Exodus  3:1-15 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Story of hope named (BWAP Team Member, Mary Murphy)
“Hope Endures” – 02.11.18 (Unfortunately the sermon was not recorded but you can still read it!)
Deuteronomy 34 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Story of hope enduring (BWAP Team Member, Clare Aeshchbacher)


LENT: QUESTIONS OF THE LAST WEEK
“Are you asleep?” – 02.18.18
Mark 14:32-42 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
This video “Look Up” was shown in the sermon
“Why this waste?”  – 02.25.18
Mark 14:3-9 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Surely not I, Lord?” – 03.04.18
Matthew 26:17-30 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“What shall I do with Jesus?” – 03.11.18
Matthew 27:11-26 (Rev. Erica Liu)
No sermon was recorded this Sunday. The sermon was a community participatory activity. You had to be here!
“Why have you forsaken me?” – 03.18.18
Matthew 27:27-54 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Who is this?” – 03.25.18
Matthew 21:1-11
This week was a Love Feast dinner worship gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday. No sermon recorded.
“Who will roll away the stone?” – 04.01.18
Mark 16:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Watch this video clip with the sermon.

“AND GOD SAW IT WAS GOOD…”
“Is God a Man?” – 04.08.18
Genesis 1:26-27, Isaiah 42:14-16, Matthew 23:36-39 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
This sermon concludes with a poem written by Pres House member and graduate student, Rebecca Bedell. Poem starts at 21:50.
“Check a Box–Not” – 04.15.18
Genesis 11:1-9; Psalm 139 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Smart as a Rat” – 04.22.18
An Earth Sun(day) Sermon on Genesis 1:1-2:3 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Good News Creation” – 04.29.18
Acts 8:26-40 (Rev. Erica Liu)

GRADUATION SUNDAY – 05.06.18
Graduating students preached on Philippians 4:4-9 and shared reflections from their time at UW Madison.
Reflection – Billie Scambler
Reflection – Saskia Van Riessen

August ~ December 2017 (Fall Semester)

“Who Do You Say That I Am?” – 8.27.17
Matthew 16:13-20 (Rev. Erica Liu)

PRAYERS THAT SUSTAIN US: THE LORD’S PRAYER (Matthew 6:9-13)
“Lifeline” – 09.03.17
Matthew 6:9 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Unfortunately technical difficulties prevented the recording of this sermon.

“Kingdom Come” – 09.10.17
Matthew 6:10 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Our Daily Bread” – 09.17.17
Matthew 6:11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Forgiveness” – 09.24.17
Matthew 6:12 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Time of Trial” – 10.01.17
Matthew 6:13 (Rev. Erica Liu)


QUESTIONS ON OUR MIND
“How Do I Make the Most of My Life?” – 10.08.17
Matthew 25:14-30 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Reflections by: Graduate Student Samuel Acuna

“What If I Fail?” – 10.15.17 
Romans 8:31-39 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“What Do I Wish I Knew?” – 10.22.17
Genesis 28: 10-19a (Chelsea Cornelius)
Homecoming Service
“Where Does It Hurt?” – 10.29.17
Psalm 22:1-2, 12-21 ( Rev. Erica Liu)
“How Do We Listen To Each Other?” – 11.05.17
James 1: 19-20, 3:5-12 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon: Thanksgiving
Towards the end of the sermon Pastor Mark put up this image and asked the congregation to fill in the blanks:
W AT AR   OU    EA  IN


BOOK OF ESTHER
“Troublesome Women” – 11.12.17
Ester 1:2-4 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Troublesome Women video

“The Faith of Mordecai” – 11.19.17
Ester 2:5-8, 3:1-6, 4:1-17 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Remember Whose You Are” – 11.26.17
Ester 4: 1-17 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon: Fresh Off The Boat


ADVENT
“Mary’s Song of Joy” – 12.03.17
Luke 1:39-55 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Sharing Our Stories: A Graduating Student Reflection – 12.10.17
Jenni Geurink
“Angel’s Song” -12.17.17
Luke 2:8-14 (Rev. Erica Liu)


January ~ May 2017 (Spring Semester)

“LETTERS FROM PRISON”
“Letter From Birmingham Jail” – 01.15.17
Amos 5:21-24 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Watch this video during sermon.
Read MLK’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”
“Standing Up To Fear” – 01.22.17
Matthew 16:24-26 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Paul’s Joy” – 02.5.17
Philippians 4:4-9 (Rev. Erica Liu)


Special Taize’ Service
“What is Taize’?” – 01.29.17
Matthew 22:34-40 (Rev. Mark Elsdon, 
Min. Jake McClanahan from His House, 
and Sermon by Fr. Jonathan Melton from St. Francis House).


“EVERY LIFE”
“Every Life Needs a Chance to Make a Difference” – 02.26.17
John 6:1-3 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon: Pay It Forward

“Every Life Has Its Limits” – 02.19.17
Matthew 6:25-34 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Every Life Comes With a Gift” – 02.12.17
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Watch this video while listening to the sermon: Paul Potts


LENT
“Life and Death” – 03.05.17
Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Weeping and Dancing” – 03.12.17
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Silence and Shouting” – 04.02.17
Ecclesiastes 3:1-7 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon: Zip It
“Love and Hate” – 04.09.17
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“I Have See the Lord” – 04.16.17
John 20:1-18 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Easter Sunday Baptism: Zuf Wang and Yunan Shi


EARTH DAY
“Them Dry Bones” – 04.23.17
Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Rev. Erica Liu)


VOLUNTEER & DONOR APPRECIATION SUNDAY
“Grace Revealed” – 04.30.17
Luke 24:13-35(Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Student Reflection by Emily Johnson


GRADUATION SUNDAY
“Student Sermons” – 05.07.17
Isaiah 40:28-31; Proverbs 3:1-8
Graduating Student Reflections; Hannah Mast, Sami Karim Haddad, and Brad Sheffer


August ~ December 2016 (Fall Semester)

“New Seating Charts” – 08.28.16
Luke 14:1, 7-14 (Rev. Erica Liu)


“SIGNPOSTS”
“What’s In Your Backpack?” – 09.04.16
Luke 9:1-6 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“New Family” – 09.11.16
Mark 3:19-21, 31-35 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Mutiny On The Trail” – 09.18.16 
Matthew 7:1-5 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Rest Area Ahead” – 09.25.16
Matthew 14:13-21 (Rev. Erica Liu)


“THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY…”
“Our Generosity” – 10.02.16
Matthew 25:31-46 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please watch video while listening to the sermon: Syrian Boy
“Wine and Cheese” – 10.09.16
Matthew 5:38-48 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon: Disarming a Robbery
“True Love” – 10.16.16
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Solidarity” – 10.23.16
Matthew 1:18-25 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Hope” – 10.30.16
Romans 8:22-27, 38-39 (Rev. Erica Liu)


“SONGS OF FAITH”
“Holy” – 11.06.16
Revelation 4:1-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Homecoming Reflections” – 11.13.16
Hebrew 12:1-2 ( Walter and Karen Pridham, Alex Kuehn, Helen Chao)
Kira and Cody Hanson also came to join us from Colorado via this video.

“Come” – 11.20.16
Isaiah 7:10-16 (Rev. Erica Liu)


“HIDDEN CHARACTERS OF ADVENT”
“Messy Family Trees” – 12.04.16
Matthew 1 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon: “The DNA Journey”
Open this PDF while listening to the sermon as well: Jesus – Genealogy

“Herod: A Struggle for the Throne” – 12.11.16
Matthew 2 ( Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“The Word” – 12.18.16

John 1:1-7; 32-34
(Rev. Erica Liu)

Older sermons can be found on the Sermon Archives page

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