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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.

FALL 2017

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)


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


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


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)


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


SPRING 2017

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

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

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


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


“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

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).


“LETTERS FROM PRISON”

“Paul’s Joy” – 02.5.17
Philippians 4:4-9 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Standing Up To Fear” – 01.22.17
Matthew 16:24-26 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“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” 


FALL 2016

“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)


“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)


“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)


“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)

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


SPRING 2016

GRADUATION SUNDAY
Part 1: “Gratitude”, Part 2: “Rooted” – 05.08.16
Philippians 1:3-6, Jeremiah 17:7-8 (Graduates, Preston Boggs, Raechel Jacobson,
Andrea Lyke, David Fields)


“How’s Your Tongue?” – 4.03.16
James 3:1-12 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“New Creation” – 04.10.16
2 Corinthians 5:16-17, Ephesians 2:4-10 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Love Yourself” – 04.17.16
Psalm 139:1-18 (Rev. Erica Liu)

LENT: 10 COMMANDMENTS
“DTR with God” – 02.14.16
Exodus 20:1-6 (Rev. Erica Liu)
NYT Op-Ed referenced: “Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me”
“Cotton Candy God” – 02.21.16
Exodus 20:1-7 (Chelsea Cornelius, Ministry Associate)
Watch this video while listening to the sermon: 
Raccoon
Proud to Keep this One” – 02.28.16
Exodus 20:8-11 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Reflection from Student Member Billie Scambler
“Honor Your Story” – 03.06.16
Exodus 20:12 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Watch this video clip while listening to the sermon: Joy Luck Club
“Giving A Sh#t!” – 03.13.16
Exodus 20:13-17 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“A Boatload of Gifts” – 01.17.16
1 Corinthians 12:1-13 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)


BOOK OF JONAH
“No, God, No” – 01.24.16
Jonah 1 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“U-Turns are Legal” -01.31.16
Jonah 3 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Watch these videos while listening to the sermon: Austin Powers and Arno
“Anger Management” – 02.07.16
Jonah 4 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Watch this video while listening to the sermon: Adult Tantrums


FALL 2015

“Point of View” – 08.30.15
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (Rev. Erica Liu)
View this image while listening; learn more about “A Just Mercy

RIDDLES OF JESUS: A series looking at some of the parables Jesus told
“Where is Home?” – 09.06.15
Luke 15:11-32 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
View these images while listening
“Reckless Farming” – 09.13.15
Luke 8:4-15 (Rev. Erica Liu)
View this image and this image while listening (towards the end)
“Debt Free” – 09.20.15
Luke 7:36-50 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Unexpected Seeds” – 09.27.15 (Lower Hall Dedication)
Matthew 13:31-32 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Hello, God?” – 10.18.15
Luke 18:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)


SONGS OF FAITH – A series looking at the stories behind the songs we sing in church
“It Is Well” -11.01.15
Revelation 21:1-5 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please read after listening to the sermon: It Is Well lyrics
“Oceans” -11.08.15
Matthew 14:22-33 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Reflection from student Kara Neitzel
“Trouble the Water”- 11.15.15
Exodus 14:10-31 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Wade in the Water Reflections from
Chelsea Cornelius  and Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey
“Amazing Grace” – 11.22.15
Luke 15:1-7 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon.


ADVENT
“Build Roads” 12.06.15
Isaiah 40:3-5, Luke 3: 1-6 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“Joy Feed” -12.13.15 (truncated)
Philippians 4:4-9 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Space for God” – 12.20.15
Luke 1:39-55 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Please watch this video while listening to the sermon: Nativity Play


“Real Demons” – 10.04.15
Luke 8:26-39 (Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey, Pres House Alum and Young Adult Volunteer 2014-2015)
Interested in learning more about Young Adult Volunteers? Click here.
Follow Pres House alum Helen Chao on her year of service in Denver, CO. 

Pastors Mark and Erica talked about the sensitive topic of sexual assault.
“Love Your Neighbor and Empty Chairs” – 10.11.15
Genesis 1: 27,31; Matthew 22: 36-39; 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
(Rev. Mark Elsdon and Rev. Erica Liu)
Sexual Assault Resources


SPRING 2015

STUFF WE DON’T TALK ABOUT
“Money, Money, Money” – 04.19.15
Matthew 6:19-21,24 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please click on this link while listening to the sermon
“Failure” – 04.26.15
James 5:13-16 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Ever Against the Stream” – 05.03.15
Luke 20:20-26, Ephesian 4:31-32 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

“Beginnings and Endings” – 05.10.15
Isaiah 40:28-31 (Helen Chao, Monica Ruppert, Molley Coleman, Alex Kuehn)

“Lamp of the Lord” – 01.18.15
1 Samuel 3:1-20 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Please watch this video after listening to the sermon.

SPIRITUAL BUCKET LIST
“Bibliophile”  – 01.25.15
Psalm 119: 97-105 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“The Strongest Cord” – 02.01.15
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Hebrews 10:23-25 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Click here to hear Connor Hanson’s reflection on spiritual friendships.
“Go Away” – 02.08.15
Genesis 11:1-9 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“Make Wine” – 02.15.15
John 2:1-11 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

LENT: 40 (Scriptures with 40)
“40: Jonah” – 02.22.15

Jonah (Rev. Erica Liu)
“40 Days of Rain” – 03.01.15
Genesis 7:1-10 (Student Intern, Chelsea Cornelius)
“Confessions of a White Preacher on the Weekend of Tony Robinson’s Death” – 03.08.15
1 John 4:18-19 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“On and On” – 03.15.15
Exodus 16:31-35 (Rev. Erica Liu)
“So Tempting” – 03.29.15
Luke 4:1-13 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
“The End is the Beginning” – 04.05.15
Mark 16:1-8 (Rev. Scott Anderson, Guest Preacher)

BREAK WITH A PURPOSE TEAM SHARING
“Come Alive” – 04.12.15

Isaiah 58:1-12 (Chelsea Cornelius, Michael Orlowski, and Madeline Myers)

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

Older sermons can be found on the Sermon Archives page

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