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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 2019 (Spring Semester)

BWAP TEAM 2019
Immigration: Reflections from San Antonio ~ 01.27.19

A group of people went spent a week in San Antonio, Texas in January 2019 for our annual “Break With A Purpose” trip to learn about immigration in the U.S. They share about their experiences.

Introduction and Biblical Stories ~ 01.27.19
Exodus 1:8-22; Matthew 2:1-15 (Silas Setterstrom and Abbey Zacharski)
Leaving Home ~ 01.27.19
(Clare Aeschbacher and Steven Martell)
Seeking Refuge ~ 01.27.19
(Emily Johnson and Erik Franze)
See Something, Do Something ~ 01.27.19
(Becca Bedell and Samuel Acuña)

WATER: A JOURNEY TOWARDS BAPTISM
Created in Joy ~ 01.20.19
John 2:1-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
The Power of Water ~ 02.03.19
Genesis 6:5-22, 7:17-24; 8:1-3, 14-21 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Bittersweet Water ~ 02.10.19
Exodus 15:22-25 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Suggested action steps to respond:

Me & White Supremacy Workbook
America’s Original Sin
White Fragility
Winter Forum with Austin Channing Brown, March 9th

Waterfalls of Justice ~ 02.17.19

Mark Sunday SessionsA
mos 5:10-12, 18-24 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Shall We Drink? ~ 02.24.19

John 4:4-42 (Rev. Erica Liu)

Look, Here is Water! ~ 03.03.19
Acts 8:26-40 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Baptism ~ 03.03.19
(Rebecca Bedell and Alexis Terry)

LENT: THE DISCIPLINE OF BEING BLESSED
Tuning to God ~ 03.10.19
Matthew 5:1-3; Luke 16:19-31 (Rev. Erica Liu)
When Faith is Uncomfortable ~ 03.24.19
Matthew 15:21-28; 5:5 (Becca Bedell)
What Are You Hungry For? ~ 03.31.19
Luke 18:1-8; Matthew 5:6 (Ginger Morgan)
Unfair God ~ 04.07.19
Matthew 18:21-35; Matthew 5:7 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Seeing God ~ 04.14.19
Matthew 21:1-11; Matthew 5:8 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
EASTER SUNDAY
Making Gardens ~ 04.21.19
John 20:1-23; Matthew 5:9-12 (Rev. Erica Liu)

VOLUNTEER & DONOR APPRECIATION
Running Together ~ 04.28.19
Hebrews 12:1-2 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
(Watch the video referenced in the sermon here.)
Personal Story ~ 04.28.19
(Silas Setterstrom and Alisha Zachariah)

GRADUATION SUNDAY
Graduation Reflections ~ 05.05.19
Mishka Ligot
Becca Bedell
Clare Aeschbacher
Samuel Acuna


AUGUST ~ DECEMBER 2018 (FALL SEMESTER)

“At Home in the House of the Lord” – 08.26.18
Psalm 84:1-12 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

WHOLLY LIVING: 10 INGREDIENTS
Ingredient #1: Cheering Section” – 09.02.18
John 1:1-14 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Personal Story by Beatrice Tan 
Ingredient #2: Risk” – 09.09.18
Matthew 14:22-33 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Here is the Nike Ad 
Personal Story by Emily Johnson
Ingredient #3: Gifts” – 09.16.18
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (Rev. Erica Liu)

Here is the video
A Personal Story by Evan Schilling 
Ingredient #4: Holy Bodies” – 09.23.18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

A Personal Story by Steven Chapman 
~ A pause in our series to talk about sexual assault ~
The Long Arc of Hope” – 09.30.18

Esther 1-2:4 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Ingredient #6: The Table” – 10.07.18
Acts 11:1-18 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Ingredient #7: Sabbath” – 10.14.18
Exodus 20:8-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Ingredient #8: Treasure” – 10.21.18
Luke 12:13-21 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)|
Ingredient #9: Play” – 10.28.18
Psalm 104:24-26; Matthew 19:13-15 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Children’s March video
A Personal Story by Rachel Hunjadi 
Ingredient # 10: Death” – 11.04.18
Revelation 21:1-6 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
Ingredient #5: Confession” – 11.11.18
James 5:13-16 (Rev. Erica Liu)


QUEERLY BELOVED ~ A Celebration Led By our Queer Siblings
The Queer Sunrise of God(audio) – 11.18.18
The Queer Sunrise of God – Becca Bedell (text)
Genesis 1:1-10, 26-27 (Scripture read by Sophia Schmit)
Coming Out… As Christian” (audio) – 11.18.18
Coming Out…As Christian – Jeremy Morris (text)
Matthew 16:21-26 (Scripture read by Clare Aeschbacher)

THANKSGIVING
The Power of Gratitude” – 11.25.18
Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4-9 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

CHRISTMAS IN THE MOVIES
The Nightmare Before Christmas”– 12.02.18
Matthew 1:18-2:18 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Here are the videos referenced in the sermon:
What’s This?
Making Christmas
Elf” – 12.09.18
Mark 10:13-16 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas” – 12.16.18
Matthew 3:1-12; Luke 3:10-14 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Here are the videos referenced in the sermon:
“Oh the Whomanity!”
“What’s Christmas Really About?”


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)

Older sermons can be found on the Sermon Archives page

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