Welcome to 8th Day Faith Community

Welcome to the Eighth Day Faith Community

An Ecumenical Church

Children's Sermon We are a small, diverse ecumenical church with members from different faith backgrounds and ways of expressing our faith. We hold in common the desire to follow Jesus through peacemaking, work for justice (especially economic justice), and environmental sanity.All are welcome, regardless of faith (or lack of it), religious background, age, gender, sexual orientation, wealth (or lack of it), ethnicity, or any other characteristic that ordinarily separates us from one another. We are open and affirming and value the differences among us. Check us out! We meet at the Potter's House at 1658 Columbia Rd NW in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington.  Our church services begin at 10:30 AM Sundays. Click here for map.

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Love One Another

Peter Bankson

May 10, 2014, Mother's Day

Text: Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

John 15:9-17

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.
I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.


This time between Easter and Pentecost seems like “chrysalis time.” When the caterpillar has spun it’s cocoon and is being transformed into a butterfly. It’s a time when things are changing, even if some of them are out of sight. I’m reminded of coming here to the Potter’s House for the dedication and feeling the massive changes that had gone on for a long time, out of sight for many of us, changes that are now just becoming evident out on the street. Yesterday as I joined the Faithonomics conference here, and at the Festival Center I was aware of how much vital, transforming energy is flowing through our faith communities.

Why Are You Here?

Gail Arnall

May 3, 2015
Test: John 15:1-8

Why are you here?

Why are you here this morning and why are you part of 8th Day?

Our scripture today provides an answer:  you are here because you want to stay connected to the vine.  And what is the vine?  You might think it is the church.  According to our scripture, it is not.  You might think it is the other branches, the fellowship.  According to our scripture, it is not.  It is rather, the source of life as revealed in the life of Jesus.  In short, it is God's love.

I grew up in church; my father was a Baptist minister.  I love the church as an organization.  Where else in our society can you become intimate friends with people who are not like you, where a banker and a mechanic can serve together as deacons or on the leadership team?  I have been known to say that even if there was no doctrine or commitment to the spiritual journey, I would still be a part of the church because it is such a unique, sociologically interesting place.  But, this week, after working a bit with the scripture about the vine, I think that is probably nonsense.  I am not here because of all of you, I am here because this is where I can stay connected to what is most important in my life -- I can be in community with God.

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