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! Ordinarily we meet at the Potter's House but it is being renovated and will be closed until early 2015.  DURING THIS PERIOD WE ARE NOT MEETING IN THE POTTERS HOUSE. Our church services are at the same 10:30 AM time Sunday in the lower level of Sarah's Circle, 2551 17th St NW.  Click here for map.

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Most Recent Teachings Available

Who Points the Way?

Marjory Zoet Bankson

Dec 14, 2014

Scripture: John 1: 6-8, 19-28

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

What are you waiting for on this third Sunday of Advent? And why do we pay attention to the lectionary cycle of scriptures when the world seems so fractured, so evil, and so discouraging? What are we doing here when we could be at home, reading the newspaper or watching the news on TV?

I know that one of the things you are waiting for is a return to worship at the Potter’s House, in a clean new space. Maybe there are other things waiting to be birthed there as well.

Stagehands Joining Hands

Emily Owsley

Text: Mark 1:1-8

Hello, thank you for having me here today.  I feel blessed to be able to share with you.  I’d like to start by re-reading the Mark passage.

‘Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you;
He’ll make the road smooth for you.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!’

John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins.  People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life.  John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt.  He ate locusts and wild field honey.

As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life.  I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life.  His baptism – a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit – will change you from the inside out.”  – Mark 1:1-8 (The Message)

Pentecost Recommitment

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, thirty-three members of the 8th Day Faith Community committed or recommitted to another year of membershp in the community.  In our community the commitment to membership is for only one year.  The rationale is that commitment to any institution or practice will change over time and it is important that a person not allow the commitment to 8th Day to atrophy without a conscious decision.  Every year, therefore, we have to make a conscious decision to commit or not.  Florence Akurut, Maria Barker, and Tim Kumfer were not able to attend the Pentecost service, but made there commitment on June 29, 2014.