Sermon for October 15, 2017: “ReInvite”

Readings:

Isaiah 25: 1-9

Psalm 23

Matthew 22:1-14

 

Sermon: “ReInvite”

 

Today we continue our Sermon Series called “Re:”

RE the prefix means “anew”

And each week our sermons have had “Re” word titles such as:

ReStore

RePeat

ReMind

And the series will conclude on October 29th on “Re:Formation Day”

 

 

Today’s Sermon is: “ReInvite”

 

There was a time when I almost gave up presiding at weddings.

Being a pastor I have presided over some wonderful weddings.

But then came the wedding I like to call The iPhone Wedding. Continue reading

Remembering a B.I.G. Loss Today

20 years ago today, Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed today.
I need to admit that I never listened his music. I was way into rock and punk. And the hip hop music didn’t hit me or connect with me.
But I know many friends who have shared with me how much B.I.G. meant to them.
And to this day his influence can be seen heard and felt in this generation’s Hip Hop artists.
Today, many are remembering an artist that made an impact.

Now for my friends who may scoff and say, “Really?! THIS guy?!”
let me ask you:

How did you feel when Elvis died?
How did you feel when Lennon was shot and killed?
How did you feel when Kurt Cobain committed suicide?

The musicians we love leave a mark. Especially when they are taken from us and their loved ones way too early.

And today I think about B.I.G’s family and friends.
I pray their day is full of memories that help heal their broken hearts and fill the empty voids in their souls.

Sermon for July 31, 2016: “Pardon This Interruption”

Gospel: Luke 12: 13-21
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Sermon: “Pardon This Interruption”

This morning we get a very interesting parable in our Gospel lesson.
One of my favorite shows on television is Pardon The Interruption on ESPN.
On the show two former sports writers argue and banter over the day’s sports news.
Well this morning, we get a Gospel version of this show. Continue reading

“The other”

Prayers and tears go out to the victims and their family in Nice, France.

Somewhere, somehow we lost how to value the life of “the other.”

“The other” is now the “object” not the person that we kill or slander or demean or leave without hope.

We would rather blame “the other” than bless him/her.

This is not how we should live.
We know better.

Tonight let us pray for clarity,
for new hearts,
and new eyes to see not “The Other” but to see “ANother” human being.

Sermon for February 7, 2016: “An Eagle Named Andrew”

Luke 9:28-36New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Transfiguration
28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus[a] took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake,[b] they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,[c] one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen;[d] listen to him!”36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Reflection: “An Eagle Named Andrew”

Andrew Sadler was one if not THE first person I met when I came to Grace. Continue reading

Sermon for January 24, 2016: “Part 1: The Call”

Luke 4:14-21

14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Sermon: “Part 1: “Call”

This Sunday’s Gospel and next Sunday’s Gospel come from the 4th chapter of Luke.
The 4th chapter is a significant one because it marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. Continue reading

Sermon for March 1, 2015: “The Third Option”

Mark 8:31-38
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Sermon: “The Third Option”
When I was studying this week’s Gospel lesson, I was struggling to find a way to preach about it.
And then God came calling… Continue reading