Sermons

Sermons

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost On some level, each of our readings this morning touches on the intrinsic value of the individual, apart from how the world sees us or our potential. When God sent Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, God did not choose the son who had the outward appearance of being blessed (by his physical appearance or accomplishments), but instead, chose David, the youngest, whom no one expected. And in the case of Jesus’ parables, the image…

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Third Sunday after Pentecost Forgiveness is one of those acts of the human soul that we all eventually have to wrestle with on a personal level. And while I find it is within the ability of most of us to forgive others and to even forgive ourselves (which most people find to be the more difficult task), I have also found that there are those individuals who feel that they have done some deed so heinous that they cannot be…

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Second Sunday after Pentecost A pastor served a church that happened to be near a synagogue. The synagogue was served by a rabbi who always walked to work on the Sabbath, even though his house was quite some distance away.  The rabbi had a car, but for him it wasn’t proper to drive on the Sabbath, because that constituted work. Sometimes, though, the pastor noticed this same rabbi would ride a bike to the synagogue on the Sabbath.  So the…

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday One day a little girl asked her father, “Daddy, what is God like?” The question sounded innocent enough until the father actually tried to put his answer into language that a five-year-old could relate to. Finally, he gave the answer for which fathers are famous: “Go ask your mother.” The little girl went to her mother with the same question, “Mommy, what is God like?” The mother soon realized that she had no adequate answer for her daughter…

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday O God, open our ears to hear your Word.  Open our hearts to receive your Spirit.  And open our lives that we might serve the world in your name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. There are primarily two ways to go about teaching someone something. 1) You can teach them what you think they need to know, or will need to know sometime later on. Or 2) you can teach them what you think they’re ready or…