Sermons from June 2018

Sermons from June 2018

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost In his book, “The Conquest of Fear,” the Canadian clergyman Basil King points out that fear causes more misery than all the sin and sickness in the world combined.    He writes, ”We are not sick all the time. We are not sinning all the time. But most people are afraid of something or somebody much of the time.” Of course, reasonable fear is a good thing. In fact, I would argue, a gift from God. Fear…

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…