Sermon on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost - June 25, 2017 (Ecumenical Service with Akeley Methodist on Paul's Patio)
Jesus Christ is the glue that holds the family of God together. He is the bigger hammer used to make some pieces fit that just seem not to. He is the place in which the body of Christ must adhere itself to or it will die. Many things will try to get in the way. Many people and things and stuff will come along as we are traveling in this Christian journey, but Christ is the one we rely on as ours. Our anchor while the turmoil of the world, of family or relationships, of life can be hard, difficult, even dangerous sometimes. He is there because he never promises an easy way as much as he does a way which is him, through all the stuff that tries to destroy us.
Sermon for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Matthew 9:35-10:23
Everything Christ says, he will do. That is something we can trust. Unlike ourselves when we often forget what we said, or change our minds, or decide whom we will help and how, God looks at you through the lens of Christ and gives to you, even what you don’t ask for or want. Gives without expectation so that when he sends us forth to serve he gives us the words we need in adversity. He guides us by trust in the mercy that is his life in our fear of death and suffering. The work of God becoming endurance, endurance character, and character hope in a future yet to come.
A Holy Trinity Sunday sermon - Matthew 28:16-20
Trinity, that big word we use, exists in the body of Christ, and Christs brings to you the Trinity. The Trinity as not some weird academic exercise that we confess every now and then just because that is what Christians do; but a declaration of a God who does something. Who says something. Who is something, captured in a name given to you as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Something more than a phrase, but an actual offering to you of this God as an active God.
A Pentecost sermon - John 20:19-23
Forgiveness of sins is the work of the body of Christ. Jesus lives and works for the purpose of forgiveness, of burden bearing, of lifting up our souls from the muck and the mire. And so when he breathes upon you, as one breathing life into the dead, the very first thing we are given is this power. The power to forgive. The power to have our eyes opened to where it is Christ is needed, in the places of reconciliation, of mercy, of grace. Often the places that we think him too smart to be. The places we carve out as the godless places, there he pops up to speak to the burdened and forgive the sinner.