Sermon for 6/5/16: Getting Ready to Vote

Acts 10:9-16 and Matthew 9:9-17

Sermon Notes

Suggested scripture readings are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).  The Matthew text was my addition.

I attribute my main idea in the this sermon to Arthur Brooks who gave a TED Talk on rethinking how conservatives and liberals work together.  He works for the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Wish I could claim these ideas myself for my sermon -- the idea of applying our family tendencies and needs to a broader spectrum are ALL his. I just put them into a Jesus context.  Totally worth listening to...Here is the link to his TED Talk as well as to the TED Radio Hour episode where I first heard his ideas.  His interview is the first segment. Please do not mistake this attribution of ideas as a political endorsement to a candidate or ideology.

Sermon for 5/29/16: A Basket of Galatian Fruit

Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and John 15:1-8

Fruits of the Spirit           Bethel, 2016

Fruits of the Spirit           Bethel, 2016

Sermon Notes

Suggested scripture readings are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).

Here's a link to the proposed "Beyond Homelessness Camp" from the San Luis Tribune.  Make sure to call our state lawmakers to express your hopes for ending homelessness in our county. The article was printed before I started my Fruits of the Spirit Discipline, but I didn't actually notice it on the table until a few days ago.

Sermon for 5/22/16: A Trinity Sunday Reflection

Romans 5:1-5, Psalm 8, John 16:12-15

Trinity by Thom Shuman

While the theologians have gathered
for their annual
”Decoding the Mystery of the Trinity”
symposium

God is out early every morning,
Grace padding alongside unleashed,
stopping to chat
with the single mother
just getting off the 6am bus
from her night job;

Jesus is doing
half-pipes
with the “losers”
down at the skate park
and later hanging out at the video arcade;

Spirit pauses
from wiping the tables
down at the soup kitchen,
stretching her back
till it pops loud enough
to startle Catechism
drowsily purring under the stove;

in the evening,
while they mess up the kitchen
fixing dinner
they chat about their day,
laughing and shaking their heads
at all they have seen and heard;
then they draw straws
to see whose turn it is
to keep watch during the night,
while the others
stumble off to bed,
yawning and scratching their heads
at the mystery of humanity.
— lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com

Usually our suggested scripture readings are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library). However, with Trinity Sunday here, we return for a day to the Revised Common Lectionary.

Sermon for 5/15/16: Chasing the Spirit

Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, John 14:8-17

Suggested scripture readings usually are drawn from the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library). However, with Pentecost Sunday here, we return for a day to the Revised Common Lectionary.

Many are convinced that the correct pronunciation [of Yahweh] is an attempt to replicate and imitate the very sound of inhalation and exhalation. The one thing we do every moment of our lives is therefore to speak the name of God. This makes it our first and our last word as we enter and leave the world.
— Richard Rohr in The Naked Now

Sermon Notes

Take a peek at The Naked Now by Richard Rohr (reference and public library) for some thought-provoking reflections, some of which appear in my sermon.

Sermon for 5/8/16: The True Disciple

Isaiah 40:27-31 and 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Suggested scripture readings are from Brian McLaren's alternative lectionary in his book We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).

Happy Mother's Day, Reverend!   Borestone Mountain, Maine, 2003

Happy Mother's Day, Reverend!   Borestone Mountain, Maine, 2003

Sermon Notes

Ask, Thank, Tell by Charles Lane (reference and public library) was a book a number of my colleagues used in their churches a few years back. Check it out for my stewardship discusions.  I was always curious about it so here we are now.  And for the insights on containers, see this little book of powerful devotions by Richard Rohr called Preparing for Christmas with Richard Rohr: daily reflections for Advent (reference and public library).  Not the season but if the shoe fits...