Sermon for July 7, 2019: Reflections, Distortions, and the Image of God

Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-9, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Photo courtesy Jo Hobart

Photo courtesy Jo Hobart

Sermon Notes — After I preached this sermon about images, I stumbled upon some other helpful voices. Karen Harris, a Bethel member, sent me a link to this segment on 60 Minutes with artist JR — a totally beautiful exploration of the mystery of the incarnation and the role of the creative Spirit in social change.

And then I found this book at the rummage sale at my mom’s church. In it was this gem that reminded me of my own intolerant voice toward my kiddos…

Mirrors are Funny from The Golden Bedtime Book, 1955

Mirrors are funny ---

When I look in mine,

I always see someone who's looking just fine.

Though people insist that my shoes are undone,

And instead of two mittens, I only have one,

That my hair isn't combed,

And my face isn't clean,

That's not like the someone I always have seen!

They say, "Stand up straight!"

And, "Stop frowning like that!"

And, "Here let me brush the dry mud from your hat!"

And, "If you could see yourself, I'll tell you, Miss ---

You surely would try to do better than this!

Go look in the mirror!"

I do. And in mine

I always see someone who's looking just fine.

Do you think, if I tiptoe when I go upstairs,

And look in the mirror when it’s unawares —-

I’ll see what they see — when I didn’t prepare

To look in the mirror up over the stair?

The Spaces In-Between

Genesis 32:22-33:11 and 50:15-21, Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 25:31-40

Suggested Scriputure Readings from We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren.

Recycled Robot Rendition                                             Bethel Sunday School, 2015

Recycled Robot Rendition                                             Bethel Sunday School, 2015

Bible Quotes come from two sources in this sermon: Matthew 18:20 - "Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (KJV).  Genesis quotes come from the NRSV.  Click on the initials for a link.