Welcome to Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. The scripture readings for the day are Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13.
In November of 2013 I participated for the first time in No-Shave November. This is a month-long journey during which participants put aside shaving in order to raise awareness in cancer issues especially men’s health. I was inspired by a friends story of cancer. It was a story of courage and determination. It was a story that I have not had to experience but I see the effects of cancer over and over, and I knew I had to do something.
So over the course of the month of November I stopped shaving and I raised a few hundred dollars for cancer research.
Since becoming a pastor I have experienced many families who have had loved ones struggle with cancer, members of the churches have died because of cancer and I have had friends whose lives have changed forever because of this awful, deadly disease.
Recently a friend posted a video and he talked about No Shave November and inspired me to again put down my razor and to pick up the fundraising bucket to help those who are fighting this terrible disease.
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This year during Holy Week I talked about how our bodies are connected with our spirituality. Thursday I talked about our feet as we read the account of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and how when we let Jesus wash our feet we then and let Jesus into our whole lives. Friday I talked about hands as Jesus’ hands were nailed to the cross and how we do God’s work with our hands. On Easter Sunday I talked about our heart and how we live a life balanced between fear and joy. But today I want to share with you some thoughts I had during the Easter Vigil.
There are two ways to think about how our heads connect to our faith. The first is in our thoughts and the second is through our knowledge. How do you think about your faith? Is it something you practice on Sunday mornings or is it something you live out every day? Our heads help us think about the scripture we read, we think about the prayers we say and we think about how we interact with one another.
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