Easter 7: Celebration of our Elders

Sermon for the 7th Sunday of Easter

Today we have a celebration of our elders.  In biblical times, old age was prized and considered to be a gift granted by God to only a few as a reward for their faithfulness. Being old was a sign that a person walked very closely with God. The gift of growing old was not only a gift given to the recipient but a gift for the whole community. The presence of someone old in the community was a blessing of wisdom, experience, and spiritual presence given by God.

Today, many senior adults have lived long lives of faithfulness and are a gift to our church. They have served the church in the past and will continue to serve the church into the future by nurturing and mentoring the faith of those who follow in their footsteps.

I have been blessed by those gifts throughout my life.

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Easter 6: Chosen by God

Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter

Beethoven was told by some of his mentors that he should stick to being a concert pianist, that he would never amount to anything as a composer. But he felt “called” to composing. Others may not have believed in him, but he felt that God believed in him.

We know that baptism is a way that we know God believes in us.  I had a conversation with the confirmation students a few weeks ago about baptism.  We talked about how we do baptisms here at Faith vs a number of other churches who practice believers baptism. 

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Easter 5: Feeling Pruned

Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter

Feeling Pruned?  What does it mean to feel pruned? If there is a time to feel pruned now is the time. In our lives, country and world.

There was another devastating earthquake, this time in Nepal, riots in Baltimore, upheaval in the political world.  And then there are the personal difficulties that we all experience at home or at work.  Illness in the family, death of loved ones, conflict in our job or home.

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All Star Friday

#sneakersforsarah #allstarfriday #‎chuckcancer‬

The phone call you never want to receive.  “We need to to come in early to the doctor’s office.”  However, it is the phone call thousands of people get everyday.  It is to tell them that they have cancer.  I hate cancer.

Growing up I did not really know much about cancer.  I did not have relatives who had cancer and thankfully I never attend a funeral for someone who died of cancer.

Today, hundreds of my friends will begin to gather to say goodnight to a dear friend of ours who died of cancer.  Not only is it unfair that another life has been taken because of this terrible disease, but it is the person that is gone.  No longer will we have Pippy in our lives, no longer will we have her enduring spirit, her smile, her laughter, her positive outlook on line.

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