Sermons on Mark

DO give seeds

This Easter, I received spinach seeds ahead of the planting season, along with a geoplanter, gardening gloves, and the right tools.  So, after I heard the frost warnings had passed us by (a bit harder this season), we diligently planted our small spinach seeds in our planter and have been faithfully watering them each day.  We are getting ready to plant our…

DO Welcome the Stranger

God has always called God’s people to remember that they were strangers in a land they did not know.  Sometimes we might feel like we know exactly where we are and, other times, what is going on around us.  When the people of God were enslaved in Egypt, God reminded again and again to care for others and not mistreat those who…

DO Include – Mental Illness

In the gospel lesson, we find the crowds, perhaps even Jesus’ own family, accusing and worrying that Jesus is out of his mind!  Things have gotten out of control and Jesus might have gotten a bit more here!   What should we do!? They find themselves wondering.  What is Jesus doing!! The complexities of family are not glossed over in anyway.  In fact,…

DO Value Each – Bullying

This year, we have been taking the challenge to read together the gospel of Gospel of Mark.  After a slight detour with Holy Week and Easter readings, we pick up back in chapter 3.  The writer of Mark gives a quick clear account of the gospel immediately as rushing us towards to the words that require our action and attention.  Immediately, we…

DO Pause for Resurrection

Throughout my message today, you will notice Waldos.  When I was a little girl, I had books called, Where’s Waldo.  On each page, you would look for this gentleman named Waldo.  He was hidden in plain sight.  You merely had to train your eye to find him. This is Waldo. You have a picture.  And in each picture, you want to find…

Do: Pause and Wait

I sat with him and waited.  His family had said good-bye.  They had gone home.  Chaplain, they asked, could you wait with James, until he passes over, they wondered.  Yes, I nodded.  And so, I sat with him and waited.  All of the machines had been turned off.  All of the medical professionals had taken leave.  And so, I sat with him…

Do Pause to Remember

“Do this in remembrance of me.” Throughout the world, across denominations.  There is plenty that divides us in the body of Christ.  We have different understandings and theological posturings of what happens during Communion.  This we hold in common: Do this in Remembrance of Me. Throughout this season of Lent, we have been pausing.  On this holy night, we pause to remember. …

Do Pause to join the parade

(8:30 Service) I can understand the excitement of getting accidently caught up in a parade.  I am pretty sure the first time I was in parade was by accident.  I got carried away with enthusiasm.  We decorated my bicycle with streamers, and I rode on my training wheels as fast as I could.  I pedaled as hard my 5-year-old legs could go…

DO Pause to Create

What kind of activities do you do to re-create God’s world?  This will be an actual question.   Anyone sew or knit or crochet?  Anyone do woodwork or restore cars or steel bending? Anyone paint or draw or do pottery?  Anyone cook or bake or can? Anyone garden or hardscape or fish?  Anyone write or code or web design?  Anyone dance or do…

Do Pause to See

In the early days of the American invasion of Iraq, there was a group of soldiers whose mission it was connect with a town cleric for organize and distribution of relief supplies.  However, the time was tense, and atmosphere was challenging.  A mob had gathered, fearing that the solders had come to arrest the spiritual leader, destroy their mosque, or desecrate their…